Baha Men

The Baha Men are a Bahamian band playing a modernized style of Bahamian music called junkanoo. They are best known for their Grammy Award winning hit song “Who Let the Dogs Out?”.

“Who Let the Dogs Out?” is a song performed by the Bahamian group Baha Men. Originally written by Anslem Douglas (titled “Doggie”) for the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival season of 1998, it was covered by producer Jonathan King who sang it under the name Fat Jakk and his Pack of Pets. He brought the song to the attention of his friend Steve Greenberg, who then had the Baha Men cover the song. The song became the band’s first hit in the United Kingdom and the United States, and it gained popularity after appearing in Rugrats in Paris: The Movie and its soundtrack album.

The song peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, as well as topping the charts in Australia and New Zealand, and reached the Top 40 in the United States. It was Britain’s fourth biggest-selling single of 2000, and went on to become one of the highest-selling singles of the decade not to reach number-one. The track went on to win the Grammy for Best Dance Recording on the 2001 Grammy Awards. The song is the significant part in Bahamian popular culture, and was also the subject of a major lawsuit over copyright ownership that was settled. In 2019, a documentary about the creation of the song was the surprise hit of the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.