Sway (song)

Sway (song)

"Sway" is the English version of "¿Quién será?", a 1953 mambo song by Mexican composer and bandleader Pablo Beltrán Ruiz. The most famous version is that of Dean Martin recorded in 1954. English lyrics are by Norman Gimbel. Since then the song has been recorded and remixed by many artists (see discography below).


"¿Quién será?" by Pablo Beltrán Y Su Orchestra

"¿Quién será?"
Single by Pablo Beltrán Y Su Orchestra
Released 1954
Recorded 1953
Genre Big band, pop
Writer(s) Pablo Beltrán Ruiz

"¿Quién será?" is a Spanish song written and recorded by Pablo Beltrán Ruiz.

Dean Martin version

Single by Dean Martin
Released 1954
Recorded 1954
Genre Big band, pop
Writer(s) Pablo Beltrán Ruiz (music)
Norman Gimbel (lyrics)

In 1954 the English lyrics were written by Norman Gimbel[1] and recorded by Dean Martin (his recording reached number fifteen on the Billboard magazine best-seller chart[2] and number six on the UK chart).

Chart performance
Chart (1954) Peak
Billboard US Hot 100 16
UK Singles Chart 6

Michael Bublé version

Single by Michael Bublé
from the album Michael Bublé
Released July 22, 2004
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2004
Genre Adult contemporary, Latin pop, Cuban jazz[3]
Length 3:08
Label 143, Reprise
Writer(s) Pablo Beltrán Ruiz, Norman Gimbel
Michael Bublé singles chronology
"Spider-Man Theme"
"Feeling Good"

"Sway" was released as the fourth and final from Michael Bublé's self-titled debut album in 2004. The physical single was released on July 22, 2004. The song has been used in Las Vegas, CSI: NY, Malcolm in the Middle, The Wedding Date and No Reservations. In many other countries, "Sway" was released as a double A-side with "Spiderman Theme", which was the album's third single. "Sway" was only released as a separate single in Australia.


Australian CD Single
  1. "Sway" (Junkie XL Mix) - 3:46
  2. "Sway" (Album Version) - 3:08
  3. "Moondance" (Live) - 3:45

Chart performance

Chart (2004) Peak
US Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 24
Australian ARIA Charts 15
Polish Singles Chart 46

Selective list of recorded versions

English versions

"¿Quién será?" and "Sway" have been recorded dozens of times by many artists over the decades. This is merely a select list of popular recordings, not a comprehensive listing.

Live renditions during song competitions
  • 2007 - Melinda Doolittle on American Idol
  • 2009 - Joe McElderry in UK The X Factor
  • 2011 - SooYoung sang it as her solo in the 1st Japan Arena Tour
Language versions

The song has been translated and covered in several languages. Here is a selective listing of language versions

  • 1954 - Pedro Infante, ¿Quien será? in the movie "Escuela de vagabundos" - Original Version (in Spanish)
  • 1954 - Olavi Virta, titled "Keinu kanssani" (in Finnish)
  • 1959 - The Peanuts, titled Quién Será (キエンセラ?) (in Japanese)
  • 1968 - Teresa Teng, titled "盼望" (in Mandarin)
  • 1973 - Sten & Stanley, titled "Äntligen" (in Swedish)
  • 1976 - Ajda Pekkan, from "Kim Ne Derse Desin" (in Turkish)
  • 1990 - Bjork in album Gling-Gló, as "Í dansi með þér" (in Icelandic)
  • 1999 - Götz Alsmann, titled "Zuckersüß" (in German)
  • 1999 - Komár László in album Mambó Lackó, as "Mexikói Karnevál" (in Hungarian)
  • 2000 - Athena - Macera, from "Tam Zamanı Şimdi" (in Turkish)
  • 2002 - Pedro Fernandez, ¿Quien será? (in Spanish)
  • 2004 - Arielle Dombasle, titled "Quién Será (Sway)" (in Spanish)
  • 2005 - Aaron Kwok, titled "飛" ("Sway") (in Cantonese)
  • 2005 - Nguyễn Hưng in album Dạ Vũ, as "Ai Sẽ Là Em" (in Vietnamese)
  • 2005 - Walid Soroor, titled "Yar Nazanin" (in Persian)
  • 2006 - Anjelika Varum, titled "Румба" ("Rumba") (in Russian)
  • 2007 - Koor in album Wust El Balaad, as "بحبك" ("Bahebak") (in Arabic)
  • 2007 - Rula Zaki (an Egyptian singer), titled "قلبي دق" ("Qalbi Daq") (in Arabic)
  • 2010 - Rula Zaki, in the album "Rula" (in Arabic)
  • 2010 - Mohsen Namjoo, in the song (دور ایرانو خط بکش) ("Dowr-e Iran-o Khat Bekesh") in Persian)
  • 2010 - Shahkar Binesh Pazhooh, in the song (وسط قلبم) ("Vasat-e Ghalbam") in Persian).

In popular culture


  1. ^ Jacobs, Dick (1988). Who Wrote That Song?. Cincinnati: Betterway Publications. ISBN 1558701001. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research. 
  3. ^ http://www.pandora.com/music/song/michael+bubl/sway
  4. ^ Allmusic|Allmusic.com

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