Nochentera” is Vicco‘s entry for Benidorm Fest 2023. The song title is a play on words on “Eightees night” and “The whole night”. Yes, you can do that in Spanish. 

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Benidorm Fest 2023: Vicco “Nochentera”

Vicco is a relatively unknown name to the Spanish scene, but her entry “Nochentera” is starting to make waves. Around New Year it became the most listened to Benidorm Fest 2023 entry and by mid month, even the football World Champions were talking about it.

Twenty-six-year old Vicco, whose real name is Victoria Riba, is a singer-songwriter from Barcelona. Benidorm Fest 2023 is not her first Eurovision attempt: she was also one of the composers of “Muérdeme” by María, runner up in OT 2018’s Eurovision gala. She has performed with Spanish superstar Alejandro Sanz and has written songs for Edurne. She has also collaborated with fellow Benidorm Fest entrants Siderland.

 

 

What do the “Nochentera” lyrics mean?

As you’ll remember, the title is a port manteau of “Noche ochentera” and “Noche entera”, which mean ‘Eightees night’ and ‘The whole night’. That should give you an idea about the whole feel: a fun, fresh and uncomplicated entry: “And we go to shout from the balcony, because life is ours to enjoy, because we have so much love to give, the neighbour starts knocking the door because she wants to come and dance”.

Vicco does tell her lover to come over, and she focuses on that person quite a lot: “Hold me by the hips and we’ll dance a slow one the whole night”. “We’ll do it like they do in Vegas, what happens here, stays here”. And then there’s the meme. Because you’ll notice there’s a group of people singing and a male voice before the second chorus. That’s because the neighbour indeed comes and join the party: “Bring some ice, Mari!” – the male voice says.

“Nochentera” lyrics – Vicco (Benidorm Fest 2023)

Written and composed by: Victoria Riba, Joan Valls, Rubén Pérez

Spanish text

Sábado noche 1980,
Tengo bebida fría en la nevera.
Luces neón por toda la escalera,
Toque de glitter, chupito de absenta.

Y me pongo pibón.
Por si esta noche pasa algo entre tú y yo.
Gotas de dolce pa’ que huela mejor.

Y se va calentando el ambiente.
Yo te busco entre toda esta gente,
dime, dime, dime dónde estás.

Tu boquita de fresa, mi mojito de menta,
las cosas bonitas, al final se encuentran.
Dos trocitos de fruta, si quieren se disfrutan,
te invito a mi fiesta en mi casa a la una.

Noche ochentera, toda la noche entera,
hay una cola que tela, pero, ven con quién quieras.
Noche ochentera, toda la noche entera,
cógeme la cadera, que bailamos la lenta tú y yo.
La noche entera, era, ¡eh!
Cómo una noche ochentera, era, ¡eh!
La, la, la noche entera, era, ¡eh!
Cómo una noche ochentera, era, ¡eh!


Lo haremos como en Las Vegas,
lo que pase aquí, aquí se queda.
La policía en la puerta,
pero nadie nos va a frenar, no.
Díselo, que esta fiesta no acabó.
Dame dos, bien de ron y salimos al balcón a gritar.
Que la vida es pa’ disfrutar,
que nos sobran ganas de amar.
La vecina empieza a picar,
que quiere subirse a bailar.
¡Sube, sube, sube!
Que quiere subirse a bailar.
¡Sube, Mari, sube!
¡Y súbete hielos Mari!


Noche ochentera, toda la noche entera,
hay una cola que tela, pero, ven con quién quieras.
Noche ochentera, toda la noche entera,
cógeme la cadera, que bailamos la lenta tú y yo.
La noche entera, era, ¡eh!
Cómo una noche ochentera, era, ¡eh!
La, la, la noche entera, era, ¡eh!
Cómo una noche ochentera, era, ¡eh!

Tu boquita de fresa, mi mojito de menta,
las cosas bonitas, al final se encuentran.

Noche ochentera, toda la noche entera,
hay una cola que tela, pero, ven con quién quieras.
Noche ochentera, toda la noche entera,
cógeme la cadera, que bailamos la lenta tú y yo.
La noche entera, era, ¡eh!
Cómo una noche ochentera, era, ¡eh!
La, la, la noche entera, era, ¡eh!
Cómo una noche ochentera, era, ¡eh!

English translation

Saturday night 1980,
I have cold drinks on the fridge.
Neon lights all over the stairs,
A touch of glitter, an absinthe shot.

And I dress up for tonight.
Just in case there’s something between you and me
Drops of Dolce to smell better.

And the party starts heating up.
I search for you between all these people,
Tell me, tell me, tell me, where are you.

Your strawberry lips, my mint mojito,
Beautiful things find each other in the end.
Two slices of fruit, they can be enjoyed,
I invite you to my party, at my place at 1 AM.

Eightees night, all night long,
there’s such a long queue, but bring along who you want.
Eightees night, all night long,
hold me by the hips and we’ll dance the slow one.
The whole night, ight, eh
Like an Eightees night
La, la, la the whole night, eh!
Like an Eightees night, ight, eh!


We’ll do it like they do in Vegas
whatever happens here, stays here
The police is outside the door
but no one will stop us no.
Tell them that this party is not over.
Pour me two full of rum and we’ll go shouting in the balcony.
Because life is ours to enjoy,
Because we have so much love to give.
The neighbour starts knocking the door
because she wants to come and dance
Come over, come over, come over!
Because she wants to come and dance.
Come over, Mari, come over!
And bring some ice, Mari!


Eightees night, all night long,
there’s such a long queue, but bring along who you want.
Eightees night, all night long,
hold me by the hips and we’ll dance the slow one.
The whole night, ight, eh
Like an Eightees night
La, la, la the whole night, eh!
Like an Eightees night, ight, eh!

Your strawberry lips, my mint mojito,
Beautiful things find each other in the end.

Eightees night, all night long,
there’s such a long queue, but bring along who you want.
Eightees night, all night long,
hold me by the hips and we’ll dance the slow one.
The whole night, ight, eh
Like an Eightees night
La, la, la the whole night, eh!
Like an Eightees night, ight, eh!

Is “Nochentera” your favourite Benidorm Fest entry? Should Vicco sing at Eurovision 2023? Tell us in the comment section below!

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Laura
Laura
3 days ago

It’s so simple but I love it! To me, this feels like a song that the characters in the Netflix series Elite would party to!

Hope either this or Jose’s song wins!

Ruud
Ruud
4 days ago

I soooo hope this wins <3

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
4 days ago

This one’s my winner purely based on sound!

Whisker
Whisker
5 days ago

Love on first listen!

Lorena
Lorena
5 days ago

Just one detail: La nochentera era era como una noche ochentera can be translated as: “The whole night, ight, Like an Eightees night” or “the whole night was like an eightees night” as era as a word means was.
I think she is playing with the words here.

Whisker
Whisker
5 days ago
Reply to  Luis Fuster

It *is* a play on words. The clue is in the first lyric.

Colin
Colin
5 days ago

I might be wrong, but when I hear Nochentera, I hear late 90s or maybe early 2000s, not 80s. However, it’s a very strong hook, and the song grew on me. I can see Vicco exceeding expectations in terms of results.

Jonas
Jonas
5 days ago
Reply to  Colin

Parts of it remind me of 80s Thomas the Tank Engine. Does this make sense to anybody else?

Jake
Jake
5 days ago

For some reason this song reminds me sonically of last year’s Sigues en Mi Mente. It was a song that felt like bubblegum pop. I never really gave it much thought when it competed but when it now shows up on my playlist, it brings a smile to my face and makes bop.