"Bésame Mucho" is a Spanish language song written in 1940 by Mexican Consuelo Velázquez before her sixteenth birthday. The phrase "bésame mucho" can be translated into English as "kiss me a lot." According to Velázquez, she wrote this song even though she had never been kissed yet at the time. She was inspired by the aria "Quejas, o la Maja y el Ruiseñor" from the Spanish 1916 opera Goyescas by Enrique Granados. The lyrics were translated into english by Sunny Skylar.
Emilio Tuero was the first to record the song. It is believed by some sources to be the most recorded song of all time.
The composition has been used on the soundtrack of numerous films including Great Expectations, A toda máquina, Moon Over Parador, Arizona Dream, Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears, The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear, In Good Company, Paid, Juno, Mona Lisa Smile, Mivtza Savta, and Ljubav i drugi zločini.
The Beatles recorded this song for their audition with Decca Records and their early EMI sessions. The latter recording was released on Anthology 1 as part of The Beatles Anthology album series.
In 2007, composer/arranger and jazz trombonist Steve Wiest was nominated for a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement for his version of "Besame Mucho" that was recorded by Maynard Ferguson on The One and Only Maynard Ferguson.
"Bésame Mucho" is also known by translated names such as "Kiss Me Much," "Kiss Me a Lot," "Kiss Me Again and Again," "Embrasse-Moi," "Stale Ma Bozkavaj," "Suutele minua" and "Szeretlek én."