Words Get In The Way (3:25)

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“Words Get in the Way” was the third single released June 14, 1986 by the American band Miami Sound Machine led by Gloria Estefan on their second English language album, and ninth overall, Primitive Love. The song is a ballad and became the most successful song off the album.

As a ballad, “Words Get in the Way” marked a change in sound from the band’s earlier singles and foreshadowed Estefan’s success as an adult contemporary artist. The song was their first to crack the Top 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #5, and became their first number-one hit on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart in 1986. They didn’t achieve the same success internationally, but still managed to reach the Top 20 in other countries. The single was certified Gold by the ARIA for its sales of 35,000 copies. The band re-recorded the song in Spanish under the title “No Me Vuelvo a Enamorar” (“I Won’t Fall in Love Again”), although not a direct translation. The Spanish version entered the Billboard Hot Latin Songs, peaking at number 17, becoming the band’s first entrance on the chart. This version was available on international pressings of the album and on its inclusion on Estefan’s Spanish compilation Exitos de Gloria Estefan.

A live version with a different arrangement was included as a B-side to the single, “Always Tomorrow,” and as a bonus track on international editions of Into the Light. It was taken from Estefan’s Homecoming Concert in Miami from her 1988 Let it Loose Tour, released on VHS.

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