Cuts_Both_Ways_CD_Cover.jpegGloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine – “Get On Your Feet” – (1989)

As upbeat as this song is – and the fact that it was on the by-this-point-cresting wave of Latin-tinged 1980s hits – it only managed to hit #11 on the Hot 100, but it was still a mainstay on Adult Contemporary radio for the next five years, at least. This was the most fun hit from Gloria’s final album with the Miami Sound Machine.

Gloria Estefan & ‘N Sync – “Music of My Heart” – (1999)

There are two big names behind this song. No, not Gloria Estefan and ‘N Sync – but Diane Warren and David Foster. If you don’t know who they are, look them up as their hit-writing/producing ability is pretty strong. This song was nominated for two Grammys and an Oscar. It was a #2 hit on the Hot 100 and as I’ve had a 90s music listening resurgence lately (this includes a lot of ‘N Sync on my car radio) – I must say, this song is pretty good. Although Joey Fatone’s super red hair in the video really isn’t.

Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine – “1,2,3” – (1987)

Okay, 1, 2 or 3 – which do you think this song peaked at on the Hot 100? Answer: 3. This is one of the more upbeat singles that Gloria Estefan ever had. It’s pure 80s with that slight Latin vibe that made her so successful and interesting. This song came from the last official Miami Sound Machine album, as the band more or less imploded (an always-changing version of the band still backs her today, but they are no longer billed separately). This is one of my favorite Estefan tunes.

Gloria Estefan – “Coming Out of the Dark” – (1991)

This was Gloria Estefan’s third #1 single in the U.S. There is a Spanish and an English version of this song and while trying to find it on YouTube, I clicked on the official video and skipped through it to try and determine which version it was. It took quite a while because I could barely tell a difference. Estefan’s 1989 album Cuts Both Ways was fairly big in terms of hit singles and everything she did with Miami Sound Machine was in the 1980s. This song picked up right where those left off.