Don't Wanna Lose You

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"Don't Wanna Lose You"
Single by Gloria Estefan
from the album Cuts Both Ways
Released June 21, 1989 (1989-06-21)
(see Release history)
Format CD Single
CD maxi single
Cassette Single
7-inch single
12-inch single
Genre Pop
Length 4:12
Label Epic
Writer(s) Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan singles chronology
"Don't Wanna Lose You"
"Get on Your Feet"
Cuts Both Ways track listing
"Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Voice)"
"Don't Wanna Lose You"
"Get on Your Feet"
Greatest Hits track listing
"Get on Your Feet"
""Don't Wanna Lose You""
"Coming Out of The Dark"

"Don't Wanna Lose You" is a song written and recorded by Gloria Estefan. It was released in 1989 as the first single from the album Cuts Both Ways and reached number one in the U.S., where it became her second number-one single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The single was certified Gold.

Song nominations[edit]

The song earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance but lost against Bonnie Raitt's "Nick of Time." Her live performance of the song at the 1990 Grammy Awards was released on the 1994 album Grammy's Greatest Moments Volume I.[1] It also received an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single but lost to Milli Vanilli's "Girl I'm Gonna Miss You."

International versions[edit]

Estefan also recorded "Si Voy a Perderte," which is the Spanish version of this song, (translated as "If I Am Going to Lose You.") "Si Voy a Perderte," also included on Cuts Both Ways, hit number one on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart.

"Se tenho que te perder", (also translated as "If I've Got to Lose You") is the Portuguese version of this song, and was released as a single in Brazil, and as a bonus track on international editions of Estefan's Into the Light album. The Portuguese version was less successful than the English original, which ended being the fourth more heard song in Brazilian radio in 1989.[2]

Single Releases (Commercial & Promotional)[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United States June 21, 1989 (1989-06-21)
Japan July 12, 1989 (1989-07-12)
Europe July 13, 1989 (1989-07-13)
United Kingdom

Chart Performance[edit]

Country Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1 18 (July 8 - Nov 4, 1989)
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 2 23 (July 8 - Nov 18, 1989)
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (Year-End 1989) 14
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks 1 10 (July 15, 1989)
U.S. ARC Weekly Top 40 1 13
Australia 40 5 (Nov 19 - Dec 17, 1989)
Belgium (Vlaanderen) 5 11 (July 15 - Sept 23, 1989)
Belgium (Wallonie) 4 11
Brazil 4
France 40 5 (Feb 10 - March 10, 1990)
Germany 41 16 (Sept 4 - Dec 18, 1989)
Netherlands 5 12 (July 8 - Sept 23, 1989)
Ireland 2 7 (July 13 - Aug 31, 1989)
Japan (Osaka) 6 14 (July 1989)
Japan (Tokyo) 3 17 (July 1989)
Poland 10 16 (Aug 1989)
New Zealand 18 9 (Sept 17 - Nov 12, 1989)
Sweden 13 4 (Sept 1989)
U.K. 6 10 (July 15 - Sept 16, 1989)


Country Certification
U.S. Gold


It was covered by Glee's Amber Riley in "The Spanish Teacher" episode using some of the lyrics from the Spanish version of the song.

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Hangin' Tough" by New Kids on the Block
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
September 16, 1989
Succeeded by
"Girl I'm Gonna Miss You" by Milli Vanilli
Preceded by
"Simplemente Amigos" by Ana Gabriel
Billboard Hot Latin Tracks number one single
September 16, 1989 - October 14, 1989
Succeeded by
"Fría Como el Viento" by Luis Miguel