Words Get in the Way

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"Words Get in the Way"
Single by Miami Sound Machine
from the album Primitive Love
B-side "Movies"
Released June 14, 1986
Format Cassette Single
Vinyl 7" Single
Vinyl 12" Single
Recorded 1985
Genre Pop
Length 3:30
Label Epic
Writer(s) Gloria M. Estefan
Certification Gold (ARIA)
Miami Sound Machine singles chronology
"Bad Boy"
"Words Get in the Way"
"Falling in Love (Uh-Oh)"
Primitive Love track listing
"Primitive Love"
"Words Get in the Way"
"Bad Boy"
Greatest Hits track listing
"Words Get in the Way"
"Can't Stay Away from You"

"Words Get in the Way" was the third single released 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.

Song history[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

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 "Hot Latin Songs" in the Top 20, 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.

The song was featured in a 1986 episode of the daytime soap opera General Hospital.

Formats and track listings[edit]

U.S. Vinyl 7" Single (DBS 10120)

  1. "Words Get in the Way" (Album Remix)
  2. "Movies" (Album Version)

Australia Vinyl 7" Single (ES 1169)

  1. "Words Get in the Way" (Album Version)
  2. "Movies" (Album Version)

Holland Vinyl 12" Single (650079 6)

  1. "Words Get in the Way" (Album Version)
  2. "Movies" (Album Version)
  3. "Body to Body" (Album Version)

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United States June 14, 1986
Japan July 21, 1986


Chart (1986) Peak
Australia Singles Chart 22
Dutch Singles Chart 17
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks 17

Official versions[edit]

Original versions

  1. Album Version (3:23)


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 87. 
  2. ^ a b Words Get In The Way (Single - 1986)

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Glory of Love" by Peter Cetera
Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single
August 23, 1986 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Friends and Lovers" by Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson