1-2-3 (Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine song)

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Worldwide Single Cover
Single by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
from the album Let It Loose / Anything For You
B-side 1-2-3
(Remix Instrumental)
Released June 14, 1988
Format 3" CD
3" CD-Maxi
7" Vinyl
12" Vinyl
Recorded 1987
Genre Pop, adult contemporary
Length 3:28 (Album Version)
3:36 (Remix)
Label Epic
Writer(s) Gloria M. Estefan
Enrique Garcia
Producer(s) Emilio & The Jerks
(Emilio Estefan, Jr.)
(Lawrence Dermer)
(Joe Galdo)
(Rafael Vigil)
Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine singles chronology
"Anything for You"
"Don't Wanna Lose You"

"1-2-3" (sometimes listed as "1, 2, 3") is a popular song by Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine. The song was written by the band's drummer and lead songwriter Enrique "Kiki" Garcia along with Estefan and appears on the multi-platinum album Let It Loose.

Released as the fifth and final single from that album in the late summer of 1988, "1-2-3" peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1989, and the band's seventh Top 10-hit. It also saw a second release (outside the US) in January 1989 after the success of (out of US re-releases) "Can't Stay From You" and "Anything For You" in late 1988. It became the band's seventh Top 10 hit in the US.[1] In addition, the song became their fourth #1 hit on the Billboard adult contemporary chart.[2] On the Billboard R&B chart, "1-2-3" peaked at 54, and on the UK Singles Chart it peaked at #9.[2] After the success of the re-releases of "Can't Stay From You" and "Anything For You", 1,2,3 also saw a re-release outside the US in January 1989. Although the single version was very similar to the album version, it was remixed to add more horns, a stronger rhythm track, and a different intro to the song; this version was issued on Gloria Estefan Greatest Hits and The Essential Gloria Estefan. An extended version of the song was also released on 12" single.

The lyrics of "1-2-3" detail the singer's desire to have a shy suitor approach her.

In 1991, Estefan sang a children's rendition of the song with Big Bird and the Birdketeers on Sesame Street.

Formats and track listings[edit]

Official versions[edit]

Original versions

  1. Album Version — (3:28)

Eric Schilling & John Haag remixes

  1. Remix — (3:36)
  2. Remix Instrumental (aka Instrumental Version) — (3:36)
  3. Extended Version — (4:42)
  4. Dub Mix — (4:44)

Pete Hammond remixes

  1. The Dancing By Numbers Mix — (6:27)

Release history[edit]

Region Date
U.S. May 1988 (1988-05)
Japan (7" Vinyl) July 1, 1987 (1987-07-01)
Japan (3" CD) July 21, 1988 (1988-07-21)
U.K. October 1988 (1988-10)
Australia November 1988 (1988-11)

Chart performance[edit]

Country Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Latin Pop Airplay 29
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 54
U.S. ARC Weekly Top 40 5
Belgium (Vlaanderen) 28
Belgium 17
Brazil 63
Netherlands 13
Ireland 11
Japan (Tokyo) 40
New Zealand 33
Sweden 4
U.K. 9

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Position
US Billboard Hot 100 Singles 62


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ a b Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That" by Elton John
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
August 27, 1988
Succeeded by
"One Good Woman" by Peter Cetera