Bad Boy (Miami Sound Machine song)

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"Bad Boy"
Gloria Estefan Bad Boy Single.jpg
Single by Miami Sound Machine
from the album Primitive Love
  • "Surrender Paradise" (North America)
  • "Movies" (Europe)
ReleasedAugust 30, 1985 (1985-08-30)
FormatCassette single
Vinyl 7" Single
Vinyl 12" single
Length3:58 (Album Version)
3:42 (Single Remix)
Songwriter(s)Larry Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil
Producer(s)Emilio Estefan Jr.
Miami Sound Machine singles chronology
"Bad Boy"
"Words Get in the Way"

"Bad Boy" was the second 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 enjoyed much success following up on the band's mainstream breakthrough single, "Conga". The song opened the film, Three Men and a Baby.

Song history[edit]

The radio release and single was an edited and remixed version of the original album cut. It was remixed by Shep Pettibone. "Bad Boy" became the band's second Top Ten single in the United States, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached the Top 20 in many other countries around the world. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA in the U.S. for sales of 500,000 units and by the ARIA in Australia for sales of 35,000 copies. The song landed at #79 on Billboard magazine's year-end chart of 1986.[1]

Music videos[edit]

Two music videos were made. One has a South Beach, Miami hotel and beach setting. The other, directed by D.J. Webster, featured Estefan dancing with anthropomorphized alley cats,[2] led by choreographer Russell Clark, in the style of the musical Cats.

Formats and track listings[edit]

U.S. Vinyl 12" Single (49 05338)

  1. "Bad Boy" (Remix)
  2. "Bad Boy" (Dub Version)

U.S. Vinyl 12" Promo Single (PRO1)

  1. "Bad Boy" (Single Mix)
  2. "Bad Boy" (Album Version)

U.S. Vinyl 7" Single (34 05805)

  1. "Bad Boy" (Single Remix)
  2. "Surrender Paradise" (Album Version)

UK Vinyl 7" Single (A 6537)

  1. "Bad Boy" (Single Remix)
  2. "Movies" (Album Version)

UK Vinyl 12" Single (TA 6537)

  1. "Bad Boy" (Single Remix)
  2. "Bad Boy" (Dub Version)
  3. "Movies" (Album Version)

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Europe August 30, 1985 (1985-08-30)
United States February 15, 1986 (1986-02-15)
Japan April 2, 1986 (1986-04-02)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Official versions[edit]

Original versions

  1. Album Version — 3:58


  1. Single Remix — 3:42
  2. Club Mix — 6:26
  3. Dub Mix — 6:43


  1. Extended album version


  1. ^ a b c "Bad Boy (Single - 1986)". 27 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Miami Sound Machine - Bad boy [version 1] @". - the music video database.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). Sydney: Australian Chart Book. pp. 104, 199. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between 1983 and 26 June 1988.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Miami Sound Machine: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  6. ^ "Miami Sound Machine Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Miami Sound Machine Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Miami Sound Machine Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Miami Sound Machine Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  10. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (23 May 2017). "RPM Weekly - Top Singles of 1986". Archived from the original on 23 November 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Miami Sound Machine – Bad Boy". Music Canada. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  13. ^ "American single certifications – Miami Sound Machine – Bad Boy". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 1, 2013. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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