Coming Out of the Dark

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"Coming Out of the Dark"
Coming Out Of The Dark USA Promo CD Cover.jpg
Single by Gloria Estefan
from the album Into the Light
Released January 10, 1991 (1991-01-10)
Format CD, CD maxi, cassette, 3" vinyl, 7", 12"
Recorded 1990
Genre Pop
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan Jr., Jon Secada
Gloria Estefan singles chronology
"Coming Out of the Dark"
"Seal Our Fate"
"Coming Out of the Dark"
"Seal Our Fate"
Into the Light track listing
"Coming Out of the Dark"
"Seal Our Fate"
Greatest Hits track listing
"Don't Wanna Lose You"
"Coming Out of the Dark"
"Christmas Through Your Eyes"

"Coming Out of the Dark" is a single by American singer and songwriter Gloria Estefan. It was released in 1991 worldwide as the leading and first single of the album Into the Light, becoming the singer’s third number one in the U.S.

Song history[edit]

This is the first single released after Estefan's accident—an 18-wheeler rammed her tour bus, nearly causing the singer's death—when her "Get on Your Feet Tour" was in progress. It is also the first song that Estefan performed publicly after recovering. The song is inspired by the near-fatal accident and also is dedicated to Emilio Estefan, Jr., Gloria’s husband.

The song is a soul ballad which includes the use of a choir. Among the voices in the choir are Gloria’s colleague, the Cuban singer Jon Secada, and the R&B singer Betty Wright (both had participated in backing vocals on Gloria’s album, Cuts Both Ways as well as Into the Light.)

Spanish version ("Desde La Oscuridad")[edit]

Estefan also recorded the Spanish version of the song, called "Desde la Oscuridad". The song was released to Latin-American radio stations and the considerable airplay it received took the song to the Top Five of the Hot Latin Songs chart.

Track listings[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Europe January 10, 1991 (1991-01-10)
U.K. January 21, 1991 (1991-01-21)
Japan January 24, 1991 (1991-01-24)
U.S. January 22, 1991 (1991-01-22)

Chart performance[edit]

The song was a number one hit on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts (and her last to date on both charts).[1] The song was also a hit in Canada, Spain and Japan. However, the song didn’t have as much impact in the rest of Europe, where Estefan had always been popular. In Ireland, the single only reached the Top 20; and in UK reached the Top 40, a very low position in comparison to other singles.

Chart Performance[edit]

Country Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 60
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (Year-End 1991) 34
U.S. ARC Weekly Top 40 1
Australia (ARIA Chart)[2] 56
Belgium (Vlaanderen) 24
Belgium (Wallonie) 10
Brazil 39
Canada (RPM) 1
Germany 45
Ireland 16
Japan (Osaka) 6
Japan (Tokyo) 4
Poland 34
Netherlands 11
New Zealand 26
Spain 1
Switzerland 28
U.K. 25

Official versions[edit]

Original Versions

  1. Album version
  2. Album Version (Spanish version)
  3. "Coming Out Of The Dark" (Instrumental Version)
  4. "Coming Out Of The Dark" (iTunes Originals Version)


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 87. 
  2. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"All the Man That I Need" by Whitney Houston
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
March 16 – 23, 1991
Succeeded by
"You're in Love" by Wilson Phillips
Preceded by
"One More Try" by Timmy T
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
March 30 – April 6, 1991
Succeeded by
"I've Been Thinking About You" by Londonbeat