Cuba Libre (song)

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"Cuba Libre"
Gloria Estefan Cuba Libre Single.jpg
Single by Gloria Estefan
from the album Gloria!
Released November 9, 1998 (Europe)
Format CD Single
CD Maxi single
12" Vinyl Single
Recorded 1997-1998
Genre Dance-Pop
Length 4:38
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Jr.
Gloria Estefan singles chronology
"'Cuba Libre'"
"Don't Let This Moment End"
"Cuba Libre"
"Don't Let This Moment End"
(1998) / (1999)

"Cuba Libre" (Free Cuba) is a song by Gloria Estefan, released as the third single from her eighth studio album, Gloria!.


"Cuba Libre" is a dance-pop song included in Estefan's eighth studio album, gloria! (1998), in two versions: English and Spanish. It is one of the three only Spanish-language tracks on the album, alongside "Oye!" and "Corazón prohibido," and represents a homage to Estefan's homeland, Cuba.[1] "Cuba Libre" was written and composed by Gloria Estefan, along with Emilio Estefan, Jr. and Kike Santander, and has a duration of four minutes and 45 seconds.[2]


Larry Flick from Vibe applauded the song, as well as "Oye," by stating that both tracks "have a ferocious new energy and a vocal spark that Estefan hasn't previously displayed."[3] Chuck Eddy from Entertainment Weekly named the song as "ominously undulating," adding that it "reach[es] for the skies like a missile-crisis fiesta thrown by Donna Summer."[4]

Track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Cuba Libre".

Europe CD Maxi single (666691 2)

  1. "Cuba Libre" (Spanish Version)
  2. "Cuba Libre" (English Version)
  3. "Bailando Megamix"


Chart (1998) Peak
Spain Top 40 Singles Chart 3


  1. ^ Richie Unterberger; Samb Hicks; Jennifer Dempsey (1999). Music USA: The Rough Guide. Rough Guides. p. 146. ISBN 9781858284217. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Gloria! - Gloria Estefan". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Flick, Larry (July 1998). "Gloria Estefan "Gloria!"". Vibe. 6 (5). Vibe Media Group. p. 186. ISSN 1070-4701. 
  4. ^ Chuck, Eddy (5 June 1998). "Gloria! Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 

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