Debo Hacerlo (song)

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"Debo Hacerlo"
Single by Juan Gabriel
from the album Debo Hacerlo
B-side "Pensamientos"
Released 1987 (1987)
Format Airplay · promo single
Recorded 1987
Genre Latin dance
Length 9:42
Label RCA Ariola
Writer(s) Juan Gabriel
Producer(s) Chuck Anderson · Juan Gabriel
Juan Gabriel singles chronology
"Hasta Que Te Conocí"
"Debo Hacerlo"
"Sólo Sé Que Fué en Marzo"

"Debo Hacerlo" (English: "I Must Do It") is a dance song written, produced and performed by Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel. It was released as the first single from his compilation album of the same title (1987). This song became the last original song recorded by Gabriel, until 1994, due to a copyright dispute with BMG over his repertoire, and was later covered by Ana Gabriel, Nydia Rojas, Pandora, José Octavio and Aleks Syntek.[1]


"Debo Hacerlo" became the last original song recorded by Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel, due to his refusal to record any new material, since the dispute with BMG over copyrights to his songs was unresolved. Moreover, upon listening to "Debo Hacerlo" one can hear the same intro from his previous single, "Hasta que te Conoci", and in fact, some of the chord progression from "Hasta" carries onto "Debo Hacerlo". [2] In order to release this song, the record label selected eleven previously released tracks from Gabriel's catalog. Gabriel did a special appearance in the 'Festival Acapulco 1988' to present the song.[3] The song became a success in México where it spent seven months within the Top 5, leading to the parent album to sell six million copies in Latin America and receiving a platinum certification in United States for sales of 100,000 units.[4][5]

Chart performance and cover versions[edit]

The song debuted on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart at number 30 on December 26, 1987 and climbed to the top ten five weeks later.[6][7] It reached the top position of the chart on April 16, 1988, replacing "Ay Amor" by Mexican singer-songwriter Ana Gabriel and being replaced one week later by Los Bukis' "Y Ahora Te Vas".[8] This song became Gabriel's second number-one hit in the Hot Latin Tracks chart as a lead performer, after "Yo No Sé Qué Me Pasó" in 1986 and his fourth number-one single as a songwriter.[9] It ended 1988 as the fifth best-performing single of the year.

"Debo Hacerlo" has been covered by several artists. Mexican trio Pandora recorded a cover version of the song in a medley along with "Caray", "Querida" and "Me Nace del Corazón", they released this version as the second single from their Grammy nominated album ... Con Amor Eterno (1991).[10] This medley peaked at number three in the Hot Latin Tracks chart.[11] A flamenco/house version was recorded by Ana Gabriel in 2005 on her covers album Dos Amores, Un Amante.[12] Mexican singer-songwriter Aleks Syntek recorded another version of the song on the Tribute album Amo al Divo de Juárez.[13] Nydia Rojas, Will Veloz, Pepe González, Mariachi Arriba Juárez and José Octavio also did their version of the track. Juan Gabriel re-recorded "Debo Hacerlo" to celebrate his 30th career anniversary, on his 2001 album Por Los Siglos.[14]

Other Uses[edit]

In 2015 Belarusian rhythmic gymnast Melitina Staniouta for her ribbon routine is using a shorthened version of the song with vocals by Ana Gabriel.

Track listing[edit]

  • Vinyl Maxi-Single[15]
  1. "Debo Hacerlo"
  2. "Pensamientos"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Debo Hacerlo - Performers". Allmusic. Macromedia Corporation. Archived from the original on June 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  2. ^ "Juan Gabriel - Biography". eNotes. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  3. ^ "Juan Gabriel - Biography". Juan Gabriel - official website. Archived from the original on June 12, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  4. ^ "Los 100 Discos Más Vendidos de la Década de los 80's". AMPROFON (in Spanish). Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  5. ^ "Juan Gabriel - Certifications". Gold and Platinum. Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  6. ^ "Debo Hacerlo - Week of December 26, 1987". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1987-12-26. Retrieved 2009-06-15. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Debo Hacerlo - Week of January 23, 1988". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1988-01-23. Retrieved 2009-06-15. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Debo Hacerlo - Week of April 16, 1988". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1988-04-16. Retrieved 2009-06-15. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Juan Gabriel - charts and awards". Allmusic. Macromedia Corporation. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  10. ^ "... Con Amor Eterno - Pandora". Allmusic. Macromedia Corporation. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  11. ^ "Popurri - Pandora - Week of October 5, 1991". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1991-10-05. Retrieved 2009-06-15. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Dos Amores, Un Amante - Juan Gabriel". Allmusic. Macromedia Corporation. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  13. ^ "Amo al Divo de Juárez". Allmusic. Macromedia Corporation. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  14. ^ "Por Los Siglos - Juan Gabriel". Allmusic. Macromedia Corporation. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  15. ^ "Juan Gabriel – Debo Hacerlo / Pensamientos". Discogs. Retrieved July 25, 2014.