Rhythm Is Gonna Get You

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"Rhythm Is Gonna Get You"
Single by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
from the album Let It Loose
B-side"Give It Up"
ReleasedJune 2, 1987 (1987-06-02)
FormatCD single
Cassette single
12" vinyl single
7" vinyl single
3" CD single
GenreDance-pop, freestyle
Songwriter(s)Enrique Garcia
Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine singles chronology
"Falling in Love (Uh-Oh)"
"Rhythm Is Gonna Get You"
"Betcha Say That"

"Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" is a song written by Enrique "Kiki" Garcia and Gloria Estefan, and released by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine in 1987 as the lead single from the album Let It Loose (and the European version of the album Anything for You).

It was their fourth Top 10 (and second Top 5) single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number five. In the UK it took a year and a half for the single to become a chart hit. First released in June 1987 as the first single from Let It Loose, the song failed to chart; a reissue came in February 1988 after the song featured in Stakeout, once again the song failed to chart. However, after the success of the follow up singles Anything For You and 1-2-3, the song was re-released in December 1988 just before Christmas and became a UK top 20 hit, peaking at #16 in January 1989. The song was also featured in promos for Wheel of Fortune, with lyrics changed to "Wheel's Gonna Get You".

An extended remix was released on a 12" single in the US.

It was sampled in a 1989 Bollywood film, Tridev, in the song "Oye Oye-Tirchi Topiwale" and "Gajar ne Kiya Ishara". It was later sampled by Estefan's own 1998 single "Oye".

In 2018, it was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant."[1]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 18
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[3] 39
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 15
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 16
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 5

Official versions and remixes[edit]

Original versions

  1. Album Version (aka 7" Version / Radio Version / Single Version) — (3:54)

Pablo Flores remixes

  1. 12" Version (aka Extended Version / O-eh O-eh Edit) — (7:09)
  2. Dub Mix — (5:58)

2006 remixes

  1. Radio Mix — (3:34)
  2. Extended Mix — (6:16)
  3. Instrumental Dub — (3:34)

Release dates[edit]

Region Date
Japan May 2, 1987 (1987-05-02)
Worldwide May 30, 1987 (1987-05-30)
Australia December 1988 (1988-12)
United Kingdom
February 1988 (1988-02)
United States
December 12, 1987 (1987-12-12)


  1. ^ "National Recording Registry Reaches 500". Library of Congress. March 21, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  2. ^ "Ultratop.be – Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine – Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine – Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Charts.nz – Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine – Rhythm Is Gonna Get You". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "Gloria Estefan Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 13 September 2016.

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