Words Get in the Way

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"Words Get in the Way"
Gloria Estefan Words Get in the Way Single.jpg
Single by Miami Sound Machine
from the album Primitive Love
B-side "Movies"
Released June 1986
Format Cassette
7" Vinyl
12" Vinyl
Recorded 1985
Genre Pop
Length 3:30
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Gloria Estefan
Producer(s) Emilio Estefan, Jr.
Miami Sound Machine singles chronology
"Bad Boy"
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"Words Get in the Way"
"Falling in Love (Uh-Oh)"

"Bad Boy"
"Words Get in the Way"
"Falling in Love (Uh-Oh)"

"Words Get in the Way" is a song written by Gloria Estefan and released as the third single from her band, Miami Sound Machine, on their second English language album, and ninth overall, Primitive Love. The song is a ballad and became the most successful song off the album.

Song history[edit]

As a ballad, "Words Get in the Way" marked a change in sound from the band's earlier singles and foreshadowed Estefan's later success.

The song was their first to crack the Top 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #5, and became their first number-one hit on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in 1986.[1] They didn't achieve the same success internationally, but still managed to reach the Top 20 in other countries. The single was certified Gold by the ARIA for its sales of 35,000 copies.[2]

The band re-recorded the song in Spanish under the title "No Me Vuelvo a Enamorar" ("I Won't Fall in Love Again"), although not a direct translation. The Spanish version entered the "Hot Latin Songs" in the Top 20, becoming the band's first entrance on the chart. This version was available on international pressings of the album and on its inclusion on Estefan's Spanish compilation Exitos de Gloria Estefan.

A live version with a different arrangement was included as a B-side to the single, "Always Tomorrow," and as a bonus track on international editions of Into the Light. It was taken from Estefan's Homecoming Concert in Miami from her 1988 Let it Loose Tour, released on VHS.

The song was featured in 1986 episodes of the daytime soap operas All My Children and Another World.

Formats and track listings[edit]

Official versions[edit]

Original versions

  1. Album Version — (3:23)
  2. Spanish Version ("No Me Vuelvo a Enamorar") — (3:23)
  3. Live Version (from the Homecoming Concert in Miami 1988) — (5:02)

Release history[edit]

Region Date
U.S. June 1986
Europe October 1986
Japan July 21, 1986

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 22
Belgium (Flanders) 30
Belgium (Wallonie) 22
Netherlands 26
New Zealand Top 40 Singles Chart[4] 4
US Billboard Hot 100 5
US Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks (Billboard) 1
US Hot Latin Tracks (Billboard) 17
US ARC Weekly Top 40[5] 5
US Radio & Records CHR/Pop Airplay Chart[6] 9
US Radio & Records Adult Contemporary Top 30 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 Singles 47
US Radio & Records CHR/Pop Airplay Chart[7] 66
Brazil 14
New Zealand[8] 40


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 87.
  2. ^ a b c Words Get In The Way (Single - 1986)
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). Sydney: Australian Chart Book. p. 199. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between 1983 and 26 June 1988.
  4. ^ http://nztop40.co.nz/chart/singles?chart=3220
  5. ^ "Rock On The Net: The ARC Archive: September 20, 1986". www.rockonthenet.com. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
  6. ^ "Gloria Estefan Chart history on the R&R airplay chart". February 26, 2017.
  7. ^ "Radio & Records Contemporary Hit Radio 1986 Year-End Chart". www.popradiotop20.com. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
  8. ^ http://nztop40.co.nz/chart/?chart=3875

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