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Top Songs by Gloria Estefan

A Selection of Latin Pop and Tropical Hits in English and Spanish

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Throughout her career, Cuban-American singer Gloria Estefan has produced an extensive repertoire defined by different sounds that include Pop and tropical rhythms. Thanks to such a generous musical production, this top bilingual star has become one of the most influential Latino artists in history. From "Con Los Años Que Me Quedan" to "Anything For You," the following are the most memorable songs ever recorded by Gloria Estefan.

"Con Los Años Que Me Quedan"

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A lovely track from the hit album Mi Tierra, "Con Los Años Que Me Quedan" is one of the top romantic tracks ever produced by the Cuban-American singer. This Bolero track was inspired by the love story between Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio Estefan Jr., one of the most famous producers in Latin music.

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"Dr. Beat"

Even though this single was not a real hit like many of the top songs Gloria Estefan has recorded during her solo career, "Dr. Beat" was one of the very first popular tracks released by the legendary Miami Sound Machine band. Musically speaking, this is definitely an 80s song.

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"Get On Your Feet"

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From Gloria Estefan's first solo album Cuts Both Ways, this single enjoyed enormous popularity when it was released back in 1989. Musically speaking, "Get On Your Feet" borrowed some of the sounds that Gloria Estefan had developed during the time she was a lead singer for the Miami Sound Machine band.

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"Ayer"

I have to say, "Ayer" is one of my favorite songs from Gloria Estefan's first Spanish album Mi Tierra. With its unique Cuban flavor and wonderful sound, this track is an ideal song for dancing. After the soft intro, this track becomes an explosion shaped around its marvelous percussion and brass sessions. A wonderful song for a Latin party.

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"Pintame De Colores"

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From the album 90 Millas, this is a very simple, catchy tropical song recorded by the Cuban-American singer. A wonderful track to hit the dance floor, "Pintame De Colores" is a song that highlights Gloria Estefan's talent to sing Caribbean music. The sounds of the strings in the background are great.

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"1-2-3"

This track is one of Gloria Estefan's catchiest songs in the Pop field. Originally written by the Cuban-American singer, "1-2-3" became the seventh Top 10-hit of the Miami Sound Machine band. A refreshing tune, this track has the 80s flavor that made famous this iconic Miami band.

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"Abriendo Puertas"

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This was the track that marked the popularity of Gloria Estefan's second Spanish-language album Abriendo Puertas. Musically speaking, this single is defined by Vallenato music. Unlike Mi Tierra, which was mostly based on Cuban music, this album was shaped around various tropical influences thanks to the significant contribution that the talented Colombian songwriter Kike Santander injected into this work. "Abriendo Puertas" is another great track for a night of dancing.

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"Don't Wanna Lose You"

A romantic track, "Don't Wanna lose You" was one of the most celebrated songs from her solo debut album Cuts Both Ways. This was the singer's second number-one single on Billboard's Hot 100.

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"Conga"

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This single was the most popular track Gloria Estefan recorded with the Miami Sound Machine. The song consolidated the band's unique sound, which combined in a clever way traditional Pop with diverse Latin arrangements.

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"Mi Tierra"

"Mi Tierra" is probably the most famous Spanish-language song recorded by the Latin diva. This track belongs to the hit album by the same name and offers a tropical mix mostly defined by Cuban strings and Salsa. A wonderful song for dancing, "Mi Tierra" is the song that better represents Gloria Estefan's desire to embrace her Cuban roots.

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"Anything For You"

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Thanks to "Anything For You," Gloria Estefan became one of the most popular stars of the Pop scene during the late 1980s. The Cuban-American artist recorded this song alongside the Miami Sound Machine band for the hit album Let It Loose. "Anything For You" became the first number-one song released by the band and Gloria Estefan.

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