Don't Wanna Lose You

"Don't Wanna Lose You" is a song by American singer and songwriter Gloria Estefan. It was released in 1989 as the first single from the album Cuts Both Ways and reached number one in the US, where it became her second number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song is written by Estefan and was certified Gold.

"Don't Wanna Lose You"
Gloria Estefan - Don't Wanna Lose You.jpg
Single by Gloria Estefan
from the album Cuts Both Ways
ReleasedJune 21, 1989 (1989-06-21)
Format
GenrePop
Length4:12
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)Gloria Estefan
Producer(s)
Gloria Estefan singles chronology
"1-2-3"
(1988)
"Don't Wanna Lose You"
(1989)
"Get on Your Feet"
(1989)
Music video
"Don't Wanna Lose You" on YouTube

Song nominationsEdit

The song earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance but lost against Bonnie Raitt's "Nick of Time." Her live performance of the song at the 1990 Grammy Awards was released on the 1994 album Grammy's Greatest Moments Volume I.[1] It also received an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single but lost to Milli Vanilli's "Girl I'm Gonna Miss You."

International versionsEdit

Estefan also recorded "Si Voy a Perderte," which is the Spanish version of this song, (translated as "If I Am Going to Lose You.") "Si Voy a Perderte," also included on Cuts Both Ways, hit number one on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart.

"Se tenho que te perder", (also translated as "If I've Got to Lose You") is the Portuguese version of this song, and was released as a single in Brazil, and as a bonus track on international editions of Estefan's Into the Light album. The Portuguese version was less successful than the English original, which ended being the fourth more heard song in Brazilian radio in 1989.[2]

Critical receptionEdit

Matthew Hocter from Albumism wrote, "If ever a solo debut was to make its mark, this one well and truly did and this was never more evident than on the album’s lead single “Don’t Wanna Lose You”".[3] AllMusic editor Jason Birchmeier said the song is "super".[4] Another editor Jon O'Brien noted it as "beautiful".[5] Maryann Scheufele from AXS commented that Estefan "inspires women to stand their ground and keep their love."[6] Pip Ellwood-Hughes from Entertainment Focus described it as a "power ballad".[7] Entertainment Weekly wrote in their review, that it "croon along smoothly".[8] Pop Rescue said it sees Estefan "pitched against a wonderful synthscape and simple pop-rock beat. Occasional electric guitar chips in, but this is a song about giving Gloria enough space to sing her heartfelt lyrics over a somewhat minimal track."[9]

Chart performanceEdit

Formats and track listingsEdit

US and Canada Cassette single (34T 68959) [June 1989]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Si Voy A Perderte" (Don't Wanna Lose You - Spanish version)Gloria Estefan4:10
US and Canada 7" vinyl single (34 68959) [June 1989]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Si Voy A Perderte" (Don't Wanna Lose You - Spanish version)Gloria Estefan4:10
US promo CD single (ESK 1666) [June 1989]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Si Voy A Perderte" (Don't Wanna Lose You - Spanish version)Gloria Estefan4:10
Europe 7" vinyl single (655054 7) [July 1989]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Si Voy A Perderte" (Don't Wanna Lose You - Spanish version)Gloria Estefan4:10
Europe 12" vinyl single (655054 6) [July 1989]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Si Voy A Perderte" (Don't Wanna Lose You - Spanish version)Gloria Estefan4:10
3."Words Get in the Way" (Live from the Homecoming Concert)Gloria Estefan4:59
Europe 3" CD single (655128 1) [July 1989]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Si Voy A Perderte" (Don't Wanna Lose You - Spanish version)Gloria Estefan4:10
Europe 3" CD-Maxi single (655054 3) [July 1989]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Si Voy A Perderte" (Don't Wanna Lose You - Spanish version)Gloria Estefan4:10
3."Words Get in the Way" (Live from the Homecoming Concert)Gloria Estefan4:59
UK CD-Maxi single ("The Ballads Compact Disc") [655054 2] {July 1989}
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Anything for You"Gloria Estefan3:44
3."Can't Stay Away from You"Gloria Estefan3:56
4."Words Get in the Way"Gloria Estefan3:28
UK Cassette single (655054 4) [July 1989]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Words Get in the Way" (Live from the Homecoming Concert)Gloria Estefan4:59
UK 7" vinyl single #1 (655054 0) [July 1989]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Words Get in the Way" (Live from the Homecoming Concert)Gloria Estefan4:59
UK 7" vinyl single #2 (Limited edition poster package) [655054 9] {July 1989}
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Words Get in the Way" (Live from the Homecoming Concert)Gloria Estefan4:59
UK 12" vinyl single #1 ("The Ballads Twelve Inch") [655054 1] {July 1989}
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Anything for You"Gloria Estefan3:44
3."Can't Stay Away from You"Gloria Estefan3:56
4."Words Get in the Way"Gloria Estefan3:28
UK 12" vinyl single #2 (655054 8) [July 1989]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Words Get in the Way" (Live from the Homecoming Concert)Gloria Estefan4:59
3."Say" (Remix)Jon Secada, Bill Duncan3:41
4."Si Voy A Perderte" (Don't Wanna Lose You – Spanish version)Gloria Estefan4:10
Spain promo 7" vinyl single (ARIE 2208)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
Australia Cassette single (655054 4)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Si Voy A Perderte" (Don't Wanna Lose You – Spanish version)Gloria Estefan4:10
Australia 7" vinyl single (655054 7)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Si Voy A Perderte" (Don't Wanna Lose You – Spanish version)Gloria Estefan4:10
Australia 12" vinyl single (655054 6)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Si Voy A Perderte" (Don't Wanna Lose You – Spanish version)Gloria Estefan4:10
3."Words Get in the Way" (Live from the Homecoming Concert)Gloria Estefan4:59
Philippines 7" vinyl single (QEL45-20169)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Si Voy A Perderte" (Don't Wanna Lose You – Spanish version)Gloria Estefan4:10
Japan 3" CD single (10•8P-3068) [July 12, 1989]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Si Voy A Perderte" (Don't Wanna Lose You – Spanish version)Gloria Estefan4:10
Japan promo 7" vinyl single (QY•5P-90053) [June 12, 1989]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Si Voy A Perderte" (Don't Wanna Lose You – Spanish version)Gloria Estefan4:10
Brazil promo 12" vinyl single (52.161)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
Si Voy A Perderte – Mexico promo 12" vinyl single (PRLP 95092)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Si Voy A Perderte" (Don't Wanna Lose You – Spanish version)Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
Si Voy A Perderte – Ecuador promo 7" vinyl single (133-1158)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Si Voy A Perderte" (Don't Wanna Lose You – Spanish version)Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Oye mi Canto" (Spanish version)Gloria Estefan4:10
Si Voy A Perderte – Costa Rica promo 12" vinyl single (8655054)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Si Voy A Perderte" (Don't Wanna Lose You – Spanish version)Gloria Estefan4:10
2."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
Se Tenho Que Te Perder – Brazilian promo 12" vinyl single (52.168)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Se Tenho Que Te Perder" (Don't Wanna Lose You – Portuguese version)Gloria Estefan & Aloysio Reis4:10
2."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:10
3."Si Voy A Perderte" (Don't Wanna Lose You - Spanish version)Gloria Estefan4:10
4."Se Tenho Que Te Perder / Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan & Aloysio Reis4:10
5."Se Tenho Que Te Perder / Si Voy A Perderte"Gloria Estefan & Aloysio Reis4:10
6."Don't Wanna Lose You / Si Voy A Perderte"Gloria Estefan4:10

Release historyEdit

Region Date
United States June 21, 1989 (1989-06-21)
Europe July 3, 1989 (1989-07-03)
United Kingdom
Japan July 12, 1989 (1989-07-12)

Cover versionsEdit

It was covered by Glee's Amber Riley in "The Spanish Teacher" episode using some of the lyrics from the Spanish version of the song.

Il Divo, the vocal quartet of male singers; Swiss tenor Urs Buhler, Spanish baritone Carlos Marin, American tenor David Miller and French pop singer Sébastien Izambard, along with Colombian producer winner of multiple Grammy Latino Julio Reyes Copello, recorded the song for the album Amor & Pasión from Il Divo (2015).[23]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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