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"Reach" is a song by Gloria Estefan, released as a single in 1996. Co-written with Diane Warren and taken from the official Atlanta 96 album Rhythm of the Games, it later featured on Destiny, which is Estefan's seventh studio album.[1] The song peaked within Top 10 in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Norway and Spain. In the UK it peaked at number 15.

"Reach"
Gloria Estefan Reach Single.jpg
Single by Gloria Estefan
from the album Destiny
ReleasedApril 1996 (1996-04)
Format
Recorded1995-1996
GenrePop
Length3:50
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Gloria Estefan singles chronology
"Abriendo Puertas A La Navidad"
(1995)
"Reach"
(1996)
"You'll Be Mine (Party Time)"
(1996)
Music video
"Reach" on YouTube

Contents

Song historyEdit

"It's about starting over and getting up and moving, so yeah, I can identify very strongly with it. We really wanted the song to be something that everyone could identify with. It was done as a folk song and then, because of the grandness of the Olympics, we threw on the big drums. But it is a song for every culture."

Gloria Estefan talking about the song.[2]

"Reach" was one of two official songs of the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta in 1996. It was written by Gloria Estefan and Diane Warren. The lyrics is about overcoming troubled times and coming back stronger than ever. "Reach" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the ceremony in 1997 but lost out to Toni Braxton's "Un-Break My Heart" also written by Diane Warren.

Estefan recorded a Spanish version of the song, "Puedes Llegar", with Julio Iglesias, Plácido Domingo, Jon Secada, Alejandro Fernández, Roberto Carlos, Ricky Martin, José Luis Rodríguez, Patricia Sosa and Carlos Vives on vocals. This version can be found on the Spanish version of the Olympics compilation album Voces Unidas.

"Reach" also appears on her compilation albums Greatest Hits Vol. II (2001), The Very Best of Gloria Estefan (2006) and The Essential Gloria Estefan (2006).

Critical receptionEdit

The Gavin Report wrote about the song: "Though there's nothing wrong with hearing Gloria sing covers, the remarkable performer really shines when she has new material that showcases her signature style. A collaboration with Pop songwriting genius Diane Warren results in a production which is quintessential Gloria Estefan."[3]

Music & Media wrote: "As the official Olympics theme song, this sweeping ballad is dominated by slow, impressive drums which swell to a climax towards the end. Estefan's voice is warm and strong, amplified by a gospel choir, but she wisely eschews any vocal acrobatics."[4]

Track listings and formatsEdit

Original Versions

  1. Album Version — (3:50)
  2. Single Version (w/o Chorus Ending) — (3:50)
  3. Spanish Version ("Puedes Llegar") — (3:50)

Pablo Flores & Javier Garza Remixes

  1. Gold Medal Mix — (6:46)
  2. Gold Medal Single Edit — (4:43)

Love To Infinity Remixes

  1. Love To Infinity's Master Mix — (5:00)
  2. Love To Infinity's Pure & Free Mix — (6:27)
  3. Love To Infinitiy's Radio Master Mix — (4:18)
  4. Love To Infinity's Walk In The Park Radio Mix — (4:12)
  5. Love To Infinity's Walk In The Park Mix — (6:27)
  6. Love To Infinity's Aphrodisiac Mix — (6:58)

David Morales Remixes

  1. Higher Radio Mix — (3:50)
  2. Higher Club Mix (Vox Up) — (10:42)
  3. Higher Club Mix — (10:42)
  4. Reachin' Dub — (8:10)
  5. Dubstrumental — (7:30)

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 23
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 26
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[7] 6
Czech Republic (IFPI CR)[8] 3
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[9] 47
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 58
Hungary (Mahasz)[11] 8
Italy (Hit Parade Italia)[12] 21
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 46
Norway (VG-lista)[14] 10
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[15] 18
Spain (Promusicae)[16] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 19
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 15
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 42
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[20] 5
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[21] 29
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[22] 2
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard)[23] 30

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rhythm of the Games
  2. ^ Benson, Michael. Gloria Estefan. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  3. ^ Sholin, Dave (22 March 1996). "Gavin Picks > Singles" (PDF). Gavin Report. No. 2097. p. 54. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  4. ^ "New Releases: Singles" (PDF). Music & Media (27 April 1996, page 10). Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Gloria Estefan – Reach". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 3027." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 2991." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. 2 March 1991. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Top 10 Czech Republic" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Gloria Estefan – Reach". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Top 10 Hungary" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Indice per Interprete: E". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Gloria Estefan – Reach" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Gloria Estefan – Reach". VG-lista. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100 12 May 1996 - 25 May 1996". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  16. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  17. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Gloria Estefan – Reach". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  19. ^ "Gloria Estefan Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  20. ^ "Gloria Estefan Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  21. ^ "Gloria Estefan Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  22. ^ "Gloria Estefan Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  23. ^ "Gloria Estefan Chart History (Hot Latin Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 25 August 2010.

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