You'll Be Mine (Party Time)

"You'll Be Mine (Party Time)" is a 1996 song by American singer and songwriter Gloria Estefan. It was released as the follow-up to "Reach", as the second single from her seventh studio album, Destiny. The song is a dance track with strong African rhythms and became one of Estefan's most popular songs. Since its appearance, the song has been present on all the tours of Gloria Estefan as it remains a favorite among fans. In the UK the Classic Paradise radio mix by Love To Infinity was the preferred version played by radio stations including Radio 1. The single peaked within the Top 20 in Finland, France, Scotland, Spain and the United Kingdom. In France it was released twice; at its first release, it peaked at number 15, but at the second release the song peaked at number 17.

"You'll Be Mine (Party Time)"
Gloria Estefan You'll be Mine (Party Time) Single.jpg
Single by Gloria Estefan
from the album Destiny
ReleasedSeptember 11, 1996 (1996-09-11)
Gloria Estefan singles chronology
"You'll Be Mine (Party Time)"
"I'm Not Giving You Up" / "Higher"
Music video
"You'll Be Mine (Party Time)" on YouTube
Audio sample
Gloria Estefan - "You'll Be Mine (Party Time)"

Estefan and Stevie Wonder collaborated for a special performance of this song at the Super Bowl XXXIII Halftime Show in 1999, the performance received a strong ovation and gave the two singers a boost on sales in the albums the two singers were promoting at that time.[1]

The song has been used twice in the British TV show Strictly Come Dancing for the Salsa, once in a Series 7 dance by Natalie Cassidy and again in 2012 by Fern Britton.

Critical receptionEdit

AllMusic editor Jon O'Brien wrote that "the Caribbean-flavored "You'll Be Mine", later sampled in Will Smith's "Miami", is an effortlessly uplifting party track."[2] Larry Flick from Billboard described the song as a "lively, latin-spiked ditty" and a "jiggly revisitation of La Glo's "Conga" era". He added that "this cut is actually better described as a savvy progression of the sound she and the Miami Sound Machine mined", complimenting Estefan who "has rarely sounded more playful, as evident in the gingerly way she surfs atop the track's rushing waves of percussion and horns."[3] Later on the album release, the magazine also noted it a "festive street-party anthem"[4] The Daily Vault's Mark Millan called it "one of Gloria's best dance numbers" with "latin beats and sexy horns". He also noted that it "add much needed light into what is a very mood-driven and introspective collection of songs."[5] People Magazine said that "her sensual vocal style works best when it rides a firecracker groove." They added that "when she gets wild and frisky in the calypso swing of "You'll Be Mine (Party Time)" then Estefan "can even get a grandma leaping from her rocking chair and dancing into the streets."[6] Bob Waliszewski of Plugged In stated that it "rejoices in life and love".[7] Fernando Gonzales from Star-News noted it as a "good-time romp".[8]


Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1996) Peak
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 64
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 20
France (SNEP) 15
France (SNEP) (re-release) 17
Germany (Official German Charts) 84
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[9] 24
Japan (Tokyo) 86
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[10] 18
Spain (AFYVE) 18
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 36
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 18
US Billboard Hot 100 70
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 2
US Billboard Hot Singles Sales 64
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 2
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 14


  1. ^ "Gloria Estefan & Stevie Wonder to Headline Progressive Auto Insurance Super Bowl XXXIII Halftime Show; Show Produced by Radio City Entertainment | Business Wire". Find Articles. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
  2. ^ "Gloria Estefan - The Very Best of Gloria Estefan". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  3. ^ "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. 1996-08-10. p. 41. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  4. ^ "Estefan Embraces Her 'Destiny'". Billboard magazine. 1996-05-11. p. 80. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  5. ^ "Gloria Estefan - Destiny". The Daily Vault. 2010-01-21. Retrieved 2020-02-25.
  6. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Destiny". People. 1996-06-10. Retrieved 2020-03-10.
  7. ^ Waliszewski, Bob. "Destiny". Plugged In. Focus on the Family. Retrieved 2020-04-27.
  8. ^ "Estefan's 'Destiny' another reinvention". Star-News. 1996-06-07. p. 41. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  9. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (31.08.1996-06.09.1996)" (PDF) (in Icelandic). Dagblaðið Vísir - Tónlist. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  10. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100 18 August 1996 - 24 August 1996". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2020-02-15.

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