Can't Stay Away from You

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"Can't Stay Away from You"
Single by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
from the album Let It Loose / Anything For You
B-side"Let It Loose"
ReleasedNovember 10, 1987
FormatCD single, 3" CD-maxi, 7" single, 12" single
Songwriter(s)Gloria M. Estefan
Producer(s)Emilio & The Jerks
(Emilio Estefan, Jr.)
(Lawrence Dermer)
(Joe Galdo)
(Rafael Vigil)
Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine singles chronology
"Betcha Say That"
"Can't Stay Away from You"
"Anything for You"
Music video
"Can't Stay Away from You" on YouTube

"Can't Stay Away from You" is the title of a 1988 single by singer Gloria Estefan, credited to Estefan and her former band, the Miami Sound Machine. The song was the third single released from their multi-platinum album, Let It Loose. It became Estefan's (and her band's) fifth Top 10 hit in the United States, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; it was their second #1 hit on the adult contemporary chart, following 1986's "Words Get in the Way". The song originally peaked at #88 on the UK Singles Chart in May 1988, however the song was re-released after the success of its follow-up, "Anything for You", peaking at #7 in March 1989.

The song is a pensive ballad sung from the perspective of a woman who is in love with someone who doesn't feel the same, but she is unwilling to walk away from their relationship because she does not want it to end.

The European single contains as a bonus cut a remixed version of "Surrender", an album cut from "Let It Loose", which Estefan performed on "Solid Gold".

Popular Latin singer Jaci Velasquez recorded a Spanish version of the song called "Mi Vida No Es Nada Sin Ti" for her album Milagro.

The song appeared in 1988 episodes of the soap operas Another World and The Young and the Restless.

Formats and track listings[edit]

Official versions[edit]

Original versions

  1. Album Version — (3:56)

Release history[edit]

Region Date
U.S. November 10, 1987 (1987-11-10)
Japan January 21, 1988 (1988-01-21)
Europe May 1988 (1988-05)
U.K. May 1988 (1988-05)
U.K. (Rerelease) February 1989 (1989-02)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[1] 98
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[2] 88
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 6
US ARC Weekly Top 40[4] 5
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[5] 1
Chart (1989) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 60
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 7
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 7


Country Certification
Netherlands Gold

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). Sydney: Australian Chart Book. p. 104. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between 1983 and 26 June 1988. "Can't Stay Away From You" was re-released in Australia in 1989, where it peaked higher.
  2. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "Gloria Estefan Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  4. ^ "Rock On The Net: Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine". Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  5. ^ "Gloria Estefan Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  6. ^ "25 Years Ago This Week: May 14, 1989". Retrieved 2015-09-20.
  7. ^ " – Gloria Estefan And Miami Sound Machine – Can't Stay Away From You" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Can't Stay Away From You". Irish Singles Chart.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 2, 1989" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  10. ^ " – Gloria Estefan And Miami Sound Machine – Can't Stay Away from You" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  11. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 17, 2018.

Further reading[edit]

  • Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)

External links[edit]