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LISTEN: Gloria Estefan’s ’90s sex anthem is still a total banger over 30 years later

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Gloria Estefan is the most successful crossover performer in Latin music history, selling over 100 million albums worldwide, 31.5 million of those in the United States alone.

She’s also a longtime LGBTQ+ ally and at least partially responsible for giving us both Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. (Oh, and she was hiring Ru girls more than a decade before RuPaul’s Drag Race was even a thing.)In 1990, when she was at the very peak of her popularity, Estefan recorded “Sex in the ’90s.” The deep track was included on her 1991 smash album Into The Light, the follow-up to her 1989 megahit album Cuts Both Ways.

Estefan co-wrote the dance song with Jon Secada. Though it was never released as a single, she included it on the setlist for her Into The Light World Tour, which remains one of highest grossing tours ever for a Latin artist to this day.“Sex in the ’90s” can be interpreted in a couple of different ways.Many have read it as Estefan’s response to the sexier, more empowered direction her peers were talking with their music at the time.Madonna, for instance, high off the success of her single “Justify My Love”, would release her album Erotica not long after Into The Light.

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