97 Words: “Heaven’s What I Feel” by Gloria Estefan

Vincent Anthony
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This song is part of our “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist. Check out the full list.

It’s almost become a rite of passage for a diva to delve into dance-pop at some point in her career. With “Heaven’s What I Feel,” the lead single from her mononymous album “gloria!” (1998), pioneering Latin pop icon Gloria Estefan fully committed to crafting dancefloor anthems. “Heaven’s What I Feel,” with its Spanish, French, and club mixes, became a decent hit for a then-40-year-old Estefan. Boasting soaring vocals, a glossily produced pop take on the House genre, and some fittingly dramatic lyrics of forbidden love, “Heaven’s What I Feel” is prime gay club material from a beloved diva.

Watch the “Heaven’s What I Feel” video, stream it in English or Spanish, or buy the “gloria!” album.

In celebration of summer, the staff at THE 97 has compiled a playlist containing some of our favorite summer songs, from then and now. Each day we will reveal one song, rotating daily between past and present with pairings from 1998 and 2023, for a total of 97 days/songs. Since we love nostalgia, we’re celebrating summer songs from 1998 as they turn 25, alongside new songs that we feel deserve some shine. Pairings could be thematic, sonic, or based connections between the artists.

Check out our full “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist here

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Vincent is the founder of the magazine and has had a strong passion for popular music since, well, 1997! If it's not obvious, his favorite artists include Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, P!nk, and many more. Vincent lives in New York, where he is a high school English teacher, and currently he is pursuing a Master's in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.