A 30 second sample of "Hasta Que Te Conocí" where the singer describes living a happy life until he mets a lover where he learns the meaning of suffering.
"Hasta Que Te Conocí" ("Until I Met You") is a song written, produced, and performed by Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel. It was released in 1986 as the third single from his studio album Pensamientos. In the song, the protagonist learns the meaning of suffering after meeting a lover who mistreats him. It peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot Latin Song chart. A live version of the song was included on his album En el Palacio de Bellas Artes (1990) which peaked at number ten on the Hot Latin Songs chart.
Jason Birchmeier of Allmusic called the song a "classic" on the review of La Historia del Divo. On the week of December 26, 1986, "Hasta Que Te Conocí" debuted at numbert thirty-nine on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. The song climbed to the top ten on the week of March 21, 1987 and peaked at number two six weeks later with the number one position being held off by Braulio's song "En Bancarrota". "Hasta Que Te Conocí" ended 1987 as the fourth best-performing Latin single of the year in the United States. The live version of the song peaked at number ten on the Hot Latin Songs chart.
In 1993, American recording artist Marc Anthony covered "Hasta Que Te Conocí" on his debut studio album Otra Nota. According to Anthony, he originally had no desire to record in Spanish and turned down an offer by RMM manager Ralph Mercado to record an album in salsa. During a taxi ride, Anthony heard Gabriel's "Hasta Que Te Conocí" on the radio and was compelled to perform the song in salsa. This led to an agreement between Mercado and Anthony to record an album in salsa with a cover of "Hasta Que Te Conocí" included.
On the review of the album, Evan Gutierrez of Allmusic cited Anthony's cover as one of the tracks that "showcased well" with his "edgy improvisation and wide vocal range". David Wilson of Wilson & Alroy's Record Reviews opined the song as "the record's high point". Anthony's cover received a nomination for Tropical Song of the Year at the 1994 Lo Nuestro Awards, but lost to "El Baile del Perrito" by Wilfrido Vargas y su Orquesta. At the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Latin Awards of 1994, Juan Gabriel received an award in the Tropical/Salsa Category for "Hasta Que Te Conocí". "Hasta Que Te Conocí" peaked at number thirteen on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart.
A music video for the song was produced to promote the single which was filmed in New York City. In the video, Anthony and a woman are shown having a happy relationship until she breaks up with him by leaving a note for him leaving Anthony in bitterness. It was included on the video compilation album Mejores Videos de India y Marc Anthony (1996).
A music video for Maná's version was released on August 27, 2012. It was directed by Pablo Croce and filmed in the Estudios Churubusco in Mexco City, Mexico. In the video, a man recounts his sorrows with depression and alcohol in a bar regretting his love for a woman.
In 1987, Dominican musician Roberto del Castillo covered "Hasta Que Te Conocí" in merengue on his album Justo a Tiempo. His version peaked at number eleven on the Hot Latin Songs chart. Mexican singer Ana Gabriel performed a live cover of the song on her album En Vivo (1990). Her version peaked at number twenty-five on the Hot Latin Songs chart. In 1994, Argentine pianist Raúl di Blasio covered the song on his album Piano de America, Vol. 2. di Blasio's cover was released to radio stations on May 10, 1994. It features Gabriel performing the vocals which was omitted on the Anglo version of the song. di Blasio's version peaked at number thirty-six on the Hot Latin Songs. It has been featured on his compilation albums Entre Amigos y Exitos (2003) and La Historia del Piano de América... Los Éxitos (2006) and on Gabriel's album Mis Canciones, Mis Amigos (2009). A music video for the Anglo version was released by BMG and was included on the DVD set for La Historia del Piano de América... Los Éxitos (2006). In 2009, Mexican recording artist Anahí sampled the record on her song "Hasta Que Mi Conociste" ("Until You Met Me") from her album Mi Delirio, in which the song is written as a "response" to the original composition.