Some of the best Latin music albums of 2012 were hit compilations. Whether it was a duets-themed project, a remastered work or an unplugged production, the following albums are this year's best compilations in Latin music. Let's take a look at them.
The legendary Selena, the Queen of Tejano Music, came back to life this year with a posthumous compilation album that includes some of her most popular hits. Besides this, Enamorada De Ti features duets with artists such as Christian Castro, Don Omar and Selena Gomez. This compilation provides a nice variety of sounds from various Latin music genres such as Ranchera, Bolero, Cumbia, Latin Pop and Merengue.
Although this year Ricky Martin was mostly focused on his Broadway musical Evita, the Puerto Rican superstar hit the Latin music market with a nice compilation of some of his most enduring hits. Playlist: The Very Best of Ricky Martin features 15 tracks including classics like "Maria" and "Livin' La Vida Loca" as well as contemporary hits from his album Musica + Alma + Sexo such as "Shine" and "The Best Thing About Me Is You," featuring Joss Stone.
We all know Tony Bennett does not belong to the Latin music world. However, his 2012 duets-themed project has a decisive Latin flavor thanks to the duets it features with artists like Juan Luis Guerra, Romeo Santos, Marc Anthony and Vicente Fernandez, just to mention a few. This compilation includes classics from Tony Bennett's repertoire such as "Steppin' Out With My Baby," "For Once In My Life" and "Are You Havin' Any Fun."
After the release of his popular album Phase II, Bachata superstar Prince Royce hit the market with a compilation album featuring the best tracks from this work and his debut album. This is the perfect CD for those who are just getting into Bachata and the music of Prince Royce. Number 1s includes big hits like "Stand By Me," "Corazon Sin Cara," "Las Cosas Pequeñas" and "El Verdadero Amor Perdona."
Following the huge success of his previous duets album Papito, the legendary Spanish singer Miguel Bose hit the Latin music market this year with Papitwo, a compilation work featuring top Latin music stars such as Juanes, Juan Luis Guerra and Alejandro Sanz. Top tracks from this album include songs like "Linda," "Aire Soy," "Decirnos Adios" and "Amiga."
This year, the popular Bachata artist Romeo Santos continued to dominate the Latin music charts with his 2011 album Formula Vol. 1. Besides this, Romeo Santos was also busy touring around the country. The King Stays King: Sold Out at Madison Square Garden features top acts from the vibrant performances that Romeo Santos delivered at this legendary stage.
The famous Mexican Rock band Mana had a wonderful 2012. After wrapping up their hugely popular Drama Y Luz tour, the band released the hit compilation album Exiliados En La Bahia: Lo Mejor De Mana. Thanks to its remastered sound, this album provides you with the opportunity to revisit in a different way classic tracks such as "Oye Mi Amor," "Vivir Sin Aire" and "Eres Mi Religion." Besides this, the album includes the new songs "Hasta Que Te Conoci" and "Un Nuevo Amanecer."
Released early in 2012, Live At Montreux 2011 features Carlos Santana's performance at the Montreaux Jazz Festival that year. This 2-disc DVD provides a high-quality audio visual experience where you can revisit top hits from one of the most famous Latino artists in the world. An ideal Santana compilation that covers all the sounds this guitarist has developed since the 1960s.
This compilation was one of the nicest surprises of 2012. Area 52 features some of the most popular hits recorded by the Mexican acoustic guitar duo including tracks such as "Hanuman" and "Diablo Rojo." Besides this, the album offers a unique sound thanks to the Caribbean flavor provided throughout the whole album by the Afro-Cuban band C.U.B.A.
Colombian superstar Juanes delivered one of the best Latin music albums of 2012. With is high quaity sound, solid arrangements and talented musicians, JUANES MTV Unplugged is also one of the best compilations of this year. Besides classic hits such as "A Dios Le Pido," "La Camisa Negra" and "Fijate Bien", this fantastic compilation also includes the newly popular tracks "La Señal" and "Azul Sabina."