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Top Latin Songs of 2012

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I believe the following selection represents a good sample of the sounds that defined Latin music in 2012. This playlist features some of this year's most popular songs in genres such as Latin Pop, Urban, Alternative, Tropical and Regional Mexican music, among others. From Juanes' "Azul Sabina" to Don Omar's "Dutty Love," the following are the best Latin songs of 2012.

"Azul Sabina" - Juanes

Photo Courtesy Universal Latino
Photo Courtesy Universal Latino

From one of the best Latin music compilations of 2012, "Azul Sabina" is one of the three new songs that Juanes included in his hit production JUANES MTV Unplugged. This track, which offers an amazing New Orleans style blues, is also the most innovative single of the entire album. I really have to say this is by far one of my favorite Latin music songs of 2012.

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"El Verdadero Amor Perdona" - Mana featuring Prince Royce

Photo courtesy WM Mexico
Photo courtesy WM Mexico

Early this year, the Mexican Rock band Mana moved to the top of the music charts with this single featuring Bachata sensation artist Prince Royce. Although "El Verdadero Amor Perdona" belongs to the band's 2011 album Drama Y Luz, this track enjoyed most of its popularity during the first quarter of 2012.

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"Desclasificado" - Ana Tijoux

Photo Courtesy Nacional Records
Photo Courtesy Nacional Records

"Desclasificado" is one of the top songs included in La Bala, one of the best Latin music albums of 2012. Besides the nice beats and irreverent lyrics, this songs offers a good taste of Ana Tijoux's elegant flow. If you are into Hip-Hop and Rap, this song is for you.

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"Llamada De Mi Ex" - La Arrolladora Banda El Limon

Photo Courtesy Disa
Photo Courtesy Disa

From one of today's top Mexican music bands, "Llamada De Mi Ex" is the romantic hit included in the album Irreversible... 2012. This song dominated Regional Mexican music charts for a long period of time in 2012.

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"Corre" - Jesse & Roy

Photo Courtesy Warner Music Mexico
Photo Courtesy Warner Music Mexico

Thanks to the album ¿Con Quien Se Queda El Perro?, this Mexican duo achieved lots of success this year including five trophies at the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards. This nice, delicate song was the one responsible for injecting the whole album with most of its own appeal.

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"Fuiste Tu" - Ricardo Arjona

Photo Courtesy Warner Music Mexico
Photo Courtesy Warner Music Mexico

This year, Ricardo Arjona proved once again why he is one of the most beloved Latin Pop stars in Latin America. "Fuiste Tu" is a nice song featuring the always well thought lyrics Arjona brings to his melodies. The single was enhanced by the amazing performance of Alternative artist Gaby Moreno.

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"Desde Que No Estas" - Fonseca

Photo Courtesy Columbia
Photo Courtesy Columbia

Colombian singer Fonseca had a good 2012. Thanks to his Tropical album Ilusion, Fonseca was honored this year with the Best Tropical Fusion Album award at the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards. "Desde Que No Estas" is a very pleasant and romantic song heavily influenced by Vallenato flavors.

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"Las Avispas" - Juan Luis Guerra

Photo Courtesy EMI Latin
Photo Courtesy EMI Latin

From Juan Luis Guerra's album Coleccion Cristiana, this Merengue track will make you sweat in the dance floor. Thanks to "Las Avispas" and other songs such as "En El Cielo No Hay Hospital" and "Son Al Rey," Coleccion Cristiana became one of this year's best Tropical works. With its exciting sound, "Las Avispas" is an ideal track for a good Latin party.

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"Mi Santa" - Romeo Santos

Photo courtesy Sony U.S. Latin
Photo courtesy Sony U.S. Latin

Romeo Santos was one of the few artists able to dominate music charts this year with a 2011 production. The popularity of his hit album Formula Vol. 1 was consolidated this year with the singles "La Diabla" and "Mi Santa," featuring Spanish guitar player Tomatito.

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"Yo Busco" - Cafe Tacvba

Photo Courtesy Universal Music Latino
Photo Courtesy Universal Music Latino

Cafe Tacvba's comeback album El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco was definitely one of the very best albums of 2012. As far as Latin Alternative music goes, this album was probably the best in this field. "Yo Busco" is one of my favorite tracks from this amazing work.

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"Baile De Ilusao" - Ceu

Photo Courtesy Six Degrees
Photo Courtesy Six Degrees

In terms of Brazilian music, Ceu's Caravana Sereia Bloom was one of the best albums of 2012. This Bohemian, funky work provides a sound that makes you go back to the sounds of the legendary Tropicalia movement. "Baile De Ilusao" is one of the top tracks in this very cool work.

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"Dutty Love" - Don Omar

Photo Courtesy Machete
Photo Courtesy Machete

Latin Urban artist Don Omar had yet another wonderful musical year. His album MTO2: New Generation dominated the Latin music charts for a long period of time in 2012. With its pleasant sound and unique arrangements "Dutty Love" was one of the best-selling tracks of the year.

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