Amy’s Top50 Songs of 2012
10. Juanes featuring Paula Fernandes – Hoy Me Voy 
I’m aware this track is… sort of a new arrangement of Juanes’ Hoy Me Voy [Xiami] from La Vida… Es un Ratico, as well as the version he did with Colbie Caillat [Xiami], but since this version in Spanish/Portuguese has new lyrics — it’s like the song takes on another life when done in dramatic Portuguese. I love it alongside Fernandes deep voice.
9. Miyavi vs. Hiromitsu Agatsuma vs. Jin Oki – HANABI
Shamisen meets Flamenco guitar meets Miyavi’s samurai rock. ‘Nuff said.
Listen to the whole song on Xiami.
You can get Miyavi’s Samurai Sessions, Vol. 1 on iTunes. You won’t be able to find a track like this anywhere else. On first listen, though, I didn’t think much of it, until I heard it for a second and third time, finally realizing how amazingly the instruments fused together.
8. Esteman featuring Andrea Echeverri – Aquí Estoy Yo 
7. Thalía – Bésame
Thalia’s version of Ricardo Montaner’s Bésame gets all whispery and musically minimalistic to let Montaner’s lyrics do the magic. And metaphorically speaking, it makes a lot more sense when Thalia sings to kiss her fields and flowers… if you know what I mean.
When this track began playing on Habítame Siempre, my head immediately turned to see what this marvel was. Right away, mind went wild with lyrical imagery like it hasn’t done in so long.
6. SingerSen – Shadows [YouTube]