essay helper

Being Latino on Google Plus

Facing the Music of 2012

As 2012 comes to a close and everyone reflects on the past year, there are many things to consider in the days building up to the ball dropping; what has and always will remain is the music that gets us through it all. Whether it be an oldie but a goodie, or one of the chart topping hits of this year, a lot happened in the music world.

Several iconic legends whose music and influence spanned across the decades passed on, but will always be remembered by the legacies that they left behind. Great talents and visionaries like Dick Clark, Don Cornelius, Whitney Houston, Adam Yauch, Donna Summer, Etta James, Davey Jones, Robin Gibb, and Jenni Rivera. Along with all the other memorable faces, characters, and people who are no longer with us, we wish them peace.

As immortal as the sounds musicians leave behind are, we learned in 2012 that though some of our stars may have returned to the sky, they might just come back down to revisit us, and may just be booked as a headliner at the next Coachella Festival. Tupac was resurrected for one such performance and reunited with Dr. Dre and Snoop (Dogg then, Lion now) for an epic performance. Meanwhile, other music icons like Madonna gave a lesson on how it’s done, with her #1 album MDNA and 72 sold-out show tour.

There was an explosion of electronic dance music on the radio and the viral video sensations that made “Gangnam Style” and “Call Me Maybe” into pop culture frenzies. The barrage of reality TV singing shows, an attack of British boy bands, Frank Ocean liking dudes and selling records, Rihanna and Chris Brown’s crazy affair, Adele’s Grammy domination, Kanye wore a skirt… if we got through all that and the non-apocalyptic end of the Mayan calendar, it definitely makes you curious for what 2013 has in store for us to come.

Here’s a look at the sound track that moved us and kept us singing along whether we wanted to or not. Which of these songs are your favorites, and what other favs of yours didn’t make the lists?

On the Billboard Top 100 Latin charts, our top songs included:

“Promise” Romeo Santos featuring Usher
“Hotel Nacional” Gloria Estefan
“El Verdadero Amor Perdona” Maná featuring Prince Royce
“Me Gustas Tanto” Paulina Rubio
“Si Tú Me Besas” Víctor Manuelle
“Lovumba” Daddy Yankee
“Mi Santa” Romeo Santos featuring Tomatito
“Inténtalo” 3Ball MTY featuring El Bebeto and América Sierra
“Las Cosas Pequeñas” Prince Royce
“Bailando Por El Mundo” Juan Magan featuring Pitbull and El Cata
“Dutty Love” Don Omar featuring Natti Natasha
“Ai Se Eu Te Pego” Michel Teló
“La Señal” Juanes
“Si Te Digo La Verdad”
Gocho “Follow the Leader”
Wisin & Yandel featuring Jennifer Lopez
“Hasta Que Salga el Sol” Don Omar
“La Diabla” Romeo Santos
“Bebe Bonita” Chino & Nacho featuring Jay Sean
“Yo No Soy Un Monstruo” Elvis Crespo featuring Ilegales
“Dame La Ola”                    Tito El Bambino
“No Me Compares” Alejandro Sanz
“Hasta Que Te Conocí” Maná
“Te Quiero” Ricardo Arjona
“No Me Compares” Alejandro Sanz
“Volví a Nacer”                    Carlos Vives
“Algo Me Gusta de Ti” Wisin & Yandel featuring Chris Brown and T-Pain
In the mainstream, Billboard lists their Year-End Top 100 chart as:

1) “Somebody That I Used To Know” Gotye featuring Kimbra
2) “Call Me Maybe” Carly Rae Jepsen
3) “We Are Young” Fun featuring Janelle Monáe
4) “Payphone” Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa
5) “Lights” Ellie Goulding
6) “Glad You Came” The Wanted
7) “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” Kelly Clarkson
8) “We Found Love” Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris
9) “Starships” Nicki Minaj
10) “What Makes You Beautiful” One Direction
11) “Wild Ones” Flo Rida featuring Sia
12) “Set Fire to the Rain” Adele
13) “Sexy and I Know It” LMFAO
14) “Some Nights” Fun
15) “Wide Awake” Katy Perry
16) “Good Feeling” Flo Rida
17) “Whistle” Flo Rida
18) “One More Night” Maroon 5
19) “Drive By” Train
20) “The Motto” Drake featuring Lil Wayne
21) “Where Have You Been” Rihanna
22) “Everybody Talks” Neon Trees
23) “Take Care” Drake featuring Rihanna
24) “Titanium” David Guetta featuring Sia
25) “I Won’t Give Up” Jason Mraz
26) “It Will Rain” Bruno Mars
27) “Mercy” Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz
28) “Boyfriend” Justin Bieber
29) “Party Rock Anthem” LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and Goon Rock
30) “Too Close” Alex Clare
31) “Part of Me” Katy Perry
32) “Young, Wild & Free” Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars
33) “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” Taylor Swift
34) “As Long as You Love Me” Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean
35) “Turn Me On” David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj
36) “Moves Like Jagger” Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera
37) “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” Pink
38) “Good Time” Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen
39) “Give Your Heart a Break” Demi Lovato
40) “Niggas in Paris” Jay-Z and Kanye West
41) “The One That Got Away” Katy Perry
42) “Feel So Close” Calvin Harris
43) “Someone Like You” Adele
44) “Scream” Usher
45) “Rack City” Tyga
46) “Domino” Jessie J
47) “Gangnam Style” PSY
48) “International Love” Pitbull featuring Chris Brown
49) “Home” Phillip Phillips
50) “Without You” David Guetta featuring Usher
51) “Ass Back Home” Gym Class Heroes featuring Neon Hitch
52) “Wanted” Hunter Hayes
53) “Drunk on You” Luke Bryan
54) “No Lie” 2 Chainz featuring Drake
55) “Want U Back” Cher Lloyd
56) “Don’t Wake Me Up” Chris Brown
57) “Dance (A$$)” Big Sean
58) “Springsteen” Eric Church
59) “Brokenhearted” Karmin
60) “Not Over You” Gavin DeGraw
61) “Stereo Hearts” Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine
62) “Back in Time” Pitbull
63) “Work Out” J. Cole
64) “Rumour Has It” Adele
65) “Let’s Go” Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo
66) “Good Girl” Carrie Underwood
67) “Pontoon” Little Big Town
68) “Ho Hey” The Lumineers
69) “Paradise” Coldplay
70) “Blown Away” Carrie Underwood
71) “Rolling in the Deep” Adele
72) “Climax” Usher
73) “Work Hard, Play Hard” Wiz Khalifa”
74) “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)” Ne-Yo
75) “Pound the Alarm” Nicki Mina
j76) “Come Over” Kenny Chesney
77) “Heart Attack” Trey Songz
78) “Drank In My Cup” Kirko Bangz
79) “Birthday Cake” Rihanna featuring Chris Brown
80) “So Good” B.o.B
81) “50 Ways to Say Goodbye” Train
82) “Red Solo Cup” Toby Keith
83) “Love You Like a Love Song” Selena Gomez & the Scene
84) “Turn Up the Music” Chris Brown
85) “Die Young” Kesha
86) “5 O’Clock” T-Pain featuring Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen
87) “A Thousand Years” Christina Perri88 “Take a Little Ride” Jason Aldean
89) “You da One” Rihanna
90) “We Run the Night” Havana Brown featuring Pitbull
91) “It’s Time” Imagine Dragons
92) “Cashin’ Out” Cash Out
93) “I Don’t Want This Night to End” Luke Bryan
94) “Diamonds” Rihanna
95) “Hard to Love” Lee Brice
96) “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” Kip Moore
97) “Adorn” Miguel
98) “Fly Over States” Jason Aldean
99) “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” Eli Young Band
100) “Burn It Down” Linkin Park



About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

Speak Your Mind