The Best Thing About Me Is You

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"The Best Thing About Me is You
Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tú"
Single by Ricky Martin featuring Joss Stone or Natalia Jiménez
from the album Música + Alma + Sexo
Released November 2, 2010 (2010-11-02)
Format Digital download
Recorded Miami
Genre Latin pop, reggae
Length 3:36
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Eric Bazilian, Claudia Brant, Andreas Carlsson, Desmond Child, Ricky Martin
Producer(s) Desmond Child
Ricky Martin singles chronology
"Somos la Semilla"
(2007)
"The Best Thing About Me Is You/
Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tú
"
(2010)
"Más"
(2011)
Natalia Jimenez chronology
"Me Dueles"
(2009)
"Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tú"
(2011)
"Por ser tu mujer"
(2011)
Joss Stone chronology
"Free Me"
(2009)
"The Best Thing About Me is You"
(2011)
Edita chronology
"I've Come to Life"
(2010)
"The Best Thing About Me is You"
(2011)
"The Key"
(2011)

"The Best Thing About Me Is You/ Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tú" is a song by the Puerto Rican recording artist Ricky Martin, taken from his ninth studio album Música + Alma + Sexo. It was released as the lead single from the album to iTunes on November 2, 2010. The song had earlier premiered on radio's Ryan Seacrest show. The original English version of the song features singer Joss Stone, while its Spanish version, "Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tú", replaces Stone's vocals with Natalia Jiménez.[1] Ricky Martin recorded also a Banda Remix of "Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tú" featuring Jenni Rivera. In Germany and Austria, "The Best Thing About Me Is You" featuring Edita was released. Martin performed this song with Stone for the first time on The Oprah Winfrey Show on November 2, 2010.

In 2011, "The Best Thing About Me Is You" was included on Martin's 17: Greatest Hits album, released in the United Kingdom.

Composition[edit]

The song combines the reggae rhythms with Latin and pop in the music and lyrics took Claudia Brant, Desmond Child, Andreas Carlsson, Eric Bazilian and Ricky Martin.

Background[edit]

In a Billboard interview, Martin describes the track: "I told Desmond -- and I'm not making comparisons -- but "Don't Worry, Be Happy" is great. That's how this song came to be. From being in a very cool place in my life."[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Carlos Quintana from About.com, positively reviewed the track, saying: "this song is probably the most reflective, inspiring and positive of the whole album."[3] Ernesto Lechner from the Los Angeles Times said that "the lyrics of "The Best Thing About Me Is You," a duet with Joss Stone, sound a bit forced in English, the Spanish version of the tune crackles with bonhomie."[4] Joey Guerra from Houston Chronicle praised the Spanish version, saying: "he lightens up a bit on "Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tú", that boasts an easy chemistry," but criticized the English-language version, calling it: "less successful" because of "Joss Stone’s habitual oversinging."[5] Grace Bastidas from Latina said: "The first single from the album, "Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tú" features Spanish siren Natalia Jimenez—Joss Stone duets in the English-language track—and is the definition of happiness. There’s even some laughing and giggling at the end of the song in case you’re not already smiling."[6] Leila Cobo from Billboard said that the song is "a feel-good ditty over a happy reggae beat."[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video was filmed on 20 and 21 December 2010 in Miami and directed by Carlos Pérez. The video for the English version premiered on Ricky Martin's Vevo YouTube Channel on January 11, 2011 and got two million views in two days. Joss Stone does not appear in the video. The Spanish version of the video was released on Univision and also does not feature Natalia Jiménez.[8]

Awards[edit]

Ricky Martin received three Latin Grammy Awards nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Short Form Music Video. The Puerto Rican band Calle 13 swept all three categories at the 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards on November 10, 2011, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.[9]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Worldwide digital singles

  1. "The Best Thing About Me Is You" feat. Joss Stone – 3:36
  2. "Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tú" feat. Natalia Jiménez – 3:36

European digital singles/remixes

  1. "The Best Thing About Me Is You" feat. Joss Stone (Jump Smokers Radio Edit) – 4:26
  2. "Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tú" feat. Natalia Jiménez (Spanish Jump Smokers Radio Edit) – 4:27
  3. "The Best Thing About Me Is You" feat. Joss Stone (Jump Smokers Dance Version) – 5:13
  4. "Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tú" feat. Natalia Jiménez (Spanish Jump Smokers Dance Version) – 4:42

German/Austrian digital single

  1. "The Best Thing About Me Is You" feat. Edita – 3:36

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ‘Lo mejor de mi vida eres tú’, lo nuevo de Ricky Martin. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  2. ^ Leila Cobo (January 26, 2011). "Ricky Martin's "MAS" Track By Track". Billboard. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ QUINTANA, Carlos (February 1, 2011). "Ricky Martin - 'Musica + Alma + Sexo' CD Review". About.com. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ LECHNER, Ernesto (February 3, 2011). "Album review: Ricky Martin's 'Musica + Alma + Sexo'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ GUERRA, Joey (February 3, 2011). "'M+A+S' Martin, less maudlin". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ BASTIDAS, Grace (February 3, 2011). "REVIEW: Ricky Martin Gives Us Musica + Alma + Sexo". Latina. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ COBO, Leila (February 3, 2011). "Ricky Martin, "Musica + Alma + Sexo"". Billboard. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ Ricky Martin estrena un vídeo junto a Natalia Jiménez. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  9. ^ Ricky Martin receives three Latin Grammy nominations. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  10. ^ Monitor Latino: Top 20 General. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  11. ^ Katy Perry's 'Firework' Powers Into Hot 100 Top 10. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  12. ^ a b Ricky Martin: Latin Songs. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
  13. ^ Ricky Martin: Latin Pop Songs. Retrieved December 25, 2010.
  14. ^ Billboard Singles. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  15. ^ Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tú (song). Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  16. ^ a b c The Best Thing About Me Is You (song). Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  17. ^ "Brasil Hot 100 Airplay". Billboard Brasil (Brasil: bpp) (2): 96. March 2011. ISSN 977-217605400-2
  18. ^ "Brasil Hot Pop & Popular Songs". Billboard Brasil (Brasil: bpp) (2): 97. March 2011. ISSN 977-217605400-2
  19. ^ Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  20. ^ Chart Highlights: Adult Pop, Rap Songs & More. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
  21. ^ "2011 Year End Charts: Hot Latin Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  22. ^ "2011 Year End Charts: Latin Pop Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  23. ^ "Certificaciones – 2013" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas.