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"
The Best Thing About Me Is You (Ricky Martin single - cover art).jpg
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
Length 3:36
Label Columbia
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Desmond Child
Ricky Martin singles chronology
"Non siamo soli"
(2007)
"The Best Thing About Me Is You/
Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tú
"
(2010)
"Más"
(2011)
Joss Stone chronology
"Free Me"
(2009)
"The Best Thing About Me is You"
(2010)
"While You're Out Looking for Sugar"
(2012)
Natalia Jimenez chronology
"Me Dueles"
(2009)
"Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tú"
(2010)
"Por ser tu mujer"
(2011)
Music video
"The Best Thing About Me Is You"
"Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tú"
on YouTube

"The Best Thing About Me Is You" is a song by the Puerto Rican recording artist Ricky Martin, taken from his ninth studio album, Música + Alma + Sexo (2011). It was digitally released as the lead single from the album 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] "The Best Thing About Me Is You" was later featured on three of Martin's compilations: Greatest Hits (2011), Playlist: The Very Best of Ricky Martin (2012) and Greatest Hits: Souvenir Edition (2013).

Background and composition[edit]

In a Billboard interview, Martin described 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] The song combines the reggae rhythms with Latin and pop in the music and lyrics by Claudia Brant, Desmond Child, Andreas Carlsson, Eric Bazilian and Ricky Martin.

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 Jiménez—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]

Commercial performance[edit]

The single topped the US Hot Latin Songs chart for two weeks and Latin Pop Airplay for five weeks. On other Billboard charts, it reached number seven on Tropical Songs, number thirty-seven on Latin Rhythm Airplay, number forty on Regional Mexican Airplay and number seventy four on the Billboard Hot 100. In Mexico, the song reached number three and was certified Platinum for sales of over 60,000 digital copies. It also charted in European countries, including number twenty-five in Spain.

Music video[edit]

The music video was filmed on 20 and 21 December 2010 in Miami, Florida and directed by Carlos Pérez. The video for the English version premiered on Martin's Vevo channel on January 11, 2011. 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]

Live performances[edit]

Martin performed the song with Joss Stone for the very first time on The Oprah Winfrey Show on November 2, 2010. He also performed it during the 2011 Música + Alma + Sexo World Tour.

Awards[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Result
2011 Latin Grammy Awards Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Best Short Form Music Video Nominated
Premios Juventud The Perfect Combination[9] Nominated
Catchiest Tune Nominated
My Favorite Video Nominated
2012 ASCAP Latin Awards Pop Winning Song[10] Won
BMI Latin Awards Award-Winning Songs [11] Won
Premio Lo Nuestro Pop Song of the Year Nominated
Collaboration of the Year Nominated

Formats and track listings[edit]

Digital singles

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

European digital remixes

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

German digital single

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

Mexican promotional single

  1. "Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tú" featuring Jenni Rivera (Banda Remix) – 3:29

US Target edition album bonus tracks

  1. "The Best Thing About Me Is You" (Solo Version) – 3:36
  2. "Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tú" (Solo Version) – 3:38

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  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. 
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  8. ^ Ricky Martin estrena un vídeo junto a Natalia Jiménez. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
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  17. ^ Monitor Latino: Top 20 General. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
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  24. ^ "Ricky Martin – Chart history" Billboard Regional Mexican Songs for Ricky Martin. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
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  26. ^ "2011 Year End Charts: Hot Latin Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  27. ^ "2011 Year End Charts: Latin Pop Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
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