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Santana Greatest Hit Songs
On The Acoustic

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Welcome to my Carlos Santana page where the rhythmic magic of Santana comes alive on the acoustic guitar! If you're eager to strum along to the iconic melodies of "Santana Greatest Hit Songs," you've arrived at the perfect destinatio

I'm thrilled to share my passion for his soulful tunes and teach you the chords and rhythms that make his music timeless. Whether you're a budding guitarist or a seasoned player, join me on this musical journey as we unlock the secrets behind a few of Santana's greatest hits and bring the essence of his Latin-infused rock to your fingertips.

Full lesson tutorials available for purchase,  along with several free chord sheets in .pdf format, guitar demos and some rhythm tips on playing each song.

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Carlos Santana, born on July 20, 1947, in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico, is a legendary guitarist and one of the most influential figures in the history of rock and Latin music. His distinctive sound, characterized by fiery guitar solos and a fusion of various genres, has left an indelible mark on the world of music.

Santana's musical journey began in Tijuana, Mexico, where he learned to play the violin at the age of five. His family later moved to San Francisco, California, where he discovered the guitar and immersed himself in the vibrant local music scene. Santana's early influences included blues, jazz, and Latin music, creating a unique foundation for his future groundbreaking work.

In 1966, Santana formed the Santana Blues Band, which later became known simply as Santana. The band gained attention with its energetic live performances, and in 1969, they released their self-titled debut album, "Santana." The album showcased Santana's fusion of rock, jazz, and Latin rhythms, and its standout track, "Evil Ways," became a hit, marking the beginning of Santana's ascent to fame.

However, it was the release of the album "Abraxas" in 1970 that catapulted Santana to international stardom. The album featured the iconic tracks "Black Magic Woman" and "Oye Como Va," both of which are considered classics. Santana's innovative guitar work, blending blues-based improvisation with Latin percussion, captivated audiences and critics alike.

Throughout the 1970s, Santana continued to explore new musical territories, incorporating elements of jazz, funk, and spirituality into their sound. Despite facing internal changes in the band's lineup, Carlos Santana's leadership and vision remained constant. Albums like "Caravanserai" (1972) and "Amigos" (1976) demonstrated the band's commitment to musical experimentation.

In the late 1990s, Carlos Santana experienced a remarkable career resurgence with the release of the album "Supernatural" in 1999. The album featured collaborations with contemporary artists, including the chart-topping hit "Smooth" with Rob Thomas. "Supernatural" not only earned Santana numerous Grammy Awards but also introduced his music to a new generation of fans.

Carlos Santana's impact extends beyond his musical achievements. He is known for his spiritual philosophy, influenced by a blend of Christian, Hindu, and Native American beliefs. Santana often speaks about the power of music to transcend cultural and linguistic boundaries, emphasizing the universal language that connects people.

Over the decades, Carlos Santana has received numerous awards and honors, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. His influence on the guitar-playing community is immeasurable, inspiring countless musicians to explore the rich tapestry of global rhythms and melodies.

Beyond his musical contributions, Santana remains committed to philanthropy. He and his wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, actively support various charitable causes, including education, healthcare, and underprivileged communities.

In summary, Carlos Santana's enduring legacy is one of musical innovation, cultural fusion, and spiritual exploration. His ability to seamlessly blend genres and create timeless, soulful music has solidified his place as a guitar virtuoso and a true icon in the history of rock and Latin music. Santana's journey continues, marked by a commitment to artistic expression, cultural unity, and making a positive impact on the world through the universal language of music.

Santana Greatest Hit Songs
Chords, Lyrics, Rhythm Tips, Tutorials

1. Everybody's Coming Our Way

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Everything's Coming Our Way  is a song by Santana from their 1971 album "Santana III." The song is part of an album that explores different kinds of music.

While "Everything's Coming Our Way" wasn't as popular on the charts as some of Santana's other songs, it has a special sound that fans enjoy. The song has a smooth and relaxed feel with a mix of rock and Latin music.

Even though it didn't reach high positions on the music charts, it is still appreciated by people who like Santana's unique style. The album "Santana III" shows the band's ability to blend different kinds of music, and "Everything's Coming Our Way" adds to the variety of sounds on the album.

Everybody's Coming Our Way was recorded by Santana back in 1971 for the "Santana" album, which was their 3rd. This song was not released as a single from the album.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = this one has a steady shuffle rhythm throughout with a few chop strums in various sections 
  • Picking = Yes 
  • Chords = D, Bm, Am, Em, G
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2. Evil Ways

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Evil Ways is a song by Santana from their first album, released in 1969. The song became well-known and is appreciated for its catchy and distinctive sound. Although it may not have been a huge chart-topper, "Evil Ways" remains one of Santana's most recognizable tunes.

With its blend of rock and Latin influences, the song showcases Santana's unique style. The band's debut album introduced listeners to their fusion of different musical elements, and "Evil Ways" played a key role in establishing Santana's reputation for creating music that's both rhythmic and memorable.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up  ... with some down-strokes and shuffle strumming
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: Em, A, B7
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3. Smooth (with Rob Thomas)

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Santana and Rob Thomas teamed up for the song "Smooth" from the album "Supernatural," released in 1999. This song was a big hit, reaching the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States and staying there for 12 weeks.

It's known for its catchy melody and the mix of Santana's guitar skills with Rob Thomas's singing. "Smooth" won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 2000. The collaboration between Santana and Rob Thomas in "Smooth" became a significant moment in music, bringing Santana back into the spotlight and introducing their music to a new generation of listeners.

The song's success made it a standout track of the late 1990s and continues to be remembered as an iconic song in both artists' careers.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down down up down up and repeat .. with some chop strumming
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: Am, F, E7, Dm, E7sus, C, G, Esus
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Thank you for joining me on this musical journey as we explored the acoustic renditions of three iconic Santana songs— "Everything's Coming Our Way," "Evil Ways," and "Smooth." I hope these lessons have brought the soulful melodies and rhythmic magic of Santana to life on your acoustic guitar.

Your dedication to learning and playing these songs is truly appreciated. Remember, the joy of music is not just in playing the chords and notes but in feeling the rhythm and expressing yourself through the strings. Keep strumming, keep practicing, and most importantly, keep enjoying the beautiful world of Santana's music. Thank you for visiting my Santana Greatest Hit songs page, and I hope you've gained valuable insights that enhance your musical journey. Stay inspired and keep making music!

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