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Rock The Best Santana Albums of All Time  

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List Rules This list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

Santana are rock legends who are considered one of the best bands in history and feature Carlos Santana, one of the best guitar players of all time. Formed in San Francisco, California in 1966 by Santana, the group broke in 1969 when they played Woodstock with a legendary performance of "Soul Sacrifice" off their self-titled debut, Santana (1969). 

Since they’re such an influential guitar rock band, let’s rank the best Santana albums, with the help of your votes. This Santana discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Santana albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Santana singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums.

If you think the greatest Santana album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Santana album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

This list includes everything from Santana’s sophomore release Abraxas to the most recent album Santana IV, which debuted in 2016.

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1
259 55
Abraxas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
1970

"Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen"

"Oye Como Va"

"Incident at Neshabur"

2
199 37
Legacy Edition is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
1969

"Evil Ways"

"Jingo"

"Soul Sacrifice"

3
201 43
Caravanserai is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
1972

"Stone Flower"

"Waves Within"

"All the Love in the Universe"

4
152 29
Santana III: Legacy Edition is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
1971

"No One to Depend On"

"Batuka"

"Jungle Strut"

5
110 21
Moonflower is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
1977

"Let the Children Play"

"Jugando"

"Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)"

6
85 30
Borboletta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
1974

"Life Is Anew"

"Give and Take"

"One with the Sun"

7
129 61
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
1999

"Smooth"

"Maria Maria"

"Put Your Lights On"

8
71 26
Welcome is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
1973

"Going Home"

"Love, Devotion & Surrender"

"Yours Is the Light"

9
60 27
Amigos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
1976

"Europa"

"Let Me"

"Tell Me Are You Tired"

10
54 26
Santana IV is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
AnyObjectionsLady_ added Santana IV 2016

"Love Makes the World Go Round"

"Choo Choo"

"Shake It"

11
51 28
Inner Secrets is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
1978

"Stormy"

"Well All Right"

"Move On"

12
36 17
Zebop! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
1981

"Winning"

"The Sensitive Kind"

"Changes"

13
42 24
Festivál is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
1977

"Verão Vermelho"

"Carnaval"

"Reach Up"

14
11 1
Blues for Salvador is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Blues for Salvador 1987

15
33 22
Marathon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
1979

"You Know That I Love You"

"Stand Up"

"Lightning in the Sky"

16
34 26
Shaman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
2002

"The Game of Love"

"Feels Like Fire"

"Why Don't You & I"

17
9 2
Oneness: Silver Dreams - Golde... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Oneness: Silver Dreams - Golden Reality 1979

18
30 25
Shangó is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
1982

"Hold On"

"What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)"

"The Nile"

19
21 17
Milagro is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
1992

"Introduction"

"Right On"

"Grajonca"

20
18 14
Spirits Dancing in the Flesh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
1990

"Who's That Lady"

"Jin-go-lo-ba"

"Choose"

21
17 13
Freedom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Freedom 1987

"Veracruz"

"Love Is You"

"Praise"

22
18 16
Shape Shifter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
2012

"Eres La Luz"

"Mr. Szabo"

"Nomad"

23
5 4
Havana Moon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Havana Moon 1983

24
3 4
Santana Brothers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time

25
2 3
Illuminations is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Illuminations 1974

26
3 5
The Swing of Delight is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
The Swing of Delight 1980

27
12 18
All That I Am is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
2005

"I'm Feeling You"

"Just Feel Better"

"Cry Baby Cry"

28
19 27
Guitar Heaven: Santana Perform... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
2010

"Smoke on the Water"

"Photograph"

"Whole Lotta Love"

29
14 21
Corazón is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
2014

"Oye 2014"

"Iron Lion Zion"

"Indy"

30
11 18
Beyond Appearances is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
1985

"Say It Again"

"Breaking Out"

"Written in Sand"