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The Best Santana Albums of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 4.9k votes 1.3k voters 51.5k views

List RulesThis 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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  • Abraxas1
    468
    101

    ArtistSantana

    TracksSe Acabó, El Nicoya, Samba pa ti

    Length (mins)00:37:26

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Psychedelic rock, Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Rock en Español, Chicano rock

    "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen"

    "Oye Como Va"

    "Incident at Neshabur"

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  • Santana2
    365
    81

    ArtistSantana, Carlos Santana

    TracksSoul Sacrifice, Persuasion, Jingo

    Length (mins)00:37:04

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Psychedelic rock, Blues-rock, Jam band, Pop rock, Jazz fusion

    "Evil Ways"

    "Jingo"

    "Soul Sacrifice"

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  • Santana III3
    310
    60

    ArtistSantana

    TracksJungle Strut, Guajira, Para los rumberos

    Length (mins)00:41:20

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Psychedelic rock, Jazz fusion, Rock en Español, Chicano rock

    "No One to Depend On"

    "Batuka"

    "Jungle Strut"

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  • Caravanserai4
    342
    90

    ArtistSantana

    TracksFuture Primitive, Song of the Wind, Look Up (To See What's Coming Down)

    Length (mins)00:51:24

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Jam band, Jazz fusion, Rock en Español, Chicano rock

    "Stone Flower"

    "Waves Within"

    "All the Love in the Universe"

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  • Moonflower5
    206
    53

    "Let the Children Play"

    "Jugando"

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

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  • Welcome6
    137
    51

    ArtistSantana

    TracksLove Devotion & Surrender, Light of Life, Welcome

    Length (mins)00:50:29

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Jazz fusion

    "Going Home"

    "Love, Devotion & Surrender"

    "Yours Is the Light"

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  • Borboletta7
    155
    64

    ArtistSantana

    TracksCanto de los flores, Life Is Anew, Give and Take

    Length (mins)00:49:55

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Soul music, Jazz fusion, Funk

    "Life Is Anew"

    "Give and Take"

    "One with the Sun"

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  • Supernatural8
    229
    125

    ArtistSantana

    TracksEl Farol, The Calling, (Da Le) Yaleo

    Genres (Music)Alternative rock, Rhythm and blues, Pop music, Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock

    "Smooth"

    "Maria Maria"

    "Put Your Lights On"

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  • Amigos9
    114
    50

    Amigos

    1976

    ArtistSantana

    TracksLet It Shine, Tell Me Are You Tired, Take Me With You

    Length (mins)00:41:19

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Progressive rock, Rock music, Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Funk

    "Europa"

    "Let Me"

    "Tell Me Are You Tired"

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  • Inner Secrets10
    115
    51

    ArtistSantana

    TracksLife Is a Lady/Holiday, Open Invitation, Well All Right

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Rock music

    "Stormy"

    "Well All Right"

    "Move On"

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  • Zebop!11
    90
    40

    Zebop!

    1981

    ArtistSantana

    TracksTales of Kilimanjaro, Searchin', Changes

    Length (mins)00:47:26

    LabelColumbia

    "Winning"

    "The Sensitive Kind"

    "Changes"

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  • Santana IV12
    104
    56

    "Love Makes the World Go Round"

    "Choo Choo"

    "Shake It"

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  • Festivál13
    80
    36

    ArtistSantana

    TracksVerão Vermelho, Try a Little Harder, Reach Up

    Length (mins)00:45:43

    LabelColumbia

    "Verão Vermelho"

    "Carnaval"

    "Reach Up"

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  • Marathon14
    84
    42

    ArtistSantana

    TracksAqua Marine, Marathon, Stand Up

    Length (mins)00:40:41

    LabelColumbia

    "You Know That I Love You"

    "Stand Up"

    "Lightning in the Sky"

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  • Blues for Salvador15

    ArtistCarlos Santana

    TracksHannibal, Bella, 'trane

    Length (mins)00:45:11

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Hard rock, Instrumental rock

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  • Shangó16
    69
    41

    ArtistSantana

    TracksNight Hunting Time, Let Me Inside, Body Surfing

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Rock music

    "Hold On"

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

    "The Nile"

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  • Milagro17
    52
    31

    ArtistSantana

    TracksA Dios, Agua que va caer, Free All the People (South Africa)

    Length (mins)01:11:16

    Genres (Music)Hard rock, Rock en Español

    "Introduction"

    "Right On"

    "Grajonca"

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  • Oneness: Silver Dreams - Golden Reality18

    ArtistCarlos Santana

    TracksSilver Dreams Golden Smiles, I Am Free, Free as the Morning Sun

    LabelColumbia

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  • Freedom19
    46
    30

    ArtistSantana

    TracksDeeper, Dig Deeper, Before We Go

    "Veracruz"

    "Love Is You"

    "Praise"

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  • Havana Moon20
    37
    20

    ArtistCarlos Santana

    TracksHavana Moon, Daughter of the Night, Ecuador

    LabelColumbia

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  • Shaman21
    59
    50

    Shaman

    2002

    ArtistSantana, Carlos Santana

    TracksOne of These Days, Amoré (Sexo), America

    Length (mins)01:16:35

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Rock and roll, Pop rock, World music, Rock en Español

    "The Game of Love"

    "Feels Like Fire"

    "Why Don't You & I"

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  • Shape Shifter22

    "Eres La Luz"

    "Mr. Szabo"

    "Nomad"

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  • The Swing of Delight23

    ArtistCarlos Santana

    TracksGardenia, La Llave, Song for My Brother

    LabelColumbia

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  • Spirits Dancing in the Flesh24

    ArtistSantana, Carlos Santana

    TracksGoodness and Mercy, Full Moon, Let There Be Light / Spririts Dancing in the Flesh

    Length (mins)00:48:21

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Hard rock

    "Who's That Lady"

    "Jin-go-lo-ba"

    "Choose"

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  • Illuminations25

    ArtistSantana, Carlos Santana, Alice Coltrane

    TracksAngel of Sunlight, Illuminations, Bliss: The Eternal Row

    LabelColumbia

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