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

"Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen"

"Oye Como Va"

"Incident at Neshabur"

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153 26
Legacy Edition is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Santana 1969

"Evil Ways"

"Jingo"

"Soul Sacrifice"

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163 34
Caravanserai is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Caravanserai 1972

"Stone Flower"

"Waves Within"

"All the Love in the Universe"

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121 22
Santana III: Legacy Edition is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Santana III 1971

"No One to Depend On"

"Batuka"

"Jungle Strut"

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84 16
Moonflower is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Moonflower 1977

"Let the Children Play"

"Jugando"

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

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66 23
Borboletta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Borboletta 1974

"Life Is Anew"

"Give and Take"

"One with the Sun"

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96 47
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Supernatural 1999

"Smooth"

"Maria Maria"

"Put Your Lights On"

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55 20
Welcome is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Welcome 1973

"Going Home"

"Love, Devotion & Surrender"

"Yours Is the Light"

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49 19
Amigos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Amigos 1976

"Europa"

"Let Me"

"Tell Me Are You Tired"

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43 20
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"

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36 16
Festivál is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Festivál 1977

"Verão Vermelho"

"Carnaval"

"Reach Up"

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37 21
Inner Secrets is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Inner Secrets 1978

"Stormy"

"Well All Right"

"Move On"

The Best Grammy-Nominated Rock Albums of the 1990s

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27 15
Marathon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Marathon 1979

"You Know That I Love You"

"Stand Up"

"Lightning in the Sky"

14
23 12
Zebop! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Zebop! 1981

"Winning"

"The Sensitive Kind"

"Changes"

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Shangó is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Shangó 1982

"Hold On"

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

"The Nile"

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24 19
Shaman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Shaman 2002

"The Game of Love"

"Feels Like Fire"

"Why Don't You & I"

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15 10
Spirits Dancing in the Flesh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Spirits Dancing in the Flesh 1990

"Who's That Lady"

"Jin-go-lo-ba"

"Choose"

The Best Drummers of All Time

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15 13
Milagro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Milagro 1992

"Introduction"

"Right On"

"Grajonca"

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11 10
Freedom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Freedom 1987

"Veracruz"

"Love Is You"

"Praise"

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12 13
Corazón is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Corazón 2014

"Oye 2014"

"Iron Lion Zion"

"Indy"

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11 12
Shape Shifter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Shape Shifter 2012

"Eres La Luz"

"Mr. Szabo"

"Nomad"

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10 11
Beyond Appearances is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Beyond Appearances 1985

"Say It Again"

"Breaking Out"

"Written in Sand"

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18 20
Guitar Heaven: Santana Perform... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Guitar Heaven: Santana Performs the Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time 2010

"Smoke on the Water"

"Photograph"

"Whole Lotta Love"

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

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Blues for Salvador is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Blues for Salvador 1987

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Havana Moon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Havana Moon 1983

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Illuminations is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Illuminations 1974

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Oneness: Silver Dreams - Golde... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
Oneness: Silver Dreams - Golden Reality 1979

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The Swing of Delight is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
The Swing of Delight 1980

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9 12
All That I Am is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Santana Albums of All Time
All That I Am 2005

"I'm Feeling You"

"Just Feel Better"

"Cry Baby Cry"