The Enduring Influence of 'Smooth' by Santana: A Rock Classic That Lingers in Your Ear

Entertainment | June 11, 2024, 6:46 a.m.

Rob Thomas, the lead singer of Matchbox Twenty, explains the success of the hit song "Smooth" as being due to its cheesy and in-your-face nature. The song, a collaboration with guitar legend Carlos Santana, was a pivotal track on Santana's 1999 album "Supernatural," marking a return to the charts after years of obscurity. Despite being in his fifties and competing with the likes of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, Santana managed to secure a spot in the Top 40 with "Smooth." This comeback was orchestrated by Arista Records head Clive Davis, who strategically paired Santana with younger artists like Thomas to appeal to a wider audience. The blend of Santana's iconic guitar riffs with Thomas' smooth vocals captured the attention of music lovers and critics alike, solidifying their place in music history.