15. Samba pa ti (Santana)

For younger listeners, the comeback of Carlos Santana (image credit) with the hit single Smooth and the album Supernatural may stand out, but I think his songs from the early seventies with the band Santana are even better. In particular Samba pa ti, the only instrumental track in this countdown, is a timeless classic, brilliantly showing off Santana's guitar virtuosity against an organ-dominated background. It is a track from the 1970 Abraxas album and was a hit in Holland three years after the album was released. This is one of the few tracks surviving from the times that I made a list of classic songs for the first time (in 1973).

Other songs by this act that would have qualified: not applicable.


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