The 10 Craziest Guitar Riffs Ever Made By Carlos Santana
Unforgettable Santana Tunes
Carlos Santana doesn’t deserve the hate he’s getting. Just because he leans towards a different kind of style doesn’t mean he’s not a good musician. On the contrary, he has given us plenty of great songs and instrumentals over the years. Is he the best guitarist in the world? That’s debatable. But he’s an important figure in music – his riffs are impactful, emotive, and they certainly show his mastery of his musical instrument.
For this list, we only included those riffs he made which is why you won’t find some of his greatest hits like “Oye Como Va” or “Black Magic Woman” because those are cover versions.
10. The Game of Love
Purists aren’t too crazy about this but his riffs are catchy for sure! Even that guitar solo is glorious.
9. Hope You’re Feeling Better
The riffs and guitar break – that’s pure and undiluted rock ‘n roll.
8. Song of the Wind
Somehow, it’s the song that’ll take you places.
7. Blues for Salvador
The thing about about Santana is, you know his guitar will always take center stage.
6. Incident at Neshabur
Melodic and hypnotic – it showcases Santana’s mad axeslinging skills.
5. Everybody’s Everything
You can rock or dance to it. This fun and upbeat number is insanely good.
If that intro doesn’t get to you, you need to listen again and again. It’s sweet and exquisite!
3. Samba Pa Ti
Groovy! It’s the result of Santana’s experimentations in 1970. He makes every single riff simmer.
The riffs are enchanting and sexy as hell. Not surprising, this was a massive commercial success for Santana.
1. Soul Sacrifice
Remember that iconic Woodstock performance? It’s heavy, blistering, and downright magical.