Smooth" is a collaboration between Latin rock band Santana and Rob Thomas of the rock group Matchbox Twenty. The song was written by Thomas and Itaal Shur, sung by Thomas, and produced by Matt Serletic. It won three Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Not only was it the final number-one Hot 100 hit of the 1990s, it was also the number-two Hot 100 hit of the 20th century. Smooth is the only song to appear on two decade-end Billboard charts. As of 2013, "Smooth" is ranked the second most successful song of all time by Billboard.
Concept and background [ edit ]
"Smooth" was originally conceived by Shur as a song called "Room 17". The lyrics were stripped off and the track was given to Thomas, who re-wrote the lyrics and melody and re-titled it "Smooth", then recorded the song as a demo to play for Santana. After hearing the song, Santana decided to have Thomas record the final version.
Matt Serletic (who produced Matchbox Twenty's debut album [1 ] ) produced the song and it was released from Santana's album Yourself or Someone Like You . Supernatural
Thomas wrote "Smooth" for his wife, Marisol Maldonado. He stated in interviews that the lyric
"My Spanish Harlem Mona Lisa" was inspired by the 1972 Elton John song " Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters", which includes references to the 1961 Ben E. King song " Spanish Harlem".
Success [ edit ]
"Smooth" became a massive hit in
1999, spending 12 weeks at number one on the beginning with the October 23, 1999 issue. It was the first chart-topping song in Billboard Hot 100 Carlos Santana's long-running career (his previous biggest hit being " Black Magic Woman", which peaked at number four in 1971). The song stayed in the top ten of the for 30 weeks, a record only broken by " Billboard Hot 100 How Do I Live" by LeAnn Rimes.
United Kingdom, "Smooth" first charted at number 75 in the UK Singles Chart in October 1999. On a full release in March 2000 it peaked at number 3, spending eight weeks in the top 40.
"Smooth" also spent a record-breaking ten consecutive weeks at the top of the
VSpot Top 20 Countdown, a record that held up until the Dixie Chicks broke it in 2006.
In popular culture [ edit ]
magazine's rankings of the top songs of the first 50 years of the Billboard Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, "Smooth" was ranked as the number-two song overall (behind only " The Twist") and the number-one rock song in the history of the chart. [3 ] [4 ]
Cover versions [ edit ]
cover version of the song is included in the Nintendo Wii version of . Samba de Amigo Post-hardcore group Escape the Fate also recorded a cover version of the song for the compilation album , released on March 10, 2009. Punk Goes Pop 2 Neil Cicierega covered "Smooth" under the title "Melt Everyone" on his album Mouth Sounds.
Remixes [ edit ]
Chris Staropoli Remix 3:53
Club Mix 7:29
Club Mix [instrumental] 7:29
Track listing [ edit ]
"Smooth" (Edit) - 3:55
"El Farol" - 4:59
Extended credits [ edit ]
Producer - Matt Serletic
Engineer - Andy Grassi, Michael McCoy
Recorded and mixed by - David Thoener
Vocals and lyrics - Rob Thomas
Music by - Itaal Shur, Rob Thomas
Video director -
Marcus Raboy Video editing - Bruce Ashley
Peak positions [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
RPM Singles Chart [7 ] 9
RPM Rock Chart [8 ] 8
Billboard Hot 100 [9 ] 19
Billboard Hot 100 [10 ] 2
Decade-end charts [ edit ]
Billboard Hot 100 [11 ] 41
Billboard Hot 100 [12 ] 33
All-time charts [ edit ]
Billboard Hot 100 [3 ] 2
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ "Rob Thomas: Santana's Smooth Sidekick". VH1. December 2, 2002 . Retrieved . July 8, 2012
^ a b "Billboard Hot 100 Chart 50th Anniversary – The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs (10-01)". Billboard . Retrieved . July 8, 2012
^ "Billboard Hot 100 Chart 50th Anniversary – Top Billboard Hot 100 Rock Songs". Billboard . Retrieved . July 8, 2012
^ a b c d "Smooth - Santana". Billboard . Retrieved . July 8, 2012
^ "Santana Singles". Billboard . Retrieved . July 8, 2012
^ "Top Singles - Volume 70, No. 8, December 13, 1999". RPM . Retrieved . October 21, 2010
^ "Rock/Alternative - Volume 70, No. 8, December 13, 1999". RPM . Retrieved . October 21, 2010
^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999" . Retrieved . August 28, 2010
^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000" . Retrieved . August 28, 2010
^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). . 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The Listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s Billboard . Retrieved . October 15, 2010
^ "Billboard best of the 2000s Hot 100 songs". . December 31, 2009 Billboard . Retrieved . October 15, 2010
Smooth"* by Santana (Rodney Holmes, Tony Lindsay, Karl Perazzo, Raul Rekow, Benny Rietveld, Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson) featuring Rob Thomas
engineered/mixed by David Thoener, produced by Matt Serletic (2000) "
Beautiful Day"* by U2 ( Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr.)
engineered/mixed by Richard Rainey & Steve Lillywhite; produced by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois (2001)
Walk On" by U2 ( Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr.)
engineered/mixed by Richard Rainey & Steve Lillywhite; produced by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois (2002) "
Don't Know Why"* by Norah Jones
engineered/mixed by Jay Newland; produced by Arif Mardin, Jay Newland & Norah Jones (2003)
Clocks" by Coldplay ( Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion, Phil Harvey, Chris Martin)
engineered/mixed by Coldplay, Ken Nelson & Mark Phythian; produced by Coldplay & Ken Nelson (2004) "
Here We Go Again" by Ray Charles and Norah Jones
engineered/mixed by Al Schmitt, Mark Fleming, & Terry Howard; produced by John R. Burk (2005)
Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day ( Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Frank Edwin Wright III)
engineered/mixed by Chris Lord-Alge & Doug McKean, produced by Green Day & Rob Cavallo (2006) "
Not Ready to Make Nice"* by Dixie Chicks ( Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison)
engineered/mixed by Chris Testa, Jim Scott & Richard Dodd; produced by Rick Rubin (2007)
Rehab"* by Amy Winehouse
engineered/mixed by Tom Elmhirst, Vaughan Merrick, Dom Morley, Mark Ronson & Gabriel Roth; produced by Mark Ronson (2008) "
Please Read the Letter" by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant
engineered/mixed by Mike Piersante; produced by T Bone Burnett (2009)
Itaal Shur & Rob Thomas - " Smooth" 2001
Adam Clayton, David Evans, Larry Mullen, Jr. & Paul Hewson - " Beautiful Day" 2002
Alicia Keys - " Fallin'" 2003
Jesse Harris - " Don't Know Why" 2004
Richard Marx & Luther Vandross - " Dance with My Father" 2005
John Mayer - " Daughters" 2006
Adam Clayton, David Evans, Larry Mullen, Jr. & Paul Hewson - " Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" 2007
Emily Burns Erwin, Martha Maguire, Natalie Maines Pasdar & Dan Wilson - " Not Ready to Make Nice" 2008
Amy Winehouse - " Rehab" 2009
Guy Berryman, Jonathan Buckland, William Champion & Christopher Martin - " Viva la Vida"