The Game of Love (Santana and Michelle Branch song)

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"The Game of Love"
Single by Santana featuring Michelle Branch
from the album Shaman and Hotel Paper (international version)
B-side "Come to My World", "Curacion"
Released September 17, 2002
Format CD, 7"
Genre Pop, pop rock, adult contemporary
Length 4:15
Label Maverick
Writer(s) Gregg Alexander, Rick Nowels
Producer(s) Clive Davis, Carlos Santana
Santana singles chronology
"Maria Maria"
"The Game of Love"
"Nothing at All"
Michelle Branch singles chronology
"All You Wanted"
"The Game of Love"
"Goodbye to You"

"The Game of Love" is a song performed by Santana from the album Shaman by Santana. The vocal performance on the song is by Michelle Branch. It was composed by Gregg Alexander and Rick Nowels. The song was launched as single in 2002, and won a Grammy Award for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals", as well as peaking at #5 in on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[citation needed]

Tina Turner originally recorded the track for Santana, though this version remained unreleased until October 16, 2007, where it featured on Ultimate Santana, with the Branch version also appearing on the effort.

Music video[edit]

The music video depicts Santana and Branch in an alley with couples around them, each expressing their love for one another. The director was Paul Fedor and the video was filmed in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Game of Love" [radio mix] – Santana, Michelle Branch
  2. "Come to My World" – Santana
  3. "Curacion" (Sunlight on Water) – Santana
  4. "The Game of Love" [multimedia track] – Santana, Michelle Branch


Chart (2002-03) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1] 21
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[1] 51
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[2] 2
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[3] 5
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[citation needed] 4
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 46
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[5] 8
Ireland (IRMA)[citation needed] 19
Italy (FIMI)[1] 11
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[1] 23
New Zealand (RIANZ)[1] 7
Norway (VG-lista)[1] 17
Poland (Polish Singles Chart)[6] 1
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[7] 7
Spain (AFYVE)[8] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[1] 54
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[1] 20
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[citation needed] 16
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[citation needed] 5
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[citation needed] 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40[citation needed] 1
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40[9] 5


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Retrieved October 16, 2012
  2. ^ " – Santana feat. Michelle Branch – The Game of Love" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  3. ^ " – Santana feat. Michelle Branch – The Game of Love" (in French). Ultratip.
  4. ^ " – Santana feat. Michelle Branch Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  5. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
  6. ^ "Nielsen Music Control". Archived from the original on 2008-05-08. 
  7. ^ Romanian peak at the Wayback Machine (archived December 28, 2004)
  8. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  9. ^ "Michelle Branch Album & Song Chart History - Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 

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Preceded by
"Landslide" by Dixie Chicks
"Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
April 5–12, 2003 (first run)
May 24–31, 2003 (second run)
Succeeded by
"Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera
"Drift Away" by Uncle Kracker