When Santana hooked up with Rob Thomas for the first time in 1999, the San Francisco classic rock band led by guitarist Carlos Santana hadn’t had a top 10 hit in a couple decades, and Thomas had just risen to fame with the first few hits from his band Matchbox Twenty. But “Smooth,” the lead single from Santana’s comeback album Supernatural, was a game-changer for both of them: With 12 weeks spent at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, it was one of the chart’s biggest hits of all time, and ended up winning three Grammys.
While Santana continued collaborating on hits with younger artists after “Smooth,” and Rob Thomas had continued success with Matchbox Twenty (as well as a moderately successful solo career), the dynamic duo didn’t record together again for the next 22 years. But on August 18th, Santana released “Move,” the lead single from the forthcoming Blessings & Miracles, another summery Latin rock single featuring Rob Thomas, as well as the band American Authors. While it’s hard to imagine “Move” equalling the enormous popularity of “Smooth,” it could once again prove to be a major career bump for both Santana and Thomas.