"Smooth" is the Greatest Song of All Time

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A great moment in music history.

By Diane Martinez

This summer marks the fifteen-year anniversary of the greatest song of all time. I KNOW. I couldn't believe it either, but fifteen years have come and gone since the first time you heard "Smooth" by Santana, featuring Rob Thomas. FIFTEEN. YEARS. CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE THAT!?

"Smooth" is a song that has transcended both time and space. Santana's guitar riffs. The lyrics. Rob Thomas' hair. It's hard to believe that the heavens smiled upon us and gave us this great gift. Santana has worked with more than his fair share of music stars throughout the years, but "Smooth" remains one of the guitarist's best collaborations. But why? Why is this the greatest song of all time? I'm glad you asked. I'll tell you.

Do you hear that? Of course you don't because it's a GIF, but I know in your head you can hear those first few guitar notes. You're just sitting there living life, and BAM. You hear those notes and you know. It's "Smooth," and it's time to dance. An interesting thing happens when a human experiences the first few notes of this song. Dance moves become better. Happiness becomes happier. Friendships become stronger. We all already know the lyrics, but there is only one man who can deliver them properly unto the world. Sing to us, Rob.

"MAN, IT'S A HOT ONE" How is this literally the most relevant lyric of all time? The first five words of this song are "MAN, IT'S A HOT ONE." JUST THINK ABOUT THAT. Rob Thomas is a weatherman and also a genius.

THERE IS SO MUCH HAPPENING HERE. Rob Thomas, what is your HAIR?

THOSE EARRINGS.

THAT. SHIRT.

Where on earth did you get that shirt?

"MY SPANISH HARLEM MONA LISA."

I WANT TO BE A SPANISH HARLEM MONA LISA.

Let's be real: every Santana song slaps. He is having so much fun and makes you wish you were having as much fun as he is. This music video was shot in Harlem. I could get there by plane but common logic tells me that Carlos Santana will not be standing there waiting for me with his band. TRUST ME, I ALREADY THOUGHT ABOUT GOING THERE. If anyone is willing to re-create this video just let me know. It's my life's dream.

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8 comments
sleeperad
sleeperad

The Dallas Observer is one upping itself on dumbass articles.  First, it is a good song, given the context, so shut the fuck up and quit trying to be ironic.Second, may actually be the best song of all time.  Thing about it, heavy on hooks, great solos, decent vocals. I'm being an ass, it isn't the best song, but quit being a dic.

TLS1
TLS1

At first I thought you were insane but then I realized you hate this song as much as the rest of us do.  Everyone hates this song.  Good job!

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

stated your case very well, but actually 'Wagon Wheel' is the greatest song of all time I never get sick of hearing it every time I go out and hearing every third rate band of any genre cover it in fact I might just shoot myself the next time I hear it.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

You have the sentiments of a 13 year old boy.  Both RT and Santana suck; the last good thing Santana did was "Let the Children Play", and that was 35 years ago.  Is this post a joke?

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