Why Don't You & I

Santana, Alex Band

About Why Don't You & I

"Why Don't You & I" is a 2003 top 10 hit by Santana. The song was written by Chad Kroeger and recorded for Carlos Santana's 2002 album Shaman, on the Arista record label. The song was re-recorded in 2003 with vocals by Alex Band of The Calling, as the third single in the United States. It was released as the second single in Canada in the winter of 2003. The Chad Kroeger version was also released alongside the Alex Band version in the United States. Despite being re-recorded for single release, the original version is the one that was played on Australian radio stations. The original version also occasionally plays on American radio stations. 


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Santana is a rock band based around guitarist Carlos Santana and founded in the late 1960s. It first came to public attention after they performed the song "Soul Sacrifice" at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, when their Latin rock provided a contrast to other acts on the bill. This initial exposure made their first, eponymous album a hit at the time, followed in the next two years by successful follow-ups Abraxas and Santana III. more »

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Musical Style and Composition
"Why Don't You & I" is a soft rock song that blends elements of Latin rock and pop. The song uses Santana's signature style of blending rock with Latin American music, featuring intricate guitar solos and rhythmic undertones.
Significant Chart Success
The song reached No. 8 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 2003 during its release. It also enjoyed success on the Adult Top 40, where it peaked at No. 1 position.
Involvement of Big Artists in its Creation
"Why Don't You & I" was written by Chad Kroeger, the lead vocalist and guitarist of the rock band Nickelback. He also performed the original vocals for the song.
Lead Vocal Controversy
Though Chad Kroeger wrote and initially sang the song, due to contractual restrictions, the version of the song in Santana's album "Shaman" featured lead vocals by Alex Band of The Calling. Band's version was released in the United States, while Kroeger's version was released in countries outside of the USA.
Different Releases
The song was released twice, first in 2003 from the Santana's album "Shaman" and later in 2008 in Santana's compilation album "Ultimate Santana".
Music Video Appearance
A music video was made for the song with Alex Band as the vocalist. The video, directed by Marc Webb, intermingles images of Carlos Santana playing his guitar with scenes of couples meeting and falling in love.
Commercial Usage
The song was used in a TV commercial for the 2004 Ford Focus and also featured in the 2003 film "Hollywood Homicide".
Positive Reception
The song received positive reviews from critics, with many praising Santana's guitar work and the catchy melody. It is often referred to as one of the standout tracks on the album "Shaman".
Despite being released in the early 2000s, the song remains popular and frequently played on adult contemporary and soft rock radio stations.
Collaborative Effort
"Why Don't You & I" is one of many collaborations on the "Shaman" album, indicating Santana's ability to successful work with a variety of artists across different genres. Other collaborators on the album include Musiq, Dido, and Seal.

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