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"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.[1] 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.

"Why Don't You & I"
Single by Santana featuring Alex Band
from the album Shaman
ReleasedJuly 8, 2003 (2003-07-08)
FormatCD single
Songwriter(s)Chad Kroeger
Producer(s)Lester Mendez
Santana singles chronology
"Nothing at All"
"Why Don't You & I"
"Feels Like Fire"
Alex Band singles chronology
"Why Don't You & I"
"Coming Home"

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.[citation needed]


Re-recording and single releaseEdit

When Arista wanted to release the single in the summer of 2003, Roadrunner Records, the record label for Nickelback, refused permission citing concerns that Kroeger appearing on a "high-profile single" would compromise the excitement over Nickelback's fall 2003 release The Long Road and hurt the Nickelback album sales.[2] Kroeger recommended Band, another BMG artist, to re-record the song's vocals for single release. The Alex Band version omits the guitar instrumental bridge, and was also included on Ultimate Santana.[3][4]

Produced and arranged by Lester Mendez, the song reached number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 25, 2003. "Why Don't You & I" is Santana's last single to date to hit the top 10 in the United States.

Track listingEdit

CD single[5]
1."Why Don't You & I" (radio edit)4:05
2."Truth Don Die"4:33
4."Why Don't You & I" (video) 


Song credits from the CD single liner notes insert.[6]


Chart (2003–04) Peak
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 76
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 21
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[9] 89
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 8
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[11] 16
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[12] 1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[13] 3

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2004) Position
US Billboard Hot 100 75


  1. ^ Shaman @
  2. ^ "NICKELBACK's Record Company Explains CHAD KROEGER Ban On SANTANA Single" - July 2, 2003 @
  3. ^ "Nickelback's Kroeger Not Allowed on Santana Single" @
  4. ^ "Carlos Santana Says Label Politics Forced Chad Kroeger/Alex Band Change On New Single" @ Music.Yahoo!
  5. ^ "Santana - Why Don't You & I - Music". Amazon Music. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  6. ^ "Why Don't You & I" @
  7. ^ " – Santana feat. Alex Band of the Calling – Why Don't You & I". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  8. ^ " – Santana feat. Alex Band of the Calling – Why Don't You & I". Top 40 Singles.
  9. ^ Romanian Top 100: Editia 37, saptamina 29.09-05-10, 2003
  10. ^ "Santana Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  11. ^ "Santana Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  12. ^ "Santana Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  13. ^ "Santana Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 14, 2017.

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