The Game of Love (4:13)

Cover of The Essential Santana (disc 1)

From The Essential Santana (disc 1) and 1 other release

“The Game of Love” is a song composed by Gregg Alexander and Rick Nowels, and is on the album Shaman by Santana. The vocal performance of the song is by Michelle Branch. 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.
Tina Turner originally recorded the track for Santana, however this version remained unreleased until October 16, 2007, where it was featured on Ultimate Santana, with the Branch version also appearing on the effort.

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.

Preceded by -“Landslide” by Dixie Chicks April 5–12, 2003 (first run)
Succeeded by - “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera

Preceded by - “Beautiful” by The Dixie Chicks; May 24-31,2003 (second run)
on the Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
Succeeded by - “Drift Away” by Uncle Kracker


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Tell me just what you want me to be
One kiss and boom, you're the only one for me
So please tell me why don't you come around no more
'Cause right know I'm crying outside the door of your candy store

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  • MatzRiga

    Like MB and TT, but this Song belongs only to the first one...

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • FeedMeDaBlues

    When you have different versions of the same song. Peoples opinions will differ...... It's all about musical taste... *Kudos* to all who voiced their opinion. Statistically, it's hard to argue with the Michelle Branch version. She won the Grammy and it was #1 two different times on Billboard..... I don't think Tina Turner is offended, She has plenty of Grammys to dust off on her fireplace mantel. BTW....I love the MB version.

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TheBullfrog

    Carlos is cool.

    2 Apr 2013 Reply
  • FelipeGrama

    Nostalgia momentânea.

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • LFireproof

    Santana's music makes me want to do unspeakable things.

    25 Sep 2012 Reply
  • maryjanegirls

    she has a priceless voice

    19 Aug 2012 Reply
  • gdcman

    Saw Michelle Branch with the Dixie Chicks. She needs Carlos to write all her songs because her catalogue has nothing close to this tune. You have all offended Tina.

    7 Jun 2012 Reply
  • PrinceOfChina

    My childhood in one song.

    29 Jan 2012 Reply
  • gdcman

    Tina sounds great here

    17 Nov 2011 Reply
  • pjolliffe

    Both versions are quite nice!!

    27 Feb 2011 Reply
  • YoAsia92

    Nothing against Tina Turner. But Michelle Branch version is my favourite song.

    12 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Philson91

    sign under michelle branch version. man, that was a song of my young teenager years. i'm to young for tina. her version is still good though.

    6 Jan 2011 Reply
  • unwrittenx

    Tina Turner can sing up a storm :)

    21 Nov 2010 Reply
  • smooth6

    Tina is always great but for me there's only one version of this and that's Michelle Branch. God I love this woman's voice.

    19 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Jumperjack

    For me there is only one version: Michelle Branch!

    5 Aug 2010 Reply
  • kenyaoa

    I'm listening to the Tina Turner version now.

    9 May 2010 Reply
  • SoulJazzsterInc

    This version with Tina Turner is good

    29 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Christien67

    This song filled me with joy , seriously, definitely wonderful !!

    22 Apr 2010 Reply
  • ShaniaEve

    Very good!!!

    17 Apr 2010 Reply
  • smooth6

    Sounds like Tina Turner. Lastfm keeps changing versions of the songs. Tina's great but Michelle does a better version of this.

    3 Apr 2010 Reply
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