“Clean” is a collaboration between Latin rock band Santana and Matchbox Twenty vocalist Rob Thomas. The track was written by Thomas, DeGaetano, and Itaal Shur, produced by Matt Serletic and sung by Thomas. It received three Grammy Awards: Report of the Yr, Music of the Yr, and Greatest Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Not solely was it the ultimate number-one Sizzling 100 hit of the Nineties, it was additionally the number-two Sizzling 100 hit of the twentieth century. “Clean” is the one track to look on two decade-end Billboard charts. As of 2013, “Clean” is ranked the second most profitable track of all time by Billboard.
Idea and background
“Clean” was initially conceived by Shur as a track referred to as “Room 17”. The lyrics had been stripped off and the monitor was given to Thomas, who re-wrote the lyrics and melody and re-titled it “Clean”, then recorded the track as a demo to play for Santana. After listening to the track, Santana determined to have Thomas document the ultimate model. Matt Serletic (who produced Matchbox Twenty’s debut album Your self or Somebody Like You) produced the track and it was launched from Santana’s album Supernatural.
Thomas wrote “Clean” for his spouse, Marisol Maldonado. He said in interviews that the lyric “My Spanish Harlem Mona Lisa” was impressed by the 1972 Elton John track “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters”, which incorporates references to the 1961 Ben E. King track “Spanish Harlem”.
“Clean” grew to become a large hit in 1999, spending 12 weeks at primary on the Billboard Sizzling 100 starting with the October 23, 1999 situation. It was the primary chart-topping track in Carlos Santana’s long-running profession (his earlier largest hit being “Black Magic Lady”, which peaked at quantity 4 in 1971).
The track stayed within the prime ten of the Billboard Sizzling 100 for 30 weeks, a document solely bested by “How Do I Reside” by LeAnn Rimes. In 2015, Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” additionally surpassed “Clean” by spending 31 weeks within the prime ten.
In the UK, “Clean” first charted at quantity 75 within the UK Singles Chart in October 1999. On a full launch in March 2000 it peaked at quantity 3, spending eight weeks within the prime 40.
“Clean” additionally spent a record-breaking ten consecutive weeks on the prime of the VSpot High 20 Countdown, a document that held up till the Dixie Chicks broke it in 2006. Supply