Classic Songs

The most enduring songs across the history of Bossa Nova

1106, 2013

Bim Bom

Though Chega de Saudade is widely considered the first recorded bossa nova song it is in fact, “Bim Bom” that was the first bossa nova song to be composed. Depite being written in 1956 it was not actually recoded until July 1958. This was the first classic from the brilliant mind of Joao Gilberto and, not for the last time, was inspired from something that he keenly observed one day. […]

1404, 2013

Ela é Carioca (She’s a Carioca)

Of all the songs that composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and lyricist Vinicius de Moraes were responsible for Ela é Carioca which translates to She’s a Carioca is probably the one with the most straightforward title. As the name would imply the song centers around a girl who is of interest to the writer but this is no ordinary girl; no, this one is a Carioca. […]

504, 2013

Agua de Beber (Water to Drink)

Quench your thirst with this Classic
First appearing on the album, “The Composer of Desafinado Plays” in 1963, the song, “Agua de Beber” has become a standard for both bossa nova and American Jazz. It is another of the many works crafted by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes. The former is the composer and De Moraes provides the lyrics. […]

1903, 2013

Desafinado (Off Key)

Desafinado: A clever composition based on a clever concept
 

It is a rarity for a musician to highlight a lack of musical ability as a source of inspiration. Ironically, this was the inspiration for one of the most popular bossa nova songs of all time, “Desafinado” (Off Key).  Remarkably, the background story behind the song is just as ridiculous as the subject matter. […]

503, 2013

Chega de Saudade

Chega de Saudade – The first bossa nova hit
Universally accepted as the first bossa nova song to gain widespread attention, Chega de Saudade is truly a landmark song in the history of bossa nova and modern music. Though Joao Gilberto would be the one to popularize the song, featuring it on his album with the same name, it was Rio’s very own Elizete Cardoso who would have the honor of being the first to perform the song. It is her version, recorded on July 10, 1958, and not Joao Gilberto’s version which is regarded by many historians as the first phonograph recording of bossa nova. […]

103, 2013

Waters of March (Agaus De Marco)

Waters of the March (aguas De Marco) is widely regarded as the best song from Brazil and one of the best in the world.
 

In 2001, Waters of March (Aguas De Marco) was voted the best Brazilian song of all time by journalist and musicians alike on a poll done by Folha de Sao Paulo. Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim, it is regarded by many as his finest work and has become a mainstay in both the world of bossa nova and Jazz. […]

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