Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Samba songs of all time 2017, Samba is a dance and a music form associated with an exotic form of music associated with a very rhythmic, expressive form of romantic love ballads and dance. In the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, it took the form of a bossa nova, and by the 2000’s it became associated with a more synthesizer-laden type of music with a very heavy beat.
This post talks about the music form at its best, and spotlights ten songs from that era that have left their mark, not only on bossa nova or samba, but also on pop music as a whole.
- 10. La Batanga–Jo and the Latin Boys (1945)
- 9. Mas Que Nada–Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 (1967)
- 8. Patricia–Perez Prado (1958)
- 7. Corcovado–Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto
- 6. Blame it On the Bossa Nova–Eydie Gorme (1963)
- 5. Fool On the Hill–Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66
- 4. The Samba–Marcos Valle (1968)
- 3. SuperStrut-Eumir Deodato (1973)
- 2. Desafinado–Joao Gilberto (1958)
- 1. Girl from Ipanema–Getz and Gilberto (1964)
Here we present the list of top 10 best Samba songs of all time 2017.
10. La Batanga–Jo and the Latin Boys (1945)
Not much is known about this band. Jo, the leader, started this band in 1937. This song is from 1945, right after World War II end. They would record music together until the mid 1950’s, when the leader ultimately broke up the band and decided that he didn’t want any further interviews or publicity at all.
Specifically, he blocked his music from being played anywhere in the world for a long time. There is not much further about his life, including his date of death. This song is a good example of the music to come out of the period–the earliest examples of samba on record.
9. Mas Que Nada–Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 (1967)
This is a fine example of one of the greatest Latin bands of the 1960’s, who are famous until this day for their interpretation of songs made famous by the Beatles–“Fool on the Hill,” for example, which they recorded in 1968–and this one.
Mendez and his group, Brazil ’66–will probably be best remembered for “The Look of Love”–a James Bond song first performed by the late Dusty Springfield. He is perhaps credited for bringing samba and other Latin sounds to the States.
8. Patricia–Perez Prado (1958)
His Latin instrumental “Patricia” bacame a #1 song in 1958, at the dawn of the rock era. The song is credited with piquing the American public in the Latin samba/bossa nova song. Prado was an organist, and this record introduced the public to his skills on the instrument. But Prado was also a bandleader, whose renown around the world continued, even though this song ended up being his only American hit.
7. Corcovado–Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto
This is one of several songs by Stan Getz and Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto. This is ideal romantic date music that played on your car radio, or at a restaurant while you got to know your date and the two of you ate dinner.
Hers is the gentle voice you will hear on 1964’s huge hit single, “Girl from Ipanema.” The English subtitle of this song is “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars.” This is ideal cuddle music. And by the way, Corcovado means “hunchback” in Portuguese, according to Wikipedia.
6. Blame it On the Bossa Nova–Eydie Gorme (1963)
This was a song written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and was the first and only big hit for Eydie Gorme, wife and singing partner to Steve Lawrence. It was a Latin style song with an organ in it, which gave it a more samba feel, along with the percussion.
This was the biggest record she would ever have throughout the rest of her life (according to Wikipedia, she passed away on August 10, 2013). It got as high as #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
5. Fool On the Hill–Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66
This song turned out to be the second most popular song to date for this group. (Only 1983’s “Never Gonna Let You Go” was a bigger hit for them.) This was their take on a Beatles song, which they took to Number 4 in 1968.
The song is rich, with a string and horns section, plus the female vocals within the band itself. This is a totally different take on the song than Messrs. Lennon, McCartney and Martin envisioned. And it worked.
4. The Samba–Marcos Valle (1968)
Mr. Valle’s album, unfortunately, was not as big in the States as Sergio Mendez and Brazil 66, although the guitarist’s and the band’s sound were both very similar. I don’t know if it’s because the sound was already identified with Mendez and Valle’s album came too late.
Both are very gifted performers, and this album shows that they are very good at producing the Samba sound. Samba is a guitarist, and Mendez is a keyboardist and a bandleader. What we have here is a very underappreciated artist performing an underappreciated song.
3. SuperStrut-Eumir Deodato (1973)
This is samba at its best–being mixed with progressive jazz, a sort of Brazil ’66 meets Chicago and El Chicano mix. And lest I forget, a bit of the elements of early disco thrown in too. Blended together, these elements lead to the ideal song to chill out on on a sultry early summer day.
It’s an upbeat but very romantic sounding song. This is the second of Deodato’s songs to get airplay in the year of 1973. His first came earlier that year, with the theme from 2001, which went all the way to #2 on March 31, 1973. This Brazilian keyboardist is another example of an underrated contribution to samba in America.
2. Desafinado–Joao Gilberto (1958)
This song is yet another example of samba at its best. Imagine being out on a date in a classy restaurant. The year is 1958. This song comes on the air at a very romantic moment. It sets the tone for the rest of the date.
Joao Gilberto, incidentally, was the husband of Astrud Gilberto, and a musician and singer in his own right. They grew apart as the hits increased between Astrud and Stan Getz. Their relationship grew more and more, and Astrud and Joao grew further apart.
1. Girl from Ipanema–Getz and Gilberto (1964)
This is the #1 song of the Samba-Bossa Nova era, having been excellently performed on record by Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto. This was one of the ultimate love songs of 1964, and the song that placed them–and the genre as a whole–on the map. There would be minor hits that followed for Getz and Gilberto–but none quite as big or successful as this record.
Many who were young in this era would count this song as the soundtrack of their romance–especially if they started dating that summer. It is the quintessential song of unrequited love, and is based on a true story of a real girl from Ipanema.
Samba has had a significant effect on musical culture. It has provided the soundtrack of our dating lives, marriages, and even breakups, for over seven decades, even dating back to World War II, as I have attempted to show in this discussion. It is especially remembered for its softer songs that marked the fifties, the sixties, and the seventies–“Girl from Ipanema,” “Desifinado,” as well as the Getz and Gilberto song “Corcovado.”