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The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time  

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Bossa nova artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good bossa nova bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top bossa nova bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Bossa nova groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all bossa nova bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest bossa nova bands of all time, since the most famous bossa nova artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best bossa nova music.

You can click on the bossa nova band names to see more information about that particular notable bossa nova group. If they're near the top of the best bossa nova artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top bossa nova bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the bossa nova band names themselves.

List includes Quincy Jones, Ana Carolina and more. Click the thumbs up button to make sure your favorite artists get to the top of the list. Which of these artists belongs at the top of the list? Esperanza Spalding? Stan Getz?

All important, significant and iconic names in bossa nova music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new bossa nova bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of bossa nova, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into bossa nova music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good bossa nova bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent bossa nova bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best bossa nova bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest bossa nova musician ever?"

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Antônio Carlos Jobim is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz, Samba
2
João Gilberto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz, Samba
3
Astrud Gilberto is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz, Bossa nova
4
Elis Regina is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Samba
5
Stan Getz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Cool jazz, Jazz, West Coast jazz
6
Sérgio Mendes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Disco, Lounge music
7
Bebel Gilberto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Downtempo, Latin pop, Chill-out music
8
Baden Powell de Aquino is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
9
Vinicius de Moraes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
10
Eliane Elias is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
11
Sitti Navarro is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Jazz, Bossa nova
12
Nara Leão is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
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Chico Buarque is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Samba, Bossa nova, Música Popular Brasileira
14
Gal Costa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Pop music, Rock and roll, Tropicália
15
Lisa Ono is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Bossa nova
16
Caetano Veloso is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Pop music, Traditional pop music, Folk rock
17
Maria Bethânia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Samba, Bossa nova, Música Popular Brasileira
18
Marcos Valle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Samba, Jazz, Bossa nova
19
Wanda Sá is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
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Oscar Castro-Neves is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
21
Toquinho is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Brazilian jazz, Tropicália, Bossa nova
22
BossaCucaNova is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Bossa nova
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Nicola Conte is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
World music, Acid jazz, Jazz fusion
24
Nouvelle Vague is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
New Wave, Lounge music, Pop music
25
Carlos Lyra is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time