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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?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular bossa nova bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Antônio Carlos Jobim is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Antônio Carlos Jobim Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz, Samba

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João Gilberto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
João Gilberto Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz, Samba

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66 10
Astrud Gilberto is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Astrud Gilberto Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz, Bossa nova

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Stan Getz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Stan Getz Cool jazz, Jazz, West Coast jazz

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Elis Regina is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Elis Regina Pop music, Rock music, Samba

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Baden Powell de Aquino is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

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Vinicius de Moraes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

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62 30
Sitti Navarro is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Sitti Navarro Jazz, Bossa nova

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Sérgio Mendes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Sérgio Mendes Adult contemporary music, Disco, Lounge music

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24 4
Bebel Gilberto is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Bebel Gilberto Downtempo, Latin pop, Chill-out music

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Eliane Elias is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

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Chico Buarque is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Chico Buarque Samba, Bossa nova, Música Popular Brasileira

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21 4
Maria Bethânia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Maria Bethânia Samba, Bossa nova, Música Popular Brasileira

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Lisa Ono is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Lisa Ono Bossa nova

The Best New Country Artists

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Nara Leão is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

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Gal Costa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Gal Costa Pop music, Rock and roll, Tropicália

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Marcos Valle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Marcos Valle Samba, Jazz, Bossa nova

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17 4
Caetano Veloso is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Caetano Veloso Pop music, Traditional pop music, Folk rock

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14 3
Wanda Sá is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

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15 4
Toquinho is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Toquinho Brazilian jazz, Tropicália, Bossa nova

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13 4
Dorival Caymmi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Dorival Caymmi Samba, Bossa nova

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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BossaCucaNova is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
BossaCucaNova Bossa nova

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Oscar Castro-Neves is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

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11 3
Breeze is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
SiiaFlorinMihai added Breeze Bossa, Samba, Choro - http://www.youtube.com/breezetouch

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11 3
Nicola Conte is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Nicola Conte World music, Acid jazz, Jazz fusion

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12 4
Nouvelle Vague is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Nouvelle Vague New Wave, Lounge music, Pop music

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10 3
Elza Soares is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Elza Soares Samba

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Carlos Lyra is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

The Best Taylor Swift Songs

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Quarteto em Cy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Quarteto em Cy Pop music, Tropicália, Bossa nova

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Laurindo Almeida is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Joshua Kennedy added Laurindo Almeida Jazz, Bossa nova

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Paula Morelenbaum is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

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Matt Bianco is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Matt Bianco Ballad, Pop music, Sophisti-pop

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7 3
Zimbo Trio is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Zimbo Trio Jazz, Bossa nova, Música Popular Brasileira

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5 2
Morgana King is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Morgana King Ballad, Cool jazz, Traditional pop music

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Mina is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Mina Nuevo tango, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

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5 2
Charlie Byrd is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Charlie Byrd Swing music, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz

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Newton Mendonça is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

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Novos Baianos is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Novos Baianos Brazilian rock, Rock music, Samba rock

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Minas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Seek added Minas Bossa nova, Brazilian Jazz, Latin Jazz - Featuring core-members Orlando Haddad and Patricia King, internationally acclaimed Minas is one of the most established Brazilian Jazz musical groups in the U.S. today. With a few decades experience performing and recording, the ...

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Adam Dunning is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
adam-dunning added Adam Dunning

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Leny Andrade is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

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Clare Fischer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Clare Fischer Pop music, Third stream, Brazilian jazz

The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time

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Bud Shank is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Joshua Kennedy added Bud Shank Jazz

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Wilson Das Neves is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Wilson Das Neves Samba, Bossa nova

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Luciana Souza is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Luciana Souza Brazilian jazz, Jazz, Bossa nova

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Manfredo Fest is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Manfredo Fest Jazz, Bossa nova, Blues

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Badi Assad is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

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Vanessa da Mata is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Mummaka Hannaka added Vanessa da Mata Pop music, Samba, Música Popular Brasileira

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Bola Sete is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Bola Sete Samba, Jazz, Bossa nova

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Raphael Rabello is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Raphael Rabello World music, Choro, Instrumental