Bands/Musicians 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.

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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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105 15
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
71 8
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
72 12
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
44 7
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
48 10
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
20 2
Eliane Elias is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

7
31 5
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
33 6
Sérgio Mendes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Disco, Lounge music

9
30 5
Baden Powell de Aquino is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

10
23 3
Nara Leão is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

11
23 3
Chico Buarque is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Samba, Bossa nova, Música Popular Brasileira

12
26 4
Vinicius de Moraes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

13
63 32
Sitti Navarro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Jazz, Bossa nova

14
23 4
Maria Bethânia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Samba, Bossa nova, Música Popular Brasileira

15
7 0
Laurindo Almeida is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Joshua Kennedy added Jazz, Bossa nova

16
19 3
Marcos Valle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Samba, Jazz, Bossa nova

17
20 4
Caetano Veloso is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Pop music, Traditional pop music, Folk rock

18
22 6
Gal Costa is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Pop music, Rock and roll, Tropicália

19
23 8
Lisa Ono is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Bossa nova

20
16 3
Wanda Sá is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

21
17 4
Toquinho is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Brazilian jazz, Tropicália, Bossa nova

22
14 3
Oscar Castro-Neves is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

23
12 2
BossaCucaNova is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Bossa nova

24
14 4
Dorival Caymmi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Samba, Bossa nova

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

26
13 5
Nouvelle Vague is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
New Wave, Lounge music, Pop music

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

28
11 4
Breeze is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
SiiaFlorinMihai added Bossa, Samba, Choro - http://www.youtube.com/breezetouch

29
7 1
Paula Morelenbaum is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

30
10 4
Elza Soares is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Samba

31
6 1
Quarteto em Cy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Pop music, Tropicália, Bossa nova

32
7 3
Zimbo Trio is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Jazz, Bossa nova, Música Popular Brasileira

33
7 3
Matt Bianco is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Ballad, Pop music, Sophisti-pop

34
7 3
Leny Andrade is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

35
5 1
Newton Mendonça is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

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

37
5 2
Mina is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Nuevo tango, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

38
5 2
Morgana King is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Ballad, Cool jazz, Traditional pop music

39
3 0
Minas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Seek added 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 music of Minas creates an intimate and unforgettable musical tapestry that transports and inspires listeners. Their debut album 'Num Dia Azul' (1983) is  included in the first ever catalog of independent music recordings that came out of Brazil with orginial pressing now a hard to find collectors item. Minas was nomnations for 3 Grammy awards for (2009) release Bossa Nova Day, 4 nominations for (2015) Symphony in Bossa. ~ www.minasmusic.com

40
3 0
Adam Dunning is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
adam-dunning added

41
4 2
Novos Baianos is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Brazilian rock, Rock music, Samba rock

42
3 1
Clare Fischer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Pop music, Third stream, Brazilian jazz

43
2 0
Vanessa da Mata is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Mummaka Hannaka added Pop music, Samba, Música Popular Brasileira

44
2 0
Wilson Das Neves is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Samba, Bossa nova

45
4 3
Luciana Souza is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Brazilian jazz, Jazz, Bossa nova

46
3 2
Bola Sete is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Samba, Jazz, Bossa nova

47
3 2
Manfredo Fest is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Jazz, Bossa nova, Blues

48
2 1
Bud Shank is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Joshua Kennedy added Jazz

49
2 1
Badi Assad is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

50
2 2
Will Holland is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Downtempo, Trip hop, Salsa music