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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103 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
70 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 11
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
43 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
47 9
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
31 4
Bebel Gilberto is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Downtempo, Latin pop, Chill-out music

7
32 6
Sérgio Mendes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Disco, Lounge music

8
19 2
Eliane Elias is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

9
63 31
Sitti Navarro is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Jazz, Bossa nova

10
28 5
Baden Powell de Aquino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

11
22 3
Nara Leão is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

12
22 3
Chico Buarque is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Samba, Bossa nova, Música Popular Brasileira

13
25 4
Vinicius de Moraes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

14
22 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
22 5
Gal Costa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Pop music, Rock and roll, Tropicália

16
7 0
Laurindo Almeida is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Joshua Kennedy added 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
23 7
Lisa Ono is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Bossa nova

19
18 3
Marcos Valle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Samba, Jazz, Bossa nova

20
17 4
Toquinho is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Brazilian jazz, Tropicália, Bossa nova

21
15 3
Wanda Sá is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

22
13 3
Oscar Castro-Neves is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

23
11 2
BossaCucaNova is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Bossa nova

24
13 4
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
13 4
Dorival Caymmi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Samba, Bossa nova

26
11 3
Breeze is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
SiiaFlorinMihai added Bossa, Samba, Choro - http://www.youtube.com/breezetouch

27
11 3
Nicola Conte is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
World music, Acid jazz, Jazz fusion

28
10 3
Elza Soares is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Samba

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

30
9 3
Carlos Lyra is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

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
6 3
Leny Andrade is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

35
5 2
Mina is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Nuevo tango, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

36
5 2
Morgana King is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Ballad, Cool jazz, Traditional pop music

37
5 2
Charlie Byrd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz

38
4 1
Novos Baianos is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
Brazilian rock, Rock music, Samba rock

39
4 1
Newton Mendonça is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time

40
3 0
Minas is listed (or ranked) 40 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

41
3 0
Adam Dunning is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Bossa Nova Bands/Artists of All Time
adam-dunning added

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

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

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