Bands/Musicians The Best Samba Bands/Artists  

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Samba artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good samba 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 samba bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Samba 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 samba bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest samba bands of all time, since the most famous samba artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best samba music.

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

This is a list that includes artists like Ana Carolina and Chico Buarque. Make sure to vote on your favorite artists on this list. What's better, Diego Zangado or Manfred Hausleitner?

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

The list includes all new samba 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 samba, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into samba 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 samba bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent samba bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best samba bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest samba 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 samba bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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57 34
Diego Zangado is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Choro, Samba, Jazz

2
24 17
Cartola is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Samba

3
12 7
João Gilberto is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz, Samba

4
33 29
Almir Guineto is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Pagode, Samba

5
23 19
Ed Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Space age pop, Brazilian jazz, Easy listening

6
15 12
Paulinho da Viola is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Choro, Samba

7
17 16
Casuarina is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Choro, Samba

8
5 3
Elis Regina is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Samba

9
8 7
Jorge Ben Jor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Pop music, Samba rock, Samba

10
14 14
Elizete Cardoso is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists

11
21 22
Dudu Nobre is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Pagode, Samba

12
13 14
Clara Nunes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Samba

13
3 3
Elza Soares is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Samba

14
2 2
Grupo Fundo de Quintal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Pagode, Samba

15
2 2
Sao Paulo Ska jazz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Samba

16
9 10
Tribalistas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Experimental rock, Pop rock, Samba

17
16 18
Dimitri from Paris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Lounge music, House music

18
1 1
Marcelo D2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Rock music, Rap music

19
14 16
Chico Buarque is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Samba, Bossa nova, Música Popular Brasileira

20
14 16
Manfred Hausleitner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Pop music, Latin American music, Latin pop

21
7 8
Maria Gadú is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Samba

22
7 8
Hector Costita is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Samba, Jazz, Bossa nova

23
6 7
Gonzaguinha is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Samba, Música Popular Brasileira

24
4 5
Jamelão is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Samba

25
4 5
Bruna Cara is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Samba, Música Popular Brasileira, Bossa nova

26
4 5
Beth Carvalho is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists

27
10 12
Zeca Baleiro is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Samba, Música Popular Brasileira

28
16 19
Drumagick is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Brazilian Music, House music, Sambass

29
3 4
Seu Jorge is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Rock music, Samba rock, Samba

30
3 4
Maria Bethânia is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Samba, Bossa nova, Música Popular Brasileira

31
2 3
Azymuth is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Samba, Jazz, Funk

32
1 2
Arthur Maia is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Reggae, Samba, Jazz

33
1 2
Francis Hime is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Choro, Samba, Bossa nova

34
1 2
Sandra de Sá is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Pop music, Samba rock, Samba

35
1 2
Exaltasamba is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Pagode, Samba

36
1 2
Marisa Monte is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Pop music, Samba, Música Popular Brasileira

37
1 2
Maria Rita is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Pagode, Samba, Jazz

38
1 2
Paula Lima is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Samba rock, Samba, Soul music

39
7 9
Humberto Clayber is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Samba, Jazz, Bossa nova

40
7 9
Gary Chester is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

41
7 9
Nelson Cavaquinho is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists

42
0 1
Taiguara is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Samba, Bossa nova, Música Popular Brasileira

43
0 1
Paulo Vanzolini is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists

44
0 1
Noel Rosa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Samba

45
0 1
Simone Bittencourt de Oliveira is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Romance, Samba, Música Popular Brasileira

46
0 1
J. T. Meirelles is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Samba, Jazz, Bossa nova

47
6 8
Zeca Pagodinho is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Pagode, Samba

48
6 8
Pedro Luís e A Parede is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Rock music, Samba

49
12 15
Dorival Caymmi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Samba, Bossa nova

50
5 7
orquestra imperial is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Samba Bands/Artists
Samba, Samba de Gafieira