«Baby» by Os Mutantes (1968)

Genre: Psychedelic Rock

Backstory: Os Mutantes were a well known band in the ’60s associated with the Tropicália movement. It was a period that embraced a more avant-garde type of music, blending both traditional and foreign influences.

Why It’s Great: This song is the very definition of the word «funk.» Can you hear that piano organ?

 

«Mas Que Nada» by Jorge Ben (1963)

Genre: Bossa Nova

Backstory: The phrase «mas que nada» is slang for «no way» or «whatever.» Sergio Mendes would go on to re-record the song continuing its wave of popularity in the following years.

Why It’s Great: It’s a world favorite which cannot be resisted. The Black Eyed Peas even recorded a version in 2011 for the movie Rio.

 

«Garota De Ipanema» by Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim (1962)

Genre: Bossa Nova

Backstory: The two musicians were sitting at a bar near Ipanema Beach in Rio, when they saw the most beautiful woman walk by and wrote this song down on a bar napkin. The rest my friends is blissful history.

Why It’s Great: This song IS Brazil. Also, It became the most second re-recorded song in all of history after «Yesterday» by The Beatles. Booyah!