Rolling Stone Chooses the 100 Best Brazilian Albums Ever

Acabou Chorare by Rolling Stone Rolling Stone Brazil, the magazine, has made a list of the 100 best Brazilian records ever. And Acabou Chorare, an album from 1972 by the band Novos Baianos, came on top as Brazil's best musical album ever. The Novos Baianos counted on Moraes Moreira, Baby Consuelo (she call herself Baby do Brasil these days), Pepeu Gomes and Paulinho Boca de Cantor.

The entertainment publication invited 60 Brazilian music experts, among scholars, producers and journalists, to make their own list of Brazil's 20 best musical disc ever, without any order of preference. The choice was to be made on the basis of the historical importance of the work and the influence it had on other artists.

The first runner-up on the list is Tropicália or Panis et Circensis from 1968, which introduced Tropicalismo to the world. Eclectic composer and inspired poet Chico Buarque de Hollanda gets third place with his Construção, which was released in 1971 and had to deal – some lyrics had to be excised – with the censorship installed in Brazil by the military during a dictatorship that lasted from 1964 to 1985.

Chega de Saudade, released in 1959 by João Gilberto comes in fourth in the Rolling Stone list. The album Secos e Molhados by the band of same name, which appeared in 1973, got fifth place. Secos e Molhados was integrated by Ney Matogrosso, João Ricardo, Gerson Conrá and Marcelo Frias.

Jorge Ben (later Jorge Benjor) with A Tábua de Esmeralda (1972) came in sixth place. Among the memorable sounds in this album there is "Os Alquimistas Estão Chegando."

Another record from 1972, which mixed Beatles beats and Brazilian toada sounds got seventh place. It's Clube da Esquina by Milton Nascimento and Lô Borges. Cartola with a self-titled album released in 1976 appears as number 8 in the list of the best Brazilian sounds.

Os Mutantes are number nine with the album Os Mutantes from 1968. Singer composer Caetano Veloso closes the top 10 with Transa, a disc recorded in London in 1972, during his political exile in the UK during the dictatorship.

Veloso appears four times in the 100 list. The same happens to Os Mutantes and Jorge Ben. Roberto Carlos shows up with three discs.  Among younger artists there are Los Hermanos with Bloco do Eu Sozinho (42nd place) and Ventura (68th). Raul Seixas and Marisa Monte turn up with two albums each.

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  • Sean

    Where’s the list??
    Nice article but where’s the list!!

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