Best of list: the best popular Brazilian music (MPB) of all time.
It is such a huge shame that you have to understand Portuguese to appreciate those songs... this is yet another great evil outcome of having more than one natural language is bad for the world.
The good songs stopped before of just after Ciro Santilli was born, they were originally heard by his parent's generation. Those young new kids are boring.
The place to start is definitely the Holy Trinity of popular brazilian music:
- Caetano Veloso is arguably Ciro Santilli's favorite MPB artist, he has just too many amazing songs, best ones at: Section "The best Caetano Veloso songs"
- Chico Buarque. Ciro's second favorite.
- Gilberto Gil. Perhaps Ciro likes him third because he is the most lighthearted one, although not always: Section "The best Gilberto Gil songs"
Non trinity songs and artists:
- 1968 Panis et Circenses track from the Tropicália: ou Panis et Circencis (1968) album composed by Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and performed by Os Mutantes
- 1972 Mistério do Planeta track from the Acabou Chorare album by Novos Baianos
- 1977 Marimbondo track from the "Pirão de Peixe com Pimenta (1977)" album Sá & Guarabyra
- Elis Regina
- Tom Jobim
- Jair Rodrigues
- Vinicius de Moraes. Many of his lyrics are poetry. Notably, he has some "children" songs that you think about as an adult and go "oh fuck". For some reason, Ciro can't help but think that he looks like a pedophile, but he doesn't have any scandals apparently, poor dude. He was a drunkard for sure though.
Roberto Carlos makes Ciro cringe. The only bearable one is www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ19CelONfQ As Curvas da Estrada de Santos (1969) (The curves of Santos road), which talks about going down to Ciro's beloved Santos, São Paulo, Brazil from the city of São Paulo, which lies on a plateau of about 700 meters above sea level, a trip that takes you down through the spectacular Serra do Mar. Ciro did this many times on bus when he was studying at the university of São Paulo and going back home for the weekend from time to time.
This incredibly foul mouthed band was incredibly funny.
Ciro Santilli was a bit young to understand the songs at the time, but the older boys were singing them, and he sang along. So maybe there is a nostalgia factor in play.
But it can't be just that. They are just too funny and brutal, even when Ciro re-listens to it as of 2020.
Elis Regina is not far though.
Ciro remembers quite clearly when he was riding the car with his parents when he pre teen, and he could not understand why they seemed so obseessed with The Trinity et al. Ciro in particular remembers listening to Video 34. "Refazenda by Gilberto Gil (1975)". They had picked it up of course from the 70's and 80's when they were younger.
Young Ciro would also always confuse who was whom from the three of them.
Good selection: Acústico MTV - Gilberto Gil (1994).
Mostly interpreter of songs written by others. But she's just too amazing, many of her interpretations are better than the original.