The 10 Best Sergio Mendes Songs of All-Time

Sergio Mendes

Sérgio Santos Mendes, a Brazilian Portuguese, was born on February 11, 1941. He’s a Brazilian musician with over 55 releases. He plays bossa nova heavily crossed with funk and jazz. He is one of the most influential Brazilian musicians; his music is full of beautiful melodies, rhythms, and harmonies. He has been creating music since the 1950s, and he has some of the best songs in Brazilian popular music. His career spans six decades, during which time he made his mark on Brazil’s bossa nova movement with great success. During his early singing career, he received multiple nominations and awards. In 2012 he received an Academy Awards nomination for “Real in Rio.” In 1969 he was a recipient of Grammy Awards for “The Fool on the Hill” and won a Best World Music Album Grammy Award in 1993 for “Brasileiro.” In 2005, Sergio Mendes received a Lifetime Achievement Award at Latin Grammy Awards. In 2008 he was also a recipient of two Latin Grammy Awards for “Acode,” including Record of the Year nomination and Song of the Year nomination. Those are some of the highlights he has achieved throughout his career. He has a lot more to offer, and I’m sure he will be considered an all-time great.

10. Bim Bom (1967)

 

Bim Bom is a song that tells about love at first sight. Sergio sang this song with Brasil 66. It’s a part of the Greatest Hits album by the same band. The beautiful bossa nova rhythm is very catchy, and the vocals are elegant. Sergio Mendes’ playing is fantastic as always, with his smooth piano chords throughout this track. It is one of the most popular songs by Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 album. It’s a classic bossa nova song. The guitar and the female vocals are enchanting. This is a fantastic track with excellent time signature changes in it.

9. O Pato (1966)

 

O Pato from Greatest Hits album is a song about a man who feels like a duck because the girl he loves treats him badly. This song has a unique bossa nova rhythm and wonderful lyrics. The song is about a man who feels like a duck because the girl he loves treats him badly. It’s another impressive piece that Sergio did with Brasil 66. The vocal harmonies and guitar riffs are incredible; he plays the piano excellently. This song has a great bossa nova rhythm with fantastic lyrics and vocals.

8. Night and Day (1967)

 

Night and Day from Greatest Hits album is a beautiful bossa nova song about love at first sight. The vocals and the piano playing are fantastic as always. This song has wonderful lyrics about finding true love, which happens to be his beautiful wife, Gracinha Leporace. She was a singer as well as a dancer. Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 provide the vocals for this track. This song is very melodic and pleasing to listen to. It has great lyrics about finding true love, which happens to be his beautiful wife, Gracinha Leporace.

7. Batucada (The Beat) (1967)

 

Batucada is from popular The beat album. It is a great track that features Sergio on both vocals and piano. This song is about the Brazilian dance, Samba; it’s a great pop song with all Latin percussion instruments. The lyrics are very playful and cheerful, making it sound like a calypso track. You will love this song if you’ve not listened to it, especially the vocal parts.

6. Agua de Beber (1966)

 

This song is a gorgeous bossa nova ballad featured on the 1966 album “Agua De Beber.” It tells about a woman drinking water; it reminds her of her lover. Sergio Mendes’ piano playing is excellent in this track, and the guitar riffing is fantastic. It’s a beautiful bossa nova song with smooth vocals and nice lyrics. The guitar and female vocals in it are so fantastic, and the solo piano performance by Sergio Mendes is wonderful as always.

5. Day Tripper (1966)

 

Day Tripper is a cover of a Beatles song that reached number 2 in the US. Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 covered this song, and it’s one of the best covers I’ve ever heard. This song has great piano playing and wonderful vocals throughout the track. It tells how much he loves his woman and would never leave her. It is a great song with fantastic lyrics, vocals, and piano playing.

4. Cinnamon and Clove (1967)

 

This is another pop-bossa nova flavored track from the “Greatest Hits” album; the vocals and the guitar riffs are excellent in this track and all others. In this song, Sergio sings about how he feels lost at night when his lover is not around because the only thing that made him feel better was her cinnamon and clove scent. This song has great lyrics, vocals, drums, and rhythmic instruments. It has a unique bossa nova rhythm to it.

3. Never Gonna Let You Go (1983)

 

From 1983’s “Confetti” album, Never Gonna Let You Go is a fantastic track with smooth vocals and chords. This song is about how he got her with love, and now she will be loved forever. It has excellent music great melodic instruments, and the lyrics are beautiful and his vocals. This song is about how he got her with love, and now she will be loved forever. It has excellent music great melodic instruments, and the lyrics are beautiful and his vocals.

2. Mas Que Nada (1966)

 

Mas Que nada reached number 13 in the UK singles chart; It won the Latin Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. It tells how he feels happy when he is with her, “É tão bom estar com você,” which means it’s so good to be with you in Portuguese. This song has wonderful lyrics, vocals, instruments, and rhythms.

1. The Fool On The Hill (1968)

 

The Fool on The Hill is a fantastic bossa nova song written by Paul McCartney. Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 covered this song, and it’s one of the best covers I’ve ever heard. It tells about how he feels lonely when everyone looks at him, but he knows that they don’t understand him deep inside. This song is melodic and beautiful, with great lyrics, vocals, and instruments. If you haven’t listened to it yet, ensure you do because the guitar riff in it is so fantastic.

Conclusion

Sergio Mendes is a fantastic musician who plays the piano with great rhythm and style. He has been in the music business for many years, from 1963-present day, except there was a long break when he lived in America from 1981-1987. His songs throughout the years have had different genres, including pop, jazz, pop-bossa nova, pop ballads, and easy listening, among others. His music is unique to this day; he is one of the most popular musicians ever, and I would recommend anyone to listen to his songs.

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