From The girl from Ipanema to La Lambada, not to mention more recent international hits from Bebel Gilberto and Michel Teló, Brazilian music knows no borders. Ahead of the start of the World Cup, here is a playlist inspired by the land of Pelé and Ronaldo, including a mix of tracks from the official album, One Love, One Rhythm, and current Brazilian radio hits.
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1 We are one (ole ola), Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte
The song recorded by rapper Pitbull in collaboration with Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte was chosen by FIFA as the official anthem of the 2014 World Cup.
2 Dar um jeito (We will find a way), Santana and Wyclef Jean feat. Avicii and Alexandre Pires
Another anthem that will set the tone for the World Cup, this track interpreted by Santana and Wyclef Jean is also on FIFA’s official album.
3 La la la, Shakira
The Colombian singer, whose song Waka waka was featured on the soundtrack of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, lent her powerful voice to this energetic dance hit, which is also on the official album of the 2014 World Cup.
4 Vida, Ricky Martin
In 1998, the Latin star interpreted La copa de la Vida for the World Cup in France. This year, Ricky Martin returns with a song simply titled Vida.
5 Beijinho no ombro, Valesca Popozuda
The former reality TV show contestant, who is also the singer of the group Gaiola das Popozudas, has become a music icon in Brazil with hits such as this one, whose title translates to a little kiss on the shoulder.
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6 Mozão, Lucas Lucco
The Brazilian singer Lucas Lucco boasts some 4.8 million Facebook fans and is a major star in his home country, where this song is among the top singles at the moment.
7 Blá blá blá, Anitta
After her smash hit Show das poderosas (the official video has over 81 million views on YouTube), this Brazilian singer has returned to the airwaves in her home country with Blá blá blá.
8 Golea Brasil en fiesta, Dacelys
Written specifically for the 2014 World Cup, this single is issued by the label Urban Latin Records.
9 É uma partida ue futebol, Skank
The Brazilian pop rock group has sold over 5 million albums in its home country. Originally released in 1996, this song returns to Brazilian radio stations every four years as fans gear up for the World Cup.
10 Desculpe, Neymar, Edu Krieger
A counterpoint to the tracks above, this socially conscious song is something of an anti-World Cup anthem. The number denounces the hefty sums spent on hosting the event and states the case of those protesting the World Cup in Brazil.