Best Brazilian Rock Bands of All Times

The Top Ten
1 Legião Urbana (Urban Legion)

Renato Russo is the best Brazilian singer ever. The band in the 80s was like a religion. Millions of people across the country loved them. There is a song called Faroeste Caboclo, which is over 9 minutes long with extensive lyrics. Everyone knows how to sing it by heart. Legião Urbana released their first album in 1985. Their career ended in 1996 when Renato Russo died. In just 11 years, they became icons of rock in Brazil. They have at least 40 hits. It is amazing.

If you understand Portuguese, the lyrics are more valuable than gold. Neither Bob Dylan's nor John Lennon's lyrics are as poetic as Renato Russo's lyrics against corruption and oppression. He is a genius.

2 Sepultura Sepultura is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo Horizonte. Their first album, Morbid Visions presented a proto-black metal sound with Wagner Lamounier of Sarcófago. Sepultura's sound varies by the album, from thrash metal, groove metal, and even death metal.

They deserve the number 1 spot for sure. They are the only Brazilian band that can rival bands from other countries. Listen to Arise, Roots Bloody Roots, and Refuse/Resist, and you'll see what I mean.

I am from Brazil! This is the best rock band from here!

Awesome band. Can't get enough of them. I love Kaiowas. It's one of the most awesome and epic songs I've heard.

3 Titãs
4 Charlie Brown Jr.

Charlie Brown Jr. was created in 1992. It mixed several rhythms like rock, hardcore, reggae, rap, and skate punk, creating a unique style. Its lyrics criticized Brazilian society from the perspective of the youth. The quality of their songs is great!

This band was awesome! Unfortunately, they no longer exist. But everyone in Brazil loves Charlie Brown Jr. Even if you don't like rock, you will love this band!

5 Paralamas do Sucesso

Their music revolutionized the 80s.

Technically the best band to ever come out of Brazil. They've been together for 35 years and counting.

6 Barão Vermelho
7 Raimundos

One of the greatest rock bands of all time!

8 Mamonas Assassinas

These men are very crazy. I am from Brazil, and I am sorry for my English.

9 Angra Angra is a Brazilian power metal band formed in São Paulo in 1991. The band gained international acclaim for their unique blend of power metal, progressive rock, and elements of traditional Brazilian music. Their technical proficiency is often highlighted, especially their intricate guitar work and... read more

Angra is the best band from Brazil, and Kiko Loureiro is the best guitarist from the Americas!

Amazing! I saw them live in Mexico, and believe me, they are really great.

I think it's the best Brazilian band. Kiko Loureiro is the best guitarist ever.

10 Novos Baianos

Mixing rock with samba, awesome!

The Contenders
11 Nação Zumbi
12 Skank

That's a nice name. NOT. Very offensive if you live here and know what it means. But God knows if they are a really good band. Well, good luck to them anyway.

They are really good, and it doesn't matter what their name is. It's a good band, and their songs are the best ones after Legião Urbana. I would listen to them if I were you.

Easily one of the greatest Latin rock bands ever! FYI, their name refers to "skanking," like in reggae, and not an offensive term.

13 O Rappa
14 Capital Inicial

One of the most famous bands in Brazil! As famous as Charlie Brown Jr., everyone knows about them. Everybody loves at least one song!

15 Nx Zero
16 Engenheiros do Hawaii

Interesting outfit revolving around Humberto Gessinger, who sings, writes, and plays the electric bass guitar. The songs are loaded with whimsical tirades and political content, leaning to the left and nationalist side.

Progressive rock. It sounds like Rush and Pink Floyd. They have deep lyrics based on nihilism and Albert Camus.

The songs are amazing! They touch the soul.

17 Massacration
18 Jota Quest

They are total crap. Watered-down blue-eyed soul.

19 Ratos de Porão
20 Os Mutantes

Seminal in the development of a particularly Brazilian rock style in the sixties, when people often still considered electric guitars offensive.

Best Brazilian band of all time. Sérgio Dias is a brilliant guitar player, on the same level as Harrison, Page, or Clapton.

One of the most influential Brazilian bands. Just ask Kevin Barnes to name one.

21 Pitty

This band has music for everyone. They are just great at what they do.

22 Scalene Scalene is a Brazilian rock band founded in Brasília in 2009. The group is known for its eclectic musical style, blending alternative rock, indie, and post-hardcore elements. Scalene gained significant exposure after participating in the reality TV show “Superstar,” where they finished as runners-up... read more

This band deserves a lot more recognition than they actually have. They're amazing! I recommend listening to these songs to get a taste of their work: Surreal (one of their most famous songs), Danse Macabre, and FORTUNA from their last album.

I don't have words for their work. It sounds like they are one of the most famous bands in the world.

23 Shaman
24 Gloria
25 Fresno
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