Older: Our Most Popular Songs


Published: 07/19/2017

by Scott Adams


Program #1312 - The Most Popular Songs Ever Played!

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Can you do it?

Quick. Name your top ten favorite songs. Not easy, right? That's why we took ten weeks back in July 2011 to discover the Most Popular Songs ever played on The Sounds of Brazil. We started out with 1,000 songs and six years ago this week, our playlist counted down the Top Ten for our 1,000th weekly broadcast. It's our 25th Anniversary! More below:

Sunday's Brazilian Brunch features fan favs from our easliest years on the radio, plus breezy bossas to help you get the most out of the weekend - the perfect musical backdrop for whatever you have going on! Only on Sundays at 5 am, 9 am, 2 pm and 11 pm Central time and only on The Sounds of Brazil's streaming station from our home page.

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Request a song, style or artist on the Brazil Club Lounge page and you’ll hear me play it and announce your name on the radio too. Go ahead, its fun!

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This week’s show:

My Producer's Notes

Listen to The Sounds of Brazil daily at 7 am, 3 pm, 6 pm and midnight Central Time.

Next week, Tuesday July 25th will mark The Sounds of Brazil’s official 25th Anniversary of its broadcast debut on Smooth Jazz WNUA 95.5, Chicago, when we’ll recreate that very first program from 1992. I hope you’ll plan to join me on the radio and our many streaming affiliate stations.

But six years ago this week, we were focused on another milestone event for The Sounds of Brazil: Our 1,000th weekly radio program. Compare that number to ‘Friends’ (236 episodes), The Simpsons (618) or Monday Night Football (730).

It was an event that was unimaginable when I was first starting out and the early weeks of 2011 prompted an exciting idea: why not let listener’s coast-to-coast vote for the all-time, most popular songs ever played on The Sounds of Brazil? And why not give away trips for two to Rio de Janeiro as part of it? And, to say ‘thank you’ the musicians who create the music we love, let’s have a separate ‘trip for two’ contest exclusively for them. So, we did.

We started with 1,000 songs, whittled that list down to 100 and then posted 10 songs each week for 10 consecutive weeks, where listeners could vote for their favorites. The ten weekly-winning songs were then ranked by vote totals to determine the final order and that’s how the playlist for our 1,000th program came to be.

This week, I’ve recreated that show - song by song – for us to enjoy and reflect upon once again. I’m sure you’ll recall your fan-voted favorites... would the results turn out the same way if we voted today?

It’s about the music. It always has been that way - for the first 1,000 shows, and God willing, for another thousand more. This week, it’s program #1,312.

Thanks for listening.


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‘The Most Popular Songs '

Hour 1:

Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme

#10 The Island<>Kirk Whalum & Roseanna Vitro/Reaching For The Moon

Planador<><Gabriel Martins/Mergulho

Welcome to The Lounge             

#9 Boa Sorte (Good Luck)<>Vanessa da Mata & Ben Harper/Sim

Special Announcement

Brasileira<>Gabriela Anders/Wanting


Set 2:

Introduce Next Set

#8 Chiquito<>Ed Johnson & Novo Tempo/The Other Road

Linha Do Equador<>Djavan/Coisa De Escender

Introduce Next Song

#7 Cada Beijo<>Bebel Gilberto/Bebel


Sun And Rain<>Ricardo Silveira/Small World 



Set 3: Brazilian Minute: ‘River of Doubt'

Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

#6 Blue Bossa<>Torcuato Mariano/Brazilian Nights

Desalento<>Anna Ratto/Ao Vivo

Coisa Linda<>Tiago Iorc/Troco Likes


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Hour 2:

Set 1:

Double Face<>Deodato & Al Jarreau/The Crossing

Welcome To Our Second Hour

#5 Maracatu (Nation of Love)<>Sergio Mendes/Bom Tempo

Use Your Head<>Money Mark/Redhot +Rio

This Happy Madness<>Frank Sinatra/Sinatra & Company

Special Announcement

One Note Samba<>Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd/Jazz Samba


Set 2:

Introduce Next Song

#4 Bossa 31<>Rosalia de Souza/Garota Moderna

#3 Tanto Tempo<>Bebel Gilberto/Tanto Tempo

Introduce Next Song

#2 I’m Not Alone (Who Loves You?)<>Ivan Lins/I’m Not Alone

Old City New City<>Larry Coryell/Live From Bahia 

Me Deixa Em Paz<>Leo Gandelman/Black Pearls


Set 3:

#1 Ocean Way<>Torcuato Mariano/Last Look

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Next Week: We'll celebrate the 25th Anniversary of our very first show on WNUA by recreaetign the playlist for that historic program! Don't miss it! Whether it’s your radio, your computer at work or your tablet or smart phone, thanks for tuning in! I really appreciate it, and please tell a friend or two about us.

And don't forget about our weekly Sunday radio broadcasts in Chicago on 90.9 FM WDCB (2 pm CT) and Brasil Radio in Orlando on 93.1 FM (7 pm ET).


Happy Listening,

Scott Adams

The Sounds of Brazil!


Featured Station Broadcast dates: 

07/19 3:00 pm CT Wednesday: Streaming debut at Brazil Club

07/19 7:00 pm ET Wednesday: Brasil Radio 93.1 FM + 810 AM (encore)

07/21 8:00 pm ET Friday: Jazz City Radio

07/22 6:00 pm CT Saturday: Chat Box 'Meet Up', BrazilCubUSA.com

07/22 11:00 pm ET Saturday: Lite Mix 105 HD2 Indianapolis

07/23 10:00 am ET Sunday: Lite Mix 105 HD2 Indianapolis

07/23 10:00 am ET Sunday: Mix 105

07/23 12:00 pm CT Sunday: Smooth Jazz Expressions

07/23 2:00 pm CT Sunday: WDCB 90.9 FM Chicago

07/23 5:00 pm ET Sunday: Downtown Dayton Radio

07/23 7:00 pm ET Sunday: Brasil Radio 93.1 FM + 810 AM

07/23 8:00 pm ET Sunday: WHJZ New Buffalo

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