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Greatest Brazilian anthems to embrace the World Cup spirit with

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So we know Lily Allen's released an unofficial World Cup tune but we feel we need something a little more - well, Brazilian - to see in the 2014 tournament with.

From the infectious pulse of the Samba beat to the tribal rhythms of baile funk, Brazilian music seems to exactly capture the verve and spirit of this wonderful sun-drenched country.

Whether you're kicking back on an (imaginary?) beach to the sound of chilled Bossa Nova or toe-tapping to the sound of carnival drums, Brazil's irresistible melodies will have you up and dancing in no time.

Get set to see in the 2014 World Cup in style, with our pick of the top Brazilian tunes to party with - from golden samba classics to reggae, up-and-coming funk bands and contemporary chart hits:

Got your own suggestions to add? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter.

Nossa - Mas Que Nada

There are countless versions of the legendary Brazilian anthem Mas Que Nada, but we rather like this fun, flirty cover of it from French girl band Nossa. Starring three ladies and a hot guy, it shows Rio de Janeiro at its most beguiling:

Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz - The Girl From Ipanema

Composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and the poet Vinícius de Moraes were inspired to write this classic ode to beautiful women in a bar in Rio back in summer 1962. This version comes from two other Bossa Nova greats, Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz. Serious style kudos must go to Astrud's sumblime 60s style (the dress! the beehive!):

Sergio Mendes - Magalenha

Heavyweight Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes uses his home country as the muse for all his music, in a career spanning five decades (and including a famous collaboration with the Black Eyed Peas for another cover of Mas Que Nada). This is a particularly infectious track from his 1992 album Brasileiro, that seems to encapsulate the joie de vivre of Brazil:

Gal Costa - Aquarela do Brasil

One of the most famous Brazilian songs of all time, Aquarela do Brasil means Watercolor of Brazil and was written in 1939 during a tropical rainfall. The Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone rated it as the 12th greatest Brazilian tune ever. This is an especially upbeat version from artist Gal Costa:

Kaoma - Lambada

French pop group Kaoma teamed up with Brazilian vocalist Loalwa Braz for this cult hit of 1989. Filmed on Cocos beach in the rugged and beautiful northeastern state of Bahia, it was an instant summer hit as people the world over brought into Kaoma's vision of fun-loving ocean vibes. We only have to hear the lyrical few opening bars to imagine we're on a sunbed somewhere sipping a chilled Caipirinha:

Pearls Negras - Pensando em Você

A big new name on the baile funk scene, Brazilian rap trio Pearls Negras have been pulling in the plaudits for their "tribal rhythms and caffeinated beats". This latest track Pensando em Você is inspired by colour and pace of the girls' hometown of Vidigal Favella in Rio De Janiero. The video was shot in the square which is at the very top of the Favella and the band - Alice, Jeni and Mari - chose to have their close friends in the video and dancing throughout:

Waldir Azevedo - Brasileirinho

This 1947 choro (meaning "cry" or "lament") composed by Waldir Azevedo is one of the most successful and influential of its genre, having been covered by a host of artists over the years. You might think you don't recognise the title - but one quick listen is all you need to familiarise yourself with this eponymous ditty:

Naldo Benny - Amor de Chocolate

Naldo’s dance anthem was THE big disco tune of last year in Brazil, played in nearly every bar and club around the country. We're very much enjoying the concept of bright, hazy, colourful Brazil beach life conjured up the video:

Stan Getz - Samba De Una Nota

A light, airy samba that seems to float its way across the room, Stan Getz' take on the beloved Samba De Una Nota is great for an end-of-party wind-down or possibly as a day-after tune when you're a little worse for wear and in need of some soothing comfort. Either way, it's a treat for the ears:

Gilberto Gil - Vamos fugir

We love the blend of Bossa Nova and Reggae that revered musician Gilberto Gil brings to this, his most famous single. It's wonderfully relaxed and easygoing; you can't help but think of breezy palm trees, hammocks and sun as you fall under its spell:

Jota Quest - Mandou Bem ft. Nile Rodgers

Its worth watching this video for the retro rollerblading alone but Brazilian pop rock band Jota Quest are a big talent in their own right. This cheery, optimistic track from 2013 is very much a party anthem and will have you dancing in the aisles:

Afroreggae - Quero só você

Afroreggae is the band and social movement made famous in the 2005 documentary film Favela Rising. Their story, of how they rose up against a backdrop of crime, poverty and violence in Rio's favelas, is truly heartening. And now with the band flourishing, this catchy reggae track makes a great listen:

Antônio Carlos Jobim - Chega De Saudade

Another grandfather of the Bossa Nova movement, Antônio Carlos Jobim presents a gorgeous, simple and beautiful melody in this time-honoured Brazilian tune:

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