At the history of Brazilian musics and composers, there are many songs that have reflections and tributes to São Paulo on their lyrics. In fact, São Paulo is a great inspiration for Brazilian musicians. Mainly because, for a long time, São Paulo was the only possible capital to grow professionally in a musical career.
Thus, it is not surprising that many old and current songs have the purpose of exposing a point of view about the capital, that, for a long time, was a refuge and hope for singers from all regions of Brazil.
So, we have listed 10 songs that try to represent, what the true spirit of this city, means.
1) São Paulo – 365
This song is a great classic of the National Rock of the 80’s, and that can not be left out of any collection of songs which refers to this decade.
Some fãs of this song ,want it, to be the city’s official anthem.
“Without Sao Paulo, my owner is loneliness,” says a verse from the song.
2) São Paulo – Racionais Mc’s
This song by Racionais Mc’s intends to expose a more realistic picture of the city.
In a very characteristic verse of this song, the singer reveals that “São Paulo is a jungle”, in reference to the diversity and grandeur of Brazil’s largest metropolis.
3) There Is No Love in SP – Criolo
This song interpreted by Criolo exposes a poetic and melancholic view of the city.
The moral behind the song says “There is no love in SP,” because the city has become a mystical labyrinth with no turning back, where the graffiti scream among walls, that can not be described. “São Paulo is a bouquet of dead flowers,” says an excerpt from the song.
4) Midnight Customer – Criolo
This compelling melody song performed by Criolo tells the story of a man waiting for a woman at a French restaurant in the city downtown.
The song cites some tourist spots in the city of São Paulo and tells some typical situations of the night of São Paulo. When finally the wait ends, the character declares at the end of the song “This time, I will not be your customer.”
5) Sampa – Caetano Veloso
This a classic of Brazilian Popular Music, MPB. A song that made immortal the Ipiranga and São João avenues, mentioned at the beginning of the lyrics.
Caetano begins this great success saying that something happens in his heart when he crosses the Ipiranga avenue with São João. This song is a sincere statement of the passion of a composer by the São Paulo capital.
6) A Good Place – Sabotage
In this rap released in the early 2000s, the daily life of the favela is narrated with sincerity and without flourishes.
“A good place is built with humility, it is good to remember!” Says a verse from the song that exposes the contrast between crime, the periphery and the beauties of the capital.
7) Punk of the Periphery – Gilberto Gil
A simple letter, but that says a lot about the reality of the residents of the outlying districts of São Paulo.
With an agitated melody that immediately sends us to the nightclubs of the 80s, the song claims to represent a typical inhabitant of the Freguesia do Ó, the neighborhood of the northwest region of the capital.
8) Train of the Eleven – Adoniran Barbosa
This classic of Brazilian music still excites many Paulistas to this day. This song talks about a farewell. The farewell of Jaçanã neighborhood, in the North Zone of São Paulo, who needs to catch the train that leaving at eleven pm , cause he cant sleep out of home.
The man reveals to the woman that he must return home. Otherwise, your mother will not sleep well at night.
The lyrics writed and interpreted by Adoniran Barbosa are a real nostalgia for the residents of Jaçanã.
9) São São Paulo – Tom Zé
This song by Tom Zé, released in the 1960s, a renowned Brazilian composer, talks about the millions of people who live in São Paulo.
Tom talks about the rush of the capital and reveals that peoples from São Paulo, loves each other at the same time as they hate each other, and hate each other at the same time as they love each other.
10) Breaking Dawn – Billy White
Dawning, by Billy Blanco, presents a very optimistic letter about the city of São Paulo. The message behind the song speaks of the rush of the capital with a hopeful point of view and a melody that spreads more to dance than to self-reflection.
“Everyone seems to run! Do not run, run to São Paulo to grow up! “Says a song verse whose arrangement takes us back to the musicals that became famous in the 80’s.
It is very easy to remember the prevailing rhythms of Broadway upon hearing this song.