Mas que Nada

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"Mas, que Nada!"
Jorgeben samba esquema novo.jpg
Song by Jorge Ben Jor
from the album Samba Esquema Novo
Language Portuguese
Released January 10, 1963
Recorded 1963
Length 2:59
Label Philips
Songwriter(s) Jorge Ben Jor
Producer(s) Armando Pittigliani

"Mas, que Nada!" (Brazilian Portuguese: [mas ki ˈnadɐ]) is a song written and originally performed in 1963 by Jorge Ben Jor on his debut album, which became the Sérgio Mendes' signature song in his 1966 cover version. It was voted by the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone as the fifth greatest Brazilian song.[1] It was inducted to the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013.[2]

Title meaning[edit]

Brazilians use Mas que nada (or just que nada) colloquially to disagree with someone. A fitting English translation might be a sarcastic "Yeah, right!".

With many recordings, the title song is incorrectly written Mais que nada (Portuguese for "more than nothing") which would fundamentally alter its meaning. Also it should not be confused with the Spanish más que nada, which means "more than anything", or "above all", and is used in the sense of "mainly" or "principally".

Prates version[edit]

In 1958, Brazilian artist José Prates recorded a track called "Nanã Imborô" that appears on his album Tam... Tam... Tam...! (1958, Polydor Brasil – LPNG 4.016), which features the same melody later heard in Jorge Ben Jor's "Mas, que Nada!", especially the Sergio Mendes version.[3][4][5][6]

Sérgio Mendes version[edit]

"Mas que Nada"
Sergio & BEP - Más que nada.jpg
Single by Sérgio Mendes featuring The Black Eyed Peas
from the album Timeless
Released May 29, 2006
Recorded 2005
  • 3:32 (single version)
  • 4:22 (album version)
Songwriter(s) Jorge Ben Jor
Sérgio Mendes singles chronology
"Mas que Nada"
"That Heat"
"Mas que Nada"
"That Heat"
The Black Eyed Peas singles chronology
"Pump It"
(2006) Pump It2006
"Mas que Nada"
(2006) Mas que Nada2006
"Boom Boom Pow"
(2009) Boom Boom Pow2009

Sérgio Mendes covered the song with his band Brasil '66 on their debut album Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (1966). In the United States, the single reached number 47 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number four on the Billboard Easy Listening chart. This 1966 version is the best-known and, to many, the definitive version of the song. In 1989, Mendes re-recorded the song on his album Arara; in Brazil, the song is also well known for being the theme song for the local television channel Globo's Estrelas.

In 2006, Mendes again re-recorded the song, this time with The Black Eyed Peas and additional vocals by Mendes' wife, Gracinha Leporace for his album Timeless. This version contains a sample of their 2004 hit "Hey Mama". The record performed well on many European charts. On the UK Singles Chart, the song entered at number 29 and rose to and peaked at number six on its second week on the chart. The song appeared as part of the EA Sports FIFA World Cup 2006 and NBA Live 07 video games. This version was also included in the 2011 animated film Rio (along with another version recorded in the style of Brasil '66) and its soundtrack, an episode of 90210,[7] in the 2012 video game Just Dance 4, and was also featured in Over Her Dead Body during the opening of the film.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mas Que Nada" (Radio Edit) – 3:33
  2. "Mas Que Nada" (Masters at Work Remix) – 8:03
  3. "Mas Que Nada" (Original Brazil '66 Version) – 2:41


Chart (2006) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 8
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 7
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[10] 12
Brazilian Top 100 Chart 1
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[11] 6
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 1
France (SNEP)[13] 40
Germany (Official German Charts)[14] 9
Hungarian Airplay Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart[15] 14
Italy (FIMI)[16] 37
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 6
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[19] 13


Country Sales
United Kingdom 71,750

Where is used[edit]

The song is used in Disney's Animal Kingdom, "Mickey's Jammin Jungle Parade" in Orlando, Florida, in the films Rio and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (scene when Austin Powers arrived in Las Vegas). The song was also featured in a 1998 Nike soccer advertisement, featuring the Brazilian national football team playing soccer in an airport.

Other versions[edit]

Other Brazilian artists who recorded the song include Elza Soares and Maria Creuza.


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  2. ^ "Latin GRAMMY Hall Of Fame". Latin Grammy Award. Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Diggin' For Gold – Gilles Peterson - Latin: On A Different Trip - José Prates "Tam… Tam… Tam…!" (Polydor LPNG 4016, Brazilian LP, 1958) £1,000" (PDF). Record Collector. Trunk Records. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Gilles Peterson - Tam... Tam... Tam...! - C4 News, 2014.05.18". Channel 4 News. YouTube. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "More to Brazil than just football and the samba". Channel 4 News. Channel 4. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Tam... Tam... Tam...! (1958)". Acervo Ayom: Música e Espírito (in Portuguese). Blogger. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  7. ^ CW Music | Soundtracks | Featured Artists
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  9. ^ " – Sergio Mendes feat. The Black Eyed Peas – Mas que nada" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ " – Sergio Mendes feat. The Black Eyed Peas – Mas que nada" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert {{{year}}}{{{week}}} into search.
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Sergio Mendes feat. The Black Eyed Peas" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  13. ^ " – Sergio Mendes feat. The Black Eyed Peas – Mas que nada" (in French). Les classement single.
  14. ^ " – Sergio Mendes feat. The Black Eyed Peas Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  15. ^ "Mas que nada in Irish Chart". IRMA. Retrieved 6 June 2013.  1st result when searching "Mas que nada"
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  17. ^ " – Sergio Mendes feat. The Black Eyed Peas – Mas que nada". Swiss Singles Chart.
  18. ^ "Sergio Mendes & the Black Eyed Peas: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  19. ^ "Timeless awards on Allmusic". Retrieved 6 June 2013.