Wave (Antônio Carlos Jobim song)

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Song by Antônio Carlos Jobim
from the album Wave
Songwriter(s)Antônio Carlos Jobim
Producer(s)Creed Taylor

"Wave" (also known as "Vou Te Contar" in Portuguese) is a bossa nova and jazz standard song written by Antônio Carlos Jobim. Recorded as an instrumental on his 1967 album of the same name, its English lyrics were written by Jobim himself later that year.

The English lyrics were used on the February 11, 1969 recording by Frank Sinatra, on his 1970 album Sinatra & Company.[1] They were also used by Johnny Mathis in his 1970 Close to You album and by Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (sung by Lani Hall with Mendes) on their second album, Equinox, in 1967.

The song was voted by the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone to be the 73rd greatest Brazilian song.[2]

According to The Jazz Discography by Tom Lord, the song has been recorded nearly 500 times by jazz artists.

Notable recordings[edit]


  1. ^ allmusic
  2. ^ Cavalcanti, Paulo (2009). "As 100 Maiores Músicas Brasileiras - "Wave"". Rolling Stone Brasil (in Portuguese). Spring. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. New York City: Oxford University Press. pp. 448–449. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4.