THE Military dictatorship in Brazil (1964-1985) it was a period marked by violence, repression, torture and, culturally, censorship. Among the censored cultural productions are songs which, although prohibited by their critical content, are remarkable for their quality.
Check out the 5 best songs censored during the Brazilian Military Dictatorship.
5 best songs censored in the Military Dictatorship
1., by Chico Buarque and Milton Nascimento
Written in 1973 by Chico Buarque and Gilberto Gil, it was censored by the dictatorship and launched five years later. As Gil had changed his record label, Buarque joined Milton Nascimento to sing the song that would become historic.
In a list made in 2009 by, it was in 78th position among the 100 greatest Brazilian songs of all time.
2., by Geraldo Vandré
Launched in 1968, the year in which the Military Dictatorship reached its peak after the implementation of the AI-5, its execution was prohibited after becoming the anthem of resistance of the student movements of the time.
At the 1968 International Song Festival, she came in second in the competition, despite being the audience’s favorite. 23 years later, Walter Clark, then director of Rede Globo, revealed in his autobiography that he received orders from the Army command not to win the contest.
In the 2009 list, he occupied 28th place.
3., by Chico Buarque
was written and performed by Chico Buarque. Released in 1973, the song was banned from being played on the radio after censorship by Emílio Médici, then president, and was released eight years later.
It was considered as the 58th best Brazilian song on the list.
4., by Adoniran Barbosa
Sung together with Elis Regina, this song composed by Adoniran Barbosa, was released in 1973. However, it ended up being the fourth censored song by Adoniran Barbosa. According to the censors, it was a song of “bad taste”, since it presents several purposeful grammar errors.
5., by Caetano Veloso
Known for starting the Tropicalist Movement, this song by Caetano Veloso criticizes the alienation of the people during the Military Dictatorship. Launched in 1968, during the “Years of Lead”, the song also marks Caetano’s exile, who stayed in London until 1972.
In the list made by, it occupies the 10th position.