“Mas que Nada” is a song written and originally performed by Jorge Ben on his debut album, which in a later cover version became the signature song of Sérgio Mendes. The song was voted by the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone as the 5th greatest Brazilian song.
In Brazilian Portuguese slang, mas, que nada (literally, “but, that [is] nothing”) means “come on”, “no way”, “Whatever”, or “Yeah, right!” In many recordings, the title song is incorrectly written “Mais que nada”, Portuguese for “more than nothing”. The title should not be confused with the Spanish más que nada meaning “more than nothing” (in the sense of “mainly” or “principally”).
Mendes covered the song on his album Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’66 (1966). In the United States, the single reached No. 47 on the Billboard pop chart, as well as No. 4 on the easy listening chart. He recorded a new version for the 2011 animated film Rio and its soundtrack.
In 1989, “Mas que Nada” was re-recorded by Sérgio Mendes for the “Arara” album and was remixed by Justin Strauss for the 12″ release.
Mas Que Nada (12″ Vocal: The Justin Strauss Remix) 6:48
Mas Que Nada (7″ Vocal: The Justin Strauss Remix) 3:48
Mas Que Nada (12″ Just Right Mix – Dub) 6:25
Mas Que Nada (Percapella) 5:42