Que País É Este (song)

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"Que País É Este"
Single by Legião Urbana
from the album Que País É Este
GenreAlternative rock
Songwriter(s)Renato Russo
Producer(s)Mayrton Bahia
Legião Urbana singles chronology
"Que País É Este"
"Angra dos Reis"

"Que País É Este" ("What Country Is This") is a song by Brazilian rock band Legião Urbana. It was written by Renato Russo in 1978, when he was still a member of Aborto Elétrico.[1] However, it was only released in 1987 on Legião Urbana's album Que País É Este.

About such delay, Russo explained:[1]

"'Que país é este' was never recorded because there was the hope that something would actually change in the country, making the song totally obsolete then. This didn't happen and it's still possible to make the same question of the title."

The song was ranked at #81 on the list of "The 100 Greatest Brazilian Songs" by Rolling Stone Brasil.[2] In 1987, it was the Brazilian song with the biggest airplay, and the second if international music is considered, standing behind "Livin' on a Prayer", by Bon Jovi.[3] In 2013, it was elected as "Brazil's most remarkable protest song ", in a poll conducted by iG.[4]


The song was composed by vocalist and acoustic guitarist Renato Russo, when he was still a member of punk band Aborto Elétrico. However, even after the end of the band, Russo would still perform the song in his then new band Legião Urbana (founded in 1983).[1]

Russo took advantage of the Brazilian political scenery to finally record the song in 1987, when the country was emerging from a military dictatorship.[1]


Per the album booklet:[5]

Notable cover versions[]

Alleged plagiarism[]

There are controversies about the song's main riff being plagiarism of "I Don't Care", by American punk rock band Ramones. When confronted about this, Russo said "eu não ligo!", which is the Ramones' song title translated to Portuguese.[8] Soon after, he admitted to having drawn inspiration from the song.[9]


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b c d Fuks, Rebeca. "Música Que País É Este, de Legião Urbana". Cultura Genial.
  2. ^ As 100 Maiores Músicas Brasileiras
  3. ^ "mofolandia.com.br/". Archived from the original on 5 December 2017.
  4. ^ "'Que País É Este?' é escolhida a música de protesto mais marcante do Brasil". iG. . 21 June 2013.
  5. ^ LEGIÃO URBANA. Que País É Este 1978/1987. Rio de Janeiro: Brazil, 1987. Internal booklet.
  6. ^ Acústico MTV at cliquemusic.uol.com.br/
  7. ^ Capital Inicial - Que País é este at Jovem Pan
  8. ^ "Plágio e Companhia: Os maiores casos de plágio do mundo do rock". www.entreattos.com.br. Archived from the original on 6 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Pensata - Lúcio Ribeiro - Os grandes plágios da música brasileira (Parte 1) - 27/02/2003". Folha de S.Paulo.
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