Be it the Brazilian carnival or the latest episode of Dancing with the Stars, the Samba dance is pretty much everywhere. Danced to the popular Samba music, Samba is actually a set of dances rather than a single dance. In Brazil, and all around the world, various forms of this popular dance have gained prominence. From professional dancers to fitness freaks, the appeal of this dance is quite wide. There are many popular forms of Samba which are seen not only in Brazil but in other countries as well.
Manguiera is considered as Brazil's most popular samba school due to its old tradition, a very strong support community and the most successful samba hall. It was the winner of the first Samba Parade held in the Sambodromo and has been ranked very high year by year ever since, for its consistently strong performances. It is the oldest among the existing Rio samba schools.
If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular samba bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.