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Russian rock artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. What is the most popular Russian band? List of good russian rock bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top russian rock bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Russian rock groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all russian rock bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest russian rock bands of all time, since the most famous russian rock artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best russian rock music.

You can click on the russian rock band names to see more information about that particular notable russian rock group. If they're near the top of the best russian rock artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top russian rock bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the russian rock band names themselves.

Yanka Dyagileva and Piknik are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list Downvote your least favorite artists because they deserve it. Make sure to give artists you favor (like Чиж & Co or Igor Vladimirovich Talkov) a vote.

All important, significant and iconic names in russian rock music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new russian rock bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of russian rock, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into russian rock music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good russian rock bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent russian rock bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best russian rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest russian rock musician ever?"

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Aria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Aria Heavy metal - One of the oldest Soviet/Russian Heavy metal bands, and by far the most popular. Founded by Vladimir Holstinin in 1985. Spawned several bands founded by its former members, including Kipelov, Master and Mavrin.

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99 17
Kino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
FernandoLeal added Kino New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

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51 7
Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Aquarium Folk rock, Reggae, Art rock - Led by Boris Grebenshikov, one of the founding fathers of Russian rock.

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58 12
Korol I Shut is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Korol I Shut Punk rock, Horror punk - A band inspired by The Misfits and famous for their horror-themed lyrics. Founded by Mikhail Gorsheneov and Andrei Kniazev in 1988. Split in 2013 after Gorsheneov's death.

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49 8
Alisa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Alisa Hard rock, New Wave, Christian rock - Led by Kostantin Kinchev. The band evolved from New Wave in 1980s to a heavier sound in 2000s. Alisa's lyrics often deal with Christianity and Slavic culture.

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43 7
Splean is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
AntonySusloparow added Splean Rock music, Acoustic music, Alternative rock

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28 4
Agata Kristi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Agata Kristi Post-punk, Gothic rock - Russian Gothic rock band founded by brothers Vadim and Gleb Samoylov.

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28 4
DDT is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added DDT Bard Rock - Founded and led by Yuri Shevchuk.

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27 4
Valery Kipelov is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Kipelov Heavy metal, Hard rock - Solo project of fomer Aria vocalist Valery Kipelov.

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27 4
Melnitsa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Melnitsa Folk rock - A neo-medieval Folk Rock band led by Natalia "Helawisa" O'Shae.

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30 5
Mashina Vremeni is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Mashina Vremeni Blues rock, Rock and roll, Bard rock - Probably the oldest Soviet/Russian rock band still active. Founded in 1969 by Andrey Makarevich and Alexander Kutikov.

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34 9
Zemfira is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
AntonySusloparow added Zemfira Rock music, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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8 0
Pilot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Pilot Punk rock

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36 12
Bi-2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Bi-2 Post punk, Alt rock, Pop rock - A duo of Leova and Shura, originally from Belarus, broke through to mainstream in early 2000s.

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38 14
Piknik is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
Piknik New Wave, Gothic rock, Space rock

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26 5
Nautilus Pompilius is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
AntonySusloparow added Nautilus Pompilius New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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21 3
Epidemia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Epidemia Power metal - A fantasy-themed power metal band, best known for their rock opera series Elven Manuscript.

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7 0
Sergey Mavrin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Sergey Mavrin Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock - Solo project of ex-Aria guitarist Sergey Mavrin.

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16 2
Grazhdanskaya Oborona is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Grazhdanskaya Oborona Punk rock, Garage rock, Noise rock - An underground project founded in 1984 and led by Yegor Letov. Split in 2008 after his death.

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11 1
Bravo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Bravo Rockabilly, Beat, Rock and roll - Soviet/Russian band strongly inspired by 50s and 60s rock music. A key part of "stilyagi" movement.

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6 0
Master is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Master Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal - Founded by ex-Aria bassist Alik Granovsky.

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6 0
Lumen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Lumen Post-grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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25 15
Sektor Gaza is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
Sektor Gaza Rapcore, Russian rock, Punk rock

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30 22
Mumiy Troll is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
AndreyGrachov added Mumiy Troll Russian Rock

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10 2
Chayf is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Chayf Pop rock, Reggae - Led by Vladimir Shahrin.

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7 1
Dolphin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
Alex Gaginsky added Dolphin Rap rock

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7 1
Mechanical Poet is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Mechanical Poet Progressive metal, Symphonic metal, New Prog - An unusual atmospheric fantasy-themed studio project by Lex Plotnikoff.

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12 7
Slot is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Slot Alternative rock, Alternative metal

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6 1
Orgia Pravednikov is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Orgia Pravednikov Hard rock, Art rock - Founded by poet and singer Sergey Kalugin.

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11 7
Leningrad is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Leningrad Russian chanson, Comedy rock, Ska - Founded and led by Sergey Shnurov. Best known for comical lyrics and obscene language.

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7 3
Amatory is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Amatory Nu metal, Metalcore

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6 2
Gorky Park is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Gorky Park Glam metal, Heavy metal, - A glam rock band that was briefly popular in the West.

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5 1
Corrosia Metalla is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Corrosia Metalla Crossover thrash metal, Shock rock - Founded by Sergey "Pauk" Troitsky, notorious for provocative performances and very black humour.

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5 1
Nochnye Snaypery is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Nochnye Snaypery Pop rock, - Founded and led by Diana Arbenina.

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15 12
Чиж & Co is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
Чиж & Co Blues-rock, Russian rock, Psychedelic rock

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4 0
Nogu Svelo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Nogu Svelo Pop rock, Comedy rock

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4 0
Arkona is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Arkona Folk metal, Pagan metal - Female-fronted folk metal band with lyrics based on Russian paganism.

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4 0
Chorny Kofe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Chorny Kofe Heavy metal, Speed metal, Christian metal

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4 0
Autograph is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Autograph Art rock, Progressive rock - A Soviet prog rock band that split up in 90s.

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4 0
Catharsis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Catharsis Power metal, Symphonic metal

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11 8
Voskreseniye is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
Voskreseniye Russian rock

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4 1
Black Obelisk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Black Obelisk Thrash metal, Heavy metal - Led by bassist Anatoly Krupnov until his death, still active with a new lineup.

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4 1
Troll Gneot Yel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Troll Gneot Yel Folk Rock, Folk metal

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3 0
Animal Jazz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Animal Jazz Rock music

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3 0
Krematoriy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Krematoriy

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6 4
Lubeh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Lubeh Russian chanson, Folk rock, Pop rock - Fronted by Nikolai Rastorguyev, with most music composed by Igor Matvienko. Believed to be Vladimir Putin's favorite band.

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3 1
Distemper is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Distemper Ska punk, Hardcore punk

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2 0
Kukryniksy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Kukryniksy Post punk - Founded by Alexey Gorsheneov, the younger brother of Korol i Shut leader.

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2 0
Origami is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
Alex Gaginsky added Origami Emo, Alternative rock

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2 0
Russian is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Russian Rock Bands/Artists
kotbayun added Smysvlovye Gallutsinatsii Pop Rock