Bands/Musicians The Best Chanson Bands/Artists  

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Shanson artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List includes any good shanson band label, album and biographical information when available if you click on the names. This list of the top shanson bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Shanson 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 shanson bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest shanson bands of all time, since the most famous shanson artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best shanson music.

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

List includes Vladimir Vysotsky, Leningrad, more. Make sure to vote for your favorites. If you like TIK or Lubeh, then make your voice heard.

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The list includes all new shanson 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 shanson, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into shanson 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 shanson bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent shanson bands.

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

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Sergey Borisovich Nagovitsyn was a Russian singer, composer and author of Russian chanson style songs. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Russian chanson

Nationality: Russia, Soviet Union

Career Began: Perm, Russia

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Vladimir Vysotsky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chanson Bands/Artists
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Vladimir Semyonovich Vysotsky was a Russian singer-songwriter, poet, and actor whose career had an immense and enduring effect on Soviet and Russian culture. He became widely known for his unique singing style and for his lyrics, which featured social and political commentary in often humorous street jargon. He was also a prominent stage and screen actor. Though his work was largely ignored by the official Soviet cultural establishment, he achieved remarkable fame during his lifetime, and to this day exerts significant influence on many of Russia's popular musicians and actors who wish to emulate his iconic status. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Russian chanson, Chanson, Bard

Albums: Alisa v strane chudes, Sobranie Socinienii, The New Collection, Le vol arrêté, Lukomorye, + more

Nationality: Russia, Soviet Union

Career Began: Moscow, Russia

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Mikhail Krug is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chanson Bands/Artists
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Mikhail Krug, born as Vorobyov, was a Russian singer, one of the leading singers of the style of songs known as blatnaya pesnya, or shanson, which has been part of Russian culture since the beginning of the twentieth century. Mikhail Krug was born in Morozovskiy Gorodok, a suburb of the city of Tver. In 1987 Krug participated in a song competition, taking first place. As a result, he took up song-writing seriously. By 1994, he had recorded three albums, which weren't released officially, but hundreds of pirate copies were distributed. Most of the songs found their way onto his later albums. His first official release was Zhigan-Limon, which featured one of his biggest hits, "Kolshchik". It ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Russian chanson

Nationality: Russia

Career Began: Tver, Russia

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TIK is a Ukrainian folk rock band with heavy influences of ska and shanson. It was formed in 2005 in Vinnytsia, Ukraine. The band's name is an abbreviation of the Ukrainian phrase "Тверезість і культура" which means "Sobriety and Culture". ...more on Wikipedia

Albums: ЛiтераDура

Career Began: Vinnytsia, Ukraine

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