Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Russian Folk songs of all time 2017, Russian folk songs deal with the ethnic music of the Russian people no matter how long ago. It’s a long tradition that Russian folk songs be handed down from generation to generation. It is also tradition to sing songs around drink, food or any celebration. Some of these songs are childrens rhymes and some of them are masterful pieces that are performed by the Russian Red Army and others to this day.
The oldest folk songs discuss farm life before the empire came to be and populations increased. Some of them talk about the spiritual outlook of your average Russian. Others discuss war and the political influence on the country. The majority of Russia’s folk music is verbal: meaning no or few instruments would be involved and the lyrics were the highlight of the song, typically telling a story.
Here we present the list of top 10 best Russian Folk songs of all time 2017.
10. Podmoskovnye vechera by Vladimir Troshin
This Russian Folks song was recorded in 1956 by Vladimir Troshin and became extremely popular thanks to frequent radio play. The song was so popular it won first place at a World Festival. The song has been remade multiple times since it’s creation and under the creation of Kenny Ball and his jazz group the song rose to the number one spot on the Easy Listening charts.
9. Dorogoi dlinnoyu by Alexander Vertinsky
This song was redone with English lyrics with the help of Paul McCartney, sang by Mary Hopkins in 1968 and it was called “Those Were the Days.” It very quickly became a number one hit on the British music charts. The very earliest recording of the song was in 1925 & 1926 by Alexander Vertinsky. This popular song was recorded in multiple different languages and redone by various different artists. It was redone for Spain, West Germany, Italy and France. The highest rank the song achieved in the U.S. was the number two spot while The Beatles maintained the number one spot with “Hey Jude.”
8. Vyjdu na ulitsu by The Red
This popular Russian Folk Song is known in Russia due to it’s being sang by the Red Russian Choir. It has been redone for the popular U.S. television show Survivor. The lyrics of the opening song do not sound like the original but the “incoherent” chanting is actually Russian lyrics from Vyjdu na ulitsu.
7. Ogonek by WW2
The word means “little tail” in Russian. The song was very popular during WW2 in Russia and has lost popularity over the years. The song discussed a woman and a soldier and their love for one another. It was sang originally by Evgeny Belyaev. There is very little information about the song but it is a regular in Russia and loved fondly for it’s message of love in the presence of war.
6. Utes by The Cliff
In English means The Cliff and is about the Russian rebel Stepan Razin. In 1864 Alexander Alexandrovich wrote the lyrics. The song ended up becoming a favorite anthem for revolutionaries in Russia’s early 20th century. When the song was performed it affected the Russian people so deeply Brezhnev cried tears and applauded with gusto and pride. Many Russians feel this song is about the Russian victorious spirit. This beautifully written song sings about the relationship between a cliff and the man who stood on it victoriously.
5. There Was a Birch Tree in the Field
This song has been estimated to have gained popularity approximately 2.5 centuries ago but Russian professors gauge that the song was created much earlier than that. The creator of this famous Russian folk song is unknown. The songs theme gained popularity not with just Russians but other cultures around the world as well.
4. Here Is Someone Coming Down the Hill
This song is often sung at celebratory meals and weddings. The song sings about welcoming a soldier home and being in love with him. Some sources state this is more of a bar song: something drinkers sing to cheer. This song is also popular for performances to do tricks to. The song is a constant repetition of the title along with lyrics discussing losing the blues for someone and having good news to share.
3. Hey Little Apple by children
This song is learned early on in Russian life by children who sing it as a folkoric rhyme. The song later became a sailor dance. There is a theory that the song was written in the early 20th century. Despite the fact it is sung by children all over Russia, very little is known about this song and it’s origins.
2. Oh, Not the Evening Ой, до не вечер
Cossacks Romance is another name the song goes by. Legend says that Stenka Razin dreamt of the song one night in his sleep. Stenka Razin was the leader of an uprising against Cossack during a period of time before the empire rose into power. In the song he discusses a dream coming to him, his horse prancing around, the wind blowing his hat off and how a dream interpreter explained the dream to him.
1. Kalinka Malinka by Ivan Larionov
Approximately 150 years ago the song was written by the famous Ivan Larionov. It has been written and rewritten by many music groups since it’s creation which has also boosted it’s popularity with Russians all over the world. The popularity of the song was so much that it ended up becoming the name of a chain of Russian restaurants.
In 1648 the king of Russia banned the use of all instruments. Due to this order many songs were forced to be handed down verbally and their musical notes were not recorded. During 1648 there was a belief by the Christian church that all instruments were of the Devil and would only encourage evil behavior. The oldest instrument native to Russia recorded is the balalaika which is a three stringed guitar-esque instrument that was strummed by using the finger tips.
Some of the known folk instruments and songs are questioned by scholars considering that none of the music was written down or recorded due to it being outlawed. Whether you grew up singing some of these songs or you are trying to connect deeper to your Russian roots, there is sure to be a song listed here you just needed to encounter.