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Modern Greek Music

Brief reference and videos of Greek modern music

For more than 30 years I have worked as a Greek professional musician and during this time I feel I can say I have acquired some knowledge as well as personal opinions about the evolution of contemporary Greek music, especially from the 1950s to nowadays.

As a child, my first encounter with Greek music was the radio. I can still remember all the family, gathered around the set on Sundays, listening to the show 'Nea Talenta' (New Talents) of Giorgos Economides. Today the modern music in Greece has been moved toward the worst or the best , personally I have my subjective ideas but if is for the best or worst you can judge it by watching music videos of Greek music from the 50's , 60's, 70's 80's ,90's until nowadays with the resent famous singers of Greece like Despina Vandi, Anna Vissi, Sakis Rouvas, Elena Paparizou,Alkistis Protopsalti, Giannis Ploutarxos , Kaiti Garmbi, Antonis Remos, Pshalis Terzis, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Pantazis and many other small and big Stars.

In fact, if you ask me what I recall about today's popular music in Greece, or what it represents, I have to say that I have no idea. Names come and go like shooting stars. Only a few performers like George Dalaras, Giannis Parios and some more are keeping alive the original sounds of modern Greek music. Of course Greece finally recieved a Eurovision award with Helena Paparizou 2 years ago but this is not to compare with the success of Zorba the Greek or Never on Sunday witch made the Greek music internationally famous.

As for the Greek pop and rock music there is a great development from the early 60's onwards , more of this you can read in the article about the Greek pop and rock music

George Dalaras Mia vradia sto Leverkouzen

Grigoris Bithikotsis -Se touto to steno- 1961

Melina Merkouri singing together with the great Greek Composer Manos Hadjidakis in a rare video

One of the best modern songs in the last 5 years 'Mono sta oneira' by Michalis Hatjigiannis
Giannis Kotsiras Pass the flame
Giannis Parios the golden voice of Greece,Pio kali i Monaxia
Giannis Poulopoulos, tha pio apopse to Fegari
Poly Panou a great voice of the Greek Laiko, a rare live video with George Zambetas
Stelios Kazantzidis the greatest singer of Greece in his unique song Yparho