Russian Shanson grew out of a folk-influenced musical tradition developed by Russian serfs. Originally, the genre was very wide and touched on all aspects of life. Under the USSR, shanson became most associated with prison culture and documenting the darkest parts of life. Developed mostly by the uneducated for the uneducated, its poetry tends to be simple and musical accompaniment basic and somewhat repetitive. Today, the genre is still widely popular, with oft-cited influences on Russian rap and hip-hop. However, it’s also controversial due to its often rough language and basic themes – see this Short History of Russian Shanson on our site for more information.

Languages: Search for shanson performed in Russian or Ukrainian.

Stas Mikhailov / Стас Михайлов

Stanislav, or Stas, Mikhailov (Станислав Владимирович Михайлов) is a popular Russian singer-songwriter. He has received the prestigious titles of Distinguished Artist of the Russian Federation (Заслуженный артист Российской Федерации) and the Golden Gramophone Award. He is also the best-paid artist in all of Russia, with an income of $21 million in 2012. His most famous […]

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