Music of Greece

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The music of Greece is as diverse and celebrated as its history. Greek music is divided into two parts: traditional Greek music and Byzantine music, with more oriental sounds. These compositions have existed for millennia: they originated in the Byzantine period and in Greek antiquity; there is a continuous development that appears in language, rhythm, structure and melody. Music is an important aspect of Hellenic culture, both in Greece and in the diaspora.

In ancient Greece, men used to do choirs for fun, celebration, and spiritual reasons. Instruments included the double-reed aulos and plucked string instrument (such as the pandura), the kanonaki, the lyre, especially the special type called the kithara. Music was an important part of education in ancient Greece, and children were taught music from the age of six.

The tradition of Eastern liturgical chant, encompassing the Greek-speaking world, developed in the Byzantine Empire from the establishment of its capital, Constantinople, in 330 until its fall in 1453. It is of composite origin, drawing on the artistic and technical productions from the classical Greek era to Jewish music.

Greek folk music is found throughout Greece, in Cyprus, and in various regions of Turkey, as well as in communities in countries such as the United States, Canada, and Australia, and long-standing Greek communities live on the island of Cyprus and in various regions of Turkey. dates with their own musical styles.

In the 19th century, opera composers such as Nikolaos Mantzaros (1795-1872), Spyridon Xyndas (1812-1896), and Spyridon Samaras (1861-1917) and symphonists such as Dimitris Lialios and Dionysios Rodotheatos revitalized Greek art music. The diversity of the history of art music in Greece extends from the Cretan Renaissance to the present day.

The most popular musical genres are classical music, Byzantine music, opera, Ionian music, Greek folk music, laïko, Greek punk, Greek new wave and éntekhno.

Greece Music Songs Charts

Spotify Playlists

To be able to play the following list, you can open it in the application by clicking on the icon at the top right, or you can listen to it right here (although you must be connected to your Spotify account).

(LIST) Greece music mix

(TOP-10) Typical, traditional, folk Greek music

We include the rest of the lists with Greek songs that we have found interesting from Spotify:

Youtube videos

There are excellent alternatives to the above lists on YouTube. Here is a compilation of songs.

(LIST) Best historical songs

(LIST) Current Greek songs

(TOP-12) Artists from Greece

The most popular Greek musical artists are detailed in their best Youtube videos below:

(TOP-7) Mix videos (>40 min.)

Compilation videos of typical country music, with a minimum duration of 40 minutes.

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