VOTE! WHICH ARE YOUR FAVES? My Ultimate Collection of 14 Best Russian Love Songs!

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My collection of some of the best and most famous hit LOVE songs from Russia. I chose them for you to expand on the lovely topic of March 8: What’s So Unusual About March 8?! International Women’s Day Special!

The songs aren’t in any particular order. By the way, the Russian song lyrics is usually very meaningful and often profound; it normally adds to the perception of a song. I’ve translated some of the lyrics, to give you an idea of what each song is about. But the music is lovely and beautiful in its own right, so enjoy!

Let me know in comments which of these you enjoyed best! Also, I am hearing these with my Russian ear, and I understand the lyrics and the rhythmics of a Russian song. But I am genuinely curious how those who don’t understand the words hear these? How do you think these are different and how do you like them compared, for instance, to English language love songs, and/or such songs in other languages? Your impressions are most welcome!

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BEST CONTEMPORARY RUSSIAN LOVE SONGS

I’ll Stay, Aya & Gorod 312 band

Город 312, Останусь

The lyrics is beautiful, and the melody is even better. Brief translation:

“In the end of tunnel, the bright light of a blind star…

A lingering trace of my soles on dry leaves…

I still feel the pulse, and an urge to live…

I may never return, but perhaps I’ll stay…

I’ll stay as ashes on your lips,

I’ll stay as fire in your eyes,

As a breath of wind in your hands.

I’ll stay as snow on your cheek,

I’ll stay as a far away light,

I’ll remain your light… Your light…”

How Enchanting are the Nights in Russia… White Eagle band, Kremlin

The melody is beautiful and truly enchanting.

БЕЛЫЙ ОРЕЛ, КАК УПОИТЕЛЬНЫ В РОССИИ ВЕЧЕРА, КРЕМЛЬ

Brief translation:

“Perhaps it’s just dream and love is just a game,

Perhaps my feelings are nothing to you,

Whether in this or other world, I’ll never forget

How enchanting are the Russian nights…”

I Don’t Regret (theme song from the hit 2000s Russian TV series, Poor Nastia, a mesmerizing 19th century paranormal historic drama)

Мне не жаль… [Владимир/Анна/Михаил] “Бедная Настя”

Lyrics, brief translation:

I don’t regret that the fire in my blood has burned and tore at my heart,

But I regret that in the past I lived without love, I regret that I didn’t love enough.

I never stopped loving you, and my soul calls out your name.

With all my heart I pray to creator for you…

Love That Feels Like a Dream, Lara Fabian

A bit of the lovely lyrics:

‘Love that feels like a dream,

The crystal peeling of our hearts,

Your magical ‘I love you,’

I’ll quietly echo back to you.

Love that feels like a dream

Has made my home a happy place,

And contrary to the law of dreams,

May it never end.’

Любовь Похожая На Сон

I Love You to Tears, Aleksandr Serov

Александр Серов – Я люблю тебя до слёз (Ya lublu tebya do slez)

Nice dramatic lyrics! Brief translation:

“I love you to tears

Every breath is like the first time

Instead of a lie of pretty words

I give you a cloud made of roses

With these white rose petals I’ll make our bed

I love you to tears, I love you like mad…

Unfinished Romance, Irina Alegrova and Igor Krutoi (author)

Ирина Аллегрова и Игорь Крутой, Незаконченный роман

starts at 0:33 :

Autumn Leaves, Alla Pugacheva (episode from the acclaimed 2000s film ‘The Admiral’).

Алла Пугачева – Осенние листья

 

FAMOUS SOVIET LOVE SONGS

I think for the most part you’ll find that Soviet songs were quieter, more melodic and less dramatic than the contemporary Russian songs. But the lyrics and essence was just as, or even more, epic and significant. The lyrics often is very good and full of wisdom.

A Million of Crimson Roses (Rus translit: Milion Alyh Roz), Alla Pugacheva, early 1980s. Pugacheva at the time was one of the biggest names in Soviet and world pop music. For the USSR she was pretty revolutionary, as her style was non-traditional; she was more Western than Russians were used to. Pugacheva’s singing contributed in subtle ways to the USSR collapse, as consciousness awakened through many things, including her songs. Interestingly, to this day she remains a neo-liberal. But she can sing, and for that much is forgiven.

This is a pretty straightforward story of a poor artist who fell in love with a famous actress and to impress her he sold his house and works and bought a million of crimson roses to fill the square in front of her residence. They never saw each other again, but both carried a memory of that day forever. This simple story doesn’t compare in depth to other lyrics in this compilation, but the song became very famous.

I’ll Never Forget You. Dmitry Karachentsov (lead). From the legendary hit musical of the ’80s, Yunona and Avos. The musical was so famous that well-known Western musicians lined up for a chance to be in it.

This dramatic musical is about two Russian navy ships, Yunona and Avos, that arrived on a friendly visit to Latin America in the 19th century. The young daughter of a local Spanish governor falls in love with a Russian officer, who is under orders to leave back home, but promises to return for her. He dies before being able to fulfill his promise. The song is about their eternal love and the fact that they understand they may never see each other again. She promises to be his guiding light, his sail on the way back home; her love would protect him.

Юнона и Авось – Я тебя никогда не забуду

Don’t Promise a Young Maiden (theme song from the famous Soviet film, The Captivating Star of Happiness, 1975) (RussianЗвезда пленительного счастьяtranslit. Zvezda plenitelnogo schastya)

The film is about the 1825 failed Decembrist coup against Tsar Nikolay I; the mutineer officers are sent to Siberia and their aristocratic wives face an excruciating decision of whether to follow their husbands into harsh exile. Here’s the film’s Wikipedia page.

‘Don’t promise a young maiden eternal love on earth…”

The song is simply charming, reminiscing of the care-free days when various protagonists first met and fell in love.

Не обещайте деве юной (Романс)

Echo of Love, Anna German and Lev Leshchenko (One of the Songs of the Year 1977)

Anna German was a Polish singer, who became famous for her performance of the Russian songs.

Анна Герман и Лев Лещенко “Эхо любви” Песня года – 1977

Hope, My Earthly Compass

Another beloved Soviet hit, performed by many singers, but Anna German’s version was probably the best. The song is about holding on to your love no matter the distance. It was written with an idea of the families of pilots and stewardesses in mind, who often flew in different directions and whose meetings were rare.

Анна Герман – Надежда, мой компас земной (Nadezhda, moy kompass zemnoy)

Tenderness (alt. title: The Earth Is Empty Without You). The song was written for the cosmonauts flying off into space and their loved ones. The narrative is from a female standpoint, she misses the love of her life, and so does Mother Earth; she is asking him to fly back home soon. But the song goes deeper, and has a resonance with those who passed and left this world, and how much the living miss them.

Майя Кристалинская – Нежность (Опустела без тебя земля)

Eternal Love, Charles Aznavour – Russian and French versions (From the legendary Soviet film, Teheran-43, about the secret 1943 meeting of Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill in Iran, a successful prevention by Russian intelligence of the German terrorist plot against three leaders – Roosevelt ended up staying at the Russian embassy for security reasons – and a love story that developed between two main characters.)

Шарль Азнавур “Вечная любовь” Russian version

ORIGINAL SONG WITH THE FILM CLIP: Eternal Love,Charles Aznavour. The original theme song, with the actual footage from the movie “Tegeran-43”. The theme of an undying love, a life lived in love, is dramatically contrasted and juxtaposed in the film to the horrifying images of WWII, but the ending depicts a brief reunion of the two lovers, Russian intelligence officer and a Russian-French lady, many years later in Paris. In the French version of the film, they ‘shyly’ omitted the powerful footage of the WWII devastation, but the Russian version showed it in full. Mosfilm, the rights owner, doesn’t allow video reposting, so just click on link to watch this clip! 

French version: Mireille Mathieu & Charles Aznavour, Une vie d amour

About Lada Ray

Lada Ray is a linguist & former financial consultant with Smith Barney. Born in Russia, Lada lived and traveled to nearly 30 countries on most continents. She is the internationally certified Feng Shui Master and author of 3 novels + multiple novelettes; most notably, top-rated metaphysical thriller THE EARTH SHIFTER & bestselling thriller GOLD TRAIN (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure). Lada has extensively written re. Russia, world cultures, geopolitics, empire collapse, feng shui and consciousness. She is known for her accurate predictions. Lada's Blogs: FuturisTrendcast - geopolitics and predictions. Lada Ray Blog - books, writing, world cultures. We are presently working on expanding Lada Ray Youtube channel to include Lada's original geopolitical analysis and far-reaching global predictions, as well as her mystical futurism. The world is going through a massive tectonic shift of consciousness on all levels and in all aspects of life. Make sure you are prepared! Subscribe!

Posted on March 11, 2019, in 2) Great Balancer Weekly, Energy & Consciousness, Lada Ray, Lada Ray Recommends, Russia and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Lovely 🙂 From them all, my favorite is Russian Nights — I can’t resist the hoarse, very masculine voices of many russian men and artists, of which Vladimir Vessotsky is a must 😉
    To me russian songs are very similar to french songs in the line of Jacques Brel, Adamo, Joe Dassin, Hervé Vilard, Mireille Mathieu and of course Charles Aznavour, who left their good mark on my teens. And soviet songs even more so! I’m a fan, above all of its depth and purity of feeling.Living with a russian-ukrainian and loving Russia since always, I see more and more russian television, and some time ago I saw a tv series about Pugacheva. It’s nice to have your updates and vision and not feel completely foreign 😉 Thanks Lada! And, imagine, amidst all this beautiful russian music I received my copy of your book! Very timely!!

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    • There are many lovely Russian songs from popular movies like Moscow does not believe in tears, Carnival night, Irony of fate… БЛАГОСЛОВЛЯЮ ВАС/ “Bless You”/ “I asked the Mirror”

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  2. Reblogged this on 1EarthUnited and commented:

    Just lovely!

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  3. Very nice Lada . . Anna German was probably my favorite – she has some excellent Russian pronunciations … from a non-speaker point of view.

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    • You are absolutely right. She had amazing command of the Russian language, not a sound or letter off. Exceptional clarity, no accent whatsoever when she sang, which is very rare for foreigners. And an angelic voice, to boot. 🙂

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  4. Reblogged this on Lada Ray Blog and commented:

    Huge mega-post on FT with 14 Russian and Soviet best hit songs (and 15 video clips) about love and personal growth, which I personally selected for you! Please visit, like, share and vote on the songs you like best!

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  5. Singer #1 was my favorite…beautifully done…

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