6 Best Russian Rock Bands From Then And Now

Are there any of you who like rock music? If the answer is yes, then what is the name of your favorite rock bands?

Of course you will mention various rock band names from all over the world. All the best rock band names you like and the best from your home country.

But, do you know the best 6 Russian rock bands from then and now?

Regarding the rock and roll music in Russia—Soviet Union, it was known in the 1960s. In 1960, rock and roll music in the Soviet Union was divided into two groups. The group is the Melodiya and a group of singers, bands and underground folk writers. The Melodiya itself is music published by state record companies.

Rock bands first appeared on stage in the early 1960s. The appearance of rock bands in the Soviet Union due to the influence of The Beatles. Many music critics in Russia say that the 1980s were a golden year for rock and roll songs. Because in this year rock bands can officially release their song recordings.

Maybe there are still some of you who don’t know about rock bands in Russia. In this article I will discuss about 6 best Russian rock bands from then and now.

  • DDT ( ДДТ )

DDT is a Russian rock band founded in 1980. It is a popular rock band in Russia. Its founder, Yuri Shevchuk, has until now become the only original member of DDT. DDT was also one of the famous and most productive rock bands of Russia in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. DDT has managed to maintain their popularity over the years and remains a rock band is still active. It’s just that DDT has new members.

DDT produces music that expresses concern, frustration and aspects of the lives of Russian people. They keep on maintaining these songs from the past until now. It has been noted that there have been more than 20 albums on DDT’s discography.

  • Korol i Shut

Korol ‘i Shut is a Russian punk rock band formed in 1988. Korol’ i Shut is from Saint Petersburg. This rock band became one of the most famous Russian rock bands.

Korol ‘i Shut has their own characteristics. This is because Korol ‘i Shut wearing a costume that does not fit as well as their songs are cheerful. The song from Korol ‘i Shut has the theme of old folklore, legends and Slavic stories with a touch of comic twist.

The summer of 2013 left an impression of sadness for Korol ‘i Shut because their charismatic vocalist died. Even so, the creative music of Korol ‘i Shut will always be remembered in the world of Russian rock music.


  • Splean ( Сплин )

Splean is a Russian rock band formed in 1994. Splean is from Saint Petersburg. Since releasing their debut album in 1994, Splean has remained one of the best rock bands of Russia and has become the most popular in Russia and the former Soviet Union.

In 1996, Splean began their concert in Moscow and other cities in Russia. Behind their fame, there are many rumors stating that the rock band has disbanded. However, despite the rumors, the rock band Splean continued to appear on various stages from Russia to the world.

Splean that exist at the moment is very different from when beginning the band was formed. This is caused by the band members who have changed over time.

  • Alisa ( Алиса )

Alisa is a rock band Russian and Soviet people who formed in 1983. The band Alisa became one of rock’s most influential in rock music movement in Russia. Since their debut until now, Alisa is one of the best Russian bands and also the most popular rock band.

Alisa’s title debut album, Energia, was recorded between 1985 and 1986. The album was released by Melodiya in 1988. This Alisa album has sold more than one million copies. The increasing popularity of Alisa’s rock band, the Alisa fan community has the title, namely the Army of Alisa.

The lyrics in the music of the rock band Alisa have a theme of concern with social problems, Slavic culture, rock music. But recently rock band Alisa has lyrics with the theme of the Christian faith.


  • Aria ( Ария )

Aria is a Russian heavy metal band formed in 1985. Aria is from Moscow. Aria rock band became one of the rock bands that had influence in metal music in Russia. In public opinion, Aria is in the top 10 rankings of the most popular Russian rock bands.

At the start of Aria’s debut, they used song lyrics written by professional poets. Aria is also often compared to a metal band from the United Kingdom (UK) until it is referred to as Iron Maiden from Russia.

For more than thirty years working, Aria made many changes to their band members. It caused little change in style rock band Aria.

  • Aquarium ( Аквариум )

Aquarium is a Russian rock band formed in 1972. The aquarium is from Leningrad. The band became one of the best Russian bands and became the most popular.

In 1987, rock band Aquarium recorded their album officially and was released by Melodiya. Because of the official support and distribution of the country, this album became popular in the Soviet Union. The album also sold more than one million copies in just a few months.

The music of the rock band Aquarium influenced by Western rock music, including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, David Bowie and many more. This influence is seen by the theme of extensive song lyrics. It can even be included in references to Celtic and Indian cultures.

And maybe there are still some of the best Russian rock bands that haven’t been listed above.

I hope this article can really help you to find out the 6 best Russian rock bands from then and now. For fans of Russian rock music, which one is your favorite?

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