Music in the 90's - 2000's in GREECE

Rock musicThe greek rock scene becomes bigger and stronger. Many bands make their first appearance in the nineties and become very popular among young people.

Pix Lax (1998)

Diafana Krina (1996)

Stereo Nova released five albums in the 90s and is the most influential dance and electronic music band in Greece.

Éntekhno (lit. meaning 'art song') is orchestral music with elements from Greek folk rhythm and rock music.
The following artists have in common that they write their own music and lyrics or use poems of famous greek poets. They emphasize the meaning of writing good lyrics and performing live in theaters or in the open air. Mikis Theodorakis and Manos Hadjidakis were the first to compose Éntekho and set the basis for this kind of music.

Sokratis Malamas
He started working as guitar teacher but he soon performed with known artist like Manolis Rasoulis and Melina Kana. He composes and sings his own songs.

Alkinoos IoannidisHe was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. He is a singer and songwriter and has released eleven solo albums, but he worked on albums for other musicians. Traditional cypriot music, classical, jazz and rock music influences his work.

Thanasis PapakonstantinouHe is a singer and songwriter who worked with a great number of musicians. Traditional greek music and poetry are his main influences but he likes to experiment with new music forms.

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Pop music
Sakis RouvasHe is maybe the most famous pop singer in the nineties. Girls and young women adore him and follow him everywhere. The attention from the media is huge and his concerts are always a big success.

Modern laiko is mainstream Greek laïkó music mixed in with modern Western influences, from such international mainstream genres as pop music and dance . There are many shooting stars but some artists are still popular.

Despoina Vandi (1997)

Anna Vissi (1997)

2000’s In this decate some new artists and bands emerge especially in the Éntekhno music scene.

Natassa BofiliouA young artist who is one of the most promising voices of her generation.

Giannis HaroulisThrough the continuous experimenting and having nurtured with Cretan music, succeeds in a miraculous way in marrying tradition with new modern sounds.

Haris Alexiou

Haris Alexiou appeared in the Greek musical scene in the early 70s. Her charismatic voice, combined with unique way of performing and a strong scenic presence, very soon led her to the top. Today she is still at the top, always working hard, always seeking new ways of expression and always giving prestige and value to the contempory light and popular Greek music

Lyrics: Charoula Alexiou
Music: Charoula Alexiou
First version: Charoula Alexiou

I hear laughter and footsteps on the stairs
my friends again come home at dawn
still holding their bottles of beer
they pass my door singing happily
And I' m still waiting for your laughter
holding a glass,turbid by my breath
I hear a knock on my door, but I don't answer
because tonight I want to hide from everyone

Because I can't stand them coupled
and I,without having you to hold in my arms
What am I doing here,with so much love around me?
I envy them all
and I'm longing for your caress
A body lost in the winds
What am I doing here among the lovers?

I' m out of lies to tell them
I told them you travel for your work
and while I want be part of their joy
I let my pride prevail
Because I' m still waiting to hear your footsteps
holding a glass turbid by my breath
I hear a knock on my door ,but I don't answer
because tonight I want to hide from everyone

Some of them sing in English...

Raining PlaisureTheir song "Fake" has become a pop and rock radio staple and has been used in several commercial spots.

Monika ChristodoulouShe is a singer-songwriter. She sings and plays the piano, guitar, saxophone, accordion and drums. She became popular through Internet and MySpace.