This isn’t the first time I’ve shared Russian songs with you this year – there was a September post on 9 Russian songs about the coronavirus and 3 songs that are hot in Russia right now way back in January – but here are a couple new songs that came out in 2020….
🎵RADIO TAPOK и БАТЯ – Old Town Road (Русская версия)
If you enjoy these kinds of covers, check out Radio Tapok’s channel or specifically:
- 🎵Rammstein’s Mutter на русском
- 🎵System Of A Down’s Chop Suey на русском
- 🎵The Beatles’ Back In The U.S.S.R. на русском.
🎵IC3PEAK – Плак-Плак
This group makes powerful, dramatic music on social themes in Russia. All their songs tell a different story but I’ve chosen this particular one because of the next video…
Yeah Russia made a very useful breakdown of the language used in the song:
🎵SQWOZ BAB & The First Station – АУФ
When the weather was warmer and people listened to music while walking in the park, I used to hear this rapper a lot. Now that the park is empty, I hear his songs in TikTok and Instagram videos, especially this song:
Ауф is a newish slang word meaning cool, wow… or perhaps it’s the sound of a wolf’s voice? There’s a post on memepedia.ru explaining the word showed up a few years ago and became even more popular after SQWOZ BAB’s new song. This song just came out about a month ago and already hit #1 on vk and #2 on Shazaam.
If you’re curious about new Russian words like ауф, here’s a good resource for you: Ауф, локдаун, падра — это главные новые слова русского языка.
Here are a few more good SQWOZ BAB songs (very colorful language though):
🎵Simbachka – Да я котик
Only for cat owners. 😹
Да, я котик Yes, I'm a kitty Милый, классный, няшный Sweet, cool, cute Почешика мне животик Scratch my little belly Ведь я котик Cuz I'm a kitty Ведь я котик Cuz I'm a kitty М мяу M-meow
🎵Максим Круженков – Зять
A taxi driver had this funny song playing one afternoon – the song’s chorus is Твоей маме нужен зять, Your mom needs a son-in-law. 😄
🎵Даня Милохин & Николай Басков – Дико тусим
I’m not a huge fan of this one but I think it’s neat that a famous opera singer (the incredible Nikolai Baskov) teamed up with an 18-year-old rapper (Danya Milokhin):
As Nikolai Baskov sings in the song-
Я покорил давно эстраду, теперь возьму TikTok. I conquered the stage a long time ago, now I'm coming for TikTok.
By the way, maybe you remember the Даня Милохин song I shared a few months back in my post on coronavirus songs?… Back in April he was singing Угадай где я, я дома (Guess where I am, I’m at home), which I think was a reference to the spring lockdown. But now, like any Russian, he has moved on. In Дико тусим, which premiered in mid-September, he now sings Угадай где я? Я не дома, baby.
Which of these songs have you heard before?
What are you listening to these days?
What has been your favorite song of 2020 so far?