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Greek Music: Composers & Original Artists

 

by Shira and Panayiota Bakis Mohieddin

 

 

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Table of Contents

 

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Introduction

This list is not complete or comprehensive. It is now, and always will be, a partial list.

We have done the best we can to make this information as accurate as possible. However, sometimes there is conflicting information that we need to work our way through and resolve as best we can. Your understanding is appreciated.

ABOUT THE PHOTO: This photo shows Markos Vamvakaris, who is considered one of the fathers of Greek rebetiko music. He was known as both a composer and a performer.

Markos Vamvakaris

 

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Songs

Some of the song titles below are highlighted to indicate that links are available with more information about the songs. In most cases, these are links to translations. A few lead to articles with background about how the songs came to be written.

Transliterated Title

Greek Title

Composer

Lyricist

Original Artist

Comments

Afti ee Nihta Meni

Αυτή η νύχτα μένει Stelios Kazantzidis Stelios Kazantzidis Stelios Kazantzidis Suitable for dancing either tsifteteli or syrtos.
Agapi Mesa stin Kardia   Giorgios Hadjinasios Nikos Gatsos Haris Alexiou 1972.
Agonia Αγωνία Yiorgos Zabetas Haralambos Vasiliadis (Tsantas) Tolis Voskopoulos 1969. Appeared in a dramatic Greek film titled Agonia.
Ala Tourka Horepse Mou Άλα Τούρκα χόρεψέ μου Vasilis Tsitsanis Vasilis Tsitsanis Giota Lydia 1956.
Anamniseis Αναμνήσεις Alex Papaconstantinou and Peter Cartriers Yiannis Doxas Elena Paparizou 2004.
Anapandites Kliseis Αναπάντητες Κλήσεις Christos Dantis Vangelis Konstantinidis Elena Paparizou 2004.
Anapse To Tsigaro Αναψε το τσιγαρο Gerasimos Klouvatos Haralambos Basiliadis (Tsantas) Spiros Zagoreos 1958. Suitable for dancing either tsifteteli or syrtos.
Anditheseis Αντιθέσεις Energee Ilias Filippou Elena Paparizou 2004.
Arapika Kormia Αράπικα κορμιά Stelios Kazantzidis Hristos Kolokotronis Stelios Kazantzidis 1958.
Arapiko Louloudi Αράπικο λουλούδι Vasilis Tsitsanis Vasilis Tsitsanis Stella Haskil (Salonikia) and Vasilis Tsitsanis (duet) 1947.
Arapines, Nihtes Magikes Αραπίνες, Νύχτες μαγικές Vasilis Tsitsanis Vasilis Tsitsanis Fotis Polymeris 1946. Also performed by Stelios Kazantzidis.
Aspra, Kokkina, Kitrina, Mple   Dimos Moutsis Yiannis Logothetis Haris Alexiou 1973.
Axizi Αξίζει Solon Apostolakis Tasos Vougiatzis Elena Paparizou 2004.
Deka Palikaria Δέκα παλικάρια Manos Loïzos Lefteris Papadopoulos George Dalaras  
Den Se Lismono Δε σε λησμονώ Vasilis Karapatakis (Kapsalis) Vasilis Karapatakis (Kapsalis) Stelios Kazantzidis 1958.
Den Yparxei Eftyxia   Giorgos Katsaros Pythagoras Papastamatiou Litsa Diamanti 1972.
Di’ Efhon   Nikos Antypas Lina Nikolakopoulou Haris Alexiou 1992. Appeared on the album Di' Efhon, which went platinum.
Dimitroula Mou   Traditional folk song Traditional folk song   Has been recorded by Haris Alexiou.
Efyge to Treno Gia Tin Dysi   Stavros Kougioumtzis Kosta Athanasiou Haris Alexiou 1973.
Egó Kalá Sou Ta 'Lega Εγώ καλά σου τα 'λεγα Akis Panos   Stratos Dionisiou Late 1960's.
Eheis Kairo Na Mou Fereis Louloudia Έχεις Καιρό Να Μου Φέρεις Λουλούδια Dimitris Kontopoulos Yiannis Doxas Elena Paparizou 2004. Also called just "Louloudia".
Ehis Kormi Arapiko Έχεις κορμί αράπικο Stelios Kazantzidis Hristos Kolokotronis (Thesalos) Stelios Kazantzidis 1958. Suitable for dancing either tsifteteli or syrtos.
Ehis Thalasses sta Matia Είχες θάλασσες στα μάτια Elias Andriopoulos Michalis Bourboulis Antonis Kalogiannis  
Ei   Nikos Antypas Lina Nikolakopoulou Haris Alexiou 1994. Appeared on the album Ei, which went gold.
Ela Pare Me   George Sarris Lefteris Papadopoulos Haris Alexiou 1976.
Esena Mono Εσένα μόνο Dimitris Kontopoulos Nikos Gritsis Keti Garbi 2003.
Esenane tha dialega   Stavros Kougioumtzis Lefteris Papadopoulos Haris Alexiou 1977.
Exo Dertia Ke Kaimi Έξω ντέρτια και καημοί Stelios Kazantzidis Stelios Kazantzidis Stelios Kazantzidis 1961.
Farrah Φαραχ Giorgos Koros & Vaggelis Skourtaniotis Hlias Kiriakopoulos Stelios Kazantzidis 1961.
Fragosyriani Φραγκοσυριανή Markos Vamvakaris Markos Vamvakaris Markos Vamvakaris 1935. Suitable for dancing hasapiko.
Galana Γαλανά Vasilis Kelaidis Nikos Vaxevanelis Elena Paparizou 2004.
Gia Ta Paidia   Alexis Papadimitriou Philippos Nicolaou Haris Alexiou 1985.
Giatí Kalé Geitónissa Γιατί καλέ γειτόνισσα Akis Panos   Stratos Dionisiou Late 1960's.
Glikia Felaha Klapse Γλυκιά φελάχα κλάψε Stelios Kazantzidis & Vasilis Karapatakis (Kapsalis) Hristos Kolokotronis (Thessalos) Stelios Kazantzidis & Marinella (duet) 1960.
Gramma sto Marko Vamvakari Γράμμα στο Μάρκο Βαμβακάρη Stavros Xarchakos Nikos Gatsos George Dalaras and Despo Diamantidou  
Gülbahar Γκιούλμπαχάρ Vasilis Tsitsanis Eftihia Papagiannopoulou Rena Dallia 1950. Has also been recorded by Maria Soultatou and Eleftheria Arvanitaki.
Hasapiko 40   Giorgios Hadjinasios Nikos Gatsos Haris Alexiou 1972.
Horepse To Tsifteteli Χόρεψε το Τσιφτετέλι Giannis Tatasopoulos Hristos Kolokotronis (Thessalos) Prodromos Tsaousakis and Anna Bella (duet) This song is also known by the name "To Koritsi Apopse Theli".
I Sinavlia   Nikos Antypas Lina Nikolakopoulou Haris Alexiou 1992.
I Zoi Sou Zari Η Ζωή Σου Ζάρι Dimitris Kontopoulos Yiannis Doxas Elena Paparizou 2004.
Irthe i Agapi   Tolis Voskopoulos Elias Lymperopoulos Haris Alexiou and Tolis Voskopoulos  
Ise i Zoi Mou Είσαι η ζωή μου Thodoros Derveniotis Eftihia Papayiannopoulou Stelios Kazantzidis & Marinella (duet) 1959.
Ithela Na ‘Mouna Pasas Ήθελα να 'μουνα πασάς Stelios Hrisinis Eftihia Papayiannopoulou Prodromos Tsaousakis, Rena Stamou & Nikos Kallergis (trio) 1951. Has also been performed by Stelios Kazantzidis and many others.
Kai Na ‘Mouna to Palikari   Takis Soukas Pythagoras Papastamatiou George Dalaras 1973. Was also recorded in 1974 by Yannis Parios.
Kai Ti Den Káno Και τι δεν κάνω Akis Panos   Stratos Dionisiou Late 1960's.
Kalimera Ilie   Manos Loizos Manos Loizos Kostas Smokovitis and Aleka Aliberti  1974.
Kampana tou Esperinou   Apostolos Kaldaras Lefteris Papadopoulos Haris Alexiou 1973.
Katse Kala Κάτσε Καλά Alex Papaconstantinou and Peter Cartries Toni Mavridis Elena Paparizou 2004.
Kegome, Kegome Καίγομαι, Καίγομαι Stavros Xarhakos Nikos Gatsos Sotiria Leonardou 1983. Was sung in the motion picture Rembetiko. Has also been sung by Glykeria.
Kokkino Garyfallo   Nikos Ignatiadis Nikos Ignatiadis Yannis Parios and Haris Alexiou 1985.
Ksimeronei   Antonis Vardis Haris Alexiou Haris Alexiou 1981. Appeared on the album Ksimeronei, which went gold.
Ligo Ligo tha me Sinithisis Λίγο λίγο θα με συνηθίσεις Apostolos Kaldaras Eftihia Papagiannopoulou Nikos Xanthopoulos 1965. Has also been sung by Mihalis Menidiatis and Sofia Kollitiri (duet). Featured in the movie Kardia Mou Papse Na Ponas (Καρδιά μου πάψε να πονάς)
Louloudia Λουλούδια Dimitris Kontopoulos Yiannis Doxas Elena Paparizou 2004. Also called "Eheis Kairo Na Mou Fereis Louloudia".
Lovely Mandolin (Kokkino Garyfallo)   Nikos Ignatiadis S. Fassois Yannis Parios and Haris Alexiou 1985.
Ma Pou Na Pao Μα που να πάω Iosif Sarasidis Iosif Sarasidis Themis Adamantidis 1999. Suitable for zeibekiko dance.
Magissa   Nicos Antypas Lina Nikolakopoulou Haris Alexiou 1992. Appeared on the album Di’ Efhon, which went platinum.
Mais   G. Metsikas Mihalis Fakinos Haris Alexiou 1972.
M'angaliazi To Skotadi Μ'αγκαλιάζει Το Σκοτάδι Vasilis Kelaidis Panos Falaras Elena Paparizou 2004.
Mandoubala Μαντουμπάλα Thodoros Derveniotis Eftihia Papayiannopoulou Stelios Kazantzidis 1959.
Maria me ta Kitrina   Vasilis Dimitriou Vasilis Dimitriou Haris Alexiou 1973.
Marinella Μαρινέλλα Tolis & Litsa Harmas Tolis & Litsa Harmas Tolis & Litsa Harmas 1957. 9/8 time signature.
Markos Μάρκος Thodoros Derveniotis Kostas Virvos Kaiti Abavi  
Matia Kai Hili Μάτια Και Χείλη Alex Papaconstantinou and Peter Cartiers Nikki P. Elena Paparizou 2004.
Matia Mou Matia Mou   Stavros Kougioumtzis Lefteris Papadopoulos Haris Alexiou 1977.
Me Bounatses ke Boforia Με μπουνάτσες και μποφόρια Giorgos Zikas Maria Arkouli Glykeria 1986.
Mes Stis Polis to Hamam Μες στης πόλης το χαμάμ Anestis Delias (Artemis) Anestis Delias (Artemis) Anestis Delias (Artemis) 1935. Some sources say the lyrics were by Panayiotis Mixalopoulos. This song is sometimes known by the title "To Haremi sto Hamam" (Το χαρέμι στο χαμάμ).
Mes Stou Vosporou ta Stena   Apostolos Kaldaras Pythagoras Papastamatiou George Dalaras 1972.
Mesa Sti Fotia Sou Μέσα Στη Φωτιά Σου Dimitris Kontopoulos Giannis Rentoumis Elena Paparizou 2004.
Mi Mou Lete Ya Afti Μη μου λέτε γι'αυτή Stelios Kazantzidis and Nakis Petridis Pythagoras Papastamatiou Stelios Kazantzidis and Marinella (duet) 1969.
Mia Einai I Ousia Μία είναι η ουσία Hristos Nikolopoulos Lefteris Hapsiadis Haris Alexiou 1984.
Mia Melaxrini Μια μελαχρινή Stellakis Perpiniadis Panayiotis Kokontinis Yiota Lidia Has also been sung by Glykeria.
Mia Pista Apo Fosforo   Thanos Mikroutsikos Evangelia (Lina) Nikolakopoulou Haris Alexiou 1990. Appeared on the album Krataei Xronia afti i Kolonia.
Mikra Asia Μικρά Ασία Apostolos Kaldaras Pythagoras Papastamatiou   1972.
Minoraki   Haris Alexiou Haris Alexiou Haris Alexiou 1995. Appeared on the album Odos Nefelis ’88, which went platinum.
Misirlou Μισιρλού Nicolas Roubanis Nicolas Roubanis Tetos Demetriades 1927. Also recorded by many other artists.
Mplexan oi Grammes Mas   Nikos Portokaloglou Nikos Portokaloglou Fatmé and Haris Alexiou 1986.
Na Kseres File   Nasos Nakas Nasos Nakas Haris Alexiou 1975.
Na Xiso i Na Pethano   Nikos Antypas Lina Nikolakopoulou Haris Alexiou 1992. Appeared on the album Di’ Efhon, which went platinum.
Never on Sunday (The correct title for this song is actually Ta Pedia Tou Pirea.) Τα Παιδία Του Πειραιά Manos Hatzidakis Manos Hatzidakis Melina Merkouri 1960. Featured in the movie Never On Sunday. Won the Oscar in the category for Best Music, Original Song.
O Fantaros   Manos Loizos Manolis Rasoulis Haris Alexiou 1981. Appeared on the album Ta tragoudia tis Haroulas, which went platinum.
O Marmaromenos Vasilias   Apostolos Kaldaras Pythagoras Papastamatiou Haris Alexiou 1972.
O Salonikios Ο Σαλονικιός Hristos Nikolopoulos Lefteris Papadopoulos Stratos Dionisiou 1985.
Oi Dyo Zitianoi   Apostolos Kaldaras Giorgos Samoladas Yannis Parios 1971.
Oi Filoi Mou   Haris Alexiou Haris Alexiou Haris Alexiou 1995. Appeared on the album Odos Nefelis ’88, which went platinum.
Oi Manges den Yparxoun Pia Οι μάγκες δεν υπάρχουν πια Nikos Xidakis Manolis Rasoulis Nikos Papazoglou 1979.
Omorfe Mou Kosme   Nasos Nakas-Nanopoulos Nasos Nakas-Nanopoulos Haris Alexiou 1982.
Otan Pini Mia Gineka   Haralambos Vasiliadis (Tsantas) Pythagoras Papastamatiou Haris Alexiou 1970.
Ouzo Otan Peeis (Diki mou ine ee Ellas) Ούζο όταν πιεις (Δική μου είναι η Ελλάς) Sosos Ioavvidis (Psuriotis) Emilios Savvidis (Savaim, Bosporinos) Haris Alexiou 1977.
Paei Paei Manoula Mou   Takis Soukas Pythagoras Papastamatiou Haris Alexiou 1973.
Pali Monaxo to Paidi   Tolis Voskopoulos Elias Lymperopoulos Haris Alexiou 1971.
Parapono   Nasos Nakas-Nanopoulos Nasos Nakas-Nanopoulos Haris Alexiou 1982.
Periexomeno den exeis   Haralambos Vasiliadis (Tsantas) Pythagoras Papastamatiou Mpampis Tsetinis and Pitsa Papadopoulou 1970.
Piga se Magisses Πήγα σε μάγισσες Lefteris Nikolopoulos Lefteris Xapsiadis Glykeria 1985.
Poios to Kserei   Manos Loizos Manos Loizos Haris Alexiou 1974.
Pos to Lene   Haralambos Vasiliadis (Tsantas) Pythagoras Papastamatiou Haris Alexiou 1975.
Pote Voudas Pote Koudas Πότε Βούδας πότε Κούδας Petros Vagiopoulis Manolis Rasoulis Nikos Papazoglou 1986.
Pote Tha se Varetho   Nikos Portokaloglou Nikos Portokaloglou Fatmé 1986.
Protereotita Προτεραιότητα Solon Apostolakis Tasos Vougiatzis Elena Paparizou 2004.
Rock Feggari Ροκ φεγγάρι Andreas Mexas Vasilis Mastrokostas Paschalis Terzis  
S'Agapo ke Hanome Σ'αγαπώ και χάνομαι Hritsos Skaltsounakis Tasos Ikonomou Themis Adamantidis 1991.
S’ Ehasa   Nikos Antypas Lina Nikolakopoulou Haris Alexiou 1994. Appeared on the album Ei, which went gold.
San Louloudi Tsakismeno   Stavros Kougioumtzis Kosta Athanasiou Haris Alexiou 1973.
Serah Η Σεράχ Vasilis Tsitsanis Vasilis Tsitsanis Marika Ninou, Yiannis Salasidis, Athanasios Giannopoulos & Vasilis Tsitsanis 1946, 1951
Siko Horepse Koukli Mou Σήκω χόρεψε κουκλί μου Stelios Kazantzidis Stelios Kazantzidis Stelios Kazantzidis and Marinella 1958. Sometimes called "Nina Nai Nai". Suitable for dancing either tsifteteli or syrtos.
Sti Mayemeni Arapia Στη μαγεμένη Αραπιά Giorgos Mitsakis Giorgos Mitsakis Dimitris Roumeliotis and Nota Papanikolaou 1959. Was also later recorded by Glykeria and Eleftheria Arvanitaki.
Stin Agora Tou Al Halili Στην αγορά του Αλ Χαλίλι Nikos Zoudiaris Nikos Zoudiaris Alkinoos Ioannidis 1993. Musical style is Edehno.
Stin Kardia Mou Mono Thlipsi Στην Καρδιά Μου Μόνο Θλίψη Grigoris Petrakos Grigoris Petrakos Elena Paparizou 2004.
Stis Rizes t’ Ouranou   Nasos Nakas Nasos Nakas Yannis Parios 1975.
Sto Stathmó Tou Monáchou Στο σταθμό του Μονάχου Akis Panos   Stratos Dionisiou Late 1960's.
Ta Mavra Koroideveis   Stavros Kougioumtzis Manos Eleftheriou Haris Alexiou 1977.
Ta Mavra Matia Sou Τα μαύρα μάτια σου Mohamed Abdel Wahab Maro Bizani Manolis Aggelopoulos Appropriate for dancing tsifteteli.
Ta Mesimeria tis Kyriakis Τα μεσημέρια της Κυριακής Giorgos Hatzinasios Yiannis Logothetis Manolis Mitsias  
Ta Pedia Tou Pirea Τα Παιδία Του Πειραιά Manos Hatzidakis Manos Hatzidakis Melina Merkouri 1960. Featured in the movie Never On Sunday. Won the Oscar in the category for Best Music, Original Song.
Ta Pentohiliara Τα πεντοχίλιαρα Yiannis Karalis Yiannis Karalis Glykeria 1985.
Taxidi Gia Ton Agnosto Ταξίδι Για Τον Άγνωστο Alex Papaconstantinou and Peter Cartriers Vangelis Konstantinidis Elena Paparizou 2004.
Tha Pao Stin Ameriki Ke Plouti Tha Apoktiso Θα Πάω Στην Αμερική Και Πλούτη Θ΄Αποκτήσω Dimitris Roumeliotis Dimitris Roumeliotis Dimitris Roumeliotis  
Tha ta Kapso ta Lefta Θα τα κάψω τα λεφτά μου Vasilis Vasiliadis Pythagoras Papastamatiou Manos Papadakis and Popi Poli (duet) 1967. Has also been sung by Stelios Kazantzidis.
Thaho tis Grillies Anoiktes   Giorgios Hadjinasios N. Gabriilides Haris Alexiou 1971.
Ti Ein’ Afto Pou to Lene Agapi Τι είν' αυτό που το λένε αγάπη Takis Morakis Danai Stratigopoulou (Yiannis Fermanoglou) Keti Denis 1955. Was sung by Sophia Loren in the 1957 movie Boy on a Dolphin. Was sung by Nadia Konstantopoulou in the 1962 movie The Greek Woman and the Love.
Ti Talaiporia   Giorgios Hadjinasios Sotia Tsotou Haris Alexiou 1974.
To Haremi sto Hamam Το χαρέμι στο χαμάμ Anestis Delias (Artemis) Anestis Delias (Artemis) Anestis Delias (Artemis) 1935. Some sources say the lyrics were by Panayiotis Mixalopoulos. This song is sometimes known by the title "Mes Stis Polis To Hamam".
To Koritsi Apopse Theli Το κορίτσι απόψε θέλει Giannis Tatasopoulos Hristos Kolokotronis (Thessalos) Prodromos Tsaousakis and Anna Bella (duet) 1952.
To Parasinthima   Apostolos Kaldaras Apostolos Kaldaras Haris Alexiou 1971.
To Prosklitirio   Takis Soukas Pythagoras Papastamatiou Haris Alexiou 1973.
Tosa Kai Tosa Ximeromata   G. Metsikas Mihalis Fakinos Haris Alexiou 1972.
Tou Kósmou To Perígelo Του κόσμου το περίγελο Akis Panos   Stratos Dionisiou Late 1960's.
Tou Vavoula E Gouva Του Βάβουλα η Γούβα Dimitris Roumeliotis Dimitris Roumeliotis Dimitris Roumeliotis  
Tous Antres Tha Katarasto   Giorgios Hadjinasios N. Gabriilides Haris Alexiou 1971.
Treis i ora nychta   Stavros Kougioumtzis Manos Eleftheriou Haris Alexiou 1977.
Treli Kardia Τρελή Καρδιά Alex Papaconstantinou and Marcus Englof Despina Mavridou and Helena Paparizou Elena Paparizou 2004.
Vréchei Fotiá Sti Stráta Mou Βρέχει φωτιά στη στράτα μου Mimis Plessas Lefteris Papadopoulos Stratos Dionisiou  
Zaira Ζαΐρα Vasilis Tsitsanis Kostas Virvos Marika Ninou, Athanasios Giannopoulos, and Yiannis Salasidis (Trio) 1955. Appeared in the Greek movie Piasame tin Kali (Πιάσαμε την Καλή),
Zehra Ζεχρά Mihalis Sougioul Emilios Savvidis Sofia Vembo 1938.
Zise Ζήσε Dj Valentino Vaggelis Konstantinidis Elena Paparizou 2004.
Zito Ta Paraloga Ζήτω Τα Παράλογα Vasilis Kelaidis Nikos Vaxavanelis Pashalis Terzis 1998.

 

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