Russian Songs with Few Lyrics?

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Novice
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Hello! Menya Zovut (меня зовут) Linda. I am from U.S.A. and have fallen in love with the Russian language. I love the pop music, but the lyrics are too advanced for me. Could someone suggest pop songs that have simple, repetitive lyrics? Any other ideas are welcome.
I would be happy to speak with a native Russian speaker. I could help you also if possible.
Thank you.

(I just returned from Russia, and it was phenomenal. Also visited the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia. Now planning a trip in May to Belarus, Ukraine, & Moldova. Would like to speak Russian better by then).

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Joined: 27.06.2016

I can't recommend any Russian songs with a little number of words, as I myself don't like repetitive lyrics. However if you are only at the start of your journey with Russian, I'd recommend to look for some children songs as they tend to use simple words and language constructs.

I'm open to suggestions for chatting, but due to time difference and my full-time job, I don't know how it will be feasible.

I Don't Want Any Self Title
Joined: 27.04.2012
Editor and cheeky nitpicker
Joined: 14.09.2013

Some relatively short and simple lyrics from my favourite poet/singer :

http://lyricstranslate.com/en/%D0%B4%D0%B5%D0%B2%D0%BE%D1%87%D0%BA%D0%B0...
http://lyricstranslate.com/en/pa-smalenskoi-darogie-po-smolenskoi-doroge...
http://lyricstranslate.com/en/%D0%B0-%D0%BA%D0%B0%D0%BA-%D0%BF%D0%B5%D1%...
http://lyricstranslate.com/en/%D0%B4%D0%B5%D0%B2%D0%BE%D1%87%D0%BA%D0%B0...

In my opinion, none of these translations manage to preserve the beauty of the original lyrics, but that might give you an idea of their meaning..

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Joined: 14.02.2015

Try some songs by Vysozki, there are lots of lyrics, though they are not so easy, but I hope you would like them.
Many of his songs are translated in English and so you will be able to learn quite easily.

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Joined: 26.10.2017

I appreciate acknowledging my request. If I am going to put an effort into learning children's songs then I would prefer to learn the "classic" ones. For example, in United States, "Twinkle, Twinkle little Star" is a classic". However, as I ponder the song, I am not sure it is "easy", it just rhymes which I think for a kid would make it easy. So I am somewhat perplexed how a child's song in Russian would be easy?

Novice
Joined: 26.10.2017

I truly appreciate all the responses. I will explore them all.
I wanted to express the idea I was thinking about with incorporating music into learning Russian.
I am watching YouTube videos by this Russian Lady, for example: "Learn Russian with - Uletay na krilyah vetra". She will teach a grammar concept, then play parts of a music video. The music video grabbed my attention, for example, the songs "где жз ты" or "красивая девчонка" or "осень" by both лицей and китай.
The problem I am having is although I can find these songs on Youtube, I cannot play all these songs on the bluetooth in my car because my car's bluetooth does not recognize YouTube (at least I do not think so)
I can only play songs from Slacker, Pandora, Google Play, and a few other apps.
It will recognize some Russian "Google Play Music Stations". I play this one "Noch (ночь) Radio. However, that station plays Андрей Губин, whom I enjoy tremendously and a few other artists, but does not play other favorite artists. Is someone familiar with "Google Play Music Stations" (it's a free app for mobile phones), or the app "TuneIn" that can help me pick out a Russian station that plays music by those artists I mentioned , or others similar artists you may think I would like per my list?
Thanks for all your help. (I hope I got my concept across).

Novice
Joined: 26.10.2017

Thank you. I enjoy just listening to Russian Music in my car. I hope these are available on the "apps" I have available for the bluetooth in my car.

Novice
Joined: 26.10.2017

Thank you for the songs. By reading comments of translations of other songs, I can imagine how rich meanings can be when they are not translated literally. On the other hand, the literal translation helps me with the grammar. I like them both.

Novice
Joined: 26.10.2017

Thank you for your suggestions. I will look forward to listening to these. Большое спасибо

Super Member
Joined: 27.06.2016

While I agree that some children songs are more like an ear bubble gum for small children or some kind of lullaby with no real learning potential, there are also a lot of songs that are intended for more "grown-up" children and have some "lesson" for them and thus need to be simple and with proper grammar. The latter ones are the songs I've meant for you to listen to (and PMed some to you).

Novice
Joined: 26.10.2017

That sounds wonderful. I look forward to hearing the songs. I like the culture they will bring also. Большое спасибо

Novice
Joined: 26.10.2017

hello,
I entered Vysozki in YouTube and there were several selections. I did not know which one to choose or if you meant Vysozky? I chose "Владимир Высоцкий Пepeд выeздoм в зaгpaнкy". Was that the song you were thinking about? Is it an iconic song or something special?
Thank you.

Novice
Joined: 26.10.2017

Thank you very much for those songs! I really liked the rhythms. My favorite rhythm was the last one. I think the lyrics are a little more difficult, but it is still a very good suggestion. The second one was very good too. I thought it was humorous. I have never heard of a theme like that. I may be able to master those lyrics in the future. The first song was the simplest, and before I played the song I was hopeful. But the song had too many non-vocal parts, and I could not hear the words. However, one song with just those minimal words may be helpful.
I am liking Russian songs very much. As an American, I never knew Russians had pop music. I know that sounds ignorant, but I guess that is what Americans are. I am glad I discovered Russian music.
Feel free to make any other suggestions freely. Nothing can hurt. Also, I just like listening to happy music even if I cannot learn the lyrics.
thank you.

Novice
Joined: 26.10.2017

Those were beautiful lyrics. These are advanced songs. However it did teach me concepts I have learned. I recognized words, and that help me try to understand the meaning of the song better.
I will keep these so that I may utilize it when I am better at understanding Russian. My problem is that speakers will combine two words into one, so I think the one word is one, but they just added the first work to the second word. These songs do this routinely. I think that is probably more poetic?
Very sentimental, nice songs. Thank you.

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Joined: 03.03.2017

Вас просят дать попсовые песни с простенькими текстами, а вы ей Окуджаву с Высоцким предлагаете.

I Don't Want Any Self Title
Joined: 27.04.2012

Glad to help you Regular smile but I'm not really sure what you mean by "non-vocal parts". What she sings apart from the verses is not really words, "la la la" and such.
Dyuna's songs are humorous, you're right.
You may also want to listen to these:
http://lyricstranslate.com/en/ona-lila-ljubov-she-flooded-me-love.html
http://lyricstranslate.com/en/sdelay-tak-сделай-так-let-them.html (basically one phrase repeated)
http://lyricstranslate.com/en/tebya-zdes-net-тебя-здесь-нет-you-are-not-... (not exactly pop)

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Joined: 14.09.2013
Олег Л. wrote:

Вас просят дать попсовые песни с простенькими текстами, а вы ей Окуджаву с Высоцким предлагаете.

the little girl cries, her baloon flew away
they soothe her, but the baloon flies on...

What is the first love like? It burns your heart
And the second love? It clings to the first...

On the road to smolensk there are forests, forests, forests
On the road to smolensk there are telephone poles, telephone poles, telephone poles...

Sounds simple enough to me, and my Russian is about as good as a 8 year old's.

I did not say all of Okudzhava's poetry was easy to read. Quite the contrary, but I think some of his poems are.

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I Don't Want Any Self Title
Joined: 27.04.2012

I thought about this song but it's obviously hard for a foreigner.

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Joined: 06.06.2016

Hello!
The list of the best Russian Radio Station with Russian pop music (which are enabled on TuneIn):
- Русское Радио (Russkoye Radio). Andrey Gubin sings rather often here.
- Хит FM (Hit FM).
- Радио Русские Песни (Radio Russkiye Pesni).
- Наше Радио (Nashe Radio).
- Наши Песни (Nashi Pesni).

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Joined: 06.06.2016

Руки Вверх! (Ruki Vverh!)
This Russian pop band's songs have very simple texts and simple music.

Links:
1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAS-jkgJgBM
2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3R7YeBbZCw
3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddTTjrbf7Qk

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Translations of the 1999 big summer hit Крошка моя

Novice
Joined: 26.10.2017

It is taking me time to listen to all the kind suggestions everyone has given me. And it has raised many questions. Your songs do help.

Could you answer some questions? I just listened to "сделай так..." It is a simple song, so I was able to analyze it. One is I am not sure I am hearing the pronunciation correctly, or if in Russian, the letters sound differently in these words. For example, In "сделай чтоб" I hear it pronounced "сдела чтоп", and "не плакал", I hear "нет плакани". Why is that?
Also, how does four words "сделай так, чтоб они" translate into two words "Let them"?

thank you

Novice
Joined: 26.10.2017

Is there a woman who sings this songs? It sounds familiar, but I remember it was a woman.

Is this a very popular song in Russia? The lyrics are nice. I think I need a bit more practice, but it will teach me alot of words and remind me of words I do know. Thank you.

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Joined: 26.10.2017

thank you for that. I knew there was a Russian who knew some radio stations. The nice thing about radio stations is that one can hear Russians speaking also. If you have an absolute favorite, let me know. thank you

Novice
Joined: 26.10.2017

What a coincidence! The first song I already have on my favorites list. I do not know how I found it. I have never translated this song, so I did not understand which band this one. Now I see this band has many albums. I haven't listened to all the songs, but perhaps the first album may be best? But you are correct, the songs are simple, which is what I need.
thank you.

I Don't Want Any Self Title
Joined: 27.04.2012

Not sure why you hear "сдела" as he sings сделай. As for "чтоп", voiced consonants almost always sound voiceless in Russian when they are at the end of a word. E.g., the word визг sounds like "виск", куб like "куп", медь like "меть", and so on.
He sings "не плакали" although the way he sings it really is a bit peculiar. And of course, it's often harder to hear the exact sounds or whole words in a song because there's music in the background.
"Сделай так, чтоб они не плакали" literally translates "do so that they don't cry" but I don't think it's correct in English, hence I wrote "let them never cry".

I Don't Want Any Self Title
Joined: 27.04.2012

Like the page of the song says, it was covered by many other performers. Perhaps you heard Zhanna Aguzarova's version.
The original was indeed a megahit and remains popular until today.

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Joined: 03.03.2017

This is a boy Regular smile

Novice
Joined: 26.10.2017

Thank you for the list! I found all of them except (Hit FM)...I found Hit FM Cypress or Radio Hit. Is either one of those the same?
It's ok if not because the others are more than enough.
It's like a breath of fresh air because I was playing my YouTube favorites repeatedly for 12hrs/day, I was getting dizzy.
Now I am hearing songs I have never heard before. I may not understand them, but I try to pick out words I know.
спасиба

Novice
Joined: 26.10.2017

I just listened to the first song on the list. I like the melody, and it is one I can practice. The only thing is I am trying to improve my pronunciation. I am hearing them pronounce "Лила, лила, лила" as "LUa" not "lela"? Am I hearing it incorrectly or correctly? спасиба

Novice
Joined: 26.10.2017

Thank you. The first one is one of my favorites.

I Don't Want Any Self Title
Joined: 27.04.2012

It's лила.

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Joined: 26.10.2017

lela...but I hear lua. What do you hear?

I Don't Want Any Self Title
Joined: 27.04.2012

I hear "лила" Regular smile I'm really at a loss why you hear it like that. Maybe you're playing it too quietly? Regular smile

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Joined: 27.06.2016

It again reminded me of my first steps in transcribing of Bulgarian. Despite the natives telling me there is no Л, I as sure as hell heard "на децата е поЛдарен" (lit.: to the children is gifted). I think it happened because I was listening too attentively.

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Joined: 06.06.2016

Linda, Ruki Vverh's page exists on LT already.
http://lyricstranslate.com/en/%D1%80%D1%83%D0%BA%D0%B8-%D0%B2%D0%B2%D0%B...
Please, don't create the duplicate entries.

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Joined: 06.06.2016

Oops! Хит FM broadcasts foreign music generally now and it won't do for your request. It was the excellent radio station with Russian pop music formerly. And now it doesn't correspond to aforecited list. But you are right, the others four radio stations are enough for the beginner in Russian.

By the way, Русское Радио organizes Annual Music Award Ceremony "Golden Gramophone" (best Russian pop artists). And you may see Russian artists which you listened on the radio only. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC8PuaQYIBk

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Joined: 26.10.2017

Are these the same music awards I see in many other popular videos but from older years? The moderators were a man and an older woman with short blond hair?

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Thank you for that. I feel that no one is helping me. How am I suppose to know how to spell the Latin names if I only have Russian names? Plus the rules said to keep the songs in the original language. I think the search engine of this sight should be more advanced to find songs in their original language. This is a specialty site. I will need to do "Google " searches for songs. It is disappointing. I am sorry to bother you all. Thanks for this song. I will not duplicate.

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Joined: 22.11.2017

Oh, just joined and question about my language!

- yes, it is hard. I just looked through some lyrics and decided it is easier for me to translate from German than from my native Russian, haha!

- what I did for new languages is to listen to Disney songs (dubbed to respective language). The advantage is that (I presume) you already know what it is about!

For example:
Hunchback of Notre-Dame https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDbOIxSQ8qA
Pocahontas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAs7191_XNs
Once you hit one song youtube offers more and there is possibly Russian or English subtitles.
And you could request transcription if you can't find the lyrics! Hopefully that helps :-)