«russian chanson» - best artists

Russian Chanson tends to be a narrative-driven, ballad-like song that celebrates hard life and the customs of the criminal environment, using prison slang. Russian Chanson lyrical themes vary depending on the time the song was written. Themes can be cheerful, romantic and emotional to dark, depressing and even violent. Chanson artists tend to sing about military life, patriotism, love (in the context of separation due to incarceration), politics, criminal life, labor camp and appeal to emotion towards relatives or beloved ones.