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Polska Muzyka (Polish Music)

About ten years ago I became hooked on Polish music, and I find that has helped to recognize a lot of the words and phrases. So I wanted to start by listing some of my favorite Polish music artists.

I like listening to http://www.polskastacja.pl/ They have a lot of different channels to choose from. I like the "Tylko Polskie Przeboje" channel which plays exclusively Polish songs from the 80s and 90s, which is my favorite era of Polish music.

Some of my favorites:

Kasia Kowalska, Edyta Bartosiewicz, Hey, Goya, Dżem, Republika, Lady Pank, Wilki, Myslovitz, Monika Brodka, Ania Dąbrowska, Brathanki, Kult (Kazik)

...and of course, Czesław Niemen

December 12, 2015



The Dumplings, REBEKA, Lilly hates Roses and others I'm sure I've forgotten XD Poland has some good music ❤


These are good. Especially Lilly hates Roses. Dziękuję!


I didn't know about the Dumplings until a few days ago: Thank you so much for changing this!


Thank you ! Amazing suggestions. :)


I recommend Brodka. Her voice is very interesting in album Granda and she proves there that Polish language is beautiful! :)

Edyta Bartosiewicz is also a good one, yet her songs are more peaceful and melancholic. On the other hand, fans of rock would certainly like Myslovitz.


Oh, Maria Peszek is delightful too.


I like her earlier songs, like "Moje Miasto".


Definitely Brodka!!! And Town of Strangers by Bokka (yes the name is similar!!!) Except it is in English... still worth a listen though!!


Kayah does some good stuff, especially the album with Bregovic.


Merci beaucoup ! :) (Thank you very much! :)) I knew about polish hip hop and rock. Polish pop sounds amazing !


Just to check something interesting: Peggy Brown by Myslovitz. You will get some British folk vibe out of it, and the text itself is a traslation of a poem by an Irish poet, Turlough O'Carolan. If you are interested in some heavier Slavic folk renditions, try Żywiołak (meaning, Elemental) and their song "Oko Dybuka" (The eye of the dybbuk). Of course, it is difficult to recommend anything just like that :) Another interesting choice is Big Day, a britpoppish band made popular in the 90s with their less britpoppish songs (Przestrzeń, Mój znak etc. ). The lady way the lady sings seems very clear to me. Elektryczne gitary and Czerwone gitary (songs from 50 years ago I believe) might supply a nice set of songs for some listening practice, as the focus is on the voice, not on the instruments. Elektryczne gitary may not be particularly exciting music-wise, but they have interesting cabaret-like lyrics. Czerwone Gitary are like Polish Beatles ;) You might also want to check Lady Pank's songs from the 80s - people would say they could be very popular abroad, but they needed to learn English... but they didn't want to. Their newer songs are mediocre imho. If you prefer blues, Dżem (Jam) was pretty influential at the time, and even has its own blues music festival these days (featuring other interesting, but not always well-known bands, like e.g. Riders - you might want to check their "Wiara" (faith) ). Of course, I could mention Polish bands, which are already popular abroad, like the metal band Vader or progressive Riverside (Porcupine Tree-like), but you want to practise listening of Polish, right? ;)


Big Day - Przestrzeń (One of my favorites) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUI1lVWOlVQ


If you're into hard rock, you'll certainly enjoy Luxtorpeda! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbjbfUlX2Vc


I've gotten hooked on Radio poezja śpiewana . Latest favorite is Stare dobre małżeństwo.


I really like Koniec Świata (they play ska-punk), Paktofonika and Pięć Dwa(both hip-hop). Just my two cents.


If you are interested in Polish music from the 80s this is a great documentary

Beats of Freedom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAfJZxi0hio


And if you prefer something more serious, try listening to something by a famous Polish singer-songwriter Jacek Kaczmarski. He wrote mainly historical and social-political songs (the latter especially connected with the martial law time) accompanied by a classical guitar played in a rather unusual way. The best-known of his works are arguably "Mury" (The Walls): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YGS9vhmFS0 and "Obława" (The Chase): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UIzl4_SFp4


If you like Kaczmarski, you'll like this

"Szukamy stajenki" ("We are looking for the stable") https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLR9Z8Dk6Wszo4Yakoo_oq8YGoKquxCp5s

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    I'd like to mention Dawid Podsiadło - he sings both in Polish and in English, some of his songs have versions in both of these languages like "Nieznajomy"/"Little Stranger" or "Trójkąty i kwadraty"/"S and T", so it's almost like a translation for you (but watch out, the lyrics are not always the same in both languages). :)


    I don't know if it's the case with this artist, but do double check when there's an English and a <other language> version of a song - sometimes they're the same or very similar in meaning, but it's not always easy to translate a song into a different language, keep the same meaning, and make it fit the original tune, so sometimes the two versions might be the same or similar, but other times they might be wildly different in meaning.

    I don't know if that's the case with Dawid Podsiadło, it's more just a general caution!

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      True, the lyrics are not always the same in both languages (same when it comes to Dawid's songs), but they're nice to listen to anyway just to get the general context and enjoy some good music. :)

      Funny, now that you mentioned it, I started to translate the lyrics in my mind and "S and T" is pretty far from "Trójkąty i kwadraty". But "Little Stranger" is a lot like "Nieznajomy", so that depends. But I like that guy anyway. :)


      They're not family-friendly, but Siekiera is one of the best Post-Punk bands ever! Give this a listen if you're more into Punk, New Wave, and Goth Rock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxVPUwr0Z3Q


      Thanks so much for this, I really appreciate it. :)


      I like Marek Grechuta, Edyta Górniak, Justyna steczkowska, Anna Maria Jopek, and grzegorz turnau.


      The version of "Krakow" with Grechuta and Myslovitz is probably my favorite Polish song. Anna Maria Jopek did a fantastic collaboration with Pat Metheny a few years ago, called "Upojenie".


      One of my favorite Polish songs is 'Winna' by Chylinska (sorry, no Polish keyboard). And Future Folk is a fun band to listen to (although they are probably not the best group to try and learn Polish from because they speak/sing in a distinctly different dialect than what we learn on here...)


      I liked Chylinska back when she was in O.N.A.


      I forgot to mention that Bednarek also has some interesting stuff...


      I don't think anyone mentioned Pectus! They're new within the last 5-10 years. Their song "Barcelona" has a really good groove.


      Why would anyone recommend it? It is bland and forced on people on the radio. Ok, if you enjoy it, it's fine with me, but it is in no way the music to recommend.


      To each their own :-)


      For example I would like to recommend Kazik https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7VykCTXX7M (a song about artists who go political, especially in recent years), but the phrases and references are satirical and quite limited to Polish context and history.


      I take it he's referring to Paweł Kukiz there?


      I'm afraid you did not understand the song. It is not about artists who become politicians. There's a difference there. It is about those who go all vaseline on certain political options to get some profit out of it. Notice how some actors who showed public support towards certain political options has got a lot of media coverage and work options, while the other ones, who chose to support other options or refrained from showing the support, have almost been forgotten and are conveniently ignored in the most popular media. Those are usually actors and musicians, but not only. The process can be easily observed, because of the historical sources, looking back at the time of communism. You did not support the party, you do not have a chance for a career. These days you have to observe it yourself. I will not develop on my thoughts here, as I believe this place should be as neutral politically as possible.


      here i can give some of my favorite :

      Addio pomidory - kabaret starzszych panow Abradab Fisz Emade voo voo Wojciech Waglewski


      Some great recommendations here. I started delving into Youtube/Discogs today... highlights so far:

      Klaus Mitffoch (s/t) – amazing post-punk record https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9eKQe88yRI

      Lech Janerka: Historia Podwodna – the guy from Klaus Mitffoch, not quite as purely post-punk, also fantastic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEwNsygKfJ0

      Świetliki: Ogród Koncentracyjny – Polish spoken word poetry with eclectic musical backing. Seems great for language-learning because the vocals are mixed loud. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJkgfPDPM3A

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