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The Most Famous

SINGERS from Georgia

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This page contains a list of the greatest Georgian Singers. The pantheon dataset contains 3,528 Singers, 19 of which were born in Georgia. This makes Georgia the birth place of the 41st most number of Singers behind Lebanon and Azerbaijan.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Georgian Singers of all time. This list of famous Georgian Singers is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Georgian Singers.

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1. Rashid Behbudov (1915 - 1989)

With an HPI of 58.78, Rashid Behbudov is the most famous Georgian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 30 different languages on wikipedia.

Rashid Behbudov (Azerbaijani: Rəşid Məcid oğlu Behbudov, Azerbaijani Cyrillic: Рашид Бейбутов; 14 December 1915 – 9 June 1989) was a Soviet and Azerbaijani singer and actor. Rashid Behbudov was born in Tbilisi in 1915. His father, Majid Behbudov, was a singer as well. In 1945, upon the invitation of Tofig Guliyev, Rashid Behbudov moved to Baku. In the same year, he was assigned the main role of Asgar in the film Arshin Mal Alan (The Cloth Peddler), based on a play by Uzeyir Hajibeyov. His role in this film combined with his vocal skills brought him fame throughout Azerbaijan. In a short time, Behbudov became also prominent Azerbaijani pop singer. His combination of vocal masterpieces ranged from classical performances to lyrical songs. Behbudov's rare vocal talent gave him opportunity to travel beyond the "Iron Curtain" of the Soviet Union, and as a singer he toured with concert performances in several countries of the world, including Iran, Turkey, China, India, Japan, Argentina, and many other countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America. In 1966, he created the State Song Theater, which still carries his name, and became its soloist and artistic manager.

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2. Lusine Zakaryan (1937 - 1992)

With an HPI of 53.15, Lusine Zakaryan is the 2nd most famous Georgian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 31 different languages.

Lusine Zakaryan (Armenian: Լուսինե Զաքարյան), born Svetlana Zakaryan (Armenian: Սվետլանա Զաքարյան; June 1, 1937 – December 30, 1992), was an Armenian soprano. Zakaryan was born in Akhaltsikhe, Georgian SSR, and grew up in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region of southern Georgia. In 1952, she moved with her family to Yerevan, where she attended a secondary music school. She entered the Yerevan State Musical Conservatory in 1957 and her singing talent soon became apparent. From 1970 to 1983, Zakaryan was a soloist with the symphony orchestra of Armenian TV and Radio. She also sang in the choir of the Armenian Apostolic Church's Holy See at the Etchmiadzin Cathedral, and it is for her renditions of centuries-old Armenian spiritual hymns that she is now most remembered. Zakaryan was also known for singing the international opera repertoire as well as Armenian traditional and church music. In July 1968, Zakaryan married the former priest Khoren Palian, also a noted singer of church music. Zakaryan died in Yerevan, Armenia, and was buried at Saint Gayane Church in Etchmiadzin.

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3. Shovkat Mammadova (1897 - 1981)

With an HPI of 50.02, Shovkat Mammadova is the 3rd most famous Georgian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Shovkat Hasan qizi Mammadova (Azerbaijani: Şövkət Məmmədova; 18 April 1897 – 8 June 1981) was an Azerbaijani opera singer (lyric coloratura soprano) and music instructor.

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4. Haykanoush Danielyan (1893 - 1958)

With an HPI of 48.23, Haykanoush Danielyan is the 4th most famous Georgian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Haykanoush Danielyan (Armenian: Հայկանուշ Դանիելյան, 15 December 1893 – 19 April 1958) was an Armenian and Soviet opera singer (soprano) and music educator. Danielyan was the first Armenian singer who was awarded the title of People's Artist of the USSR (1939).

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5. Meliton Balanchivadze (1862 - 1937)

With an HPI of 47.20, Meliton Balanchivadze is the 5th most famous Georgian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Meliton Balanchivadze (Georgian: მელიტონ ბალანჩივაძე; 24 December 1862 – 21 December 1937) was a Georgian opera singer, composer and a celebrated member of Georgia's cultural scene, both under the Russian Empire and during the country's independence. Two of his sons, George and Andria, had illustrious careers, the former as a pioneering choreographer in the United States, and the latter as Soviet Georgia's leading classical composer.

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6. Katie Melua (1984 - )

With an HPI of 45.84, Katie Melua is the 6th most famous Georgian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 48 different languages.

Ketevan "Katie" Melua (; Georgian: ქეთევან "ქეთი" მელუა, IPA: [kʰɛtʰɛvɑn mɛluɑ]; born 16 September 1984) is a Georgian-British singer and songwriter. She moved to the United Kingdom at the age of eight – first to Belfast, and then to London in 1999. Under the management of composer Mike Batt, Melua is signed to the small Dramatico record label. She made her musical debut in 2003, and within three years was the United Kingdom's best-selling female artist as well as Europe's highest selling European female artist.In November 2003, at the age of 19, Melua released her first album, Call Off the Search, which reached the top of the United Kingdom album charts and sold 1.8 million copies in its first five months of release. Her second album, Piece by Piece, was released in September 2005 and to date has gone platinum (one million units sold) four times. Melua released her third studio album Pictures in October 2007.According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2008, Melua had amassed fortune of £18 million, making her the seventh-richest British musician under the age of 30.

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7. Valery Meladze (1965 - )

With an HPI of 44.86, Valery Meladze is the 7th most famous Georgian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.

Valerian Shotayevich Meladze (born 23 June 1965), known professionally as Valery Meladze, is a Georgian singer and a Meritorious Artist of Russia. He is the brother of composer and producer Konstantin Meladze, who writes songs for him.

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8. Tamta (1981 - )

With an HPI of 37.76, Tamta is the 8th most famous Georgian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 35 different languages.

Tamta Goduadze (Georgian: თამთა გოდუაძე; Greek: Τάμτα Γκοντουάτζε, romanized: Támta Gkontouátze; born 10 January 1981), known mononymously as Tamta, is a Georgian-Greek singer. She first achieved popularity in Greece in 2004 for her participation in Super Idol Greece, in which she placed second. She went on to release several charting albums and singles in Greece and Cyprus. Became a mentor on X Factor Georgia in 2014, and The X Factor Greece in 2016. She represented Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song "Replay", finishing in 13th place with 109 points.

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9. Sofia Nizharadze (1985 - )

With an HPI of 36.83, Sofia Nizharadze is the 9th most famous Georgian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 33 different languages.

Sopho "Sofia" Nizharadze (Georgian: სოფო ნიჟარაძე, IPA: [sɔpʰɔ niʒɑɾɑdzɛ]) is a Georgian singer, actress, and songwriter who represented Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with the song "Shine". Nizharadze was a judge on the TV shows Georgia's Got Talent', 'Only Georgian' and 'The X Factor Georgia.

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10. Tamara Gachechiladze (1983 - )

With an HPI of 35.80, Tamara Gachechiladze is the 10th most famous Georgian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 33 different languages.

Tamara "Tako" Milanova (née Gachechiladze; Georgian: თამარა "თაქო" მილანოვა, née გაჩეჩილაძე; born 17 March 1983) is a Georgian singer, songwriter and actress. She represented Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, with the song "Keep the Faith".

Pantheon has 19 people classified as singers born between 1862 and 2005. Of these 19, 14 (73.68%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living singers include Katie Melua, Valery Meladze, and Tamta. The most famous deceased singers include Rashid Behbudov, Lusine Zakaryan, and Shovkat Mammadova. As of April 2022, 3 new singers have been added to Pantheon including Shovkat Mammadova, Meliton Balanchivadze, and Nino Katamadze.

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