The Most Famous

SINGERS from Ukraine

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This page contains a list of the greatest Ukrainian Singers. The pantheon dataset contains 3,541 Singers, 33 of which were born in Ukraine. This makes Ukraine the birth place of the 17th most number of Singers behind Denmark and Ireland.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Ukrainian Singers of all time. This list of famous Ukrainian 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 Ukrainian Singers.

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1. Anatoliy Solovianenko (1932 - 1999)

With an HPI of 70.87, Anatoliy Solovianenko is the most famous Ukrainian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 116 different languages on wikipedia.

Anatoliy Solovianenko (sometime transliterated as Anatolii Solovyanenko; Ukrainian: Анатолій Борисович Солов'яненко; Russian: Анатолий Борисович Соловья́ненко) (September 25, 1932 – 29 July 1999) was a Ukrainian operatic tenor, People's Artist of the USSR (1975), People's Artist of Ukraine, and State Taras Shevchenko prize-winner.He was born into a mining family in Donetsk and graduated from Donetsk Polytechnic Institute in 1954. He also studied singing with Alexander Korobeichenko from 1950. Solovianenko began his career in Donetsk, where there is now a monument in his memory. He made twelve performances at the Metropolitan Opera in Kiev, then graduated from Kiev Conservatory in 1978. For 30 years, he was soloist at the Taras Shevchenko National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Kiev, and performed at Expo 67 in Montreal. During the 1977–78 season, Solovianenko performed as a soloist at the New York Metropolitan Opera. He also performed as soloist for the Alexandrov Ensemble during its UK tour 1988, singing "Kalinka" and other songs. He recorded 18 LPs of arias, romances and songs.

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2. Sofia Rotaru (1947 - )

With an HPI of 69.51, Sofia Rotaru is the 2nd most famous Ukrainian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 74 different languages.

Sofiia Mykhailivna Yevdokymenko-Rotaru (born 7 August 1947), known as Sofia Rotaru (Ukrainian: Софія Михайлівна Ротару [soˈfijɐ roˈtɑrʊ]; Russian: Софи́я Миха́йловна Рота́ру; Romanian: Sofia Rotaru), is a former Soviet and Ukrainian pop singer of Romanian origin. Rotaru, nicknamed "Bukovinsky Solovey" ("the Nightingale from Bukovina"), emerged in 1966 as a pop folk star in the movie Solovei iz sela Marshyntsi (Nightingale from Marshyntsi) in the Romanian and Ukrainian-speaking world after her manager and future husband Anatoliy Yevdokymenko made her change her music style from folk to pop music with Chervona Ruta. In 1972, she released the multilingual album Sofia Rotaru, re-released three times and covered by numerous singers, establishing herself as a viable pop artist in the countries of the former Soviet Union. She first gained international recognition after participating in 1968 in the International Youth Song Festival in Bulgaria and winning first prize at the Golden Orpheus in 1973 and second prize in the category of Polish songs at the Sopot International Song Festival in 1974. In the former USSR her career was marked by her stage success and numerous controversies. She has been acknowledged by the Kyiv Patriarchate.Rotaru has been performing for more than 40 years. and topped the Moscow airplay with "Ya nazvu planetu imenem tvoim" in 2008.She reported the highest income of all celebrities in Ukraine in 2008 and 2010.Her repertoire consists of more than 40 albums and 400 songs recorded in many languages. She has received awards, deemed a Meritorious Artist of the Ukrainian SSR, People's Artist of Ukraine, People's Artist of Moldavian SSR, Laureate of the Young Communist League Prize, Hero of Moldova, and Cavalier of the Republican Order of Moldova. In August 2002 former President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma and President of Russia Vladimir Putin gave awards to Sofia Rotaru for her 55th birthday, bestowing upon her the high rank of the Hero of Ukraine for her "outstanding personal merits in the sphere of art", and the Russian order "For merits before the Nation", respectively.Rotaru's official surname is Yevdokymenko-Rotaru (Ukrainian: Євдокименко-Ротару). Yevdokymenko was the surname of her late husband. Yalta is her main residence, although she also has homes in Moscow, Kyiv, and Baden-Baden.

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3. Joseph Kobzon (1937 - 2018)

With an HPI of 66.35, Joseph Kobzon is the 3rd most famous Ukrainian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 33 different languages.

Iosif (Joseph) Davydovich Kobzon (Russian: Ио́сиф Давы́дович Кобзо́н; 11 September 1937 – 30 August 2018) was a Soviet and Russian singer, known for his crooner style.

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4. Ruslana (1973 - )

With an HPI of 64.65, Ruslana is the 4th most famous Ukrainian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 65 different languages.

Ruslana Stepanivna Lyzhychko (Ukrainian: Руслана Степанівна Лижичко, Ruslana Lyžyčko; born 24 May 1973), known mononymously as Ruslana, is a World Music Award and Eurovision Song Contest winning recording artist, holding the title of People's Artist of Ukraine. She is also a former MP serving as deputy in the Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada) for the Our Ukraine Party. Ruslana was the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in Ukraine in 2004-2005. She is recognized as the most successful Ukrainian female solo artist internationally and was included in the top 10 most influential women of 2013 by the Forbes magazine. The U.S. Secretary of State honored her with the International Women of Courage Award in March 2014. She has been named an honorary citizen of her hometown L'viv and was nominated to receive the title Hero of Ukraine.She is a singer, songwriter, producer, musical conductor, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, voice actress and social activist. She writes, composes and produces her own songs and music videos. Since 28 December 1995 she has been married to Oleksandr Ksenofontov, a Ukrainian record producer. Together they have run the company Luxen Studio since 1993, producing radio and film trailers.Ruslana was the first artist from the former Soviet Union to officially receive a platinum disc, her Dyki tantsi album selling more than 170,000 copies in the first 100 days after its release. This album is the best selling Ukrainian album to date, together with its English version, more than 500,000 copies being sold solely in Ukraine.She won the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Wild Dances" receiving 280 points, which at that time was a record of points. Following her victory, she rose to fame in Europe and became one of the biggest pop stars from the Eastern part of the continent. Her winning song "Wild Dances" dominated the European charts for 97 weeks peaking at number one in Belgium for 10 consecutive weeks. Her Eurovision winning song was included on the official compilation album called The Very Best of Eurovision celebrating the 60th anniversary of the contest.Her repertoire includes songs performed mainly in Ukrainian and English, but she also recorded cover versions in Spanish and Latin languages.

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5. Leonid Utyosov (1895 - 1982)

With an HPI of 63.69, Leonid Utyosov is the 5th most famous Ukrainian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Leonid Osipovich Utyosov or Utesov (Russian: Леони́д О́сипович Утёсов; real name Lazar (Leyzer) Iosifovich Vaysbeyn or Weissbein (Ла́зарь (Ле́йзер) Ио́сифович Вайсбе́йн)) (22 March [O.S. 10 March] 1895, Odessa – 9 March 1982, Moscow) was a famous Soviet estrada singer and comic actor, who became the first pop singer to be awarded the prestigious title of People's Artist of the USSR in 1965.

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6. Joseph Schmidt (1904 - 1942)

With an HPI of 63.55, Joseph Schmidt is the 6th most famous Ukrainian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Joseph Schmidt (March 4, 1904 – November 16, 1942) was an Austro-Hungarian and Romanian Jewish tenor and actor. He was born in Davideny (Ukrainian: Davydivka) village in the Storozhynets district of the Bukovina province of Austria-Hungary, which became part of Romania after World War I and is now part of Ukraine.

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7. Lidia Ruslanova (1900 - 1973)

With an HPI of 63.47, Lidia Ruslanova is the 7th most famous Ukrainian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 31 different languages.

Lidia Andreyevna Ruslanova (sometimes spelt Lidiya or Lydia, Russian: Лидия Андреевна Русланова; 27 October 1900 in Saratov Governorate – 21 September 1973 in Moscow) was one of the greatest and best-loved performers of Russian folk songs.

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8. Alexander Vertinsky (1889 - 1957)

With an HPI of 62.84, Alexander Vertinsky is the 8th most famous Ukrainian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Alexander Nikolayevich Vertinsky (Russian: Александр Николаевич Вертинский, 21 March [O.S. 9 March] 1889 — 21 May 1957) was Russian and Soviet artist, poet, singer, composer, cabaret artist and actor who exerted seminal influence on the Russian tradition of artistic singing.

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9. Verka Serduchka (1973 - )

With an HPI of 61.50, Verka Serduchka is the 9th most famous Ukrainian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 39 different languages.

Andriy Mykhailovych Danylko (Ukrainian: Андрі́й Миха́йлович Дани́лко; born 2 October 1973), better known for his drag stage persona Verka Serduchka (Ukrainian: Вєрка Сердючка;, is a Ukrainian comedian and pop and dance singer. Danylko represented Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 as Verka Serduchka and finished in second place. Serduchka has sold over 600,000 records during his career in Ukraine. As a character actor, Danylko has also appeared in over a dozen television films and is also known for appearing as Serduchka in the 2015 American comedy film Spy.

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10. Yaroslav Yevdokimov (1946 - )

With an HPI of 60.08, Yaroslav Yevdokimov is the 10th most famous Ukrainian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 26 different languages.

Yaroslav Alexandrovych Yevdokimov (Ukrainian: Ярослав Олександрович Евдокимов), born 22 November 1946) is a baritone, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, and People's Artist of the Belarus.

Pantheon has 33 people classified as singers born between 1886 and 2002. Of these 33, 24 (72.73%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living singers include Sofia Rotaru, Ruslana, and Verka Serduchka. The most famous deceased singers include Anatoliy Solovianenko, Joseph Kobzon, and Leonid Utyosov. As of October 2020, 4 new singers have been added to Pantheon including Alexander Kipnis, NK, and Maruv.

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