Vladimir Vysotsky

1938 - 1980

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Vladimir Semyonovich Vysotsky (Russian: Владимир Семёнович Высоцкий, IPA: [vlɐˈdʲimʲɪr sʲɪˈmʲɵnəvʲɪtɕ vɨˈsotskʲɪj]; 25 January 1938 – 25 July 1980) was a Soviet singer-songwriter, poet, and actor who had an immense and enduring effect on Soviet culture. He became widely known for his unique singing style and for his lyrics, which featured social and political commentary in often-humorous street jargon. He was also a prominent stage- and screen-actor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vladimir Vysotsky has received more than 1,006,020 page views. His biography is available in 103 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 100 in 2019). Vladimir Vysotsky is the 427th most popular writer (down from 426th in 2019), the 142nd most popular biography from Russia (up from 154th in 2019) and the 19th most popular Russian Writer.

Vladimir Vysotsky is a Russian poet, singer, and actor. He is most famous for his songs and poems.

Memorability Metrics

  • 1.0M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 67.99

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 103

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.13

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 7.76

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Vladimir Vysot︠s︡kiĭ
Motion pictures, Popular music, Theater
Singers, Russian Poets, Actors
Chernai︠a︡ svecha
Fiction, Gold mines and mining, Inmates of institutions
Proza poeta
Sochinenii͡a︡ v dvukh tomakh


Among writers, Vladimir Vysotsky ranks 427 out of 7,302Before him are Sholem Aleichem, Lactantius, Constantine P. Cavafy, Seneca the Elder, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Nadine Gordimer. After him are Philip Roth, William of Rubruck, Phaedrus, Andrzej Sapkowski, Frank Herbert, and Hector Malot.

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Among people born in 1938, Vladimir Vysotsky ranks 23Before him are Joe Dassin, Jerry Brown, Anthony Giddens, Christopher Lloyd, Paul Verhoeven, and Mireille Darc. After him are Natalie Wood, Liv Ullmann, Bernie Madoff, Rod Laver, Giuliano Gemma, and Jean Seberg. Among people deceased in 1980, Vladimir Vysotsky ranks 21Before him are Joe Dassin, Henry Miller, Tamara de Lempicka, Marshall McLuhan, Gianni Rodari, and Peter Sellers. After him are Alexei Kosygin, Otto Frank, Hans Asperger, Oswald Mosley, Romain Gary, and Milton H. Erickson.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Vladimir Vysotsky ranks 142 out of 3,761Before him are Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia (1897), Pyotr Bagration (1765), Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (1899), Aleksandr Vasilevsky (1895), Nikolai Lobachevsky (1792), and Arnold Sommerfeld (1868). After him are Mily Balakirev (1837), Georgi Plekhanov (1856), Walther Funk (1890), Alexei Kosygin (1904), Sergey Shoygu (1955), and Gala Dalí (1894).

Among WRITERS In Russia

Among writers born in Russia, Vladimir Vysotsky ranks 19Before him are Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861), Svetlana Alliluyeva (1926), Mikhail Sholokhov (1905), Joseph Brodsky (1940), Mikhail Lermontov (1814), and Sergei Yesenin (1895). After him are Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884), Ivan Bunin (1870), Marina Tsvetaeva (1892), Alexander Herzen (1812), Nikolay Chernyshevsky (1828), and Ivan Goncharov (1812).