My favourite performers by Country (Europe)
Belgium - Lais
Honestly I'm not aware that I know any belgian artists, probly there's some that sing in french, that I'd remember the song if you played it to me. But other than that. No clue. I only know that ths band has some great songs, they sing some in french, some in dutch, and some of older languages of the region (flemish etc).
As a german its almost impossible to name a single band. I grew up with a radio in my teenage room, and listened to the charts every saturday.
There's a myriad of bands. I picked the Hosen even tho I don't support their political agenda, but they have been "THE" german rockband for the last 30 years now. they have never put out a bad album, have a charismatic and energetic singer, and the band runs like a train. They are one of the best live bands in the world. another great band would be Dschinghis Khan, they have a great groove and solid songwriting, but musically are in a totally different ballpark.
I discovered greek music only recently. so what are some singers that I can put on youtube loop without giving it a second thought ? for me that would be Nana Mouskouri, Melina Merkouri, probably Giorgos Dalaras. But my favourite right now is probably Vicky Leandros. my favourite folder in greek is "greek children songs" but they don't really count I guess.
Israel, country of poets. Eternal nation, what really can you write about them in terms of poetry too do them justice. not much. When learning hebrew some 9 yrs ago, i mostly listened to Fortisakharof, which is really two people, Rami Fortis and Berry Sakharof, and they also had been in another band prior called Minimal Compact. many people had single hits in Israel, but my favourite picks in retrospect would probably be Berry, Chava Alberstein, Yehuda Poliker, and recently Mashina. Modern israeli popmusic is terrible IMHO, but the old classics are like a treasure chest that just has no bottom. everytime you think you found the best song, there's another one.. and another one..
Kirsten Braten Berg is my pick for Norway. A language i started meddling with a couple years ago, but then kindof put to the side..
This is my pick for Slovakia. I added only 1 song for them, but they have more good songs.
Since I've never been to eastern europe i know little to none about any other artists or music in Slovakia.
For scotland two bands would come to mind: the Real McKenzies, but they are actually from Vancouver, Canada, so that leaves us with the Corries. The Corries are great to listen to, playing on their "Combolines" an instrument they invented themselves. Every song is worth listening to, and they're also good storytellers with a great sense of humor.
I do understand a bit of spanish, but never had a spanish band that stood out to me. Which obviously means I know too little about spain's culture.
A song that stands out however is "entre dos tierras" by heroes del silencio, since it was an international hit.
my three picks for Sweden are Ultima Thule, Ultima Thule, and Ultima Thule. Along with Sektor Gaza, they are my hate-love bands. cause I can't believe most of their songs arent even translated to english yet, so I added every song of them on here. The day all these songs will be translated will be a glad day for me.
Erkin Koray is the only turkish musician I can listen to every song he ever recorded without getting bored. Other than him, I know little about turkish music in general. A big thank you goes to user "celkabadi" for helping to translate every song of "Baba Erkin" into english. They were not available on the internet prior to his work effort. I just hope Erdogan will not put him in jail for his "obstructive actions", which is something that could actually happen. Sad but True.
Not really a european country. but...For mother Russia, my three entries are Sektor, Sektor and Sektor. Even tho Yuri seems to have a fetish with vampires and death, the lyrics are funny and catchy, the arrangements are great (it's not a sektor gaza song if the Interlude is missing after the second stanza..) and Yuri is a good singer. Also they have almost no Duds, every song is unique, interesting and worth listening to. The only thing I don't understand is that these lyrics seem to have never been translated into english or another european language before. It takes so much effort to get them all translated. I've really reached a saturation point.
For Ukraine my pick is Nadezhda Kadysheva. I still can't spell her name correctly, but her songs always hit home. Another contender would be Russya, who I discovered only recently, but she's in another ballpark (wave pop, 80s style). Other than that, Ukraine is a wasteland to me. No I don't mean the swamps of pripyat, i mean a musical wasteland.