Iran has very rich music in every genre. From years ago, many songs have found their way to people’s hearts and became an undeletable part of their life-time playlist which we introduced some of them in this article. Iran’s music has improved much more and became so much better than it was before. There are a lot of great Iranian songs in different genres. Follow our SoundCloud page for all of these songs and more.
Mohammad-Reza Shajarian-Morghe Sahar & Bebar Ey Baroon
Mohammad-Reza Shajarian is an Iranian classical singer, composer, and Ostad (master) of Persian traditional music. He is also recognized as a skilled singer in the challenging traditional Dastgah style. In 1999 UNESCO in France presented him with the Picasso Award and in 2006 with the UNESCO Mozart Medal. He has been called “Iran’s greatest living maestro of Persian classical music”. Here we have introduced two of his greatest song, “Bird of the Morning” and “Pour oh Rain”.
Chaartaar-Aseman Ham Zamin Mikhorad
A dreamy love song by one of the most favorable bands in Iran named Chaartar. The singer is Arman Garshasbi who makes you close your eyes and listen to the music, lyrics, and his magical voice. The song says “if you are not here, not even me but the sky will also fall down”. The magical voice of the hang drum is one of the things that makes this song to be on this list.
Ali Zand Vakili-Lalaei
A sad song you shouldn’t miss listening to. Ali Zand Vakili is one of the youngest singers in singing traditional style. In this song, he is singing a lullaby (Lalaei). It is like a story that a lover is telling how he is left alone now. A lot of Iranians have cried a lot to this song especially the heart broke ones. Let your tears come down if you felt the same.
Mohsen Chavoshi Ft. Sina Sarlak-Kojaee
Iranians are experts in producing love songs that remains in people’s mind and heart for a lifetime. This song is one of them which was originally recorded for a series named “Shahrzad” which became really popular among people. However, the song made the series look super perfect. “Where are you love, where are you my friend” this is what the song is about.
With no doubt, Reza Yazdani is one of the greatest rock singers who deserve to be introduced in the Iranian sop songs list. Name of the song is “Cassette”. Different songs on the cassette that brings up a specific memory in a cafe, in a street, or the first time it was bought with a special person. It will be a nostalgic song for the people who kept their songs on a cassette.
Sedigh Taarif was the mentors of many famous traditional singers such as Salar Aghili. The song Yaran has the verses of famous Iranian poet, Fereydoun Moshiri, and with music from Jalal Zolfonon. A great traditional style piece.
Habib and Samir Zand-Mahkoom
Habib Mohebbian was one of the Iranian singers who immigrated to the US to continue his career but after passing many years he decided to come back to Iran. In this song, he worked with Samir Zand, a young and talented Iranian singer. Again introducing a love song, “I am sentenced to love you cause I’m so in love with my lover”.
The ways – Shal (Shawl)
Shawl, the red shawl of yours, wave, only your wavy hair which is around you, well done to the last masterpiece of your face, in the simplest way your sadness looks beautiful. These are the chorus part of this amazing song. The Ways band was a rock band in Iran which then fell apart and now the singer, Kaveh Afagh, is working solo.
With lyrics by Iranian poet Simin Behbahani, an amazing love song complaining “Why did you leave”. No one but Homayoun Shajarian, son of the great Mohammadreza Shajarian, could sing this must-hear poet.
One of the greatest Iranian rappers is Bahram Noraee. He amazed the rap lovers with his fabulous voice and his reality lyrics. This song is about believing, about achieving what you deserve to get, about not caring about other people. “Life is hard but look that I’m happy.”
Pallett Band-From Eastern Lands
One of the most famous Iranian bands in Iran is Pallet Band. From their very first song, they showed that they are different, not like any other band in Iran. In this song, you can listen to one of the oldest Iranian traditional songs. The music will take you on a small trip on the clouds.
Mohsen Sharifian-Towbah (Ft. Pirooz)
Southern music is one of the best parts of the Iranian music industry. It mostly makes you get up and dance with the dance rhythm it passes to you. Mohsen Sharifian is the leader of a southern music band named “Lian” and he plays bagpipe in the best possible way. Listen to the melody yourself.
Shahram Nazeri-Alla Ya Ayohal Saghi
The magnificent lyrics of this traditional Iranian song is from the great Shirazi poet, Hafez. It is so hard to translate Hafez into English but I can tell you that you will enjoy every minute of this song with the magical voice of Shahram Nazeri, one of the greatest traditional singers of Iran, and the perfect music.
Originally recorded for the Iranian movie “Barcode”, this song turned to one of the most popular rap songs among Iranians. Yas is probably the most popular rapper in Iran. From his very first songs, he caught the attention of many people because of his objectives songs. Barcode is a motivative song about moving forward and reaching the summit of one’s life.
A patriotic song about Iran with the amazing voice of Salar Aghili and a piece of superb music. Salar Aghili learned how to sing while he was the student of Sedigh Taarif, the famous traditional singer that you can hear a song of him in this article. Just listen to this glorious song and enjoy.
Another talented traditional Iranian singer is Mohammad Motamedi. He received the award of France Musique 2013 as the best singer from Radio France. This song is one of his best songs that makes you close your eyes and relax.
Hafez Nazeri-Existence: Life
Hafez Nazeri is the talented son of the great Shahram Nazeri. His name comes from his father’s interest in the famous and great poet “Hafez”. First, he started singing with his father but then he proved that he has its own style of singing and capable of singing on his own. Enjoy the out-of-this-world music and the magical voice of Hafez Nazeri.
Alireza Ghorbani-Istanbul Junction
Iran is filled with talented singers which mostly show the power of their voice in traditional style. Alireza Ghorabani is one of the singers who make you ask “who is singing this” the moment you hear his song. Istanbul Junction was recorded for the Iranian movie with the same name. Wonderful music and an amazing voice are what makes this song a top Iranian song.
Mohsen Yeaganeh-Behet Ghol Midam
Mohsen Yeganeh is one of the most popular pop Iranian singers. After many albums and single tracks, he achieved the popularity he deserved. This song became one of his best songs especially after publishing its music video which was his performance in the concert. “I promise that it isn’t hard, at least not hard for you, take it easy no one can take your place”.
Andy Madadian is the first Iranian singer who received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is Armenian originally but he considers himself Iranian. He is famous among Iranians because of his rhythmic songs that makes everyone happy and makes them dance. This song describes the Iranian girls which are perfect.
Zed Bazi-Tabestoon Kootahe
The most favorable rap song is Tabestoon Kootahe (Summer is short) from the rap band Zed Bazi who became really popular for years but unfortunately, they split up and started working as a solo. Best way to describe summer and complaining about autumn and winter in the best way.
One of the most popular pop bands in Iran was Arian Band which emerged in the late 90s. Arian Band was the first Iranian band to feature in the “International Who’s Who in Music”. They have released four albums and played concerts around the globe. They donate part of their profits to the “United Nations World Food Programme”. This band was also the first Iranian music band after Iran’s Revolution that used female back singers. “Fly” is one of their most famous songs that still many Iranians enjoy to listen to.
Mohsen Namjoo-Ey Sareban
Mohsen Namjoo’s style of music is influenced by blues and rock as well as Iranian folk music. The lyrics of his songs are also a combination of Persian classical poems, his own lyrics, and contemporary poems. This is one of his greatest songs.
Hope you enjoy listening to all of these songs introduced to you and realize how rich Iran is when it comes to history, culture, and arts, especially music. Don’t forget to subscribe us on SoundCloud and listen to more Iranian songs.
Yazd, Yazd Province, Iran
Jolfa, Esfahan, Isfahan Province, Iran
Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Karim Khan Citadel, District 8, Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Hoz-e Soltan Salt Lake, Iran
Gilan Province, Iran