Iran has many things to say when it comes to music in every genre. From years ago, many songs have found their way to people’s hearts and became an undeletable part of their lifetime playlist. You can see some of these amazing nostalgic Iranian songs. Iran’s music has improved much more and turned so much better than it was before. There are a lot of great Iranian songs in different genres. Follow Tap Persia SoundCloud page for all of these songs and more Iranian songs that you shouldn’t miss listening to.
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, “Morgh-e Sahar”, meaning “The Bird of the Morning” and “Bebaar Ey Baroon” which means “Pour oh Rain”. You can read more about the maestro Mohammad-Reza Shajarian.
Chaartaar – Aseman Ham Zamin Mikhorad
A dreamy love song by one of the most favorable bands in Iran named Chaartaar. 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 only me, but the sky will also fall down“, which is the name of the song. The magical voice of the hang drum is one of the things that makes this song to be on this list and a one-of-a-kind song for every Iranian, young and old.
Ali Zand Vakili – Lalaei
A sad song you shouldn’t miss listening to. Ali Zand Vakili is one of the youngest singers in the traditional kind of music. 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 will remain in people’s minds and hearts for a lifetime. This song is one of them which was originally recorded for a series named “Shahrzad”. Both the series and the song became really popular among people. You would have listened to it in every car, every house, and even shops. “Where are you my love, where are you my friend” this is what the song is about. The name of the song means “where are you”.
Reza Yazdani is one of the greatest rock singers in Iran who deserve to be introduced on the list of Iranian top songs. The 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. It is lovable to Iranians because of the name of the songs and places that Reza Yazdani talks about in this song.
Sedigh Taarif – Yaran
Sedigh Taarif was the mentor 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, one of the most amazing Iranian musicians. A great traditional piece of music.
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 as a solo singer.
Homayoun Shajarian – Chera Rafti
The son of the maestro Mohammad-Reza Shajarian is one of those Iranian singers that everyone respects and listen to. You cannot ignore that Homayoun had the best possible mentor. And for sure he has proved to be a talented traditional singer, not under the name of his father. With lyrics by Iranian poet, Simin Behbahani, an amazing love song complaining “Why did you leave”. No one but Homayoun Shajarian could sing this must-hear poem.
Bahram Noraee – Saz
You almost thought Iran doesn’t have amazing rappers, didn’t you? 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 how happy I am”. This is only one sentence of Saz (instrument).
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 rhythm it passes to you. Mohsen Sharifian is the leader of a southern music band named “Lian” and he plays bagpipes 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. This is what makes music magical, it is an international language to express your feelings.
Yas – Barcode
Originally recorded for the Iranian movie “Barcode”, this song turned into 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 objective songs. Barcode is a motivative song about moving forward and reaching the summit of one’s life.
Salar Aghili – Iran
A patriotic song about Iran with the amazing voice of Salar Aghili and a piece of exquisite music. Salar Aghili learned how to sing while he was one of the students of Sedigh Taarif, the famous traditional singer that you already heard a song of him in this article, “Yaran”. Just listen to this glorious song and enjoy.
Mohammad Motamedi – Parvaz
Another talented traditional Iranian singer is Mohammad Motamedi. He received the award of France Musique in 2013 as the best singer from Radio France. This song is one of his best songs that makes you close your eyes, relax, and enjoy while having a cup of Persian tea in an Iranian traditional house.
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 his own style of singing and proved to be capable of singing on his own. He is now considered as one of the greatest musicians not only in Iran, but worldwide. Enjoy the out-of-this-world music and the magical voice of Hafez Nazeri.
Alireza Ghorbani – Istanbul Junction
Iran is filled with talented singers who 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 make 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 – Dokhtar Irooni
Andy Madadian is the first Iranian singer who received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is Armenian originally but he has made many Iranians cheer up with his songs, dance, and make amazing happy memories. He is famous among Iranians because of his rhythmic songs that make everyone happy and make them dance. This song describes the Iranian girls which are perfect!
Zed Bazi – Tabestoon Kootahe
One of the most favorable rap songs, among the young generation especially, 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 solo artists. Best way to describe summer and complaining about autumn and winter in the best way. “Summer is short, so we stay together as long as we can.”
Arian Band – Parvaz
One of the most popular pop bands in Iran was the 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 listening 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 to us on SoundCloud and listen to more Iranian songs.
Leila Forouhar – Yare Shirin
Leila Forouhar is a renowned Persian pop singer who has been entertaining audiences for over four decades. One of her most popular songs is “Yare Shirin,” which translates to “Sweetheart.” The song is a beautiful love ballad that captures the essence of Persian music. Leila’s powerful voice and emotive delivery bring the lyrics to life, expressing the depth of love and longing. The melody is hauntingly beautiful, with traditional Persian instruments adding an authentic touch. “Yare Shirin” has become an iconic song in Persian music, and it continues to be loved by fans all around the world.
Suzan Roshan – Nabavari
Suzan Roshan is a popular Iranian singer, blending traditional Iranian instruments with modern pop, R&B and rock beats. She is widely considered to be the hottest Iranian female singer of all time, praised for having a signature, sexy voice. The song “Nabavari”, or “Disbelief” is a romantic ballad that expresses the feelings of a person who is deeply in love but unsure if their feelings are reciprocated. Suzan Roshan’s soft and melodic voice perfectly captures the emotions of the lyrics, while the music is a blend of traditional Persian instruments and modern pop beats. “Nabavari” has become one of Suzan Roshan’s most beloved songs and continues to be a favorite among fans of Persian music.
Shahram Solati and Shohreh – Panjereha
“Panjereha” is a beautiful and emotional duet by two of the most renowned Iranian singers, Shahram Solati and Shohreh that who are in fact siblings. The song tells the story of two lovers who are separated by a window, longing to be together again. Solati’s deep and powerful voice perfectly complements Shohreh’s sweet and melodic tone, creating a harmonious and captivating sound. “Panjereha” remains one of the most beloved and timeless duets in Iranian music history, showcasing the exceptional talent of both Solati and Shohreh.
Martik – Bahar
“Bahar”, or “Spring”, is a classic Persian pop song by the legendary Iranian singer, Martik. Released in 1993, the song is a celebration of spring and the beauty of nature. Martik’s smooth and soothing voice, combined with the upbeat melody and cheerful lyrics, creates a joyful and uplifting atmosphere. “Bahar” has remained a beloved song among Iranians for over three decades, symbolizing hope, renewal, and the joy of life.
Omid – Yasamin
Omid Soltani is an Iranian singer and songwriter who has released several albums throughout his career. Omid Soltani’s music is known for its romantic and emotional themes, and he has been praised for his unique voice and style. “Yasamin” is one of his most popular songs which was released in 1997. It is a love song that tells the story of a man who is deeply in love with a woman named Yasamin. The song has become a classic in Persian music and is still loved by many fans today.
Shahram Kashani – Havas
Shahram Kashani’s “Havas”, which translates to “Temptation”, is a mesmerizing love song that was released in 1996 and has captured the hearts of many Persian music lovers. The song is a perfect blend of Kashani’s soulful voice and romantic lyrics, making it an instant hit among his fans. Kashani’s unique style of music is characterized by his emotional and heartfelt approach to storytelling, which is evident in “Havas.” The song tells the story of a man who is deeply in love with a woman and cannot resist her charm and beauty. The lyrics are poetic and evocative, painting a vivid picture of the intense emotions that come with falling in love. Overall, “Havas” is a beautiful, joyful and captivating track that showcases Shahram Kashani’s talent as a singer and songwriter. It is a must-listen for anyone who appreciates soulful and romantic music.
Siyavash Shams (Sahne) – Yavash Yavash
Siyavash Shams, also known as Siyavash Sahne, is a Persian pop singer who has beautiful and timeless songs. “Yavash Yavash”, which translates to “Slowly and Slowly,” is a mesmerizing Persian pop song that has captured the hearts of many music lovers. The song is characterized by Shams’ smooth and soulful voice, which perfectly complements the romantic lyrics and gentle melody. In the song, a man who is madly in love with a woman and would stop at nothing to be with her is the main character. Shams’ unique style of music is characterized by his ability to blend traditional Persian music with modern pop elements, creating a sound that is both timeless and contemporary. Overall, “Yavash Yavash” is a beautiful and captivating track that showcases Siyavash Shams’ talent as a singer and songwriter. It is a must-listen for anyone who appreciates romantic and soulful music.
Morteza – Baz Mano Kashti
“Baz Mano Kashti”, which translates to “You killed me again”, is a popular song by Iranian singer Morteza. With its captivating melody and heartfelt lyrics, the song resonates with listeners, evoking emotions of longing and desire. Morteza’s soulful vocals beautifully convey the emotions embedded within the lyrics, creating a mesmerizing musical experience. “Baz Mano Kashti” showcases Morteza’s talent as a singer and his ability to connect with listeners on a deep and emotional level. The song has gained significant popularity and has become a favorite among fans of Persian music, further solidifying Morteza’s place in the music industry.
Davood Behboodi – Dooset Daram
He has delighted his admirers as a singer, composer, and guitarist for more than 40 years. His passion for Rock, Heavy Metal, and Funk has been complemented by his love of Jazz music. He has been known to play James Brown’s “I Feel Good” and Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” live. Davood Behboodi Live is excited for everyone to join them for a night of unforgettable performances. His song “Dooset Daram”, which translates to “I Love You”, is one of his famous songs of all time. It is a romantic song mixing joyful and upbeat melodies with a fascinating voice.
Nahid and Shahram Shabpareh – Delakam
Nahid and Shahram Shabpareh’s “Delakam” is a delightful collaboration between two iconic Iranian singers, Nahid and Shahram Shabpareh. The song which was released in 1991 is a fusion of their distinct musical styles, creating a harmonious and captivating composition. “Delakam” showcases Nahid and Shahram Shabpareh’s powerful vocals and their ability to convey deep emotions through their music. The lyrics, paired with the enchanting melody, evoke feelings of love, longing, and nostalgia. The collaboration between these two talented artists has resulted in a timeless and memorable track that has resonated with fans of Persian music, further cementing their place in the hearts of listeners.
Sheila – Asse Asse
Sheila is one of the well-known Iranian singers who entered the spotlight in 1994, and in 1995 she released her first album called “Talkh and Shirin.” The song “Asse Asse” was released in 2000 and is characterized by its catchy melody, upbeat rhythm, and Sheila’s vibrant vocals. The song’s playful, catchy and joyful nature invites listeners to dance and sing along, making it a favorite among fans of nostalgic Iranian pop music. “Asse Asse” represents the vibrant and dynamic spirit of Sheila’s music, leaving a lasting impression on listeners even after all these years.
Hatef – Zange Tafrih
“Zange Tafrih” is one of the popular songs of the great Iranian singer Hatef. This song was released in 1989 and is the best example of Hatif’s unique style and voice. “Zange Tafrih” which translates to “Class Break Time” is a joyful and cheerful song that shows Hatef’s talent as a multifaceted singer. The song creates a happy and cheerful atmosphere with lively composition and memorable lyrics. The theme of the song is love and emotions, which are depicted in the form of a deep poetic text. The singer is demonstrating love and longing to see his classmate during break time. Hatef’s energetic performance and awesome music video make this song more attractive. “Zange Tafrih” remains a popular and timeless classic in Iranian music, helping to perpetuate Hatef as a great Iranian artist.
Black Cats – Joone Khodet
Shahbal Shabpareh is the founder and producer of the Persian pop band Black Cats, based in Los Angeles. The band, with the exception of Shabpareh, was first founded in Tehran, Iran in the 1960s. Since then, the members have alternated every few years. The song, “Joone Khodet” was released in 2006 and was also added to the international video game “Just Dance”. The song features a lively melody, energetic rhythms, and the band’s distinct fusion of pop and dance elements. The lyrics, delivered with enthusiasm and charm, convey a message of romance and flirting with a beautiful girl. The song’s infectious hooks and memorable chorus make it a favorite among fans of Persian pop music, solidifying the Black Cats’ status as one of the leading bands in the Iranian music scene.
Mansour – Faghat Bekhatare To
“Mansour – Faghat Bekhatare To” is a heartfelt song by Iranian singer Mansour. Released in the year 2000, the track became a sensation and solidified Mansour’s reputation as a prominent figure in Persian pop music. “Faghat Bekhatare To”, which translates to “Only for You” is a beautiful love ballad that captivates listeners with its soulful melody and Mansour’s emotive vocals. The lyrics express deep affection and longing for a loved one, resonating with the emotions of many. The song’s popularity has endured over the years, making it a beloved classic among fans of Persian music and showcasing Mansour’s ability to touch hearts with his heartfelt performances.
Kouros – Dokhtare Hamsaye
Kouros Shahmiri, also known as “Kouros”, is an Iranian–American pop singer, best known for being part of the pop duo “Andy & Kouros” with Andranik Madadian (Andy).”Dokhtare Hamsaye” is an iconic song by Iranian singer Kouros. Released in 1993, the track quickly became a favorite among fans of Persian pop music. “Dokhtare Hamsaye” is a lively and energetic song with a catchy melody and infectious beats. Kouros’ smooth and captivating vocals add a layer of charm to the composition. The lyrics tell a story of a girl next door who captures the singer’s heart, evoking feelings of love and admiration. The song’s popularity has endured through the years, solidifying Kouros’ status as a legendary figure in Iranian music and a favorite among listeners.
Saeed Mohammadi – Gole Bagh
Saeed Mohammadi is an Iranian singer, composer, songwriter and guitarist that has produced many great pop and pop rock songs in pop. “Gol Bagh” or “Garden Flower” is one of the beautiful and enduring songs of Iranian singer Saeed Mohammadi. Released in 1996, this song became one of his most prominent and popular works. The song with its joyful, fascinating melody and the pleasant voice of Saeed Mohammadi, creates satisfying emotions in the ears of the listeners. The beautiful and romantic lyrics of this song convey deep feelings of love and passion. With its popularity over the years, this song has made Saeed Mohammadi one of the symbols of Iranian music.
Korous – Chai Chai
“Chai Chai” is a popular song by Iranian singer Kouros. Released in 2010, the track became an instant hit and remains a beloved song in Persian music. “Chai Chai” is a lively and infectious song that combines elements of pop and Bandari music. “Bandari” is a style of Iranian music that originated in Southern Iran, among Iranian Arabs. Kouros’ great and nostalgic vocals and energetic performance bring the song to life, captivating listeners with its catchy melody and upbeat rhythm. The lyrics, filled with playful and flirtatious expressions, add a touch of charm to the composition. “Chai Chai” showcases Kouros’ talent for delivering vibrant and enjoyable music, solidifying his reputation as one of the most prominent figures in Iranian pop music.
Moein – Bigharar
“Bigharar” is a timeless Persian song by the renowned Iranian singer Moein. Released in 1998, the track has become an iconic symbol of Persian pop music. “Bigharar”, which translates to “Restless”, is a romantic song that is composed in the “Bandari” style. It really showcases Moein’s distinctive and soulful voice. The joyful and heartfelt lyrics express the emotions of romance and desire, resonating with listeners who have experienced the complexities of love. The melodic composition, accompanied by Moein’s powerful and emotive delivery, creates a joyful and captivating atmosphere. “Bigharar” remains a cherished classic, representing Moein’s artistic prowess and his ability to touch hearts with his heartfelt voice and performances.