MUSIC

Top 40 London Greek Radio ‘Airplay Chart’

December 01 to December 28, 2019

This month’s popular Greek song’s on LGR culminating in the final month, December of 2019.

LGR is celebrating Greek music and creativity on the air-waves.

This year, was no doubt brilliant for Greek music, our chart shows a few of our timeless festive favourites, to current choices, and new releases this winter.

The rankings are based on radio airplay detection as measured by the official ‘UK Airplay Chart’.

The best new music, latest and greatest Greek hits… tune in to LGR!

1 Despina Vandi – Xristougenna
2 Josephine – Den Echo Sima
3 Christos Mastoras, Dimitris Basis – Ena Lepto
4 Helena Paparizou – Christougenna Xana
5 Christos Menidiatis – Paratise Ta Ola
6 Eleni Foureira – 2020 S’ Agapo
7 Antzi Samiou – Ta Pio Glyka Xristougenna
8 Christina Salti, Ilias Vrettos – Taxidi Magiko
9 Anastasios Rammos – Se Dyo Mono Matia
10 Eirini Papadopoulou feat. Stamatis Houcholis – Halali

11 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Val’to Terma
12 Petros Iakovidis – Fovamai
13 Ivi Adamou feat. Konnie Metaxa – Pao
14 Christos Cholidis – Pali Sto Spiti Mou Charamata
15 Konstantinos Argyros – Ta Matia Sou Eroteftika
16 Kelly Kelekidou – Gia Hari Sou
17 Antonis Remos – Edo Kai Tora
18 Kostas Doxas – Seri
19 Wham! – Last Christmas
20 Notis Sfakianakis – H Mpalanta Ton Xristougennon

21 Nikos Kourkoulis – Eline Kai Edene
22 Kostas Martakis – Os Ta Xristougenna
23 Giorgos Livanis, Areti Ketime – Ela Apopse
24 Natasa Theodoridou – Den Me Afora
25 Andromachi – Na ‘soun Psema
26 Natasa Theodoridou – Hartopolemos
27 Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
28 Konstantinos Tsachouridis feat. Melina Aslanidou – Mesa Stin Agkalia Sou
29 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Kathimerina
30 Nikiforos – Ta Leme To Vradi

31 Onirama – Pou Isoun Chtes
32 Stan – De Me Xereis
33 Panos Kiamos – Sto Ftero
34 Stelios Rokkos – Makari
35 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – De S’Agapao
36 Thanos Petrelis – Pao Diakopes, Ta Leme
37 Peggy Zina – Mesa Mou Kati Egine
38 Lena Zevgara – Ela Ela
39 Themis Adamantidis – Stin Kardia
40 Konstantinos Christoforou & Vasiliki Ntanta – Ki Iha Pou Les

Source: London Greek Radio, Official UK Airplay Chart
December 1st to 28th 2019 inclusive


Article written by London Greek Radio

Acclaimed Greek composer and former politician Thanos Mikroutsikos has died at the age of 72.

He was considered one of the most important composers of the recent Greek musical scene.

Mikroutsikos died at the Athens’ Metropolitan Hospital where he was treated for cancer. The hospital announced his death on Saturday evening.

He was born in Patra, on 13th April 1947.

He is the older brother of Andreas Mikroutsikos, who is also a musician/composer and a television show host. His wife is children’s author Maria Papagianni, whom he married in 1996.

He studied piano in the Philharmonic Society of Patras and in the Hellenic Conservatory. In addition, he studied Mathematics in the University of Athens.

He began composing at the end of the 1960s but only officially debuted in 1975, with the release of his album Politika Tragoudia (‘Political Songs’). He continued on this compositional path, setting to music the poems of Giannis Ritsos, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Manos Eleftheriou and Bertold Brecht, among others.

His album, Stavros tou Notou (Southern Cross), set to the poetry of Nikos Kavvadias, has been one of the musical landmarks of modern Greece.

He has worked with many renowned singers such as Maria Dimitriadi, Haris Alexiou, Manolis Mitsias, Dimitris Mitropanos, Vasilis Papakonstantinou, Christos Thibaios and Giannis Koutras, among others.

Hits including ‘Roza’,  ‘Erotiko’, ‘O Amlet Tis Selinis’, ‘Mia Pista Apo Fosforo’, ‘I Agapi Einai Zali’, ‘Mpoum’, famous songs that have captivated listeners on the London Greek Radio air-waves for years.

His music has been particularly well received and recognised in Western Europe. During his career, he has managed to liberate the form of Greek song, adding together elements from the modernist and classical western tradition. He also experimented with the combination of tonal and atonal sounds and with morphological variation.

He has been involved in Greece’s political life since the 1960s. During the turbulent years of the military junta (1967–1974), he was persecuted by the regime for his anti-dictatorial activities and ideas.

After the elections of October 1993, he was appointed as Deputy Minister of Culture by the new Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) government, serving alongside the late Melina Merkouri who was Minister of Culture. He was appointed to Merkouri’s position when she died in 1994, a position he kept until 1996.

Mikroutsikos’ funeral will take place at 2:30 pm (local time) on Monday at Athens’ First Cemetery, in a civilian ceremony, per his wishes.


Article written by London Greek Radio

Top 30 London Greek Radio ‘UK Airplay Chart’, November 03 to 30, 2019

This month’s popular Greek song’s artists on LGR… 

These rankings are based on radio airplay detections as measured by ‘UK Airplay Chart’.

Tune in to LGR to hear the latest and greatest Greek hits and the best new music.

1 Josephine – Den Exo Sima
2 Christos Mastoras, Dimitris Basis – Ena Lepto
3 Antonis Remos – Edo Kai Tora
4 Christos Menidiatis – Paratise Ta Ola
5 Elena Tsagkrinou – Logia
6 Peggy Zina – Mesa Mou Kati Egine
7 Christina Salti, Ilias Vrettos – Taxidi Magiko
8 Natasa Theodoridou – Hartopolemos
9 Eirini Papadopoulou feat. Stamatis Houhoulis – Halali
10 Andromachi – Na ‘Soun Psema

11 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Kathimerina
12 Ivi Adamou feat. Konnie Metaxa – Pao
13 Dimitris Karadimos – Einaste Ena
14 Nikos Kourkoulis – Eline Kai Edene
15 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Val’To Terma
16 Petros Iakovidis – Fovamai
17 Stan – De Me Ksereis
18 Natasa Theodoridou – Den Me Afora
19 Giorgos Sabanis – Min Anisicheis
20 Pantelis Pantelidis – Kako Skili

21 Elli Kokkinou – Taxe Mou
22 Konstantinos Argyros – Ta Matia Sou Eroteftika
23 Stelios Rokkos – Makari
24 Eleni Foureira, Lil Barty – Allo Level
25 Panos Kiamos – Sto Ftero
26 Konstantinos Tsahouridis feat. Melina Aslanidou – Mesa Stin Agkalia Sou
27 Nikos Vertis – Allaxa
28 Panos Kalidis – Anathema
29 Christos Cholidis – Pali Sto Spiti Mou Haramata
30 Giorgos Livanis – Ela Apopse

Source: London Greek Radio, the UK Airplay Chart
November 3rd to 30th 2019 inclusive


Article written by London Greek Radio

Top 30 London Greek Radio ‘UK Airplay Chart’, October 04 to 31, 2019

This month’s most popular Greek song’s artists, ranked by radio airplay detections as measured by ‘UK Airplay Chart’.

Tune in to LGR to hear the latest Greek hits and the best new music, promos, exclusives

1 Christina Salti, Ilias Vrettos – Taxidi Magiko
2 Antonis Remos – Edo Kai Tora
3 Eirini Papadopoulou (feat. Stamatis Houhoulis) – Halali
4 Onirama – Pou Isoun Xtes
5 Nikos Kourkoulis – Eline Kai Edene
6 Christos Mastoras, Dimitris Basis – Ena Lepto
7 Natasa Theodoridou – Den Me Afora
8 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Val’To Terma
9 Petros Iakovidis – Fovamai
10 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Kathimerina

11 Stan – Ximeronei
12 Christos Cholidis – Pali Sto Spiti Mou Haramata
13 Nikos Vertis – Allaxa
14 Konstantinos Argyros – Ta Matia Sou Eroteftika
15 Stan – Kati Tetoies Nychtes
16 Thodoris Ferris – Ta Amartola Sou Matia 2019
17 Eleonora Zouganeli – To Kokkino Potami
18 Giota Negka – Dyo Nisia
19 Eleonora Zouganeli – Kapou S’ Exw Ksanadei
20 Konstantinos Galanos – Gia Mia Matia

21 Konstantinos Koufos – Metro Antistrofa
22 Helena Paparizou – Askopa Xenihtia
23 Stan – De Me Ksereis
24 Fani Drakopoulou – Petao Psila
25 Giorgos Mazonakis – Agapo Simeni
26 Stan – Kai Zilevo Pou S Ehei
27 Giota Negka – Oxygono
28 Knock Out, Zanis Blasin – Vrady Savvatou
29 Christos Menidiatis – Stin Avli Tis
30 Giorgos Mazonakis – Oinopneuma Ftino

Source: London Greek Radio, the UK Airplay Chart
October 4th to 31st 2019 inclusive


Article written by London Greek Radio

Greek composer and lyricist Giannis Spanos has died at the age of 85.

He was born in Kiato Korinthias in the Peloponnese, on 26th July 1934.

The famous song-writer was perceived as a pioneer in shaping the New Wave genre in the 60’s.

Spanos’s first release in 1964 ‘Mia agapi gia to kalokairi’, signalled his arrival on the Greek music scene, which he continued to embark on for several decades. He set to music poems by several Greek poets, and his work was sung by well-singers singers such as Arleta, Yiannis Parios, and Charis Alexiou.

His well-known hits including ‘Mia Kyriaki’ sung by Grigoris Bithikotis, ‘San me koitas’, ‘Odos Aristotelous’, ‘Spasmeno karavi’, ‘Mia fora thimamai’, ‘Markiza’, ‘Eipa na figo’, ‘Vroxi kai simera’, ‘Tha me thimitheis’, ‘Stin alana’.

He also worked with famous French musicians and artists, including Serge Gainsbourg and Béatrice Arnac at the early start of his music career.

He was still actively working until the very end of his life, writing and composing music for artists as well as soundtracks for films and TV series.


Article written by London Greek Radio

Top 30 London Greek Radio ‘UK Airplay Chart’, September 3rd-30th, 2019

The London Greek Radio monthly 28-day Chart ranked by radio airplay detection as measured by ‘Radio Monitor’.

Tune in to LGR to hear the latest Greek hits and the best new music, promos and exclusives.

Some of LGR’s biggest hits of 2019 so far…

1 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Val ‘To Terma
2 Christina Salti, Ilias Vrettos – Taxidi Magiko
3 Eirini Papadopoulou (feat. Stamatis Houhoulis) – Halali
4 Onirama – Pou Isoun Xtes
5 Nikos Kourkoulis – Eline Kai Edene
6 Petros Iakovidis – Fovamai
7 Christos Mastoras – Den Exw Idea
8 Antonis Remos – Edo Kai Tora
9 Ivi Adamou feat. Stavento – Diko Mou
10 Stan – De Me Ksereis

11 Thodoris Ferris – Ta Amartola Sou Matia 2019
12 Natasa Theodoridou – Mi Mou Peis Gia Panta
13 Natasa Theodoridou – Den Me Afora
14 Nikos Vertis – Allaxa
15 Helena Paparizou – Askopa Xenihtia
16 Thanos Petrelis – Pao Diakopes, Ta Leme
17 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – De S’Agapao
18 Giorgos Giannias – Etoimasou
19 Josephine – Ti
20 Helena Paparizou – Haide

21 Konstantinos Tsachouridis feat. Melina Aslanidou – Mesa Stin Agkalia Sou
22 Malu – Nixta Ginontai Ta Thavmata
23 Giorgos Mazonakis – Oinopneuma Ftino
24 Giota Negka – Dyo Nisia
25 Eleonora Zouganeli – Kapou S’ Exw ksanadei
26 Katy Garbi feat Alcatrach -Tha Melagholiso – Otherview Remix
27 Helena Paparizou – Kalokairi Kai Pathos
28 Fani Drakopoulou – Petao Psila
29 Nikiforos – Eho Ta Dika Mou
30 Giota Negka – Oxygono

Source: London Greek Radio, the UK Airplay Chart
September 3rd-30th, 2019


Article written by London Greek Radio

Singer Lavrentis Machairitsas has died at the age of 63.

It is believed that he died of heart failure whilst on holiday in the area of Ptelos, Magnisia.

He was rushed to Volos Hospital on the morning of Monday 9th September but was pronounced dead at 6.30am.

The singer-songwriter recently performed with Nikos Portokaloglou and the pair had been scheduled to appear together again on Tuesday at the Herod Atticus for a charity concert for children.

Having become involved in music at an early age, Lavrentis formed his first band, “PLJ” at the age of 20, which was re-named to Termites producing rock style songs in Greek.

In 1989, Machairitsas started his solo career as songwriter, composer and singer.

His hits included “Poso Se Thelo”, “Petheno Gia Sena” and “Enas Tourkos Sto Parisi.”

He has since collaborated with most of Greece’s top artists including Maria Farantouri, Giorgos Dalaras, Dionysis Savvopoulos, Dimitra Galani, Dimitris Mitropanis, Vassilis Papakonstantinou and Eleftheria Arvanitaki.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis described Machairitsas as “a great songwriter” and “a wonderful person” on Twitter, stating that “His music will be with us always.”


Article written by London Greek Radio

Top 30 London Greek Radio UK Airplay Chart, August 1st-29th, 2019

The London Greek Radio UK Airplay Chart is a monthly chart compiled by ‘Radio Monitor’ monitoring the ‘tunes’. The chart is a useful tool to review a lot of our music choices. 

There are of course many popular tracks and favourites of both listeners and radio presenters which are included here.

1 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Val ‘To Terma
2 Thanos Petrelis – Pao Diakopes, Ta Leme
3 Eirini Papadopoulou (feat. Stamatis Houhoulis) – Halali
4 Antonis Remos – Edo Kai Tora
5 Natasa Theodoridou – Mi Mou Peis Gia Panta
6 Onirama – Pou Isoun Xtes
7 Nikos Kourkoulis – Eline Kai Edene
8 Stan – De Me Ksereis
9 Christos Mastoras – Den Exw Idea
10 Petros Iakovidis – Fovamai

11 Claydee & Eleni Foureira – Loquita
12 Helena Paparizou – Kalokairi Kai Pathos
13 Elli Kokkinou – Takse Mou
14 Christos Menidiatis – Stin Avli Tis
15 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Dyo Zoes
16 Giota Negka – Dyo Nisia
17 Ivi Adamou feat. Stavento – Diko Mou
18 Melisses & Elena Paparizou – Ola Moiazoun Kalokairi
19 Dionysis Schinas – Edo Sti Douleia
20 Konstantinos Tsachouridis feat. Melina Aslanidou – Mesa Stin Agkalia Sou

21 Kostas Doxas – Diva
22 Super Sako feat. Panos Kiamos & Bo – Thelo Na Se Xanado
23 Eleni Foureira – El Ritmo Psicodélico
24 Vangelis Kakouriotis – Stenohoria Mou (feat. Phoebus)
25 Paris – Thalasses
26 Eleonora Zouganeli – Kapou S’ Exw ksanadei
27 Makis Dimakis – Den Pao Kala
28 Giorgos Mazonakis – Agapo Simainei
29 Giorgos Mazonakis – Oinopneuma Ftino
30 Konstantinos Argiros – Ta Matia Sou Eroteftika

Source: London Greek Radio, the UK Airplay Chart
August 1st-29th, 2019


Article written by London Greek Radio

Anyone following his career would know that London Cypriot-born singer Kyriacos Georgiou has been enjoying huge success in Greece and a few other countries.

With the release of his new single ‘Pou Na To Fantasto‘, London Greek Radio caught up with Kyriacos exclusively to talk about the song and his summer tour.

The track is “a summer vibe Greek-pop Laika single” according to Kyriacos with an upbeat, and catchy sound, about the blossoming of a summer romance. The opening verses start with the singer’s reflective thoughts about losing their “mojo”, that suddenly changes once he encounters this person, as love sprinkles a little magic.

The song has already gone straight into the London Greek Radio playlists.

Composed by Lefteris Kintatos, a songwriter in Greece at the top of his game; he has several hits under his belt for Konstantinos Argiros, with songs ‘Ti Na To Kano’, ‘Sti Diki Mou Agkalia’ and ‘Oso Niotho’.

Kyriacos said, “He is one of the biggest Greek hitmakers right now. I am absolutely thrilled that he composed a song for me.”

Last winter, Kyriacos supported and performed alongside Natasa Theodoridou, Petros Iakovides and Stan in Thessaloniki and in Athens.

Kyriacos announced his summer tour with Natasa Theodoridou and Stan which means he travels around Greece and Cyprus, including Ptolemaida, Serres, Hydra, Fanari, Sikouriou Larisa, Alexandroupolis, Zakynthos, Halkidiki, Rhodes, Antiparos, Monemvasia, Nafplio, Kavala, Petroupoli, and Patras.

He visits Limassol, Agia Napa, and the Cypriot capital Nicosia for the Beer Festival in September, in the Cyprus leg of his tour.

Kyriacos is currently engaged in career-boosting talks with bouzoukia bosses, to confirm exactly where his performances will be for Athens and Thessaloniki this winter.

Follow @KyriacosOfficial on social media for updates.

Tune in to LGR for all of the latest, and greatest summer sizzlers on 103.3 FM, DAB+ & via lgr.co.uk


Article written by Tony Neophytou

Singer Tamta, has officially recorded the Cypriot entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest at studios in Stockholm, Sweden.

She will sing ‘Replay‘, described as an up-tempo pop “banger”, at the 64th annual contest in Tel Aviv this May.

Georgian-Greek singer, Tamta Goduadze, 38, was announced as CyBC’s artist to represent Cyprus last December, officially instigating the Cypriot ‘well-drilled’, organised Eurovision machine quite early this year.

The song’s composer Alex Papaconstantinou AKA Alex P, was the man behind Eleni Foureira’s ‘Fuego’ – last year’s impressive runners-up position in the competition.

He has been assisted by Sweden-based songwriters Teddy Sky, Viktor Svensson, Kristoffer “Bonn” Fogelmark and Albin Nedler.

The songwriters have penned hits for some of the biggest-named artists in music such as One Direction, Mark Anthony, Demi Lovato, Avicii, MO, 5SOS, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Arash and more.

Tamta told Cypriot TV, (translated) “I’m going to (sic.Tel Aviv) without forecasting what position Cyprus will achieve. I hope that what we will present on stage will make you proud. I’d like to thank everybody for their support and hope that you stand by me on this wonderful Eurovision journey.”

Tamta revealed that she felt that the tune complimented her signature pop-style credentials and she was impressed with the creative team behind the track, which convinced her to fly the Cypriot flag in the competition.

She is soon to start filming the official music video to the Eurovision track this month.

The release date for the Cypriot tune is confirmed for March at the earliest, which enhances the fans’ excitement even more.

Cyprus competes in the Eurovision first Semi-Final on Tuesday 14th May at 8 pm GMT.

For all of your Eurovision news on Cyprus, make sure you regularly check back to lgr.co.uk and tune in to hear “Replay” on LGR in the coming weeks.

London Greek Radio wish Tamta and the Cypriot delegation the very best of luck in the competition.

Cyprus’ Eurovision Entry for 2019 Confirmed (click here for more Eurovision news) 

Replay’ team, from left to right, Alex Papaconstantinou, Viktor Svensson, Teddy Sky, Tamta, Kristoffer “Bonn” Fogelmark, Albin Nedler (picture)


Article written by Tony Neophytou