Polish pop music

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The Polish pop music scene is one of the largest music scenes in Europe . The cultural centers of the scene are Warsaw and Krakow . Even without a legally regulated quota for the domestic music scene, Polish pop music enjoys great popularity within Poland . The English language plays a rather small role in the songs of Polish music artists.


Internationally successful performers

Due to the close exchange between the Comecon countries, Polish performers and bands were also known in the GDR. 2 plus 1 , Czerwone Gitary (as "The Red Guitars") and Maryla Rodowicz had sustained success over a long period of time . Their popularity was primarily promoted by German-language recordings that they made especially for audiences in the GDR.

Volume 2 plus 1 was able to achieve a chart hit in Germany in 1979 with the title Easy Come, Easy Go . In the 1980s, the singer Basia Trzetrzelewska was particularly successful internationally. With the title Time And Tide it reached number 26 in the US.

In the recent past, the singer Margaret (Małgorzata Jamroży) in particular has achieved chart successes in German-speaking countries. In May 2014, the Polish singer Aneta Sablik won the talent show Deutschland sucht den Superstar . As a result, her single The One placed number 1 in the sales charts in Germany and Switzerland. She is the first Polish artist to do this.

Solo artist, female

Solo artist, male


Eurovision Song Contest

Placements of Poland

National preliminary decisions

Polish Music Festival in Opole

Every year in May the Song Festival takes place in Opole . It is one of the oldest song festivals in Europe and has existed since 1963. The most important parts of the festival include the "Debiuty" ( debuts ) and the "Premiery" ( premieres ), the latter enjoying great popularity. Every year eleven young, unknown singers compete against each other at the debut concert. In the "Premiery" competition, the most famous and successful singers in Poland compete against each other and present their latest songs for the first time. The highlights are the concerts specially dedicated to an artist and the Superjedynki, in which the best current songs are presented.

Sopot Festival

The Sopot Festival has been held almost annually in the Polish spa and health resort of Sopot since 1961 . The Intervision, an Eastern European counterpart to the Eurovision Song Contest and the International Song Festival in Sopot also took place at times during the festival .

The idea behind the festival was the director of the music section of Polish Radio, the composer and pianist Władysław Szpilman . The festival was designed with the character of an international song competition, in which the most famous artists of the current time from various countries were to perform, for the Grand Prix du Disque, the international title.

In 1977 the festival was redesigned as the Intervision Festival . An answer to the Eurovision Song Contest, in which Poland has not yet been able to participate. Artists such as Alla Pugatschowa and Frank Schöbel took part. The last Intervision took place in 1980, for the next 3 years there was no festival in Sopot due to the domestic political situation in Poland. In 1984 the Intervision was replaced by the old concept and in 1993 the Intervision / OIRT was transferred to the EBU . Since then, the countries participating in the Intervision song competition have taken part in the Eurovision Song Contest.

From 1994 the TVP took over the organization of the festival, which today has lost its competitive character and now included various concerts. In 2005 there were two independent festivals due to the rivalry between public television and private broadcaster TVN .


Fryderyk Prize

Idol / superstar

Monika Brodka

Season I.

Poland was the second country to radiate idol. The first female Idol winner also came from Poland. In addition to Alicja Janosz , the winner, singers such as Ewelina Flinta, Tomasz Makowiecki, Szymon Wydra and Ania Dąbrowska also became famous and successful.


Season 1 winner: Alicja Janosz , (Alex)

Born 1985, albums: Ala Janosz, singles: Moze sie wydawac, Zmien siebie, Zbudzilam sie, I'm still alive,

2nd season winner: Krzysztof Zalewski

Season 3 winner: Monika Brodka

World idol

Alicja Janosz alias Alex competed for Poland at the World Idol. She was the winner of the first Polish Idol season.

Alex finished seventh out of 11 places.

See also Germany is looking for the superstar



In contrast to Germany, there are no official single sales charts in Poland. Only the official album sales charts (OLIS) are determined, as well as the airplay charts since March 2010.

Music channels

A Polish version of MTV and a VIVA version are represented. There are also the channels VH1 , Eska TV and 4.fun.tv and tuba TV.

Record labels

The largest record companies represented in Poland are SONY BMG, Universal Music, Pomaton EMI and Magic Records.

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Chart statistics "Easy Come, Easy Go" on chartsurfer.de
  2. Chart statistics for Basia , on chartsurfer.de
  3. Chart statistics for Margaret , on chartsurfer.de