Song of the year


May 22, 2022

"Song of the Year" - Soviet and Russian television song festival. From the first years of the festival's existence, it was given the importance of the main event of the year in the musical song genre (variety, then pop music, in some cases rock music), which it has retained to this day. During the year, every month at the festival, “selective releases” were held (in different years from 4 to 22, the last - in the summer of 2005), in December, television filming of the final concert (final) takes place, which goes on the air in the first days of January next year. The composition of the participants, including the final, is determined at the discretion of the organizers, who declare the main selection criterion to be the popularity of a particular song during the year. Most of the songs were sung to the phonogram. The traditional anthem of the festival is the song "The Song Stays with the Man", which is performed by all participants of the concert together.


The Song of the Year festival was invented in 1971 by Nina Grigoryants, editor-in-chief of the Main Editorial Board of Central Television Music Programs, Viktor Cherkasov, director of the main editorial office of Central Television Music Programs, and conductor of the Variety Symphony Orchestra of the Central Television and All-Union Radio (now the Yu. . Silantyev of the Russian State Musical Television and Radio Center) by Yuri Silantyev, as a kind of competition of songs: during the year, viewers sent postcards by mail, naming the three best songs, the songs indicated in the largest number of postcards reached the final. The performers of these songs became laureates of the festival. The history of festivals has undergone a kind of “liberalization”, coinciding with the history of the country. At the first festivals, songs were selected strictly according to ideological principles, were coordinated in artistic councils, met high moral and moral standards, the singers possessed high-level vocal abilities and performing skills. Many songs sounded without a phonogram, accompanied by an orchestra (1971-1976). During the Perestroika period, ideological prohibitions began to be lifted. After the collapse of the USSR in 1992, it was decided not to hold the festival at all and replace it in the broadcasting schedule with the program “Hit Couple