Top Pagan Songs

Created by tdwarms on 21 Jan 2018

An ongoing project, this is a collection of some of, what I consider to be, the best Pagan songs.

petit élève    Sun, 21/01/2018 - 10:37

Very nice! Are these genuine ancient songs, or would you consider including more modern takes on old myths, for instance Faun's interpretation of nordic sagas?

tdwarms    Sun, 21/01/2018 - 10:57

Thank you!

I understand that the lyrics to "The Witches' Reel" (the one in Scots) are taken from a witchcraft trial circa 1500s. The one in Irish is also quite old, I believe circa 1200s, although I need to double check (and add footnotes Wink smile ).

I would very much like to add more songs that are in other languages, and I hope to soon. I know of Faun and was hoping to add one or two of their songs. Also I believe there are some Scandanavian bands that would be great to include.

I'm absolutely open to suggestions. Regular smile

tdwarms    Sun, 21/01/2018 - 10:50

Faun is so good! I just wish I knew German so I could appreciate them in the original.

petit élève    Sun, 21/01/2018 - 11:02

Yep, I quite like these guys too. They are more respectful of the original work than many Scandinavian bands, or celtic revival bands from the 70's who would sometimes slap together bits of ancient poetry with no real consistence.
For all I know, Faun's songs retain a consistent meaning, even though they are limited to small extracts of usually quite long texts.
I'm afraid German will not be good enough to understand their lyrics. They draw from many ancient languages. For instance this song based on an ancient French poem. It's quite old (12th century if I remember correctly), a tale of courteous love using an old pagan legend as a metaphor.

tdwarms    Sun, 21/01/2018 - 11:09

It looks like Occitan. Teeth smile Exciting!

I know Wardruna is rather popular on the Scandanavian front, or at least among American Heathens, and that they sing in Old Norse. But I don't know if they write their own material or if it's from the Eddas.

Ideally, speakers more familiar with the languages could "vet" them for me and pick out the ones they like best. Regular smile Otherwise I'm afraid I'd just end up adding the ones that I thought sounded pretty. Wink smile

Sarasvati    Sun, 21/01/2018 - 11:13

je l'ai écouté il a peu, j'ai pas trop accroché, enfin ce que j'ai écouté...

petit élève    Sun, 21/01/2018 - 11:15

You might want to have a look at Dead Can Dance too. Some of their songs are direct renditions of old texts.

tdwarms    Sun, 21/01/2018 - 11:15

Oh I love Dead Can Dance! Good suggestion! I'll poke around.

Sarasvati    Sun, 21/01/2018 - 11:17

Oh je les avais oubliés eux ,ouai je valide

petit élève    Sun, 21/01/2018 - 11:22

There is also Le poème harmonique. I can't think of a truly pagan song , but they offer beautiful interpretations of old French tales and folksongs.

tdwarms    Sun, 21/01/2018 - 11:25

I'll check them out. I love hearing folk tales and songs.

tdwarms    Sun, 21/01/2018 - 11:25

Big yes to Omnia. Teeth smile

petit élève    Sun, 21/01/2018 - 11:39

sure, these guys are as talented as they are likeable. Definetly a yes.

Higgs Boson    Mon, 22/01/2018 - 17:19

Truly excellent, all these songs are absolutely fantastic. I have been a fan of Wardruna for many years and, yes, they sing in Old Norse, sometimes their lyrics are fragments from the sagas, other times Einar Selvik writes his own. He has one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard, truly a gift from Baldr Himself.

Faun are pretty good too. I have only recently started listening to them. I know many other similar artists, but it depends on what you're looking for. For Germanic music, Heilung is one I'd recommend, Danish music is Danheim, as for Ancient Greek inspired music, the best one out there is Daemonia Nymphe that I can think of.

Sarasvati    Sun, 21/01/2018 - 10:52

KLou,petit élève peuvent t'aider pour l'allemand...
Pas de problèmes que des solutions

tdwarms    Sun, 21/01/2018 - 10:54

Oui et Lobolyrix aussi. Regular smile

petit élève    Sun, 21/01/2018 - 12:21

Russian so-called "folk metal" is quite lively too.
I've dabbled in Alkonost and Melnitsa, but there are at least half a dozen more bands along the same line.
No ancient texts there, for all I know, but modern tales drawing on Slavic folklore.
Nadia (Sandring) has translated a lot of Melnitsa songs, in a very lively English and with quite comprehensive footnotes.

tdwarms    Sun, 21/01/2018 - 12:26

Yes, I think I remember really liking one of Nadia's translations of Melnitsa, but I've forgotten which one it was. I'll have to hunt it down.

Thanks for the suggestions! The more the merrier!

petit élève    Sun, 21/01/2018 - 12:45

Well this is drawing us a bit far from pagan songs, but if you liked Melnitsa you definetly should have a look at Ivan Kupala. Basically these guys are making dance music out of traditional peasant songs. I find the mix irresistible Regular smile

tdwarms    Sun, 21/01/2018 - 12:46

That's a clever mix! Fun!

petit élève    Sun, 21/01/2018 - 14:59

"Brows" was a huge hit back in 1999. I suspect it's still rather popular nowadays.

feedmetranslations    Fri, 26/01/2018 - 02:17

Pagan poetry By Bjork is amazing
it should of been on the list

tdwarms    Fri, 26/01/2018 - 02:31

You're more than welcome to include it on your own collection. The reason I didn't include it is because the only really pagan thing I notice about it is the two words "pagan poetry."

All of the other songs I've included either directly refer to pagan deities, pagan holidays, the practice of magic in a pagan context, or are by openly Pagan artists who have publicly discussed the influence of Pagan themes in their music.

Josemar    Fri, 26/01/2018 - 02:33

Pagan Poetry has nothing to do with paganism Confused smile

feedmetranslations    Fri, 26/01/2018 - 02:34

Oh i see lol! I understand. It's just that i saw the words "Pagan" and i thought it was all related to things with songs haha. sorry

tdwarms    Fri, 26/01/2018 - 02:34

No worries. It was a good opportunity for me to clarify. Regular smile