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Even in ancient Persian music was extremely popular. At the court of the Sassanian kings had singers and musicians held a high rank. With the advance of Islam, however, was a mixed attitudes towards music and dance. This meant that they only played music in a private setting.

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Traditional Persian Music

Traditional Persian Music uses a variety of instruments. It was during Alexander the Great that music played a very important cultural role. During the reign of the kings of the Sassanid and Safavid Empire, music had a great significance in the affairs of religion.

Persian Music and classical Persian music used the �tombak� which is a type of drum, the flute or �ney�, the �daf� or bigger drum. A variety of long neck lutes, the �setar�, the dulcimer or �santur�, and primary string instruments called the �tar� and the �ghanun� are still popular favorites. Harps, violins and pianos later on became part of the traditional Persian Music and many musical instruments such as the �zither� and a fiddle known as the �ghaychak� were traditional Folk Musical instruments.

Modern Persian Music

Many of the American rock bands such as �The Doors�, �Pink Floyd�, �Metallica�, �AC/DC� and others influenced the traditional and classical Persian Music in the 1970�s and then again after being dormant in the 1980�s. Rock music was back again in the 1990�s, although not openly. Many bands have moved out of the country, but such Persian metal bands as the �Angband� are well known internationally. Hip hop and rap, as well as electronic music became very popular in Iran in the 1990�s, especially to those who were born after the 1979 revolution.

Listen to Persian Music Online

On you will find your favorite Iranian bands whether they are from the past or present. Listen-to many of our internet radio stations online. Pick your favorite genre and place your headphones or ear buds on your head and start cruising online to locate your favorite Persian artist or group via the internet.