The Russian pop duo t.A.T.u., comprised of Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova, was a musical sensation of the early 2000s, especially in Europe. While they became famous for their catchy tunes and provocative videos, their reputation also included a measure of controversy. The group’s lesbian image was an intentional part of their branding, causing quite a stir, particularly in their home country of Russia. Despite this, they garnered a large fan following and saw considerable success, including a notable appearance in the Eurovision Song Contest of 2003. Here is a look at some of their most iconic songs:
8. How Soon is Now
A cover of The Smiths’ classic, t.A.T.u. brings their own unique style to this melancholic song, blending elements of pop and electronic music.
This energetic track highlights the duo’s characteristic blend of electronic beats and compelling vocals, making it a memorable part of their discography.
6. Ya Soshla S Uma
Translating to “I’ve Lost My Mind,” this was one of the group’s first hits and gained attention for its provocative video as well as its catchy melody.
5. White Robe
Taking a somewhat darker tone, “White Robe” is an evocative track that showcases t.A.T.u.’s range as musicians.
In “Gomenasai” (which translates to “I’m sorry” in Japanese), the duo takes on a more somber, reflective tone, demonstrating their ability to switch between different musical moods.
3. Not Gonna Get Us
One of t.A.T.u.’s more iconic songs, “Not Gonna Get Us” features energetic beats and defiant lyrics that made it a youth anthem of sorts.
2. All About Us
Another chart-topping song, “All About Us” delves into the complexities of relationships and was lauded for its candid portrayal of love and intimacy.
1. All the Things She Said
Easily their most famous song, “All the Things She Said” was a global hit. Its controversial music video and emotionally charged lyrics made it an anthem for sexual minorities, even as it sparked debates about its portrayal of lesbian relationships.
The legacy of t.A.T.u. is undeniably complex. They navigated the delicate balance of provocative imagery and impactful music, leaving an indelible mark on pop culture, especially in the LGBTQ+ community, despite the controversy that often surrounded them