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Chrismansyah Rahadi ([xrisˈmanʃah raˈhadi]; 16 September 1949 – 30 March 2007), born Christian Rahadi but better known by his stage name of Chrisye ([xəˈriʃə]), was an Indonesian progressive pop singer and songwriter. In his 40-year career he won many awards and accolades; in 2011 Rolling Stone Indonesia declared him the third-greatest Indonesian musician of all time.

Born in Jakarta of mixed Chinese-Indonesian descent, Chrisye became interested in music at an early age. At high school he played bass guitar in a band he formed with his brother, Joris. In the late 1960s he joined Sabda Nada (later Gipsy), a band led by his neighbours, the Nasutions. In 1973, after a short hiatus, he rejoined the band to play in New York for a year. He briefly returned to Indonesia and then went back to New York with another band, the Pro's. After once again returning to Indonesia, he collaborated with Gipsy and Guruh Sukarnoputra to record the 1976 indie album Guruh Gipsy.

Following the success of Guruh Gipsy, in 1977 Chrisye recorded two of his most critically acclaimed works: "Lilin-Lilin Kecil" by James F. Sundah, which eventually became his signature song, and the soundtrack album Badai Pasti Berlalu. Their success landed him a recording contract with Musica Studios, with whom he released his first solo album, Sabda Alam, in 1978. Over his almost 25-year career with Musica he recorded a further eighteen albums, and in 1980 acted in a film, Seindah Rembulan. Chrisye died in his Jakarta home on 30 March 2007 after a long battle with lung cancer.

Known for his stiff stage persona and smooth vocals, Chrisye was critically acclaimed in Indonesia. Five albums to which he contributed were included in Rolling Stone Indonesia's list of the 150 Best Indonesian Albums of All Time; another four of his songs (and a fifth to which he contributed) were classified as some of the best Indonesian songs of all time in a later issue of the same magazine. Several of his albums received certification of silver or gold. He received two lifetime achievement awards, one in 1993 from the BASF Awards and another posthumously in 2007 from Indonesian television station SCTV.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Badai Pasti Berlalu Chrisye 1
1978 Sabda Alam Chrisye 1
1980 Puspa Indah Chrisye 1
1981 Pantulan Cita Chrisye 1
1983 Resesi Chrisye 1
1984 Nona Chrisye 1
1984 Sendiri Chrisye 1
1985 Hip Hip Hura Chrisye 1
1986 Nona Lisa Chrisye 1
1988 Jumpa Pertama Chrisye 1
1989 Pergilah Kasih Chrisye 1
1993 Sendiri Lagi Chrisye 1
1997 Kala Cinta Menggoda Chrisye 1
2000 Best Cinta Chrisye 1
2002 Dekade Chrisye 1
2004 Senyawa Chrisye 2
2004 Aku Cinta Dia Chrisye 1
2004 Metropolitan Chrisye 1
2004 Nona Lisa Chrisye 1
Chrisye Chrisye 1
Luigi dan Chrisye Aku Cinta Dia Chrisye & Luigi 1
Percik Pesona Chrisye 0

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Greatest Hits Chrisye 1
1996 Akusti Chrisye Chrisye 2
1999 The Best of Chrisye, Volume 2 Chrisye 1
2001 Konser Tur 2001 - Legendary Chrisye Chrisye 1
2005 Chrisye By Request Chrisye 1
Kesan Di Matamu Chrisye 0
The Best of Chrisye 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Badai Pasti Berlalu Chrisye 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2016 Lilin Lilin Kecil (Remastered) Chrisye 1
Hening Chrisye, Rafika Duri & Trio Libel's 1
Kidung Chrisye, Rafika Duri & Trio Libel's 1

Single + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Pop Religius Damai BersamaMu Chrisye 1
Kemesraan Iwan Fals, Betharia Sonata, Rafika Duri, Chrisye, Itang Yunasz, Etrie Jayanthie, Jamal Mirdad & Nani Sugianto 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Konser Tur 2001 (Indonesian) Chrisye 1

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