She landed her biggest commercial success with Fotia (1989), followed by the double Kravgi (2000), which became the best-selling album of the 2000s decade and eighth best-selling of all time in terms of units, while five others – Kitrino Galazio (1979), I Epomeni Kinisi (1985), Klima Tropiko (1996), Travma (1997), and Antidoto (1998) – have also achieved six figure sales.
She has a large number of successful singles most of which have become classics, including her signature song “Dodeka”, “Methismeni Politia”, “Pragmata”, “Agapi Ipervoliki”, “Pseftika”, “Ta Mathitika Hronia”, “Stin Pira”, “Gazi” and many many more. Through the years she kept a strong fan base, sold out tours and shows (as was her latest show in Rex in winter 2011–12).
Since the late 1990s, Vissi has also made attempts at establishing a career abroad, most of which fell through and have had some negative repercussions on her domestic career.
However, she struck some success with her 2005 single “Call Me”, which made her the first Greek or Cypriot artist to top the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart and has also represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1980 and 2006, and Cyprus in 1982.
While her performance for Cyprus remains the highest placement the country has ever received in the contest, her Greek performances were less successful.
Through a career that has spanned nearly four decades, Vissi has influenced several of the nation’s younger generation of female artists.
She has won six Arion Music Awards, 15 Pop Corn Music Awards, and nine MAD Video Music Awards. Vissi has received 32 Platinum and 11 Gold certifications from IFPI Greece and has become one of the country’s best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 9.5 million records worldwide and is also one of the country’s top earning artists.She has 114,000,000 total views in YouTube.
In 2010, Alpha TV ranked Vissi as the second top-certified female artist in Greece in the phonographic era (since 1960), behind Haris Alexiou, while Forbes listed her as the 15th most powerful and influential celebrity in Greece and fourth highest ranked singer.
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