Anyone know any German bands?

I already listened to most of the Disney dubs and I'd like to try some official music. My favorite English music is 60s and 70s classic and folk rock, so something along the lines of hard and soft rock would be nice. Soft relaxing songs are also good. Thanks!

April 5, 2016


Hard rock?

Listen to Rammstein. All of the Rammstein you can. They have everything from ballads to headbangers.

Start with Ohne Dich, Keine Lust, Der Meister and Engel to hear a range of what they offer. :)

April 6, 2016

Sonne is my favorite from the as well as Mein Land. Mr_Eyl, do you know any other bands that are relative to Rammstein?

April 6, 2016

Die Toten Hosen - this is my favourite song!

I also love Unheilig, rocky but some nice slow ballads too. Here is my favourite Unheilig song. Youtube search for more songs there are a lot of good ones from them! :)

Another couple of my favourites by Unheilig -

Also I recommend having a google for the lyrics and learning the lyrics of songs you like in German as it is a great way to boost your language :)!

April 6, 2016

Surprised it hasn't been suggested yet, Wir sind Helden.

April 6, 2016

You may try Udo Lindenberg and Philipp Dittberner

April 6, 2016

Knorkator. Hard but intricate music and amazingly clever lyrics.

April 6, 2016

I've never explicitly listened to them, but when I was at a concert a few years ago (at a festival), I suddenly noticed that I knew all the lyrics by heart. How did that happen? :D

April 6, 2016

Wow, so many comments already and noone recommended Die Ärzte yet? I'm doing it now... Try "Unrockbar", "Drei-Tage-Bart", "Männer sind Schweine"... okay, listing all their good songs would take a while.

If you like A cappella, have a look at "Maybebop", for example their song "Kuscheln, .... und Händchenhalten", or the medieval-sounding bass solo "Festung". Or their beautiful version of the most famous German poem, "Erlkönig".

April 6, 2016

Rammstein is definitely THE german band #1. Love them, and learned quite a few words from their lyrics (although they are not exactly the easiest out there). I would recommend a specific song by Tic Tac Toe - Warum. Besides being considered one of the best and strongest German songs by some people, it also gives a good pronunciation practice: listen to it until you're comfortable enough to pronounce the words along with the singers (this is not easy - sort of rap).

April 6, 2016

They are definetely not ;) I'd probably give that honour to "Die Ärzte"

April 7, 2016

Peter Fox! Great music. I recommend "Schwarz zu Blau" and "Alles Neu"

April 7, 2016

I recommend Silbermond, Karpatenhund, and Jennifer Rostock.

April 8, 2016

Iam not exactly from this time... but you shuld try "tote hosen" "fanta 4" and "kraftclub" fact the lastone is more rap but the have awsome lyrics .. :D Hope i could help you!

April 6, 2016

I know of Oomph! and In Extremo. I'm personally not a fan of In Extremo but I do like a lot of songs from Oomph! ^^

April 6, 2016

I'm a little bit shocked that Rammstein is always recommended. I would recommend Tocotronic and AnneMayKantereit for learning. Absolute Beginner might also be good.

April 6, 2016

Jan Böhmermann just proved that he's the better Til Lindemann anyway :D

AnnenMayKantereit are great. Even though I'm not a rap fan, I like the song "Hurra, die Welt geht unter" by K.I.Z feat. Henning May (the singer of AnnenMayKantereit)

April 6, 2016

how bout EDM? haha

April 6, 2016

I support listening to Rammstein, but if you want to try something else you can also listen to Cro, Andreas Bourani, Namika or Mark Forster.

April 6, 2016

Faun, Lacrimosa, Letzte Instanz, Oomph!, Subway To Sally, Megaherz, Staubkind.

April 6, 2016

There's a really cool genre called "Mittelalter Rock" which is basically a mix of medieval folk music and hard rock. Most of the bands sing in german (but quite a few have latin names) and some good ones are In Extremo, Saltatio Mortis, Schandmaul, and Corvus Corax

April 6, 2016

I came here just to upvote everyone who recommended Rammstein. ^_^ They have a hard edge, and the lyrics are sometimes obscene, but they have a great sense of humor, and they make really amazing music videos.

Watch the video for "Ich Will"--every moment is a small masterpiece.

April 6, 2016

I like more obscure and older stuff, and was happy when I found two CD:s here in Austria that are called "Schnitzelbeat". They are compilations of early Austrian rock, like the late 50´s and during the 60´s. I am not sure I would call it "good", more "interesting". :D

Besides, I find the name hilarious. :D I like Rammstein too, and some other bands (July zB), but "Schnitzelbeat" is just overkill!

April 7, 2016

Krautrock was the name of a genre of german music in the 60s and 70s. Famous bands were: Can, Kraan, Grobschnitt, Guru Guru, Birth Control, Eloy, and more. Most of them you can listen to by spotify or youtube.

April 7, 2016

there's Oomph, Seeed, Bluntengel, Eisbrecher, and many others (try youtube)

April 8, 2016

Mark Forster (pop)

Culcha Candela (hip-hop, reggae)

Alle Farben (techno, trance)

Max Giesinger (pop, pop rock)

Cro (hip-hop, rap, pop)

Rammstein (metal, hard rock)

Namika (hip-hop, rap)

Peter Schilling (new wave)

Revolverheld (alt rock, pop rock)

Tokio Hotel (pop rock)

AnnenMayKantereit (rock)

Die Toten Hosen (rock)

Tim Bendzko (pop)

Glasperlenspiel (electro pop)

Andreas Bourani (pop)

Ich + Ich (pop)

Bosse (rock)

Adel Tawil (R, pop, hip-hop)

August 24, 2017

scorpion is one

April 5, 2016

Samuel Harfst is one of my favorites. they do soft rock.

April 6, 2016

What's the mideval sounding folk music called? I'm not a fan of the traditional folk music with the accordions, but I like the sound of the mideval kind.

April 6, 2016

Schandmaul is another one. They have also some slow balads...

April 6, 2016

In extremo? Santiano is also nice

April 6, 2016

Since you liked English folk rock of 60-70s,I second the suggestion of Schandmaul . They remind me a bit of a German SteeleyeSpan with bagpipe and chanters added<G>

April 6, 2016

Oomph!, Rammstein, Eisbrecher, Killerpilze (they are kinda punk), and Schandmaul (they're medieval folk rock). I really think you would LOVE J.B.O. since they do German parodies of English (older) rock songs. They have one for "Enter Sandman" called "Schlaf Kindlein Schlaf" and one for "School's Out" called "Schule Aus." They are not the best for learning proper grammar, but they're still great :D

April 6, 2016

If you are using Spotify, here is a list for you:

For many great German bands, check out the Spotify Deutschland's profile.

April 6, 2016

Drafi deutscher and Die Prinzen!

April 6, 2016

Ja die Prinzen gefallen mir! "Mein bester Freund" Auch Nina mit "Neunundneunzig Luftballones" Falco mit "Der Kommissar" Kraftwerk mit "das Modell"

April 7, 2016

haha ich spreche klein Deutsch xD

April 7, 2016

Downfall of Gaia - more metal than what you suggested but great

April 7, 2016

Eisblume makes gorgeous music. Ria has a lovely voice that's clear and easy for me to learn German from.

April 7, 2016

I have the feeling that most of the stuff that non-Germans recommend here is decades old. Falco - the guy died it 1998. Nena, Kraftwerk, Die Prinzen, is it still the 80s? Even Rammstein's last Album is already 7 years old. No wonder Americans seem to think that we're still all David Hasselhoff-Fans in Germany :D

Edit: If you like comedy wrapped in song, I can recommend Bodo Wartke (witty songs accompanied with piano), or (all of the following use strong language!) Funny van Dannen, Götz Widman and Eure Mütter (kind of the male, German version of Fascinating Aida...).

April 7, 2016

Die Prinzen are 90s, they got big after the reunification :'D It's probably pretty timeless music and these groups got known outside of Germany Nena was #1 in the US, Falco too, Kraftwerk is a classic as well. It's probably the same for us too? For example everyone in my generation knows Basshunter's "Boten Anna" too, even though it's probably not the best Swedish song out there. It's probably the song I'd recon if someone asked me about Swedish songs.

They're also all a bit more unique than the German singers that you have nowadays. I mean I'm German and there is a lot of German music out there atm, but it all sounds really similar some singer songwriter hipsters, they're pretty interchangeable (at least to me).

Personally, I also think that Falco is also great for parties, he's often played in our dorm bar with mostly 20-25 year old visitors. Usually not "Kommissar" but "Egoist", "Mutter der Mann mit dem Koks ist da" or "Amadeus", it was ahead of its time and doesn't sound like the 80s, could be from today as well.

April 7, 2016

Yeah, but the embarassement that Basshunter is for Swedes is certainly Tokio Hotel for Germans, so that place is filled already ;) But I don't really think younger people still know Basshunter, whereas there seem to be people still learning about the existence of Kraftwerk...

But do you really think Falco would be as popular today? With songs like "Jeanny" and all? I think maybe it would be popular among Goths or other subcultures with dark music, but I doubt it would get any mainstream recognicion or get played on any big radio station if it came out today. Nowadays there's stuff like Sunrise Avenue on the radio (embarassing for every self-respecting Finn by the way), because their lyrics are like reading a horoscope: So shallow and generic that everyone thinks they're written especially for them.

Still, there are so many songs that are more recent than the annoying "99 Luftballons" that I'd recognize as classics. Noone even mentioned Sportfreunde Stiller yet, or Clueso, or songs like "Sie ist weg" or "Die da" by Die Fantastischen Vier or "Lass die Finger von..." or "Jein" by Fettes Brot. I don't think these are too interchangeable.

On that note... I wonder if Tim Bendzko finished checking his e-mails yet... ;)

April 8, 2016

Haha, yes, I'm way happier if people recommend Rammstein or Kraftwerk, for whatever reason, than Tokio Hotel :'D

I don't know if Falco would be as popular today, he probably wouldn't be, because like you said, it isn't enough mainstream. But I'm happy if he's played on our radio as it's a bit different. Just generally, I don't think that people who listen to for example "Egoist" the first time, would say it's a song that was written and published almost 20 years ago.

Imo there's not enough rock on our radio, it's sad when Sunrise Avenue is the rockiest rock music you get, at least they're playing instruments :/ Their marketing team seems to be quite good, as their singer was judge on the German version of "The voice". He was sympathic and they suddenly sold out shows in 15k arenas. In the end, they somehow created the"Sunrise Avenue" sound, like when I'm cooking and listening to the radio, I know directly it's them. It's nice radio music with not really deep messages lol

The German music atm is also nice, but it's often quite similar. It's some pretty neat singer songwriter guy singing to some piano and guitar. They maybe look different, but their music and the lyrics are very often pretty similar. That's a comedian who makes a parody of them :D

Like you said there are many more agreat artists :D Maybe it's sometimes "too"much" for non-natives as many artists are playing with the language? The ones that get recommended seem to have a very clear pronunciation, are repeating and simple. Rammstein is definitely easier to understand than some song from Seeed, or lyrical Clueso.

April 8, 2016

"it's sad when Sunrise Avenue is the rockiest rock music you get, at least they're playing instruments :/"

:D I completely agree.

"The ones that get recommended seem to have a very clear pronunciation, are repeating and simple."

Yes, that might be a good point. But when I hear Til Lindemann slur "Benziiiiiiiiiin, Benziiiiiiiin, Benziiiin", that reminds me more of the intro of The Offspring's Self Esteem, only non ironical >.<

April 10, 2016

My favorite is Thees Uhlmann.

April 7, 2016

Here is an older band- Slapp Happy from the early 70s. And whatever happened to Nina Hagen?

April 8, 2016

I can tell you what happened: She's over 60 and published her last album more than a decade ago ;)

April 10, 2016

Spotify Playlist:






Culcha Candela

Die Fantastischen Vier

Die Prinzen




Gestort aber GeiL


Ich + Ich

Ich Kann Fliegen

Jennifer Rostock

Johannes Oerding



Karpe Diem


Leyk Lockvogel

Liam x



Max Giesinger

MC Fitti





Philipp Dittberner

Philipp Poisel






Sohne Mannheims

Sportfreunde Stiller



Thees Uhlmann

Tim Bendzko

Tokio Hotel

Tom Beck


Wir Sind Helden

Wise Guys

February 8, 2017

For soft and relaxing I recently found Wiener Blond. I like them a lot. Somewhat ironical and sometimes with a punch.

January 9, 2018
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