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Hello, folks!

Well, I know that there are many ways of learning a language, and I personally like listening to music while reading the lyrics and trying to grasp its meaning. Now, although we can always look for something with google, its efficiency is sort of limited. Hence, I'd like to ask for some help.

If you know some good song/artist of German musics, could you leave here their name and genre (and possibly a youtube link?) so we can all share some good music and culture? For exemple:

Klaus Hoffmann - Berlin (genre: popular music) Schubert - Erlkönig (classical, may be hard to find a real german pronunciation)

Well, I cannot offer much, unfortunately, but those willing to help are really welcome! Now, I just hope nothing like a German version of Justin Bieber comes out, but if it does, please let us know on the post ; )


February 25, 2014



I love to listen to Annett Louisan! Here are some of my favorite songs by her:

And here is some other German music:


Rammstein (metal) was where I first started learning German :)


If you like rammstein or want something... a little bit lighter in my opinion "Oomph" is fantastic :D


Yeah, like counting in "Sonne" =)


Ja!!! Rammstein ist wunderbar!!! I listen to them everyday and I also like the band Tokio Hotel. They are good as well, but Rammstein is my favourite. c:


I do love Einstürzende Neubauten an industrial band formed in 1980. Some songs I enjoy:

Was ist ist : http://youtu.be/rH0tbfKKbYc Alles: http://youtu.be/zHQMklkB7q0 Die Interimsliebenden: http://youtu.be/5FwcM_09POc Stella Maris: http://youtu.be/dYmRnl_J9GI

(but all their works are awesome)

Blixa Bargeld (leader of Einstürzende Neubauten) has got many great solo works and some collaborative songs. He's got songs in german, english and even in italian.

One of the best songs i've heard is: Küss mich wach: http://youtu.be/gRoE6X4vA6I

hope you enjoy :)


Also great lyrics and good for learning :D


Great choice. New album, Alles in Allem, just came out in the last couple of months. I've been a EN fan for 30 years. New album dropped a couple months after I start German. I couldn't have asked for better timing. I could listen to the title track alone on repeat for hours. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Nz9t_4XLcc


Eisbrecher (Tanz-Metall), Oomph! (NDH), Tokio Hotel (Pop), Die Krupps (NDH), LaFee (Pop), Bushido (Rap), DIE! (metal), Nachtmahr (Industrial), Unheilig (Tanz-Metall).

http://lyricstranslate.com/ Great site for lyrics with translations.



Ich liebe deutsche Musik :) Hier sind ein paar meiner Lieblingskünstler:

Cro (Rap) - Ich habe jedes seiner Lieder und sie sind alle toll. Hier sind ein paar seiner besten:

Bakkushan (Rock/pop) - Sie sind ziemlich unbekannt aber ich finde sie wirklich gut:

Silbermond (Pop)

Wir sind Helden (pop/rock) - Die erste (moderne) deutsche Musik die ich gehört habe:

Culcha Candela - Etwas ein bisschen anders

Fettes Brot - Emanuela (geiles Lied :p) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TtODgz8zx0

Max Herre (+Cro) - Fühlt sich wie fliegen an: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvZilCnNs_o

Annet Louisan - Sie ist eine gute Sängerin und mein Lieblingslied von ihr heißt "Die Formel" aber ich kann es nicht auf youtube finden.

Weekend - etwas ganz neues, Schatz, du Arschloch! (witziges Lied wenn du den Text verstehst): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQxmE2QuWYM

Ich hoffe dass einige dieser Lieder und Künstler euch gefallen :)

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Speaking of Cro:
Mashup-Germany feat. Lazy & HustleArt - No Bad Chick : https://soundcloud.com/mashupgermany/mashup-germany-feat-lazy-hustleart-no-bad-chick


I like to torment my German friend with the fact that I like Tokio Hotel, a German..rock band (though I'd probably say they're more rock-pop..), Some songs are Durch Den Monson (Look Ma! Dative case!), Spring Nicht, Schrei and Über Ender der Weld, Hurricanes and Suns, and Automatisch.

He, my friend, in turn introduced me to the Donots, a German rock band who are good. I only have an English album of theirs so far but I like the sound.

If you do look up Tokio Hotel - do be prepared for a lot of emo, goth-ish angst and eyeliner. Also.. Teenagers.


Well I don't know too much of the German music scene but I have stumbled upon some German music that I can share.

Band/Artist -- Song

Revolverheld -- Halt dich an mir fest [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtPLLqNkl1U ] This band is kind of Rock but this particular song softer than most their songs I think. This song is pretty easy on the ears. Very clear voices too.

We Butter The Bread With Butter -- Der kleine Vampir [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot6By1qWnAA ] WBTBWB is a Hardcore Screamo type band but this song is pretty catchy and not all of it is screamo. Keep an open mind and you may find yourself enjoying it!

EMMA6 -- Wie es nie war [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0T0yYYx7MU ] Pretty good music. I was surprised how much I liked them. Most of their music I think would fall under Alternative or something close to Pop.

Tim Bendzko -- Nur noch kurz die Welt retten [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-xf_H2xiAg ] This song is really laid back and super catchy. I don't know what to call it really. Yet, whatever it is, it is decent and I like it.

I found most of these artists with Last.fm. Maybe try heading over there and trying out their free on-website stream.


Actually I posted basically the same thing a month or two ago and people was really helpfull.

Here is the link to that post https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1448427

Also, I found a band by myself that turned up to be very cool... Try Tocotronic. They play 90's rock.

To my taste their best songs are:

  • Aber hier leben, nein danke

  • Hi Freaks

  • Gegen den Strich

  • Pure Vernunft darf niemals siegen



Can, experimental rock. Not just German lyrics, but, they were great. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49PvnYCKZkMlist=PL609BB4895520A554

Kraftwerk, originators of techno/techno-pop. Again not only in German, but fantastisch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXa9tXcMhXQ



You can find all kinds of German music on the YouTube -- more than you'll ever be able to watch -- by typing what you want into their search engine. For example, German classical vocalists or German popular songs. Typing in German Disney songs will bring you some really cute ones from their movies. You can also type in German singers like Roger Whittaker, Conny Froboess, The Wise Guys, etc. When you type in a name you will get lots more names to choose from, too. There is also My Fair Lady in German, as well as Godspell. Who knows how many others?

One of my personal favorites on YouTube is Chocolate Chip Cookies by the Wise Guys. It's a musical recipe! There is an English version as well, and if I remember right, the text for the German lyrics can be found on the internet.

Another resource might be your local library. Do they subscribe to Freegal Music? Freegal means free and legal, and lets you choose from thousands of songs to download to your computer or tablet, including many many German songs. If your library uses Freegal, all you need is your library card. Ask them about it.

Hope that helps!


Here are some songs I like...

Brazilian Girls - Die Gedanken Sind Frei: http://youtu.be/Yt_PmXhEZJY History and lyrics of the song: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Gedanken_sind_frei

Xavier Naidoo - Seine Straßen: http://youtu.be/5b_IeAyhAqE

Joy Denalane - Geh jetzt: http://youtu.be/hb4KKuEoFDc


Mahler "Das Lied von der Erde"


Great idea to ask for music Meligordman!!....anyway....im not able to speak german yet....but i listen this girl by You Tube...Jennifer Rostock, its kind of rock....fun! :) I will listen all recommendations! Thanks guys!


And One - Speicherbar

Blutengel - Reich mir die Hand , Kinder Dieser Stadt

Christina Sturmer - Millionen Lichter

Urbanize - Rad Der Zeit

Wolfgang Petry - Wahnsinn

Die Prinzen - Deutschland

Die Atzen - Party Ich will abgehen

E Nomine - Mitternacht


If you like The Beatles, they did two German songs. Komm gib mir deine Hand & Sie liebt dich


Oh yeah, I love those. They did Geh' Raus as well, but that was never used.


I know the trouble one German song that I do know from the eighties is 99 lüftballons. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lur-SGl3uw8) I'm not sure what the genre is but it's catchy and peppy. While we're on the subject, has anyone heard any good French music as well?


You are already listening to Schubert, but I still want to recommend all Schubert lieder. Lieder are great to learn from because they're only voice and piano, not a whole orchestra that may be distracting, and the words are typically pronounced clearly. And Schubert totally rocked the German Lied!


And Fischer-Dieskau totally rocked Schubert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwZFrb-mt8I


Oh dear, wrong link, but that one is good as well! Fischer-Dieskau rocked Schumann, too! :-D I meant this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8UDOmUcxCk


Is there good websites where we can find the lyrics and/or chords?


Xavier Naidoo : Alles kann besser werden :)


For me, the band would have to be Brigade Rosse who are a great minimal or industrial electronica duo. If you are interested try this track from their latest album:



BACH (!), Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, and when you finish with those (or perhaps before since you may never feel you have finished with those) do not neglect Othmar Schoeck, who is a vastly underrated composer of German art song.


Could be not your type of music, but it's good to learn new words in german... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rQDQ8TmMQA


There has been a similar post some time ago.


I thought, the most useful link was one from nathan2010. It has whole playlists for different styles, so if you like something, you can easily find more of the same genre.



Die Ärzte - Lied vom Scheitern (punk) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvEcZYUv7Ik

Sportfreunde Stiller - New York, Rio, Rosenheim (rock) - I like them for their clear pronunciation and easy to follow songs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGS3CgtFDGE

Wir sind Helden - Nur ein Wort (pop) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuxaM-vNU-M

AlexiBexi - Thrift Shop auf Deutsch (humourous remakes of popular songs) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d06SrYEJTAc

Oomph! - Such Mich Find Mich (Neue Deutsche Härte) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B63Wk86Nfg

Eisbrecher - Eiszeit (Neue Deutsche Härte) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfy3Y-u7lew

Casper - So Perfekt (Rap) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QhoE98BXng

Juli - Perfekte Welle (Pop) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5vJXxvJ3F8


Don't think anybody posted it here before:

Für Dich: David von Bowie mit Helden http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXV3rlr9G04&feature=kp


If you enjoy Metal/industrial, I'd recommend bands like Oomph!, Stahlhammer, Herzer, Megaherz etc. And if you enjoy Dark Electro, bands like Blutengel and Valium Era are good. Most industrial metal and Dark electro I've come across are German, as they make the best :D


Cowboy und Indianer von Olaf Henning


Great, been listening to Wir Sind Helden a bunch and already found some new music to listen to from this thread.

Now for my small contribution:

Madsen - Lass die Musik An - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxyhAxN9bnk And go on from there, a german rock/pop-rock band that I find pretty enjoyable.


Like you listening to music and the lyrics is great, it allows me to feel closer to the German culture than the written and spoken word. This one is funny and well enunciated http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KICsPUt8gk FEUERSCHWANZ - Der Henker;

Beautiful Love song, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMOFKVlAtZs SCHILLER mit UNHEILIG | SONNE;

Interesting Fantasy, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWbGk5isCV4 Wolfsheim - Künstliche Welten;

Germany, Painful, yet triumphant, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQXDwHaIlsg Wolfsheim - Wir sind wir with lyrics


I heard this song while watching the German movie "What A Man" on Netflix...

Philipp Poisel - "Eiserner Steg": http://youtu.be/NTn51PnwMbk

(Klavier Version: http://youtu.be/cbTXqKBIQ40)


I recommend Tokio Hotel, they've kinda gone from pop-punk to synth-pop over the years. their most recent songs are only in English though. : I also like Nena, who I'm sure you've already heard of haha ''^_^


Einstruzende Neubauten has released a new album named Alles in Allem. Their early stuff is a lot of industrial experimentation, but the new album is a masterpiece. Blixa's voice is easy to hear the pronunciation clearly without the music itself taking away from the vocals. And since it's not just the same thing repeated over and over (cough cough~Rammstein), you'll actually learn more than 3 words per song.

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