Good German songs.
Hello. I like listening to music and I would really like to have some German songs to listen to. I am a Christian so I wouldn't like anything with bad lyrics. So does anyone know some good songs? You don't have to have a link as I have google play so I can just look it up but if you have a youtube link then maybe send that too just incase Google play doesn't have it.
What you want as a learner is...
- a slow song (so you can follow the pace)
- which paints concrete and vivid pictures (so you can imagine and remember)
- which has a narrative connecting its elements (which helps guessing meaning and remembering as well)
- which is written in prose rather than in a style too poetic
- with a catchy melody (ohrwurmy, no use spelling that out in English)
- which ideally is a bit popular (so you will encounter it in real life)
Then it would be good to be able to like it by its sound or content or it would be nice to gain some real-world knowledge by understanding its lyrics, but all that is secondary.
Based on these (primary) criteria I would suggest you give Reinhard Mey a try. It is old-fashioned, again, just his guitar and him, but if you are French-speaking you will most probably know him anyway (he started his career in France, being from post-war Germany -- i.e., an arch enemy -- that was quite remarkable in those days); and he tells great stories in his natively performed German songs. Most of you might come across his rather boring, but well-known "Über den Wolken" song in one variant or other. So just give Reinhard Mey a try. He is a master of narrating stories via songs. Which are written in rather prosaic style. Which is good.
Here's a baker's dozen for you. These are all songs I picked out to memorize, so the lyrics are mostly pretty clearly articulated and not too hard to understand. The song by Traum Cro toward the end is an exception to that - it's a tough one. Lasse Reden might push the boundary of what you consider good taste in a couple of lines, but only slightly; the rest are all pretty much squeaky clean.
Nena - Nur geträumt
Santiano - Frei Wie Der Wind
Die Schäfer - Heute ist morgen gestern
Santiano - Gott Muss Ein Seemann Sein
Die Schäfer - Eins - zwei - drei
Paul van Dyk & Peter Heppner - Wir Sind Wir
Atemlos durch die Nacht - Helene Fischer (inevitably)
Nena - 99 Luftballons
Die Ärzte - Hurra
Die Ärzte 'Deine Schuld'
CRO - Traum
Lasse redn - Die Ärzte
Herbert Grönemeyer - Mensch
I think all of them have their lyrics readily available on the internet and most of them also have good English translations on lyricstranslate.com.
One thing I like to do is to look at the Top 40 chart in Germany to see what the Germans are listening to. I look for the songs with German titles and add them to a playlist.
Do you like pop? Listen to "Au Revoir" by Mark Forester or "80 Millionen" by Max Giesinger or "Sommerregen" by Joris Do you like softer pop? I'm a big fan of LEA Do you like rap? Try Cro or Die Fanastischen Vier Do you like alt rock? Try Madsen or Die Toten Hosen Do you like R&B? Try "Das Beste ist noch nicht vorbei" by Fiva Do you like Frank Sinatra like songs? Listen to "Ich war noch niemals in New York" by Udo Jürgens (a classic) Do you like upbeat dance/club music? Try Culcha Canela Do you like soft rock? Try Revolverheld or the song "Wir wollen doch einfach nur zusammen sein" by Udo Lindenberg (also a classic)
You have probably heard these songs on U.S. radio: "99 Luftballons" by Nena "Major Tom" by Peter Schilling "Da Da Da" by Trio
Two of my favorite artists are SDP and Alligatoah. They write somewhat silly songs.
Hey! I have a Spotify playlist of German songs that I've found to be nice! It's all clean. ;) Viel Glück!
Have a look at this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDl7JofqmDnHdrMEKOA9grAkiz3JApWhz it was made by a woman who teaches German so I think it covers a range of genres
Try Oesch die Dritten. She is an incredible SWISS yodeler, but it is German music. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=oesch+die+dritten Many classical composers were German, like Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, etc. They don't have lyrics, but they are absolutely great if you are a classical fan, which I am.