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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.



January 16, 2018



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.


I really liked 'Über den Wolken'. Thankyou :D


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.


Ok, 99 Luftballons by Nena is an absolute classic. It is an anti-war song calling for world peace from the 80s. Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=La4Dcd1aUcE


Oh my goodness. :-D You forgot Nicole, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJDxnWFqpiA

And then there's Germany's answer to the Bay City Rollers... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcNPqsWPbD8


Hey! I have a Spotify playlist of German songs that I've found to be nice! It's all clean. ;) Viel Glück!



Thankyou. But I'm afraid I don't have Spotify


It's free if you'd be interested, but it does have adverts if you don't pay for the premium service. They are no more annoying than a commercial radio station though, as there is only one for every 15 minutes of music.

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Danke vielmals, Susan


'Du hast', by Rammstein.


I don't recommend this person listen to Rammstein given that they said they don't want heavy metal or songs with bad lyrics.


It wasn't a very serious suggestion ;) but it can still useful to listen to it/look at the lyrics, if only as a part of German culture!


Try this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40bLwsLR0fE The group's name is Wise Guys. They are funny :-)


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


Which kind of music do you like, cluney?


I like fast music but not heavy music


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.


I only have a few, but they're Major Tom (Voellig Losgeloest) by Peter Schilling, Irgendwas bleibt by Silbermond, Mit dir vielleicht by Nicole, and so soll es bleiben by Ich + Ich.


Toten Hosen & Die Arzte


German version of "Let it go" Or pretty much anything thing from the German versions of Frozen, Tangled etc


ich will keine Schokolade is a classic! (I want no chocolate)

and the youtuber "thisisvoyce" makes German covers of english pop songs. They're really good!


I have been recently enjoying the group Silbermond. Here is link to one of their songs on YouTube titled: Leichtes Gepäck

If you look a short way down the comments you will find the German Lyrics with an English translation.

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    Actually I consider this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkWjaoH7k6w can be heard as talking about God. Hope you'll like it.


    Deutschlandlied is the best one


    Nobody ever mentions Die Fantastischen Vier. I don't usually listen to rap, but those guys are awesome! (intelligent lyrics with little to no profanity) https://youtu.be/6GOrlb79bp0

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