My top 25 German Bands recommendations. (Now please add yours)

Hi! Just thought I would list some of the really cool German bands (who actually sing in german) I've found thus far.

If you have some suggestions along the same lines, I'm always looking for more! Please include a short description of the bands style, just to have a general idea :)

1- ABWÄRTS : Good 80's style punk rock, with some new-wavy, grungy overtones.

2- BÖHSE ONKELZ : Falls somewhere between metal and hard rock, Metallica-like.

3- CASPER : Hard to describe, rap/ hip-hop but with a cool, hoarse voice.

4- DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER: Melodic metal, vocals are very clear.

5- DIE ÄRZTE: Well known punk band

6- DIE TOTEN HOSEN: Well known punk band

7- DORNENREICH: melodic black metal band with some interesting folk elements

8- EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN: Industrial, 80's experimental band.

9- HEINO: Needs no introduction.

10- IN EXTREMO: Medieval metal with twisted-traditionnal folsky sound. Awesome vocals.

11- JENNIFER ROSTOCK: Fun pop-punk band, kind of sounds like old No Doubt

12- KNORKATOR: combines heavy metal with comical elements.

13- KRAFTKLUB: Very catchy new rock, reminds me of British bands like Louis XIV and the Fratellis

14- LETZTE INSTANZ: Somewhat similar to Rammstein, with violin and Cello.

15- ONKEL TOM ANGELRIPPER: This dude is awesome. Trash metal covers of traditionnal songs.

16- RAMMSTEIN: needs no introduction.

17- SCHANDMAUL: Medieval folk rock band, varied sound, very accessible vocals etc.

18- SUBWAY TO SALLY: Medieval goth metal, very clear and interesting vocals.

19- TERRORGRUPPE: Punk band. Sounds like NOFX.

20- THE WISE GUYS: Fun Barbershop quartet, pop, catchy, à capella songs.

21- TOCOTRONIC: Grungy, lo-fi band with simple lyrics.

22- TON STEINE SCHERBEN: My personal favorite. Awesome politically charged lyrics of revolution and change, incredible vocalist. The Clash meets the Rolling Stones.

23-UDO JÜRGENS: Versatile crooner, somewhat similar to Heino.

24- WIZO: Pure punk. Nasally, bratty vocals. Awesome.

25- XMAL DEUTSCHLAND : Interesting new-wave band with female vocalist.

November 21, 2014


In addition to this list I'd recommend Wir Sind Helden

November 21, 2014

Of bands you haven't listed, I enjoy Oomph! which sort of kicked off the style of music that Rammstein codified and way on the other end of the spectrum Die Prinzen who are kind of goofy but who I enjoy probably because my German teacher in high school would play them all the time (My sister and I still play "Heute ha ha habe ich Geburstag" for each other on our birthdays years after we've both been out of school).

November 21, 2014

Oomph! is my favourite German band :D I prefer them over Rammstein. "Die Geister die ich rief": They just have so many awesome songs - Labyrinth, Das letzte Streichholz, Deine Eltern, Bonobo, Beim ersten Mal tut's immer weh (music video is a bit disturbing), Such mich, find mich, I simply can't decide which one I like most :D

And yes, Rammstein said they took their inspiration from Oomph, but I think the difference is that Oomph songs are more melodic, leaning towards industrial rock with some industrial metal, whereas Rammstein is industrial metal.

November 23, 2014

Surprised no one has mentioned Kraftwerk.

November 22, 2014

I was just about to mention them :)

November 22, 2014

One of my favorits is "Unheilig"

November 21, 2014

They do many of their songs in English but you may like to check out Mono Inc..

November 21, 2014

Of the bands that I've listened to so far on your list I've especially appreciated Casper and Jennifer Rostock. Thanks for the recommendations.

Here's 16 of my favourites. Bands within the electronic music genres I'll call "synth" regardless if it's more towards dark wave, electronic body music or industrial for example.

And One Synthpop
Das Ich Synth
Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft Synth
Calva Y Nada Synth
Eisbrecher Neue Deutsche Härte
Falco Rap
Lebanon Hanover Post punk
Metallspürhunde Synth
Rammstein Neue Deutsche Härte
Rummelsnuff Synth
Stahlmann Neue Deutsche Härte
Tyske Ludder Synth
Unzucht Neue Deutsche Härte
Welle: Erdball Synth
:Wumpscut: Synth
Xmal Deutschland Post punk

November 23, 2014

You can't recommend Eisbrecher without recommending Megaherz. ;)

November 25, 2014

Seconding And One, DAF, Eisbrecher, Stahlmann, and :wumpscut:.

November 25, 2014

Seeed! This reggae style group records in English too, but I think their music is better in German. Ding and Dickes B might be some of their most well known songs.

Die Firma makes very nice rap music. And also Fettes Brot and and one older group would be Die Fantastischen Vier (but I don't really like their old stuff). I liked the album Numma Eyns by DJ Tomekk and some music by Samy Deluxe. One well known rap artist is Sido, but I'm not very much into him.

November 22, 2014

I like your descriptions of the bands. So far I only have one band that I like that sings in German, but I will go through your list. The band is Stereo Total: Multilingual, retro meets electronic, with sampling, and theremin. They mostly sing in French and German, but also in Spanish, English and Japanese. Here is a song from them.

November 22, 2014

I second this recommendation of Stereo Total :)

I also like a group called 2raumwohnung, who do electro-pop, kind of on the easier listening end of the spectrum though.

November 23, 2014

I love German metal, so those who also enjoy metal ought to check out the following:

Equilibrium - Epic and folky, very fun to listen to, purely sung in German.

Kreator, Sodom, Destruction - These are Germany's big three thrash metal bands.

Tankard - Metal ALL about beer. Lyrics are in English, but still super fun stuff.

Dark Age - Good melodic death metal.

Savage Circus - If you prefer more uplifting stuff, this is a great power metal band.

November 22, 2014

I would suggest Madsen.

November 22, 2014

I second this suggestion. Thanks to my German teachers in high school, I got the chance to see this indie rock group live (for free!) in the U.S.

November 23, 2014

No Kreator? ;-; am cri

November 22, 2014

I think it was about bands singing in German. But I like Kreator, too (btw. they are from my hometown).

November 22, 2014

Thank you for this list! I have been listening to a few bands on here today. Enjoying them

I will add Ich + Ich und auch Glasperlenspiel. :)

November 22, 2014

Listening to music is a great way to learn. I recommend Clueso, Wir Sind Helden, Juli, ClickClickDecker, Johannes Oerding, Niels Frevert and Philipp Poisel.

November 22, 2014

If you accept Austrian musicians as well, then I would mention Falco. I am not a big fan of this genre, but he was a brilliant pop-disco-rock singer.

November 22, 2014

I feel so old saying this, but how can you forget The Scorpions? To this day my favorite band from the old country.

November 22, 2014

Falco is my favourite rapper but I still don't understand everything he's singing.

November 22, 2014

Lol he's funny to watch

November 23, 2014

Totally amazed that no one has mentioned the wonderful and amazing Nina Hagen.... totally out of this world. Enjoy!

November 22, 2014

Agree! Nina Hagen is the soundtrack of my youth. What is also missing here is Holger Czukay and Can. They were well ahead of their time in the 70s years before drum & bass and techno came along.

November 22, 2014

Thanks for mentioning Holger Czukay! This is one of my favorites ones by him: Alas.... we won't learn much German from this piece!

Another one we won't learn much German from but which is lovely is this one:

November 22, 2014

True, still waiting for Latin on Doulingo. I learned it for six years in school but have since forgotten most of it. But glad to find a kindred spirit here re Holger Czukay.

November 22, 2014

Also, how did noone mention Cro? (I've been studying German for 12 years and I can't sing as fast as he sings in this song XD)

November 23, 2014

I love Cro!! Seine Lieder sind super geil!!!

November 23, 2014

Ja, es stimmt. :)

November 23, 2014

Try Laibach, namely Tanz Mit Laibach.

November 24, 2014

Surprised no one's mentioned Revolverheld. They're pretty melodic and laid back.

November 24, 2014

Can we also include Eisbrecher?

November 22, 2014

She's not a band and Austrian but she's one of the best German-language singers i found - Christina Stürmer.

November 22, 2014

THEES UHLMANN - German indie pop (my personal favorite: Am 7. März)

BROILERS - Ska/Punk Rock


November 22, 2014

Hola, Mono Nikitaman is a German singing Reggae and Dancehall Band. One of my favorites.

November 23, 2014

OK, went through all the 30 comments here, and didn't find Beginner (formerly Absolute Beginner), Thomas D, and from Austria, Sportfreund Stiller, and Christina Sturmer who was in at least one document to be translated here. Beginner's fun rap shows some lite efforts to make social commentary with Faule, Thomas D had a fun pop breakthrough with Ruckenwind, and some heavier attempts with a great eco song Gebet an dem Planet, and Sturmer had a great poetic song, which in fact is an anti-war song, that had me, a guy, teary and sobbing with an Arab content refrain Mama, Ich Liebe Dich. Thanks Wooster and company, I'm looking forward to some fun, especially with Ton Steine Scherben.

November 23, 2014

I also recommend Seeed (as well as Peter Fox solo), Samy Deluxe (rap/hiphop), Max Herre (does like a mix of some hip hop/R&B/alternative pop stuff), Matteo Capreoli (indie), Xavier Naidoo (he is pretty religious with his text, but his voice is amazing-does soul, pop, hiphop), Kool Savas is a pretty good rapper and he and Xavier have an album together XAVAS, Blumio (rap/hiphop), and Cro.

November 23, 2014

This is a great list! I'd recommend the folk metal band Varg, and the folk metal band Equilibrium.

November 24, 2014

I'm not sure if by German you mean bands from Germany only or merely bands that have songs in German language so... I'll post this anyway.

I like some songs from Austrian band "L'Ame Immortelle". Admittedly some of their songs are in English but a most of them are in German. Here are some links:

November 25, 2014

Rammstein is probably my number 2 band whatever language

July 21, 2018

I'm 14 and I like Kraftwerk. Is that weird?

November 23, 2014


July 21, 2018

Not a German band/artist, of course, but my fellow students of German might be interested to know Peter Gabriel recorded German versions of two of his early albums:

November 23, 2014

Seeed (Peter Fox)

November 23, 2014

Geier Sturzflug (LOL = Vulture Nosedive). Love this

November 23, 2014

Thank you!

November 24, 2014

Hey! Thanks everyone for so many new recommendations

Especially Nina Hegen!! Also Fettes Brot and Equilibrium

Ich bin glücklich :D

November 24, 2014

paniq is a great electro artist and you can get most of his work for free.

November 25, 2014

My favorite bands are: Powerwolf - something like "Church Metal" or "Gothic Metal" Diary of Dreams - slow songs like a dream. "Darkwave" style.

BTW, you can google "list of german bands" and google will show you a list of the popular band with filters by genre.

February 21, 2018


May 30, 2018

I like these:

Henning May, Christopher Annen, Severin Kantereit, Lars Lötgering, Malte Huck

Tim Bendzko

Andreas Bourani


Yvonne Catterfeld

Sarah Connor


Herbert Dreilich, singer of Karat

Helene Fischer

Mark Forster (de)

Eko Fresh

Frida Gold[2]

Herbert Grönemeyer

Stefanie Hertel

Die toten Hosen (Andreas Frege)

Thomas Hubner

Juli (Eva Briegel)

Jupiter Jones

Udo Lindenberg



Max Giesinger

Max Herre


Cassandra Steen





Gregor Mayle

Jonatan Zelter


Christina Sturmer


Xavier Naidoo

Philip Poisel



Andreas Gabalier




Alin Coen Band


Robin Schulz



Sportfreunde Stiller



Christina Stürmer

Adel Tawil

Tic Tac Toe


Farin Urlaub (Die Ärzte)

Die Artzt

Wir Sind Helden

Janus (musical project)

SDP (band)

Söhne Mannheims



Letzte Instanz


July 10, 2018

AnnenMayKantereit is also a great band!

August 9, 2018

Feuerschwanz - Is somewhat folk metal with some comedy

August 14, 2018

Endlich eine Liste ohne top 5 Rammstein.

January 29, 2019

Also, Milky Chance and AnnenMayKanterein are some good bands. I would recommend it to the ones that are more into indie rock

March 30, 2019

love a they're kinda alternative rock and I think they're better than everything on this list no offense

May 29, 2019
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