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German Music

BROWSE GERMAN MUSIC CATEGORIES:

Popular & contemporary music: Many pages of info and bios on German bands and singers from New German Wave and punk to German hip hop, pop, and rock, images, fun facts, audio clips from CDs, more ...
German movie soundtracks: Soundtrack CDs with audio clips from several German films such as The Edukators, Run Lola Run, Das Boot, more ...
East German music: Nostalgic collections of music produced in the former East Germany.
German classical music: Info and brief bios on over 20 German composers with audio clips of some of their best-known compositions, sound samples from collections of German Lieder, opera, waltzes, polkas, church & military music, more ...
German folk & traditional music
: Regional folk songs including drinking and Oktoberfest music, yodeling and Alpine music, and hunting songs, more ...
German children's songs: Lyrics, melodies, and some sheet music of popular Kinderlieder, plus CDs of children's music.
German Christmas carols: Lyrics and melodies of the most popular Christmas music, plus CDs of holiday tunes.


ABOUT GERMAN MUSIC

Over the centuries, German-speaking musicians and composers have made substantial contributions to music. Well-known are the early musical geniuses Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. Alongside the development of classical music reigns a long tradition of popular folk music in German-speaking regions, which still remains strong today.

In the 1920s, musical developments in the United States began to influence modern German music, and later in the century, German musicians also began to take notice of developments in Great Britain. In the 1970s, the German band The Scorpions appeared on the international music scene with their English-language rock and heavy metal songs. Then in the 1980s the German Neue Deutsche Welle movement thrust a number of German singers onto the international music charts: Falco with "Der Kommissar" and "Rock Me Amadeus", Trio with "Da Da Da", Peter Schilling with "Major Tom", and Nena with her hit "99 Luftballoons". In the 1990s, the German band Rammstein became popular among heavy metal enthusiasts around the world.

Several German artists are now making a name internationally in a variety of genres. The once widely accepted notion that English lyrics were a prerequisite for success is increasingly being abandoned in favor of producing songs with native German-language texts. The new term Deutschrock and up-and-coming bands like Glashaus, Juli, and Silbermond are evidence of the expanding place of German in the contemporary music scene.

In our German music pages, you can find out more about the bands and singers popular in German-speaking Europe and beyond. You will also find audio clips for 100s of CDs with 1000s of different songs. You can therefore sample the music of many bands, singers, and composers from German-speaking countries and have a listen to the collections of German traditional and folk music. There will surely be some songs you recognize, and you might even discover a new band or musician to add to your list of favorites!

German Music Weblinks

Music in Germany: Introduction and current news and events from the Goethe Institut. [English or German]
Deutsches Musik-Exportbüro: Information about German music internationally [German or English]
 Fachlexikon der Musik: Dictionary of 1001 musical terms. [German]
Links to German, Austrian, and Swiss radio stations with streaming audio.

German Popular & Contemporary Music

The links will take you to pages with information & interesting facts about the German bands and singers, with info about their CDs, some with music reviews, and audio clips totalling 1000s of songs. Bookmark us and come back to check out new pages as we add them!

2raumwohnung [Pop]
Alphaville [Synthpop]
Die Ärzte [Punk]
BAP [Rock]
Blümchen [Dance]
D.A.F. [Punk]
Deichkind [HipHop]
De Phazz [Jazz/Soul]
Echt [Pop]
Einstürzende Neubauten [Industrial]
Element of Crime [Rock]
Extrabreit [NDW]
Falco [NDW]
Die fantastischen Vier [Rap/HipHop]
Fettes Brot [HipHop]
Freundeskreis [HipHop]
Gentleman [Reggae]
Glashaus [Soul/HipHop]
Herbert Grönemeyer [Rock]
Nina Hagen [Punk]
Juli [Rock/Pop]
Udo Jürgens [Easy Listening / Pop]
Kraftwerk [Electropop]
Udo Lindenberg [Rock]
Annett Louisan [Pop]
Peter Maffay [Rock]
Massive Töne [HipHop]
Reihnard Mey
[Lieder]
Münchener Freiheit
[NDW]
Xavier Naidoo
[Pop]
Nena [NDW]
Die Prinzen [Pop]
Pur [Rock/Pop]
Rammstein [Heavy Metal]
Rosenstolz [Pop]
Selig [Grunge/Rock]
Sabrina Setlur [HipHop/Rap]
Silbermond [Rock]
Söhne Mannheims [Soul/Rap/R&B]
Sportfreunde Stiller [Pop]
Die toten Hosen [Punk]
Jasmin Wagner [Dance]
Marius Westernhagen [Rock]
Wir sind Helden [Punk/Pop/Synth]
Wizo [Punk]


Contemporary German Artists Weblinks

German popular music: An overview from Facts about Germany by the German government. [In English or German]
History of German popular music: Since the end of the 19th century. [In German]


Popular & contemporary German music | German movie soundtracks | East German music
German classical music | German folk & traditional music | German Christmas carols | Kinderlieder
German books | German magazines | German newspapers | German film | German music

East German Music

Die DDR Show - Die besten Rock & Pop Songs   Die DDR Show - Die schönsten Schlager

East German Music Weblinks

OstRock-Lexikon: History of popular music in East Germany with info on bands. [In German]


Popular & contemporary German music | German movie soundtracks | East German music
German classical music | German folk & traditional music | German Christmas carols | Kinderlieder
German books | German magazines | German newspapers | German film | German music

German Classical Composers & Musicians

The links will take you to pages with brief bios on the composers, music samples, and CDs.

Johann Sebastian Bach
Hildegard of Bingen Clara Wieck Schumann
Ludwig van Beethoven Gustav Mahler Robert Schumann
Anton Berg Felix Mendelssohn Johann Strauss II
Johannes Brahms Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Richard Strauss
Anton Bruckner Johann Pachelbel Richard Wagner
Georg Frideric Handel   Arnold Schönberg   Anton Webern  
Joseph Haydn Franz Schubert  Kurt Weill  


Popular & contemporary German music | German movie soundtracks | East German music
German classical music | German folk & traditional music | German Christmas carols | Kinderlieder
 German books | German magazines | German newspapers | German film | German music


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