Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best German songs of all time 2017, The fascinating aspect of music produced in Germany is its often dark flavor, its intensity and drive. Often gorgeously dark, with lyrics describing the psychological and emotional aspect of life, complex and rich with archetypal imagery, the German music scene, whether pop or underground, is fascinated with the exploration of the human psyche, as evidenced by much of its music. From pop hits to dance club favorites, peppered with a little rock tossed in, here are some of the top selling singles produced in Germany.
- 10. Alles Aus Liebe (Everything From Love) – Die Toten Hosen
- 9. Looking for Freedom – David Hasselhoff
- 8. Rock Me Amadeus – Falco
- 7. Durch den Monsun (Through the Monsoon) – Tokio Hotel
- 6. Du Hast – Rammstein
- 5. Major Tom (Völlig Losgelöst) – Peter Schilling
- 4. 99 Luftballons – Nena
- 3. Wind of Change – Scorpions
- 2. Ein Bisschen Frieden (A Little Peace) – Nicole
- 1. Rivers of Babylon – Boney M.
Here we present the list of top 10 best German songs of all time 2017.
10. Alles Aus Liebe (Everything From Love) – Die Toten Hosen
“Alles Aus Liege” translates to “Everything From Love”. This song from the group Die Toten Hosen, and comes off their album, “Kauf MICH!” and is beautifully written and performed, however, it has a darker side that belies the tone of the melody. “Alles Aus Liege” is told from the point of view of a man who is deeply in love with a woman, so much so that the love overtakes him, and considers suicide as a way to show the depth of his love. However, later he decides they should die together, and at the conclusion of the song three shots are fired.
9. Looking for Freedom – David Hasselhoff
David Hasselhoff performed “Looking for Freedom” in 1989. Hasselhoff was a singing sensation in Germany when he recorded this track. Hasselhoff also made a special performance of “Looking for Freedom” in 1989, while in close proximity of the Berlin Wall, as a way to show appreciation for the hard work of German reunification activists. Lyrically speaking, “Looking for Freedom” tells the tale of a wealthy mans son who chooses to create his own fortune, rather than live off of his fathers riches.
8. Rock Me Amadeus – Falco
“Rock Me Amadeus” was released in 1985 and reached the number one position on both the United States and United Kingdom charts. Coming hot off of Austrian musician Falco’s album, “Falco 3”, “Rock Me Amadeus” concerns the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with voice overs occurring throughout the track, each one describing one fact about the life of Mozart. Composed by Falco and Dutch record producers Bolland and Bolland, the track became a critical and commercial success, spawning a series of remixes, covers, parodies and versions.
7. Durch den Monsun (Through the Monsoon) – Tokio Hotel
German alternative rock band, Tokio Hotel recorded “Durch den Monsun in 2005, and was their first single off their first album, “Schrei”. Lyrically complex and moving, this track flows in a dark, philosophical direction using the image of a monsoon as a metaphor for self discovery and the courage it takes to go through the monsoon. “Durch den Monsun” was awarded the “Best song of 2005” at the Austrian Golden Penguin Awards, as well as being nominated for Best International Single at the Amadeus Awards. The accompanying video is as metaphorical as the lyrics of the song, as a stand alone door serves as the entrance through the monsoon.
6. Du Hast – Rammstein
German Industrial heavy metal rock band, Rammstein recorded “Du Hast” (You Have) in 1997 for their second studio album, “Sehnsucht”. This powerhouse of a composition is intense and has a massive and driven sound, and became an international hit, reaching number 20 on the U.S. Rock Singles Charts. Till Lindemann’s harsh, gutteral and sometimes growling vocals present an almost threatening sound he mows through the melody. “Du Hast” is an energetic and vigorous track, and once heard can not be forgotten.
5. Major Tom (Völlig Losgelöst) – Peter Schilling
Singer Peter Schilling’s track, “Major Tom”, was released in 1983 and comes off his album, “Error in the System”. Upon release, the track began to climb up the international charts, where it hit number one in Canada and number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. Schilling, who is a German techno pop musician, often laces his songs with futuristic themes, such as UFO’s, and apocalyptic holocausts. “Major Tom” involves an accident that occurs in space, and the ship seems to be about to crash into the earth, as he proclaims “Earth below us, Drifting, falling, floating weightless, coming home….”. The track has a quick, fast beat, almost as if trying to convey a sense of urgency regarding the situation.
4. 99 Luftballons – Nena
This anthem for peace and against war was performed by German rock band Nena in 1983. Though the song seems upbeat, and the music video was not violent, the message from “99 Luftballons” alludes to the Cold War and possibility of human annihilation from atomic warfare. The original German version relates the tale of how 99 red balloons are taken to be UFO’s instead. As a result the military orders jets to check out the UFO’s. Upon discovering that they are simply nothing more than just balloons, the pilots have a little fun by blasting them from the sky, all without notifying anyone. As a result, in the story the leaders of nations see the explosions, and without asking, retaliate, and so begins a 99 year war. All that over balloons in the sky.
3. Wind of Change – Scorpions
“Wind of Change” is a 1990 composition from the German rock band, the Scorpions. Written by Klaus-Meine, this track is more than just a mere song from an album, or to promote a tour, “Wind of Change” reflected a time In German history during Glasnost & Perestroika, as well as reflecting on the Germany that was still divided. “Wind of Change” is classified as a power ballad, and emerged from their eleventh album, “Crazy World”. The video for “Wind of Change” has been viewed 338,781,861 times on Youtube as of January, 2017.
2. Ein Bisschen Frieden (A Little Peace) – Nicole
Written by Ralph Siegel, with lyrics by Bernd Meinunger, “Ein Bisschen Frieden” was composed with the purpose of being performed at the Eurovision song Contest of 1982. The song was performed by Nicole Seibert, and won the Eurovision contest. “Ein Bisschen Frieden” was an instant sensation, and reached number one on the following music charts: UK Singles, Netherlands, Ireland, Germany Top 100, Austria Top 75, Norway Chart, Sweden Top 50, and Swiss Chart. Outstanding, to say the least. An upbeat track, sung sweetly and tenderly by Nicole, it continues to be a German favorite of the people.
1. Rivers of Babylon – Boney M.
German record producer, Frank Farian created his version of a 70’s super group with Boney M. Indeed Boney M. went on to make quite a name for themselves on the charts. Their 1978 release of “Rivers of Babylon” netted them a spot on the German music charts that peaked at the number one position for seventeen weeks. The lyrics of “Rivers of Babylon” were modeled after psalms 137 and 19, which revolved around the sorrow expressed by the Jewish people after being exiled from Jerusalem.
Interesting and diverse, the music of Germany is often comprised of emotions from its history and heritage. From the fall of the great wall, to the fever of the dance floor, along with the intricate and complex music of its underground club scene, the creative forces behind German music continue to push the envelope and influence creative minds throughout the world.