From punk to rock to rap to reggae to techno, here are nine rising German bands and top German songs you’ll want to put on repeat.
Germany has a lot to offer in the music scene, not least in its clubbing and alternate capital Berlin, and you’ll have no shortage of finding a constantly refreshed list of top German songs. Particularly in Berlin, you can find many of the top German bands performing in clubs and concert halls alike. The worst thing about the best German songs is choosing your favourites from such a diverse and advant-garde mix of German bands.
Deichkind is a tech-rap group from Hamburg that formed back in 1997. Their sound is totally unique. They recently attended the MTV Music Awards in Germany wearing t-shirts with ‘Refugees Welcome’ printed across them.
Romano is the weirdest fellow I’ve ever seen in Berlin — and Berlin is full of weirdos. Even if you don’t typically like rap, Romano will be the exception.
Silbermond (‘Silver Moon’ in English) is from Bautzen in Saxony, and they can play a damn good rock song. The band consists of Stefanie Kloß, Andreas Nowak, Johannes and Thomas Stolle.
SEEED is from Berlin and instead of rock, we’re talking about reggae fusion/ska. SEEED stands out because they’ve got 11 people in the band — a DJ, three singers and a horn section.
Let’s get into what really matters when we’re talking about Berlin: punk rock. Beatsteaks is one of the biggest and best German bands from here; even though they aren’t 100 percent punk anymore, that’s how they started out. Formed in 1995, they’re still active and kicking some serious ass with influences from alternative rock, hints of ska and reggae, and of course some hard core. They’re pretty much everything in a single German band.
Paul Würdig, better known as Sido, is a German rapper. He interprets his artist name as ‘super-intelligentes drogenopfer‘ (super-intelligent drug victim). However, it is worth mentioning that ‘Sido’ used to stand for ‘Scheiße in dein Ohr” (‘s–t in your ear’), a line from his track Terroarr. Sido distinguishes himself by using very aggressive and provocative lyrics.
7. Jennifer Rostock
Jennifer Rostock is a German rock band from Berlin. They formed in 2007 and first rose to fame in 2008 with their incredible performance at the German talent competition ‘The Bundesvision Song Contest’. Since then Jennifer Rostock has been selling out shows all over the country with their music that flows from punk rock to electropop with hints of new metal/emo in between.
Knorkator combines comical elements with heavy metal. They call themselves ‘Germany’s most band of the world’. (Germany can be weird.)
9. Marcel Dettmann
Marcel Dettmann is a mega-famous German DJ, record label owner and producer whom commentators have called ‘one of the most influential proponents of contemporary techno’. And since I cannot leave this list without a techno DJ on it, I choose him. Dettmann is a resident at the well-known Berlin nightclub Berghain — the reason why many folks travel (or even move) to Berlin.
Marcela Faé has been a photographer for over 10 years and a travel blogger on fotostrasse for two. On her website she connects with the expat community that loves to travel. She loves to explore Berlin and she always has a camera ready for a great shot. Originally from São Paulo, Marcela has lived on three different continents in the past 10 years. She’s currently based in Berlin, but thinking about her next place to call home.
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