When I was growing up, the only German band I had ever heard of was Rammstein and I never really thought much of it. Since moving to Berlin, my music collection has grown to include a huge variety of Deutsch music. Aside from the obvious techno-influence, hip hop is also prolific and seems to sound even cooler in the German language than English. I have listed a few favourites below for anyone wishing to diversify their music collection!
Die Prinzen – an accapella band from the 1980s, Mein Fahrrad remains a favourite, along with Küssen Verboten. Very catchy tunes, great hair styles and still performing live today! Sehr schön!
AnnenMayKantereit – Can you believe one of the band members is Milky Chance?! I never knew he was German until moving over here. Check out Es geht mir gut and Pocahontas.
Seeed – Electronic and Reggae in a unique mix of Deutsch and English. Makes you feel like you’re sipping cocktails on a German tropical island! If only one existed!
KAAS & Jugglerz in Jamaica – this German hip hop/rap is great to get the party started! It goes well with Club Mate and Vodka, if you want to really immerse yourself in the Berlin party life.
Käptn Peng – Der Anfang ist nah and other great tunes.
Cro – Hip hop/Rap for beer-drinking, table-tennis playing and dancing.
Moop Mama – Look up Liebe. Good vibes!
Zuna – more hip hop with a unique sound.
The Wise Guys – Jetzt Ist Sommer is a great tune to pick you up in Winter. As the lyrics suggest, Summer is all about what’s in your head!
Die Fantastischen Vier – German pop, for a little break from the hip hop and electronic scene.
Wir Sind Helden – Another German pop band. Nur Ein Wort is a favourite!
Basically I’ll be going home to Australia with a lot of German hip hop and pop music and won’t be forgetting how to speak German any time soon!
Who are your favourite German bands? Am I missing any essentials?