Modern Talking – manufactured dance hits

It was a two-man band: Dieter Bohlen, the composer, lyricist, musician and singer, and Thomas Anders, the lead singer with the high voice. They sold more than 100 million copies of their catchy dance pop songs with a computerised beat.

Modern Talking's golden years were between 1983 and 1987, when they had no fewer than three number one albums in Germany and five number one singles. Their music was also very popular in discos in many other European countries, especially in the then Soviet Union, with Bohlen and Anders having a lasting influence on the Russian music scene. The band's reunion between 1998 and 2003 produced three more number one albums, the most successful being Back For Good featuring a new version of the massive 1984 hit You're My Heart, You're My Soul.

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