From Boney M. to Rammstein: pop and rock from Germany

America invented rock’n’roll, England gave us beat music. But Germany too has played its part in shaping the history of pop and rock. Psychedelic krautrock became a byword for German music in the 1970s and 'Munich Disco' enriched the dance-pop scene and paved the way for techno. Punk, hardrock and electronica from Germany are also popular around the world.

Back in the early 1970s, Can were seen as Europe's most progressive rock band, at least by British critics, and their influence is still strong in experimental rock today.

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They're masters of the rock power ballad, and their songs like Still Loving You, Send Me An Angel and most notably Wind Of Change were worldwide hits. The Scorpions' album Love At First Sting (1984) even went triple platinum in the USA.

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In the mid-1970s disco developed its own musical style. One of its most internationally famous bands was Boney M., who stormed into the global charts with songs like Daddy Cool and Rivers of Babylon.

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Tangerine Dream's wistful, meditative synthesiser sounds inspire the imagination. For many years, the group has also provided hypnotic soundtracks for hit films such as Risky Business and Legend (both featuring Tom Cruise).

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The tools of their trade are scrap metal and everyday objects that make good drums. A show by Einstürzende Neubauten combines apocalyptic sounds with lots of exciting stage action.

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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.

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