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.

When 19-year-old student Lena Meyer-Landrut won the European Song Contest with Satellite in Oslo in summer 2010, she captured the whole of Europe's hearts. As well as in Germany, the song shot to number one in the charts in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Switzerland.

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Rammstein's brute-force vocals, totalitarian look and provocative texts about power and sex are always sources of controversy. All their albums since 1997 have reached number one in the German charts.

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Xavier Naidoo's soul vocals, cool look and positive messages have made him an important voice in German pop. Since the album Nicht von dieser Welt (1998) all of his studio albums have reached number one in the German charts.

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