Wondering what the most popular songs in Germany are right now? Although American music tends to dominate the hit-lists in Germany, there are quite a few prominent German singers currently on the charts of MTV Deutschland.
How can listening to music improve your German?
While your classes will help you with your German language skills, it’s also important to be aware of what is going in German culture right now. This includes what kind of music is being played on the radio. Listening to German music is a great tool to learn new vocab. For example, when I listen to a German song and do not fully understand the words, I check the lyrics and look up them up in the dictionary. This not only enriches my German, but it also shows me the words that are commonly used in the German language right now.
Often times a popular song can be an Ohrwurm (literally translated, an ear worm, meaning a catchy tune). In those cases, whether you want to or not, the lyrics are stuck in your head. And voilà, you’ve learned new words that aren’t taught in a grammar class, just like that! To give you a taste of what Germans are listening to right now, here are the top three German artists from Friday’s MTV Deutschland Hitlist.
1. “Astronaut” von SIDO ft. Andreas Bourani
Sido is a rapper from Berlin who often uses the ups and downs of his life as fodder for his songs. For example, "Mein Block" describes his life in a social housing district of Berlin (Märkisches Viertel in Reinickendorf). Sido has been active in the German rap scene since the 90s, but 2003-2004 could be considered his breakout year. At the time, he was easily recognizable by the skull mask he would wear to perform. Sido also participated in the 2005 Bundesvision Song contest, in which he finished third. Today, Sido no longer wears a mask, and his song “Astronaut” ft. Andreas Bourani is the number one song on the Hitlist.
Perhaps you are familiar with Bourani’s popular song “Auf uns”. It was a favourite among German soccer fans (so, most of the country) during the 2014 World Cup. ARD (a German TV Station) even called this song its World Cup anthem. Bourani hails from Augsburg and his origins are Egyptian. His musical talents did not go unnoticed even as a child, and he frequented a private music school during his teenage years. He also participated in a contest called the Bundesvision Song Contest, where he won 10th place. He was even a judge on the fifth edition of The Voice Germany.
2. “Lieblingsmensch” von Namika
Another song that is currently topping the charts is “Lieblingsmensch” by Namika. This talented young artist has only started to garner attention over the past year. Namika is from Frankfurt-am-Main, but her roots are in Morocco. Although she was born in Germany, she maintains close ties to her Moroccan culture and she tries to integrate both cultures in her music (like in her song “Nador”). She writes all her own music, which allows her to communicate messages through her music such as the importance of friendship. Funnily enough, Namika also took part of the Bundesvision Song Constest, and finished in seventh place.
3. “Sugar” von DJ Robin Schulz
If you’re an EDM lover, you have probably already heard one of DJ Robin Schulz’s hit songs, whether it be his single “Willst du?”, his 2014 chart-topping remix of “Prayer in C” or his latest hit “Sugar”. What you perhaps didn’t know is that that you were actually listening to German music! Robin is from Osnabrück in Lower Saxony. At the moment, his music is popular worldwide and he’s been charting high in many European countries. Even though not all his music is in German, he represents an aspect of German culture (let’s call it the “party hard” aspect). Schulz started DJ’ing in his late teens and has named fellow artists such as Tiësto and Armand van Helden as sources of inspiration. YouTube played a big part in the success of his single “Willst du?” featuring German rapper Alligatoah. Now his newest song “Sugar” is blowing up the international charts.
Which German hits have ‘wormed’ their way into your ear? If you’re not into the music on the charts right now, which songs would you recommend to your fellow German students? Let us know in the comments!
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