Top Ten Best German Bands

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21Nena

This is the only good German band. Ever. Get over yourselves

The only worthwhile German band. Nena is the coolest ever! Also 1984-great year for music!

22EquilibriumEquilibrium is a German folk metal band. The band's music combines elements of folk music, power metal, black metal and symphonic metal with various other influences.

My favorite song from them is Mana. It is just so epic.

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23Neu!

Extraordinary innovative motorik styled music, original in it's concept and deceptively melodic. Hard to believe that they are not listed in the top 10 with can, Faust Amon Dul 2 and all the 70s German Cosmiche rockers.

24And One

And one is simply just awesome no more to that

Surprisingly good. Worth a listen. Itunes had some of their stuff.

Their music is beyond amazing and meaningful, both in German and English.

25Xmal Deutschland
26Eisenfunk
27Angel Dust
28Faust

Another huge influence in my formative teenage years along with Kraftwerk. They understood concept albums and deserve more credit. Plus a cool name for those who appreciate the literary reference.

Originators of industrial sound. Haunting and innovative.

A unique band. The first commercial band to produce collages of sound although a lot of there album tracks are pastiches of established forms

29Disillusion
30Tangerine Dream

This band is way too subtle, artistic, surrealist sounding... Once you listen to Tangerine Dream you realize this is something else. I would'd not expect them to be top ten because listening to them you cannot tell what kind of music it is. Yet, so many movies had them on their soundtracks and people would not even know they have been listening to TD for ever.

Why wasn't this band even on the list, much better and more influential than any of the more generic power metal bands or tokio hotel.

The most important band of all this list. Pioneered ambient, electronic, space, new age music, etc

Should be in the top five not the top ten

31KMFDMKMFDM is an industrial band led by German multi-instrumentalist Sascha Konietzko, who founded the group in 1984 as a performance art project.

Incredibly diverse across their entire repertoire. I don't know what else to say - awesome industrial metal/techno sound, with bits and pieces of other genres and influences along the way. All in all, just incredible diversity, from dance/electronic to heavy/thrash metal, and everything in between. Great social commentary as well.

I don't care what reputation these guys and lady, earned from Columbine. They're are one of the best Industrial bands period. It's surprising that Germany could easily kick butt against the US when it comes to music.

Awesome band, first heard them on the Mortal Kombat soundtrack, fan ever since, they should definitely be higher up on the list.

32Scooter

Scooter forever! There will never be any band as good as this. The coolest band on earth.

They are the BEST thing that ever happened to music!

I'm surprised not to see Scooter here so adding them as I love their songs!

Posse, let's help SCOOTER get to the top!

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33Ich + IchIch + Ich is a German music duo consisting of soul singer Adel Tawil, former member of boygroup The Boyz, and producer and occasional vocalist Anette Humpe, who was mainly known for her participation in synth pop projects in the 80's when the band was formed in the early 2000s . Their style can be described ...read more.
34Megaherz

Play "Jordan" and you will feel like you could take on an army. Powerful song. These guys ROCK!

Simply love the heavy grind, rhythm, and vocals. Like them just as much as Rammstein. Blender, Reppunzel, Zombieland some favorites!

35SilbermondSilbermond is a German alternative rock band consisting of Stefanie Kloß (vocals), Thomas Stolle (guitar), Johannes Stolle (bass), Andreas Nowak (drums) that formed in 2000. After several smaller gigs, their 2004 album "Verschwende deine Zeit" became a surprise success in Germany with the ballad "Symphonie" ...read more.

Silbermond is an excellent band but didn't know I can only vote once... But also: Nena (my favorite from 1983-now - went to see 4 shows in 2010 ans she's still touring & been making great music for near 30yrs); Rosenstolz (at it for 20yrs but I only heard them for first time March 2011 - bought all their dvds and music, and listen to them daily ever since - love them! ). Other good options: Juli; Ich & Ich, Wir Sind Helden, Aleen (was backup on Nena tour but great solo stuff if hard to find)

As an American I became a huge Nena fan becuase I was lucky enough to hear of her in 1983, and am happy to see she is more amazing than ever, now.
I am also a big Rosenstolz fan, but wasnt fortunate enough to hear of them until a few years ago, and been hooked ever since.
I love Silbermond too (extremely talented but commercial), and also enjoy Juli (great, except the most recent Juli album I didn't like at all), and Ich & Ich (my personal preference is female vocalist so a minus for them in my humble opinion).

My husband, who speaks zero German, loves Rammstein, whereas I cannot stand it, and cannot imagine even being able to stand the sound of Rammstein, no matter what language. Obviously to some people, Rammstein are great, and if it inspires my husband to actually study German, then more power to them!
But...
I cannot vote for any ONE German band.

Someone listed Nena (my longtime favorite) to be "the only worthwhile" German band. I do not agree with this ...more

I love this band, they are awesome. They are more modern than Nena, yet not overwhelming, with a great sound and understandable lyrics.

This seriously awesome band is one that I discovered in my college german classes.

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36Alphaville

Alphaville's album 'Forever Young' is the greatest 80's synthpop I've ever heard. Singer Marian Gold has a fantastically unique multi-octavinal voice. The band have varied song styles: popular sentimental ballads (Forever Young), highly danceable songs (Big in Japan, Sounds Like a Melody, Dance With Me), ethereal masterpieces (A Victory of Love, Next Generation).

Not being from Germany, I never heard about around 80% bands in the list above Alphaville, but I heard a lot about this one. Forever young! :-)

Vastly underrated, perhaps came a little too late in the synthpop scene nevertheless they are up there with the ranks of erasure, yazoo, new order, ultavox and other legends.

37Gentleman

Compared to the others a REAL musician who is kind of a newcomer being still modern. I have to know - I'm german myself ;)! The others are already too old.. Sorry..

Greatest lyrics compared to the rest in this list.
Also great music
reggae band

I saw him in concert in Nice, and I have to say, that was a really great concert!

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38Boney MBoney M. is a vocal group created by German record producer Frank Farian. Originally based in Germany, the four original members of the group's official line-up were Jamaican-born singers Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett, Maizie Williams from Montserrat and Bobby Farrell from Aruba.

Seriously? What has the world come to? Boney M was one of the best retro bands that ever was! Their songs are the best... "Ra-Ra-Rasputin, Lover of the Russian Queen..."

39Amon Düül II

Fell somewhat under the shadow of Jefferson Airplane, but really inventive acid rock. Consistently good albums

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40Michael Schenker Group

Purely just because of the masterpiece of Mcauley Schenker Group.

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