Top 10 Best German Bands

The Top Ten
1 Rammstein Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin .

Rammstein is one of Germany's most successful music artists, and one of the few that gained notable chart success and fame internationally. Since their debut album "Herzeleid", Rammstein's music has often been used in well known movies, including "Lost Highway", "The Matrix" and "Nymphomaniac", the first of which is often credited as the movie that brought the group to international recognition. more.

Rammstein is simply different. Because of that, as far as I know, people either hate them or at least don't like them... or are utterly obsessed with them. I'd like to say there's no in between, but there might just be an in between. However, I'm at the full 100% of obsessed; maybe even more than that. Their music just speaks to me in a way no other band can, even though I don't really understand the lyrics. Rammstein are the creators of the only music I can really like and cannot get bored of. That's why Rammstein has my vote; they are unlike any other band, the inventors of a new genre of music, the only ones able to make thát perfect kind of music. Till, Oliver, Christoph, Richard, Paul; Flake; they're all excellent at being legends. In my opinion, Rammstein belongs to the list of legendary bands that should never be forgotten.

Rammstein is one of my favourite bands of all time! Their lyrics are so thoughtful and poetic and the way this is all put together along with the raw guitars, the catchy electro and piano beats, Schneider's awesome drumming style, and of course, Till's dynamic vocals! I'm lucky enough to see them in Bulgaria for the first time ever! And even more happy to share Schneider's birthday. My family doesn't like them because of Till's deep voice, but that is HOW IT SHOULD SOUND with those lyrics. They like them for their personality, but for me, they are just spectacular!

It just has to be Rammstein. German language is so suited for Metal music. Till Lindemann is one of the most charismatic lead vocalist ever.. No one even comes close. Rammstein, as a band has been together for almost two decades and the current members are still the same as when they first started. Not many bands can boast that level of commitment and camaraderie. And yeah.. They make other metal bands look like boy bands!

There is no doubt that Rammstein shouldn't be #1

They create music like no other, and each member brings their own style into the bands music.

Their music is insanely good and they all have creative and intelligent minds to write the songs they make.

And they have the most EPIC live shows EVER! Even when all of them are pushing 50, they still rock out and play as good or even better than people twice as young as them!

2 Scorpions Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.

I just found out they started in 1965! The songs I enjoy seem to come from the mid seventies. The music is catchy and the sound of the singer's accent is endearing. It still seems to have a definite European feel even if you didn't know they were from Germany. I only found out about the band when my brother came back from the Army. Although I didn't approve of his military stint, I did approve of the music to which he introduced me. I don't know that much about the other bands listed. I approve of Kraftwerk and wonder why Nina Hagen didn't make the list as well. The inclusion of Kraftwerk validates the fact that this is not only a rock list.

No one from Germany has ever taken the Rock world by storm like the Scorpions. I would also agree, no other rock band from Germany, like Rammstein would be where they are without them. They put Germany on the map. I have to admit, my favorite is all their stuff prior to Love Drive, but I like the stuff after too. I just think Uli Roth had a really great influence on the band, it made their early stuff really unique. After, they still rocked, and sounded great, but more mainstream. Which from what I understand, is what they intended.

No one can compare with the voice of Klaus Meine, guitars like Rudolf, Matthias and Pawel and the drumming of several greats like Jurgen Fechter, Herman Rarebell and James Kottak to name a few, the signature sound of Scorpions is very well recognized everywhere around the globe. Scorpions music is played in malls, theatres and has become a household name, surely the music of Scorpions evolve's around our everyday lives and reflects lyrics to encourage peace, love and Rock & Roll in our everyday world, they are worthy of recognition as their great contribution of rock music to fans from pre teens to those of us who became fans in the 60's and 70's.."How Can We Grow Old When The Soundtrack Of Our Lives Is Rock And Roll". Scorpions with 50 years of dedication to Rock & Roll are the greatest Rock band to be recognized as the "Best" of the best from Germany!

I don't believe it! Scorpions is the most famous German rock band in world's stage. How come they're at 3rd place?... One of the greatest rock band in the world!. Even their trademark song, Rock You Like A Hurricane become one of 100 best hard rock song and spreading the rock ballad influence to entire world. For me, Rammstein and Tokio Hotel currently becoming famous but they just a kids learn to play rock and still far away from glory. Remember one thing and accept the fact that Scorpions is the LEGEND! From 70's till now! Even they're retired.

3 Tokio Hotel Tokio Hotel are a pop rock band from Magdeburg, Germany, consisting of Bill Kaulitz (singer), Tom Kaulitz (guitar), Gustav Schäfer (drums) and Georg Listing (keyboards, bass) that formed in 2001. more.

Tokio Hotel has been around for quite awhile, and we KNOW they are going to stick around for many more years to come. And what is great about them is that even though they have been around for so many years, they hold their fans well and have the amazing ability to crank out more and more great music and evolve according to changes that need to be made. They keep everything interesting and updated, from altering their music style a little to glamorizing their look and shows. Bill has the most amazing voice I have ever heard, Tom and Georg are absolutely rocking' on the guitars, and Gustav is a wonderful drummer. They are fabulous and capture everybody's interest with the whole deal about Bill and Tom being twins (not to mention the twins' amazing looks and fashion styles) and they have such good hearts. All four of the members are amazingly polite and sweet boys, and they care so much about their fans. Fans, I might add, that are very numerous in quantity

Tokio Hotel brings ...more

Amazing band; The fact that they are one of the very few still together more than ten years after being successful even though they were barely fifteen at the time is already incredible; but they manage to make each record evolve. It's never boring, they never keep on doing the same usual thing, they experiment, and each record is better than the last, even though they take quite some time along the way. They took a five year break, which is basically a professional suicide, and still managed to make their last album successful because well their music is simply great.

I love the whole band, but I must be honest: the main reason why they've been that successful (internationally, which is quite incredible for a German band) is their very frail and beautiful lead singer Bill Kaulitz. Of course his voice is great and boy can he sing ; but most than that, he has sex appeal, he has stage presence, he has that little something only stars have. Daring, audacious, glamorous, he kept on ...more

Although not as known in the US as say Rammstein or Scorpions, Tokio Hotel is the best German band. With a diverse sound, this band has a little something for everyone. Hard rock, electronic, or even an indie rock sound. Although still very young, TH has already shown they have what it takes to evolve their sound and not pigeon hole themselves in their music. The live experience is like none other. TH brings energy night in and night out. They seem to feed off of of their fans positive vibes. As long as TH continues to keep doing what they are doing, they will continue to rise to not only the very best in Germany, but the best in the world.

In the history, have existed great bands and fans who supported them... But the time has changed and have emerged new idols, new music, new styles and new fans... Fans different than all other... TRUE fans.
Fans of the music and personality...
Fans who have cried with their band... And made them SMILE...
Fans who have always been there.. In the BAD MOMENTS.. Supporting them.
Fans with a UNIQUE and TRUE feeling which always will.
Because we all know that these emotions are... Our happiness..
We Know.. That what we feel for them.. Is something much more than LOVE... Is the strongest feeling in the world... And only we know it!
Fans from the heart.
Fans who will always appreciate them.
Fans who grew up with them.
Fans who will always be fans and who will never forget them.
Together like a big family... For the same dream.
Because we are MORE THAN FANS.. We are Aliens of Tokio Hotel.

4 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large amounts of orchestral arrangements. Hansi Kürsch creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping harmonies. Thanks to overdubs and numerous backing vocals Blind Guardian stand out with a very dense sound.

The best Power Metal band in the world! Everything they've done is a work of genius. Listen to 'And Then There Was Silence' (all 15 minutes of it) and discover your new favourite band.

Blind Guardian is many favorite band! I have ALL their albums and have seen them live about 6 or 7 times!

These fine folks practically founded Power Metal, and keep making wonders out of it.

Get them to number 1

5 Kreator Kreator is a German thrash metal band from Essen. Their style of music is similar to that of their compatriots Destruction, Sodom and Tankard; along with those three bands, Kreator has been referred to as one of the "big four" of Teutonic thrash metal, and they are often credited with helping pioneer death metal and black metal by containing several elements of what was to become those genres.

Rammstein 1st, laugh out loud, Tokio Hotel 2nd, laugh out loud, Scorpions 3rd, big joke! Scorpions should be 1st. Even if I prefer Kreator, Helloween or Accept, I have to admit that Scorpions is a legendary hard rock band and REAL musicians. But Rammstein and Tokio Hotel things shouldn't be in that ranking, or at the bottom of that list. If Justin Bieber was germanic, I'm sure he would be 1st too... What a shame!

Alright I understand Rammstein being high and Scorpions should be first but really? TOKIO HOTEL? They're just a big joke. Kreator should definitely take their place on this list at #2 after Scorpions

Oh my God, one of the best Thrash Metal bands is forgotten
The real list must be: 1. Scorpions 2. Avantasia 3. Rammstein 4. Tokio Hotel 5. Kreator

This should be there instead of anthrax in the bif 4 of thrash metal. It's the best band on this list along with rammstein. Tokio hotel is crap. Scorpions would take no.2

6 Helloween Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal genre, and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II, are considered masterpieces of the genre.

I'd never heard of this band before, but after checking them out on YouTube... yeah, I have to agree... how the heck are the below some of the ones above. Arguably, their style is not quite as diverse, but let's face... the 80's itself was pretty uniform in style too.

Most underrated hard rock band of the eighties! Their music was original, but they also had outstanding lyrics. Real ones. Ones you could actually think about and live.

Should be world number 1 in power metal especially with Andi Deris.
I know many people prefers Michael Kiske, but during the Deris era Helloween produced better songs than during the Kiske era.
And their music has plenty of variety.

Along with Scorpions and Accept, the most influential metal band in Germany (and notoriously influential in Europe)!

7 Accept Accept is a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, originally assembled by former vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and bassist Peter Baltes.

This band is really amazing, love the new singer, Mark Tornillo! They were big in the 80's, then came back again with a 2010 album, Blood of the Nations. Check out their classics, Fast as a Shark or Balls to the Wall, and also check out the newer stuff like Teutonic Terror! These guys are amazing. Heavy metal!

One of the most underrated metal bands out there!

if Accept isn't in the top 5 of the best German bands, this list is really pathetic...
you should check out their classic songs "Fast as a Shark" and "Balls to the Wall", as well as other songs like "Teutonic Terror", "Restless And Wild", "Princes of the Dawn"...

Pure heavy & classic!

8 Kraftwerk Kraftwerk is a German electronic music band formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1970 in Düsseldorf. The band was fronted by both Hütter and Schneider until Schneider's departure in 2008.

Yeah this band is actually german, and I think that is great cause germans are very intellectual people, and without germans we wouldn't have all the wonderful techno music we have today that sounds all the same and is very annoying! Vote for KRAFTWERK!

Krawtwerk is awesome! Combining sounds of man and machine is not only super awesome but also genre defining. Sure their music may be monotonous, but with their songs catchy tunes you don't care if they repeat them a lot. I find it very sad that Krawtwerk is at number 7, they should totally be number 1.

Most of the influence from modern music no matter what genre, comes from Kraftwerk and most artists and musicians have multiple elements of Kraftwerk in there songs. They're just awesome anyways.

This influential group is no doubt among the pioneers of the New Wave electronic movement, and have been an inspiration for many other bands and musical genres to follow. Clearly my choice on this list.

9 Avantasia Avantasia is a German supergroup rock opera project created by Tobias Sammet, vocalist of the band Edguy.

It's simply one of the best power-metal band's out there! It obey's al the power metal rules as the best!

28. Songs come in two tempos: metal and ballad.
32. Play in as many bands as possible. More side projects and guest appearances means more epic!

And yet its still way more then just a "Power-Metal" band

Every single song from Avantasia is just awesome. And the lyrics are beautiful. Tobias us a genius composer

The legendary Metal opera (1-2) still the best, but all of their albums are masterpieces!

Definitely deserves to be in top 5, common people vote!

10 Oomph! Oomph! is a German industrial metal band formed in Wolfsburg, Germany in 1989. The band is considered the pioneers of the German Neue Deutsche Härte movement.

Definitely the greatest band ever for me. They are founders one of the best genre - industrial metal (metal mixed with electro). They offer amazing sound, brilliant melodies and indescribable Dero's voice. This guy can sing everything (e.G. his project What about Bill). They turned into industrial rock nowadays, so who isn't much into metal can them listen, too. Other ones I recommend raw early albums like Defekt, Sperm or Unrein. Almost every song of them is a treasure no matter genre.

And then Oomph! Guys are simply really friendly and they don't take themselves too seriously.

Oomph! Is an excellent band; their songs are great, and many of their songs, such as Labyrinth, are essentially short renditions of classical cultural items. In the case of Labyrinth, it is a nod toward Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Brennende Liebe is sort of an alternative Frankenstein tale. Both songs and music videos are intricately and excellently done.

People like Rammstein due to their live performance but on the other hand Oomph! Likes to stay focused in their songs. I personally love Oomph! A lot more than Rammstein and I like Rammstein a lot UNTIL I heard Oomph!. Tip: Listen to Oomph! If you like Rammstein and you might like it, just because one song is not good listen to another, maybe that one is

Oomph is one of the best German metal/rock bands. Every song has a meaning, and every song is great. They influenced Rammstein, and they are up there with Rammstein, if not better than Rammstein, though that can be argued due to taste. Anyway, Oomph is the band I find myself listening to the most.

The Newcomers

? Wolfsheim
? Null Positiv
The Contenders
11 Edguy Edguy is a heavy metal band from Fulda, Germany that was founded in 1992 by 14-year-old students Tobias Sammet, Jens Ludwig, Dominik Storch and Dirk Sauer.

Tobias is a genius! 17th? Why? Edguy is a true heavy metal band!

Hey, this band is underrated in this list! It's the best!

12 Gamma Ray Gamma Ray is a power metal band from Hamburg, northern Germany, founded and fronted by Kai Hansen after his departure from the German power metal band Helloween.
13 Sodom Sodom is a German thrash metal band from Gelsenkirchen, formed in 1981. They have gone through many line-up changes, leaving bassist vocalist Tom Angelripper as the only constant member.

Wow they deserve to be a lot better... Ausegebombt is a kick ass tune. Gove it a listen it'll blow away your expectations. Just Listen to the Agent Orange album in general. They kick some serious ass.

The most brutal thrash metal band of all time! They are the best German band!

Along with kreator best thrash metal bands of Europe!

14 Obscura Obscura is a technical/progressive death metal band from Germany, founded in 2002. The band became prominent when members of Necrophagist and Pestilence joined Steffen Kummerer to release the critically acclaimed second full-length album, Cosmogenesis. The band was named after the Gorguts album Obscura. more.
15 Die Toten Hosen Die Toten Hosen is a German rock band currently consisting of Campino (vocals), Andreas von Holst (guitar), Michael Breitkopf (guitar), Andreas Meurer (bass) and Vom Ritchie (percussion), that was formed in 1982. more.

From what I can see, this list is currently a little biased towards a more thrash or raw almost shock rock sound. Die Toten Hosen is definitely not in this category, but I would say that from what I know of them, they are definitely a more developed band and frankly... other than Rammstein... one of the only ones I would be interested in, in that they actually sing... IN German.

Die Toten Hosen in my opinion is so much better than all of the bands above it. They are not heavy metal scream-o type, their like your hard rock/modern rock band you hear in America but Deutsch. I love them and have been hooked on them for years. I am happy to call myself a fan of Die Toten Hosen. And if you haven't listened to them yet, I more than highly suggest you should start to.

Die Toten Hosen are a gift from God to mankind. I love the deep lyrics and their guitar skills keeps me dead electrified. As I can see all other bands listed here have been compared to others but Die Totens are just one of a kind. Seriously which genuine rock lover doesn't adore this Mega Band. -Chege (Kenia)

Why is Die Toten Hosen down here? They should be number 1 or 2 at worst. If you disagree check out 90% of all of there songs and then tell me why they're 9th and not 1st.

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17 Eisblume Eisblume is a German pop rock band consisting of Ria Schenk (vocals), Benny Baumann (guitar), Philipp Schardt (bass), Philipp Schadebrodt (drums) and Golo Schultz (keyboards), that formed in 2007. more.

Eisblume had only one big hit in their home country and other German language nations, and released two albums, and I don't think many people remember them. I also think that many people dismissed them as a rip off from other well known female fronted German bands such as Silbermond or Wir sind Helden, but actually Eisblume were way more delicate and fantasy-esque, a bit like Evanescence, though not quite as magnificant (as Evanescence is one of 21st Century's best bands).

I am amazed that obviously they are better known overseas than in their home country, as many very popular bands such as Seeed or Ich+Ich are very low in the list, and Eisblume are placed in the same category as Die Ärzte, who are often considered the best German band by Germans.

Hey Dude no bad songs why is this band all the way down here! I mean I listen to them every day!

Ridiculous, should be in the top 5 easily.

The first band I really liked and listened when I was learning German

18 Nena Nena was a German Neue Deutsche Welle band. In 1983 and 1984, their German language song "99 Luftballons", reached number one in the singles charts of countries around the world.

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

I went to one of their concerts!

19 Die Ärzte Die Ärzte (German for "The Doctors"), is a German rock band currently consisting of Farin Urlaub (vocals, guitar, bass), Bela B (vocals, drums, guitar) and Rodrigo González (vocals, bass, guitar, piano), that formed in 1982 in Berlin. more.

Best band in the world, hands down! I can't believe they are number 20 on this list. Oomph! And Rammstein are good, but Die Arzte is number 1. They are everything anyone could want in a band

The best band in the world hands down. They even fought (and where killed by) Laura Croft.

I love them! Good punk rock music and funny lyrics

Punkrock is their thing, but they connect multiple genres. This is great.

20 Eisbrecher Eisbrecher are a German Neue Deutsche Härte band that consists primarily of Alexander Wesselsky and Noel Pix, with live support from Jürgen Plangger, Rupert Keplinger, Achim Färber.

I just recently started listening to these guys and immediately became a fan. They remind me of Rammstein one of the best industrial rock bands in the world. Eisbrecher is more techno with club beats which is not a bad thing.

Wow... this band cooks. I agree with the previous comment... Rammstein meets beat... I'd like to say in some ways better, in some ways less... but perhaps it's a bit like comparing apples and oranges... I think if people get a chance to listen, this band will definitely move us.

Phenomenal. Old Rammstein meets the new wave of Techno. A good blend of styles and a cocktail for the ears.

I can't belive eisbrecher are at 43. Listen to Tanz mit mir. Its such a good song.

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Das Bose, Das Tier in Mir, and Mitternacht are the best tracks and Rammstein level by excellence.

23 Juli Juli is a German alternative rock band consisting of Eva Briegel (vocals), Jonas Pfetzing (guitar), Simon Triebel (guitar), Andreas Herde (bass) and Marcel Römer (drums), that formed in 2001. They had their national breakthrough with their debut single “Perfekte Welle” in 2004, with the follow up album “Es ist Juli” being their most successful record to date, being certified triple platinum. Their style is soft and melodic rock music with indie influences and German lyrics (including all songs from the album “In Love”). They have been compared to both Wir sind Helden and Silbermond, all three of them being female fronted German language bands that had their biggest successes around more.

Awesome band. If you like Wir Sind Helden you may find decent this one.

24 Equilibrium Equilibrium 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.

Such an amazing band.

25 Beyond the Black Beyond the Black is a German symphonic metal band from Mannheim originally consisting of Jennifer Haben (vocals), Nils Lesser (guitar), Christopher Hummels (guitar, vocals), Tobias Derer (drums), Erwin Schmidt (bass) and Michael Hauser (keyboard). As of August 2016, the members parted ways, with Haben more.
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