German bands in every genre exist countlessly. Nevertheless, only a bunch of them is singing mainly German songs AND are among one of the most famous ones in their own country and sometimes even beyond the borders.
Die Fantastischen Vier (Fanta4)
Die Fantastischen Vier is a very famous German hip hop band, which decisively helped the genre to its breakthrough in Germany with the song Die da!? ( = she there!?) in 1992. Until now, the band released nine studio albums and celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2009 with A Tribute to the Fantastischen Vier. Two of the band members were coaches in the show The Voice of Germany.
Founded in: 1986 in Stuttgart.
Band members: Michael Beck, Thomas Dürr, Andreas Rieke, Michael Bern Schmidt.
Band name: Fanta4 ( = the fantastic four) has a playful ambiguity in the name: sweet lemonade and Fab Four.
Die Fantastischen Vier songs: Die da!, MfG, Troy.
Rammstein is a very famous German rock band, which is also internationally well-known. Founded in 1994, the band is especially famous for their “hard” music and controversial song texts, which often include phrases from famous German literature including Goethe or Bertold Brecht. One of the special characteristics is the lead singers voice: Till Lindemann sings in a deep, “teutonic” style with a rolling “R”.
Founded in: 1994 in Berlin.
Band members: Till Lindemann, Richard Z. Kruspe, Christian Lorenz, Paul Landers, Christoph Schneider, Oliver Riedel.
Band name history: The name is supposed to go back on an aircraft crash in 1988 on the US airbase Ramstein in Germany. Band member Paul Landers once explianed their band name as follows: “On one of our trips with Feeling B, Schneider, Flake and I already had the new band name. We had written it on the wall of our LO: Rammstein Flugschau. Goofy, as we were, we wrote Rammstein with two M, because we did not know that the place Ramstein has only one M.” The name sticked on them and in the beginning, also had an impact on their fame.
Rammstein songs: Du hast, Mein Herz brennt, Keine Lust.
Silbermond is a famous German pop-rock band, who had their major breakthrough in 2004 with the ballad Symphonie ( = symphonie). They are famous for songs with very soft melodies. Silbermond has been active against right-wing extremism for many years.
Founded in: 1998 as Exakt, since 2002 Silbermond in Bautzen.
Band members: Stefanie Kloß, Andreas Nowak, Thomas Stolle, Johannes Stolle.
Band name history: The band members of Silbermond ( = silver moon) met in 1998 and started as an English singing group called Exakt, which finally became JAST. After deciding to focus on German songs, they founded Silbermond in 2002 on a bank in the main train station in Dresden.
Silbermond songs: Symphonie, Durch die Nacht, Das Beste.
Die Toten Hosen
Die Toten Hosen is a famous German rock band from Düsseldorf, which mainly focuses on their well-known live concerts. Campino, the lead singer, writes almost all the song texts on his own. One of their trademarks is their frequent reference to the topic soccer as well as the use of colloquial language.
Founded in: 1982 in Düsseldorf.
Band members: Campino, Andreas von Holst, Michael Breitkopf, Stephen George Ritchie.
Band name history: Die Toten Hosen ( = the dead trousers) first started as a clique called Opel-Gang. Then the band “ZK” or “ZK Stadtmitte” ( = central committee) was founded in 1978. In 1982, three of the former members of the ZK band were involved in the founding of the band Club der Toten Hosen, which later became Die Toten Hosen.
Die Toten Hosen songs: Tage wie diese, Alles aus Liebe, Bonnie & Clyde.
Next to Die Toten Hose, Die Ärzte is one of the main German bands, which is very famous in the genre punkrock. Still, the band shows a lot of joyfulness in experimenting with different styles of music. The songs of the German band is characterized by very simple, memorable melodies and lyrics, which often have an ironic undertone.
Founded in: 1982 in Berlin. New formation since 1993.
Band members: Farin Urlaub, Bela B., Rodrigo Gonzalez.
Band name history: Band member Farin Urlaub once explained the name Die Ärzte ( = the doctors) as follows: Farin: “We felt sorry that there was never a record in the shop with the first letter Ä. Doctors, etching bimbos, asses were available, but unfortunately we chose the stupidest possibility!”
Die Ärzte songs: Männer sind Schweine, Junge, Schrei nach Liebe.