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German Music to Get You in the Mindset

February 28, 2012

Andy Warhol's Beethoven

Since I put together some French sounds to get you in the mood for learning, I figured German language learners should have a chance as well. You won’t find any beer fest music here, but you will find a lovely array of German artists that span a few centuries.

German’s are known for a love of techno, so it’s only right to kick off with music from the hit German film ‘Run Lola Run.’ The lead actress in the film, and singer of several songs off the soundtrack, is Franka Potente of Münster, Germany.


Sticking with techno, Scooter is a top name in the hard dance game.  Since the 90s they have been experimenting with different styles including happy hardcore, house and jumpstyle.


For a techno-inspired throwback, Parov Stelar is the perfect choice for some fun electro swing.


1930s screen siren Marlene Dietrich was an actress and singer.  If lyrics in German are what you are after, then this soft, sweet and slightly haunting ode to her hometown of Berlin is perfection.


For the jazz noir enthusiasts (I’m looking at you, David Lynch fanatics), Bohren & der Club of Gore is simply amazing.


And there’s no way I could leave one of the most famous German artists off the list.  Instead of throwing in a loud symphony movement, I’ll leave you with Beethoven’s elegant “Moonlight Sonata.”

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