Top German music artists
The Top 40 charts are bumping with German learning opportunities.
From classics to electronica, pop to German songs that have hidden grammar lessons, Germany’s music scene has it all.
A jingle in your ear will serve you well when you’re dying to absorb authentic German culture and truly enjoy the way you learn.
Other German singer lists on the Internet feature singers and their songs, but we want to take a different approach with this one. This article is suited for those who crave more from their music. It features famous German singers you’ve simply got to know, and it outlines unique elements from each singer’s work that are specifically helpful for German learners.
The Benefits of Listening to Famous German Singers
Listening to music is often a passive consumption process. I know I don’t always absorb every word while working out and listening to music, and many times it’s difficult to even make out what the singers are saying.
So, is listening to a specific singer or two really that helpful when learning German?
Since these singers are famous, you have a much better chance of recognizing the songs they sing. Many of the songs get distributed all over the world, so you may know more about the singers than you think.
In addition, the music world is an international market now, so you can expect various language versions, meaning you can listen in both English and German to help recognize words you don’t know.
Not to mention, the most famous of German singers range in the genres they sing, allowing every learner a chance to actually enjoy the music they listen to. Do you like rock? We have some tunes for you! What about pop? The Germans have you covered.
You can also find songs from various time periods, giving you a glimpse into the history of Germany. German music often provides a strong reflection into current and past German culture, helping you understand how Germany is different from other countries.
Plus, knowing some of the most famous names in German music will give you something to chat about with natives.
Without further ado, boot up your favorite music app (I’ll give you links to Spotify) and pop in your earbuds, because these German singers are ready to help you learn.
1. Sarah Connor
Sarah Connor’s real name is Sarah Terenzi, and she works as a songwriter, singer and TV personality. The popular German singer sold over 15 million record copies in the 2000s, starting with her single “From Sarah with Love, ” and her debut album “Green Eyed Soul.”
Most of her music falls in the pop category, but she occasionally branches out to other options. Albums to use for your German learning include “Key to My Soul, ” “Naughty but Nice, ” “Muttersprache, ” (Mother Tongue), “Wie Schön Du Bist” (How Beautiful You Are) and “Green Eyed Soul.”
How is this singer’s work specifically helpful for German learners?
Connor provides a wonderful combination of upbeat and slower songs, and she enunciates rather well compared to other singers, allowing you to really understand the words while tapping your toes.
2. Lena Meyer-Landrut
Although much of her pop music is written in English, “Seeräuber-Opa-Fabian” (Pirate Grandpa Fabian) serves as a fun tune for those who enjoy female vocalists who sing invigorating lyrics.
Her claim to fame is that she represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 and won the whole competition. Her song “Satellite” took home the prize.
“Seeräuber-Opa-Fabian” is a fun jingle with loud vocals and hard beats for catching all the words sung by Lena Meyer-Landrut. The rest of her body of work is just as entertaining, catchy and singable!