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List of Famous Bands from Germany

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List of Germany bands, listed by their level of fame. This Germany musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Germany bands are included, as well as many Germany musicians of underground status. This list of Germany musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Germany bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

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Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany

Albums: Blackout, Love at First Sting, Animal Magnetism, Lovedrive, In Trance, + more

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. The lineup from 1978–1992 ...more

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Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany
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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany
Genre: Opera and Classical music; Nationality: Austrian Empire

Albums: Symphony Edition, Classical Anthology, Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (feat. piano: Cyprien Katsaris), Eternal Classics, The Perlman Edition (disc 15: Bach), + more

Ludwig van Beethoven ( (listen); German: [ˈluːtvɪç fan ˈbeːthoːfn̩] (listen); baptised 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the ...more

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Nico is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany
Genre: Pop music, Folk music & Folk rock; Nationality: Germany

Albums: The Velvet Underground & Nico, Desertshore, Chelsea Girl, The Marble Index, The End..., + more

Christa Päffgen (16 October 1938 – 18 July 1988), known by her stage name Nico, was a German singer, songwriter, musician, model, and actress. She had roles in several films, including ...more

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Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany

Albums: The Man-Machine, Autobahn, Trans-Europe Express, Radio-Activity, Computer World, + more

Kraftwerk (German: [ˈkʁaftvɛɐ̯k], lit. "power station") is a German band formed in Düsseldorf in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. Widely considered as innovators ...more

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Helloween is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany

Albums: Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 2, Walls of Jericho, Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part I, + more

Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, West Germany by members of bands Iron Fist and Gentry. Its first lineup consisted of singer and rhythm guitarist Kai Hansen, ...more

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Accept is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany

Albums: Balls to the Wall, Restless and Wild, Metal Heart, Objection Overruled, Breaker, + more

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. Their beginnings can ...more

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Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany

Albums: Hyperborea, Tangram, Exit, Force Majeure, The Keep, + more

Tangerine Dream is a German electronic music band founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese. The group has seen many personnel changes over the years, with Froese having been the only continuous member ...more

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Kreator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany

Albums: Enemy of God, Pleasure to Kill, Phantom Antichrist, Extreme Aggression, Outcast, + more

Kreator is a German thrash metal band from Essen. Their style of music is similar to their compatriots Destruction, Sodom and Tankard, the other three big German thrash metal bands. All three ...more

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ATB is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany
Genre: Balearic beat, Electronic dance music & Drum and bass; Nationality: Germany

Albums: No Silence, Dedicated, Two Worlds, Trilogy, Hold You, + more

André Tanneberger (German pronunciation: [ʔanˈdʁeː ˈtanəbɛʁɡɐ]; born 26 February 1973), better known by his stage name ATB, is a German DJ, musician, and producer of electronic dance ...more

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Milli Vanilli is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany

Albums: Blame It on the Rain, Girl You Know It's True, The Moment of Truth, Keep on Running, All or Nothing, + more

Milli Vanilli was a German R&B duo from Munich. The group was founded by Frank Farian in 1988 and consisted of Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus. The group's debut album, titled All or Nothing in ...more

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How Milli Vanilli Lip-Synced Their Way To Grammy-Winning Stardom And Scandalous Pop Culture Infamy #1,936 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #13 of 1,039 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time

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Tokio Hotel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany

Albums: Scream, Humanoid City Live, Automatic, Schrei, Best Of, + more

Tokio Hotel is a German pop rock band, founded in 2001 by singer Bill Kaulitz, guitarist Tom Kaulitz, drummer Gustav Schäfer, and bassist Georg Listing. Its sound encompasses multiple ...more

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Markus Schulz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany
Genre: Trance music and Progressive house music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Progression, A State of Trance 500, Without You Near, Los Angeles '12, Scream, + more

Markus Schulz (; German: [ˈmaɐ̯kʊs ˈʃʊlts]; born 3 February 1975) is a German-American DJ and music producer based in Miami, Florida. Best known for his weekly radio show titled "Global DJ ...more

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Nena is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany
Genre: Synthpop, New Wave & Pop music; Nationality: Germany

Albums: Nena, Unser Apfelhaus, Bongo Girl, 99 Luftballons, Jamma nich, + more

Nena (pronounced [ˈneːna]; born Gabriele Susanne Kerner, 24 March 1960) is a German singer-songwriter, actress, and comedian who rose to international fame in 1983 with the Neue Deutsche Welle ...more

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Modern Talking is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany

Albums: The 1st Album, America, Alone, The Golden Years, Year of the Dragon, + more

Modern Talking was a German duo consisting of singer Thomas Anders and arranger, songwriter and producer Dieter Bohlen, with the participation of Luis Rodríguez in the production. They ...more

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KMFDM is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany

Albums: Naïve: Hell to Go, Sturm & Drang Tour 2002, Xtort, Boots, Angst, + more

KMFDM (originally Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid, loosely translated by the band as "no pity for the majority") is a German industrial band from Hamburg led by ...more

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Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany

Albums: Imaginations From the Other Side, Nightfall in Middle-Earth, A Twist in the Myth, Somewhere Far Beyond, At the Edge of Time, + more

Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in 1984 in Krefeld, West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal ...more

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Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany

Albums: Catching Rays on Giant, Afternoons in Utopia, The Singles Collection, Stark Naked and Absolutely Live, Prostitute, + more

Alphaville is a German group which gained popularity in the 1980s. The founding members were lead singer Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd, and Frank Mertens. The band was at first named "Forever ...more

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Atari Teenage Riot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany

Albums: 1995, The Future of War, 60 Second Wipe Out, Is This Hyperreal?, Deutschland Has Gotta Die / Riot 1996, + more

Atari Teenage Riot (abbreviated ATR) is a German band formed in Berlin in 1992. The name was taken from a Portuguese Joe song entitled "Teenage Riot" from the album Teen-age Riot, with ...more

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Cosmic Gate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany

Albums: A State of Trance 500, Techno Club, Volume 14, Back 2 The Future (The Classics 1999-2003 remixed), Rhythm & Drums, + more

Cosmic Gate is a German trance duo made up of Claus Terhoeven and Stefan Bossems. Both hail from Krefeld,Germany. On October 28, 2009, DJ Magazine announced the results of their annual Top 100 ...more

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CAN is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany

Albums: Tago Mago, CAN, The Lost Tapes, Can / Out of Reach, Silent Night, + more

Can was a German experimental rock band formed in Cologne in 1968 by the core quartet of Holger Czukay (bass, tape editing), Irmin Schmidt (keyboards), Michael Karoli (guitar), and Jaki ...more

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Cluster is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany

Albums: Apropos Cluster, Cluster & Eno, Old Land, Cluster II, One Hour, + more

Cluster was a German experimental musical group who influenced the development of contemporary popular electronic and ambient music. They have recorded albums in a wide variety of styles ranging ...more

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#1,678 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #207 of 318 The Best Progressive Rock Bands/Artists #246 of 392 The Best Electronica Artists

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Bad Boys Blue is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany

Albums: Bad Boys Blue: Greatest Hits, 25 (25th Anniversary Album), ...continued, Game of Love - House of Silence, Bad Boys Blue, + more

Bad Boys Blue are a multinational pop group that was formed in Cologne, Germany. The group performed many international hits including "You're a Woman", "Pretty Young Girl", ...more

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Digitalism is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany

Albums: Pogo, Zdarlight (Edition Moonlight / Discodrome), Idealistic, Circles Remixed, Idealism, + more

Digitalism are a German electronic music duo formed in Hamburg in 2004, consisting of Jens "Jence" Moelle and İsmail "Isi" Tüfekçi. The duo are signed to French ...more

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Neu! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Germany

Albums: Neu! 2, Neu! '75, Neu! 4, Neu!, Vinyl Box, + more

Neu! was a German krautrock band formed by Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother after their split from Kraftwerk in the early 1970s. Though Neu! had minimal commercial success during its existence, ...more

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