A good cover's better than a bad original - just ask the likes of Boney M., Cascada and ATC. All German acts who've stormed the charts with new versions of old hits.
Forget singles, this time around it’s all about the art of the album: a collection of at least five songs, running to at least 23 minutes. In the past five decades, more than 400 German albums became international hits.
We've analyzed all major international music markets and studied data on almost 1.600 German music productions, all global hits over the past 40 years. Here's the result: the 10 most successful German music acts ever.
Since 1970 more than 900 German singles have smashed into the international charts, including the biggest markets: the USA, the UK, and Japan. From dancefloor to new age, rock to pop, we present the most important hits.
In the 70s German musicians were at the forefront of the burgeoning electronic music scene, and their chart success at home was reflected internationally. Electronic pioneers compete with disco greats for the top spot.
Nena, Alphaville, Modern Talking: During the 1980s, many German groups appeared on the international music scene. PopXport Ranking looks back and presents the ten biggest German music acts of the decade.
In the 90s the Berlin club scene boomed and millions of techno fans flocked to the annual Love Parade festival. In reunified Germany techno and eurodance were defining genres of the decade, gaining worldwide popularity.
Digital technology was the driving force of pop music in the new millennium. The laptop replaced the professional studio and music production was revolutionized. German DJs like ATB, Paul van Dyk and Zedd led the way.
Melodic rock, hair metal or industrial - Germany's top 10 rock acts are as diverse as the form itself. From teen idols Tokio Hotel to rock veterans Scorpions, these artists are a sure fixture of the international charts.
"PopXport Ranking" is a unique project - an analysis of the German pop scene's popularity abroad that is unprecedented in scope. 10 TV broadcasts will be highlighting the most successful musicians to hail from Germany.
Around 900 singles and over 400 albums produced in Germany have charted outside the country since 1970. And our list contains all those records as well as their peak positions.
20 hits from the most successful German music acts ever
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