In this post, we'll look at some German artists and bands you might want to explore as a learner. All artists in this list have clear pronunciation (well: as clear as it gets) and don't use overly complicated vocabulary, with Yung Hurn being the only exception.
Learn German through Music
Let's start off the list with a band that is probably Germany's most famous export: Rammstein.
Rammstein is internationally known for their aggressive & metallic sound, their over-the-top pyro shows, and their provocative music videos & live performances.
If you are learning German and like the sound of Rammstein, you are in luck: Listening to Rammstein is a great way to improve your German. The vocabulary used in Rammstein's songs is (for the most part) pretty basic. Words or verses are often repeated multiple times and Till Lindemann's pronunciation is exceptionally clear.
The only thing to watch out for is that they sometimes do use words that are rather archaic sounding and also be careful not to copy Lindemann's overly rolled R - people don't really speak like this.
(And neither does Lindemann: You won't hear him roll the R like this in interviews)
The next band we'd like to present to you is very different to Rammstein, but a really great resource for learners nonetheless. Bilderbuch is an indie-band from Austria, that a few years ago became quite famous in Germany and other German-speaking countries.
The clear pronunciation and the stylistic pauses between verses make Bilderbuch very easy to listen to. The Viennese accent of the lead singer is very charming, but shouldn't be too overwhelming for learners.
Die Heiterkeit is one of our favourite German rock bands. They are a small indie band from Hamburg and their slow atmospheric sound is a rare find in the world of German rock music.
Stella Sommer, the lead singer, sounds a little bit like a mix between Marianne Rosenberg and Nico from The Velvet Underground. If you listen to a few of their songs, you might know what we mean. Sommers pronunciation is super crisp and the slow sound (combined with frequent repetitions) makes the music of Die Heiterkeit very digestible for language learners.
The second Austrian artist (after Bilderbuch) on this list is Yung Hurn. Yung Hurn is not as easy to recommend as the other musicians and bands, because it's not as easy to understand him.
However, this is also due to the nature of rap and the faster pace of that genre. There are still quite a few songs that are very accessible, and even though you might have to listen to the songs a couple of times, the lyrics should be simple enough for you to pick up what's going on (roughly 😅).