‘Das Fliegerlied’ by Tim Toupet
'Fast as a Shark'
Music is almost as important to Oktoberfest as Beer. So if you are headed to an Oktoberfest … or you are hosting your own Oktoberfest Party … you can be certain that music, singing and even dancing will be involved. But what sort of music will you hear? Remember, the song is a toast, so raise your glass or stein, sing along, and drink after the counting…. Here he is singing the original with Andre Rieu. The most obvious reason? When the Fliegerlied plays, you can bet that everyone will be on their feet … flying, swimming and basically having a marvelous time. Why is it so popular? Well… we all know the words!
‘Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit’ by Bernhard Dietrich
October is officially upon us, and you know what that means -- it's time for us non-German types to start paying attention to Oktoberfest in earnest and celebrate the Top 10 Oktoberfest Songs. Even though the annual event started in late September and concludes this coming Sunday Oct. We decided to yank up our lederhosen and put together a list of proudly Teutonic classic rock songs. It's time for rockmusik! This hit from Accept's album, 'Restless and Wild,' found the band nodding to its German heritage by kicking off the song with a scratchy recording of a traditional children's tune titled 'Ein Heller und ein Batzen,' or 'A Farthing and a Penny. Well, it isn't in German. And technically, it wasn't even recorded in Germany -- but hey, it's Lou Reed and the song as well as the classic album it's from is called 'Berlin,' so as far as we're concerned, you can play it loud while hoisting a foamy stein of your favorite brew. Just don't pay too much attention to those lovelorn lyrics, or you could end up crying in your beer. Okay, so that gibberish that producer Jeff 'Mutt' Lange is spouting off in the intro isn't actually German or any other language -- but enough people think it is that you pretty much had to know we were going to include Def Leppard's 'Rock of Ages' in our Top 10 Oktoberfest Songs. And anyway, after enough beers, even "Gunter glieben glauben globen" does start to sound pretty profound, right?
Stylish dirndls, real lederhosen, delicious beer and of course the right music! Every year on the Wiesn there are one or more Wiesn hits to which people dance and sway on the beer benches. Whether an evening with friends, business appointment or family visit, Bavarian or tourist, you must know these hits. But which song has the potential for the next Wiesn hit?