Delightful sounds

What Germans like and don’t like to listen to – a foray into some of the tops and flops of the worlds of sound

Dreamy sounds: The sound of a guitar, plus the whistling of wind and the burbling of water.
The sound of a guitar, plus the whistling of wind and the burbling of water. Glebstock - stock.adobe.com

Get to know Germany, find out which music Germans most like to listen to statistically, and which sounds they like and do not like, according to surveys.

Germany’s most successful international hits (of all time)

  1. “Autobahn” by Kraftwerk
  2. “99 Red Balloons” by Nena
  3. “Da Da Da” by Trio

The most popular instrument (to play themselves)


  1. Guitar
  2. Recorder
  3. Piano

Most popular German musicians in 2020 (streamed)

  1. Capital Bra
  2. Apache
  3. Samra

The most beautiful birdsong:

  1. Nightingale
  2. Blackbird
  3. Song thrush

Most frequently streamed songs in German

  1. “Du hast” by Rammstein
  2. “Roller” by Apache 207
  3. “99 Luftballons” by Nena

Most-performed operas (before the pandemic)

  1. “The Magic Flute” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  2. “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck
  3. “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini

Most disliked sounds

  1. Cutlery scraped across a plate
  2. Squeak of chalk on school blackboard
  3. Traffic noise

Favourite sounds

  1. Twittering of birds
  2. Partner’s laughter
  3. The whistling of the wind

Bonus: The best-selling song of all time in Germany is “Candle in the Wind” by Elton John.

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