Top Oktoberfest Songs You WILL Hear at German Festivals
Music is almost as important to Oktoberfest as Beer. (I said ALMOST). 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? These are the TOP Oktoberfest Songs that you will most likely hear (often, several times). Get to know them BEFORE you go… and you can sing along!
I’ve attached video for each song… and most have the Lyrics included, so you can learn to sing like an Oktoberfest Pro!! Because the BEST Oktoberfest Music is music you can sing along to!
Top Oktoberfest Songs
“Ein Prosit” is the one song you are guaranteed to hear … over and over and over… (probably twice an hour). It’s not a bad thing. Remember, the song is a toast, so raise your glass or stein, sing along, and drink after the counting…
In English, this is the Beer Barrel Polka… but I grew up with Heino singing “Rosamunde”.. Here he is singing the original with Andre Rieu.
Why the Bill Danoff song, made famous by John (Deutschendorf) Denver became an Oktoberfest hit, is a mystery. The most obvious reason? It’s easy to sing along with, even when you are quite drunk. All I know is that it’s fun…
So Ein Schoener Tag (Fliegerlied)
When the Fliegerlied plays, you can bet that everyone will be on their feet … flying, swimming and basically having a marvelous time.
The fact that “Sweet Caroline” is an Oktoberfest favorite just tickles my daughter (she’s a super Neil Diamond fan…we just aren’t allowed to tell the other kids in Middle School). Why is it so popular? Well… we all know the words! And the Best Oktoberfest Music encourages you to get up and SING! “Bum bum bum… Good times never seemed so good!”
Made super popular by the group Voxx Club, Rock Mi has become a fun Oktoberfest standard. Be on the lookout for Flash Mobs!
Oh my… Viva Colonia gets people up on their feet dancing… I can’t, however, understand much of what’s being sung…
Living Next Door /Who the F is Alice?
Another song that calls for response from the crowd. Made popular by singer Smokey, this song is regularly enjoyed at fests. Maybe because it’s a little naughty..>
Cowboy und Indianer
Cowboys and Indians?? Why not! I think the Lasso might be the most important part… so practice it!
“In Munchen Steht Ein Hofbrauhaus”
This song is played over and over in the Oktoberfest tents…
Joana du Geile Sau
Want to make an Oktoberfest hit? Encourage audience participation. Joana seduces the singer, and breaks his heart. Ouch! But in the chorus, everyone gets to participate in calling Joana names…
Bayern Des samma mir
Any song about Bayern is certain to be a hit at Oktoberfest. I love that even Rammstein will play a version of “Bayern des samma mia”.
An Austrian song that hit the top of the charts in 1984… it’s a catchy fun song about wanting to go home to Fürstenfeld. What could be more appropriate?
Du Du liegst mir am Herzen
Originally a folk song from Northern Germany, you will hear this song played at many festivals. It’s a nice one to dance a waltz, or just link arms and sway.
O du lieber Augustin
This simple kid song works well as a round… or as group song for a lot of people who have had a lot of beer.
10 Meter Geh’
And what’s going to be the next Super Oktoberfest hit??? My money is on Chris Boettcher and “10 Meter geh´”
The Duck Dance… or Chicken Dance in English… is one of those songs you just can’t escape. People will be on the dance floor, shaking their tail feathers (and maybe wearing funny hats). Go with it… it’s all meant to be fun. Learn more about the history of the song here.
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Living in West Virginia, i can almost explain country roads, West Virginia is known for having a large number of Rhineland and Swiss German speaking population for over 100 years, country roads is typically sung near the end of a party or game. Pretty much it’s singing “I’m to drunk to drive, and the worse i butcher this song the extent of the impairment”! So if its sung by someone from West Virginia at Oktoberfest they are admitting they are drunk and need help getting home!
oh gee…. Hopefully they get a ride!
What about Kiss Me from WudYa? Written as a dedication to the biggest and best party on the planet! 🙂
thanks! I will add it!!
Looking for a German drinking song, the one line I remember (this was back in the ’80s when I was stationed there) is:
“forwards, then backwards, then left, the right” except in German of course. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Got this straight from an expert
Thank You, I do believe that is the song I was looking for, however as I remember it, it was sung at a faster cadence and sped up as the song went and had people falling all over because they were drunk. It was very funny.
Just thought I’d let you know: Smokey is a band, not a singer