German soundtrack

When you go abroad for a year, you hear different songs on the radio, and these become a mental soundtrack of the experience. I still have vivid recollections of the songs I heard when I lived in France, more than two decades ago.

E. and I have been gathering a list of the songs that for better or worse have defined our experience. Here's a partial compilation.

Cassandra Steen, featuring Adel Tawil: Stadt
If there's an anthem for the year, this might be it.

Black Eyed Peas: I Gotta Feeling
Catchy. Happy. What more do you need?

Lady Gaga: Poker Face
I kind of wish Lady Gaga wasn't rattling around in my head, but what are you gonna do?

It's a good song until you pay attention to the lyrics.

Agnes: Release Me
Good dance track. So I imagine.

Culcha Candela: Schöne Neue Welt
This song was on the air all the time when I arrived last summer. It's kind of a stupid song, but it's definitely cemented in my head.

Lily Allen: Not Fair
Lyrics not entirely suitable for the workplace. But very clever.

Robbie Williams: Bodies
I've never understood Europeans' fascination with Robbie Williams, but this is definitely among his best.

Sportfreunde Stiller: Ein Kompliment
Rock. Auf Deutsch.

Frauenartzt & Manny Marc: Das geht ab
Party anthem. Auf Deutsch.

Lady Gaga: Paparazzi
Yeah, darn it, she's left an impression.

Emiliana Torrini: Jungle Drum
Ooo. I love this one. Happiest, catchiest song of the year. I kind of hear Nancy Sinatra when I hear this song.

Nelly Furtado: Manos Al Aire
Whoa. Nelly sings Spanish.

Peter Fox: Haus am See
Rap. Auf Deutsch. In all seriousness, Peter Fox is one of the coolest German pop singers.


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