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Famous and Popular Oktoberfest Songs (Part 2)

As promised, here is the next part of our overview of popular Oktoberfest songs, famous hits that have become a staple of the Munich Oktoberfest (aka "Wiesn", a nickname of the festival location, the "Theresienwiese" in Munich), as well as other Oktoberfest-style events.

More popular Oktoberfest Songs

1. Sierra Madre (Sierra Madre del Sur)

Even though the title refers to a Mexican mountain range, this German-language classic among our list of popular Oktoberfest songs might as well celebrate the Alps, another famous mountain range, though much closer to Munich, Bavaria. In contrast to many other Oktoberfest staples, it evokes a quieter, more romantic atmosphere and allows for a few calmer moments.

While originally recorded by German Schlager singer Ronny, it's become quite a hit in the version made popular by the "Zillertaler Schürzenjäger," nowadays mainly known as simply "Schürzenjäger."

2. Fürstenfeld

Strictly speaking, the city of Fürstenfeld is located in Austria, not in Bavaria/Germany. However, this has not prevented the song of the same name by Austrian trio STS from becoming a huge hit with the Oktoberfest crowd.

3. 99 Luftballons (99 Red Balloons)

Nena's 80ies top hit is one of the rare examples of a German pop song that made it into the German as well the US charts. Almost three decades after its original release, it is still a party classic!

4. Fliegerlied / So a schöner Tag

As far as popular Oktoberfest songs are concerned, this one might almost be considered in a league of its own: Originally intended by musician and educator "Donikkl" for a more regional audience of children, it became a "Wiesn Hit" in 2008, was translated in various languages and has been covered multiple times.

5. Que sera sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)

Movie buffs probably associate this title with Doris Day and the Hitchcock classic "The Man Who Knew Too Much" from 1956. As Doris Day's signature song it has become a hit in its own right and has been covered by multiple artists in various styles.

As far as Oktoberfest music is concerned, you are likely to come across this one in two different versions:

  • the original Doris Day version, which is a waltz that's easy to dance and sway to

  • up-tempo party versions like the one made popular by Hermes House band

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The right music is a hugely important part of a successful party, and that includes any event in the style of an Oktoberfest. However, it's about much more than that!

That's why we offer our event consulting services to help you with your own version of Oktoberfest celebrations. Simply contact us for more information!

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