Today's theme: European Favorites.
I pondered this theme for a while. Should I include or exclude musicians from Great Britain? Should I only include songs sung in the singers' native language?
I decided to feature only singers from Mainland Europe, and a mix of songs sung in English and songs sung in other languages that became hits in the United States.
Scorpions are a German rock band first formed in 1965 - over 50 years ago. They have had a number of hits in the United States, including The Zoo and Rock You Like a Hurricane. I decided, instead, to feature a song written in 1990 and released in 1991 about the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall - Winds of Change. This song is the all time best selling song in Germany.
You would never believe this next song was anything but an all-American song.
But Rednex, here singing "Cotton-Eyed Joe", is a Swedish music group. This cover of an American folk song dating from before the Civil War used to be played at all of the ball games of Binghamton's minor league baseball team. OK, maybe I am stretching "European Favorite" slightly, but now, let's dance!
Volbeat is a Danish rock band. The song I've selected is Lola Montez, the stage name of an Irish "dancer" (actually, a courtesan) of the 19th century.
Now, I turn to some songs sung in native European languages.
Nena, a (then) West German band fronted by a singer of the same name, sings a song called (in German) 99 Luftballoons. The year after its 1983 release, Nena rerecorded the song in English.
Next, is a German electronic group called Kraftwerk. Autobahn (the original, single version) from 1974, was an instant personal favorite. True, there isn't much singing in this song, but it is in German.
Last, but certainly not least. Austrian singer Johann Hölzel, better known as Falco, recorded a song in German about Mozart called "Rock me Amadeus", which became a big hit in our country in 1986. Tragically, Falco died in a car crash in 1998, at the age of 40.
So, what are some of your European favorites?
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