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The German Top Music-singles of the 90's Decade
The original 90's
Here is a glimpse towards the German music scene of the 1990s decade. These are the titles which climbed the ladder of the singles charts and reached the 1. Sorted by the weeks they stayed on top. For sure, you will recognize most of them.
1. Wind Of Change - Scorpions 1991
"Wind of change" is a rock ballade which was composed by the "Scorpions" lead singer Klaus Meine. Published in November 1990 this hit was sold in 78 countries for over 14 million times.
1. Time To Say Goodbye - Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli 1996
Originally "Con te partirò" was by Lucio Quarantotto and composed by Francesco Sartori. This piece has then been interpreted by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman as "Time to say Goodbye".
Very interesting is the fact that this classical crossover song was actually rewritten for the final boxing fight between Henry Maske and Virgil Hill (21 million viewers). The fight took place on the 23. November, at the beginning of December it received top score on the German single charts with sales as high as 40000 – 60000 per day. Only in Germany 2,75 Million sales took place.
1. Verdammt ich lieb' dich - Matthias Reim 1990
This is Matthias Reim's first and biggest hit. Number 1 on the German single charts for 16 weeks (18th may till 6th of September). Worldwide Sales are numbered 2,5 million. It should be noticed that this is the first in the list with entire German lyrics. Every hit was composed and written by Reim himself.
1. It's My Life - Dr. Alban 1992
This song, partly written and produced "Denniz PoP" (Dag Krister Volle, a Swedish DJ, composer and producer) gained the number one position in Austria, Germany and Sweden. Switzerland and Great-Britain pushed it to place two, in the U.S it achieved the 88th.
1. Conquest Of Paradise - Vangelis 1994
Some might know this one from the historical movie "1492: Conquest of Paradise" by Ridely Scott. The official radio release does have some slight differences compared to what has been used in the film. Another fun detail: this song also just started to really sell when it was used for the entry of boxer Henry Maske. 11 weeks on place one for this composition written by Guy Protheroe, sung by the English Chamber Choir.
1. My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion 1998
Even though her manager almost forced her to sing this song, it became a top hit in Germany and France, both countries took it to place one for 13 weeks on the single charts, Produced by James Horner and Will Jennings for James Cameron's Movie "Titanic". In Germany it was sold about 2 million times.
1. Rhythm Is A Dancer - Snap 1992
Micheal Münzig and Luca Anzilotti are said to be the founders of the "Eurodance" movement. They wrote this track, Thea Austin sang it and Turbo B. Included his rap. There are three followers of the original – only the original reached first chart place in Germany, Austria, and the UK.
1. Das Boot - U96 1992
U96 has always been considered to be more of a project rather than a band or group. On the German dance charts it immediately catapulted on first, the top 100 were climbed after the U96 team produced a video and a slightly shorter radio version.
1. Mambo No. 5 - Lou Bega 1999
This is a remake of the instrumental piece by Perez Prado from the year 1952. Bega added a refrain melodie and of course some text. In 1999 it actually became a world. 8 million sales worldwide and eleven weeks on the German chart pole position.
Due to the German copyright issues I am not able to legally view this video. You might find it when entering "Mambo No. 5 - Lou Bega" into your favorite streaming content website. (ironie "on"): Thank you SME( "ironie off")
1. Sweat (A La La La La Long) - Inner Circle 1992
At the time, Inner Circle were known as "The Bad Boys of Reggae". Three months on the German first place of the charts.