Famous German Lyricists & Songwriters

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Nico
(Singer Know for Her Song 'The Velvet Underground's' debut album 'The Velvet Underground & Nico')

Nico
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Birthdate: October 16, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: July 18, 1988

Nico was a German musician, singer, and songwriter. Her work continues to serve as an inspiration to several musicians like Björk, Morrissey, and the English rock band The Cure. In 2017, Susanna Nicchiarelli directed Nico's biographical film titled Nico, 1988. Also an actress, Nico appeared in many films, including Andy Warhol's experimental underground film Chelsea Girls.

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Zedd
(DJ & Record Producer Best Known for His Song 'Clarity')

Zedd
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Birthdate: September 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saratov, Russia

Zedd is a Russian-German songwriter, record producer, and DJ. He is best known for his 2012 single, Clarity, which earned him a Grammy Award in 2014 after peaking at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Although he mainly performs and produces electro house music, Zedd also draws inspiration from dubstep, progressive house, and classical music.

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Kim Petras
(Singer-songwriter)

Kim Petras
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Birthdate: August 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

Kim Petras is a German singer-songwriter currently based in USA. She was assigned male at birth and underwent medical gender transition as a teenager. Interested in music from a young age, she began recording music as a teenager. Her debut single topped several viral music charts on Spotify. Since then, she has released many hit albums and singles. 

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 4 
Bill Kaulitz
(Singer-Songwriter and Lead Singer of Pop Rock Band 'Tokio Hotel')

Bill Kaulitz
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Birthdate: September 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
German singer and LGBT icon Bill Kaulitz, also known as Billy, gained fame as the lead vocalist of the band Tokio Hotel, which has released chartbusting tracks such as Monsoon. He began his solo career with the debut I’m Not OK. A strict vegetarian, he has campaigned for PETA, too.

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Nena
(Singer-songwriter)

Nena
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Birthdate: March 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hagen, Germany

German singer/songwriter Gabriele Susanne Kerner, better known as Nena, soared to international fame with the hit 99 Luftballons. Known for her energetic performances, Nena is also a mother of four and has co-founded the Neue Schule Hamburg school, based on the American Sudbury model of education.

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Lena Meyer-Landrut
(German Singer Best Known as the Winner of the 'Eurovision Song Contest 2010' for Her Song 'Satellite')

Lena Meyer-Landrut
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Birthdate: May 3, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany

Lena Meyer-Landrut is a German singer-songwriter who rose to fame after participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Her debut album peaked at No.1 in Germany and was accredited Platinum. She has since released many hit albums and singles. Besides singing, she has also served as a coach on five seasons of the reality TV series The Voice Kids.  

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Michael Schenker
(Guitarist)

Michael Schenker
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Birthdate: January 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sarstedt, Lower Saxony, Germany
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Klaus Meine
(Vocalist, songwriter and instrumentalist best known as the frontman of the rock band Scorpions)

Klaus Meine
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Birthdate: May 25, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany

Klaus Meine is a German singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. He is best known as the lead singer of the heavy metal band Scorpions. He wrote or co-wrote most of the songs released by the band. During the peak of his career, he temporarily lost his voice due to a medical condition but was able to make a comeback. 

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Frank Farian
(German Singer-Songwriter and Founder of 1970s Disco-Pop Group ‘Boney M')

Frank Farian
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Birthdate: July 18, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kirn, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

German record producer Frank Farian founded iconic pop groups such as Boney M. and No Mercy. He was accused of showcasing attractive dancers as members of Milli Vanilli, while others had actually sung the songs. He has also been associated with groups such as La Bouche and Eruption.

 10 
Lou Bega
(Singer)

Lou Bega
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Birthdate: April 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

Lou Bega became an overnight sensation with the 1999 international chartbuster Mambo No. 5, based on Pérez Prado's 1949 original. Born in Germany, Lou was the son of a Ugandan father and a Sicilian mother. Initially inspired by rap and R&B, he deviated to mambo music after a trip to Miami.

Matthias Schweighofer
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Birthdate: March 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Anklam, Germany

Matthias Schweighofer is a German actor, film director, voice actor, and producer. Over the course of his career, Schweighofer has received several prestigious awards like the German Television Prize, Adolf Grimme Award, and Bavarian Film Award. Matthias Schweighofer is also a fashion enthusiast; he is credited with co-founding a fashion label named German Garment along with television presenter Joko Winterscheidt.

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Jennifer Rush
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Birthdate: September 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

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Thomas Anders
(Lead vocalist of the pop duo Modern Talking)

Thomas Anders
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Birthdate: March 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Münstermaifeld, Germany

Thomas Anders is a German singer and songwriter. He gained prominence as the lead singer of the German duo Modern Talking. He developed an early love for music and began his career when he was a teenager. Despite being talented, he struggled for a few years before he could make it big in the music scene.  

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Nina Hagen
(Singer)

Nina Hagen
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Birthdate: March 11, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: East Berlin, Germany

Nina Hagen is a German singer-songwriter and actress. She began her career as an actress and gained fame as a singer during the punk and new wave movements in the 1970s and 1980s. Her parents are also actors and singers. Hagen is a voice-over artist as well. She is involved in human and animal rights activism. 

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Caroline Vreeland
(Singer-songwriter)

Caroline Vreeland
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Birthdate: October 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C, United States

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Florian Schneider
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Birthdate: April 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany
Died: April 21, 2020

 17 
Meshell Ndegeocello
(Singer-songwriter)

Meshell Ndegeocello
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Birthdate: August 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 18 
Zoe Wees
(Singer-songwriter)

Zoe Wees
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Birthdate: May 13, 2002
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

German singer-songwriter Zoe Wees soared to fame with her debut single, Control, which detailed her struggle with epilepsy. She followed it up with Girls Like Us. Raised by her mother, she first experimented with music as a child and often wrote her songs in English instead of German.

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Dieter Bohlen
(German Songwriter and Music Producer Best Known for Being a Part of the Group 'Modern Talking')

Dieter Bohlen
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Birthdate: February 7, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Berne, Germany

German singer/songwriter Dieter Bohlen redefined the Eurobeat in the 1980s and is also known as the Pop-Titan. He formed the duo Modern Talking with Thomas Anders, creating international superhits such as Brother Louie. He later went solo as Blue System, releasing hits such as Gangster Love, before rejoining Modern Talking.

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Mark Forster
(Singer-songwriter)

Mark Forster
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Birthdate: January 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kaiserslautern, Germany

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Matthias Jabs
(Guitarist, Songwriter best known for being the lead guitarist in the hard rock band Scorpions)

Matthias Jabs
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Birthdate: October 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany

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Sarah Connor
(Singer-songwriter)

Sarah Connor
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Birthdate: June 13, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Delmenhorst, Germany

 23 
Jen Majura
(Guitarist)

Jen Majura
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Birthdate: June 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

 24 
Doro
(Singer)

Doro
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Birthdate: June 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany

 25 
Xavier Naidoo
(Singer-songwriter)

Xavier Naidoo
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Birthdate: October 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mannheim, Germany

 26 
Marian Gold
(Singer-songwriter)

Marian Gold
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Birthdate: May 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Herford, Germany

 27 
Mandy Capristo
(Singer-songwriter)

Mandy Capristo
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Birthdate: March 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mannheim, Germany

 28 
Peter Schilling
(Musician)

Peter Schilling
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Birthdate: January 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

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Kai Hansen
(Guitarist)

Kai Hansen
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Birthdate: January 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

 30 
Roosevelt
(Singer)

Roosevelt
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Birthdate: September 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Viersen, Germany

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Nico Santos
(Singer)

Nico Santos
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Birthdate: January 7, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bremen, Germany

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Bibi Bourelly
(Known for having written several Rihanna songs including 'Bitch Better Have My Money' and 'Higher')

Bibi Bourelly
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Birthdate: July 14, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

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Michael Kiske
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Birthdate: January 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

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Edgar Froese
(Artist)

Edgar Froese
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Birthdate: June 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sovetsk, Russia
Died: January 20, 2015

A pioneer in electronic music and founder of music band Tangerine Dream, Edgar Willmar Froese started playing guitar at the age of 15. At nineteen, he formed his first group, which disbanded within three years. By then, he had started experimenting and eventually formed Tangerine Dream, concurrently continuing to sing solo and release solo albums.

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Jannine Weigel
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Birthdate: July 30, 2000
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Steinfurt, Germany

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Nadja Benaissa
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Birthdate: April 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

 37 
Herman Rarebell
(Musician)

Herman Rarebell
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Birthdate: November 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saarbrücken, Germany

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Hansi Kürsch
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Birthdate: August 10, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lank-Latum, Germany

 39 
Dean Reed
(Actor)

Dean Reed
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Birthdate: September 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: June 13, 1986

 40 
Andreas Bourani
(Singer-songwriter)

Andreas Bourani
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Birthdate: November 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany

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Michael Schulte
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Birthdate: April 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Eckernförde, Germany

 42 
Mille Petrozza
(Guitarist)

Mille Petrozza
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Birthdate: December 18, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Essen, Germany

 43 
Andi Deris
(Singer)

Andi Deris
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Birthdate: August 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Karlsruhe, Germany

 44 
Peter Maffay
(Musician)

Peter Maffay
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Birthdate: August 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brașov, Romania

 45 
Ottmar Liebert
(Guitarist)

Ottmar Liebert
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Birthdate: February 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

 46 
Tim Bendzko
(Singer-songwriter)

Tim Bendzko
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Birthdate: April 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

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Sandy Molling
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Birthdate: April 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wuppertal, West Germany

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Ayo
(Singer-Songwriter)

Ayo
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Birthdate: September 14, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Frechen, Germany

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Oliver Palotai
(Musician)

Oliver Palotai
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Birthdate: March 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Germany

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Wolf Biermann
(Singer-songwriter)

Wolf Biermann
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Birthdate: November 15, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

German singer-songwriter Wolf Biermann caused massive protests among the German public after his 1976 expatriation from the German Democratic Republic. His communist ideals and political theater caused him to be banned in East Germany. His East German citizenship, too, was revoked. His song Ermutigung talks about his struggles.