Famous German Singers

Find out more about the greatest German Singers, including John Denver, Heike Makatsch, Jackson Browne, Nico and Till Lindemann.

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 1 J. Cole

J. Cole
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Famous As: Rapper, Record Producer, Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: January 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

German born American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer J. Cole is considered one of the most respected and influential rappers of his generation. Interested in music from a young age, he decided to become a singer when he was just 12. His debut mixtape was a hit, and he went on to release many other successful mixtapes and albums.

 2 Pia Wurtzbach

Pia Wurtzbach
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Famous As: Model, Actress
Birthdate: September 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

Pia Wurtzbach is a Filipino-German beauty queen who participated in the 64th Miss Universe pageant where she was crowned Miss Universe 2015. Wurtzbach is also a model, actress, and TV personality; she had to quit her showbusiness career temporarily to participate in the beauty pageant. She is also an advocate for gender equality and works towards raising awareness of HIV.

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 3 Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany
Six-time Grammy-nominated rock singer Jackson Browne has sold more than 18 million albums in the U.S. Best known for his hits These Days, Running on Empty, and Doctor My Eyes, he was featured on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. The MUSE founder is an avid environmentalist, too.

 4 Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Audra McDonald is a singer and actress primarily known for her work on the Broadway stage. She has appeared in multiple musicals, operas, and dramas and is the recipient of six Tony Awards. She is a classically trained soprano and has performed with the Los Angeles Opera. She has also acted in many TV shows and films. 

 5 Till Lindemann

Till Lindemann
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany

German singer-songwriter and poet Till Lindemann is best-recognised as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the German heavy-metal band Rammstein and for the musical project Lindemann that he fronted. Roadrunner Records listed him among "50 Greatest Metal Frontmen of All Time". He has also published two books of poetry, In stillen Nächten and Messer, and featured in minor roles in movies.

 6 Nico

Nico
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 16, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cologne
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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 7 Franka Potente

Franka Potente
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Münster, Germany

Franka Potente is a German actress who took the entertainment world by storm with her performance in her debut film, After Five in the Forest Primeval, for which she won a Bavarian Film Award for Best Young Actress. After establishing herself in her native country, she moved on to Hollywood, appearing in multiple popular films. 

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 8 Kim Petras

Kim Petras
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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. 

 9 Rob Pilatus

Rob Pilatus
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 8, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: April 2, 1998

German model, dancer, and singer, Rob Pilatus, was a member of the pop music duo, Milli Vanilli, with Fabrice Morvan. As an interracial child growing up in Munich, he had a difficult childhood. He began working as a model as a teenager and soon ventured into music. He struggled with substance abuse and died at the age of 32.

 10 Bill Kaulitz

Bill Kaulitz
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Leipzig
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.

 11 Lena Meyer-Landrut

Lena Meyer-Landrut
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.  

 12 Heike Makatsch

Heike Makatsch
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany

The daughter of former German ice-hockey player Rainer Makatsch, Heike Makatsch initially apprenticed as a dressmaker. She began her entertainment career hosting shows such as Interaktiv. She later appeared in movies such as Love Actually and Am I Beautiful? She also earned an Emmy nomination for Margarete Steiff.

 13 Nena

Nena
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 14 Diana Damrau

Diana Damrau
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Günzburg, Germany

 15 Helene Fischer

Helene Fischer
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Krasnoyarsk, Russian SFSR, USSR [now Russia]

Helene Fischer is a German singer, dancer, actress, and TV presenter. She attended the Frankfurt Stage & Musical School to study singing and acting. She made her debut in 2005 and found immediate success. Eventually, she started singing in English as well. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including 17 Echo awards and four "Krone der Volksmusik" prizes. 

 16 Lou Bega

Lou Bega
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 17 Frank Farian

Frank Farian
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Famous As: Record producer
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.

 18 Klaus Meine

Klaus Meine
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Songwriter, Guitarist
Birthdate: May 25, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hanover

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. 

 19 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
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Famous As: Baritone
Birthdate: May 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 18, 2012

 20 Dieter Bohlen

Dieter Bohlen
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Famous As: Songwriter
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.

 21 Thomas Anders

Thomas Anders
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Famous As: Composer, Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: March 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Münstermaifeld

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.  

 22 Klaus Nomi

Klaus Nomi
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Famous As: Vocalizer
Birthdate: January 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Immenstadt, Germany
Died: August 6, 1983

Klaus Nomi was a German countertenor with a wide vocal range. He wore heavy makeup, unusual costumes, and a highly stylized signature hairdo. He had an otherworldly stage persona that was unique to him. His music was also considered unusual. He suffered from AIDS and was one of the earliest musicians known to die of the illness.  

 23 Haddaway

Haddaway
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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: January 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port of Spain

 24 Angela Gossow

Angela Gossow
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Famous As: Vocalist
Birthdate: November 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

German singer Angela Gossow is best known to fans as the lead vocalist of the Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy. She is one of the few female singers who use death grunts as part of their performances. An atheist and a vegan, she is quite vocal about her opinions.

 25 Caroline Vreeland

Caroline Vreeland
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C, United States

 26 Nina Hagen

Nina Hagen
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Famous As: Singer
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. 

 27 Jennifer Rush

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

 28 Fritz Wunderlich

Fritz Wunderlich
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Famous As: Opera singer, Singer
Birthdate: September 26, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kusel
Died: September 17, 1966

 29 Zoe Wees

Zoe Wees
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 30 Jonas Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann
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Famous As: Operatic tenor
Birthdate: July 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

German opera tenor Jonas Kaufmann is best known for his versatility. Born to music lover parents, he grew up listening to his father’s collection of classical music. Dropping out of a math course in university, he opted for music instead. He is best known for his performance in Don Carlos.

 31 Jessica Boehrs

Jessica Boehrs
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Magdeburg, Germany

 32 Ari Up

Ari Up
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Munich, West Germany [now Germany]
Died: October 20, 2010

Born into a musical family, Ari Up began experimenting with punk music early in her life. At fourteen, she co-founded post-punk band, The Slits, releasing their debut album Cut in 1979 and her first full-length solo album, Dread More Dan Dead, in 2005. Known for her wild hair and odd stage outfits, she died at forty-eight after battling breast cancer.

 33 Meshell Ndegeocello

Meshell Ndegeocello
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 34 Mark Forster

Mark Forster
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kaiserslautern, Germany

 35 Sarah Connor

Sarah Connor
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 13, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Delmenhorst, Germany

 36 Lotte Lehmann

Lotte Lehmann
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Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: February 27, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Perleberg, Germany
Died: August 26, 1976

 37 Udo Dirkschneider

Udo Dirkschneider
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Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthdate: April 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wuppertal

 38 Mandy Capristo

Mandy Capristo
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mannheim, Germany

 39 C.C.Catch

C.C.Catch
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Famous As: Pop singer
Birthdate: July 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oss, Netherlands

 40 Blixa Bargeld

Blixa Bargeld
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Famous As: Actor, Composer, Experimental musician, Singer, Writer, Guitarist
Birthdate: January 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: West Berlin

 41 Doro

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

 42 D.R.A.M.

D.R.A.M.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Rhineland-Palatinate

Rapper Shelley Marshaun Massenburg-Smith, better known as D.R.A.M., is best known for his Billboard-charting singles such as Broccoli. He has collaborated with artists such as Gorillaz and Erykah Badu. He has also voiced Wallace in Lazor Wulf and now uses his original name, Shelley, instead of his pseudonym, D.R.A.M.

 43 Ralf Hütter

Ralf Hütter
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Krefeld, Germany

 44 Sofia Toufa

Sofia Toufa
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 13, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Germany

 45 Marian Gold

Marian Gold
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Herford, Germany

 46 Yvonne Catterfeld

Yvonne Catterfeld
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Erfurt, Germany

 47 Xavier Naidoo

Xavier Naidoo
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mannheim, Germany

 48 Michael Kiske

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

 49 Bushido

Bushido
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bonn, Germany

 50 Sylvester Groth

Sylvester Groth
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 31, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jerichow, Germany

While he initially gained fame as a talented theater actor, Sylvester Groth later gained fame with movies such as Inglourious Basterds and series such as Dark. The German actor was also the fodder of tabloids for his alleged affair with Rosemarie Fendel, an actor 31 years older than him.