German Female Singers

Throughout history, there have been many German women singers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great German female singers such as Amina Pankey, Nico, Heike Makatsch, Elke Sommer, Kim Petras.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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Marlene Dietrich
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Birthdate: December 27, 1901
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany
Died: May 6, 1992
Marlene Dietrich initially performed on stage in Berlin and then shot to fame with The Blue Angel. She continued to rule Hollywood with films such as Morocco, Desire, and Shanghai Express. She helped German and French exiles during World War II. Openly bisexual, she was famous for her androgynous image.

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Pia Wurtzbach
(Model, Actress)

Pia Wurtzbach
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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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Audra McDonald
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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. 

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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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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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Franka Potente
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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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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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Heike Makatsch
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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.

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Helene Fischer
(Pop Singer Famous for Her 2013 Multi-Platinum Album ‘Farbenspiel')

Helene Fischer
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Birthdate: August 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Krasnoyarsk, 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. 

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Diana Damrau
(Singer)

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

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Sandra
(Singer)

Sandra
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Birthdate: May 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saarbrücken, Germany
Often known as the German equivalent of Madonna, singer Sandra had previously been part of the all-female trio Arabesque and the project Enigma, becoming a music sensation in the 1990s. Best known for the track (I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena, she is now an established solo vocalist.

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Ari Up
(Vocalist and a Member of the English Punk Rock Band 'The Slits')

Ari Up
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Birthdate: January 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Munich, 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.

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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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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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Angela Gossow
(Vocalist)

Angela Gossow
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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.

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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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Natalie Horler
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Birthdate: September 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bonn, West 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

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

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Meshell Ndegeocello
(Singer-songwriter)

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

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Caterina Valente
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Birthdate: January 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

Caterina Valente is an Italian-French guitarist, multilingual singer, actress, and dancer. Valente, who sings in 11 languages, has worked with artists around the world. She has worked with international stars like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Rich, and Chet Baker. One of her songs titled Bongo cha cha cha was used in the 2019 American film Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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Lotte Lehmann
(Soprano)

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

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Sofia Toufa
(Singer)

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

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Doro
(Singer)

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

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Mandy Capristo
(Singer-songwriter)

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

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

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C.C.Catch
(Pop singer)

C.C.Catch
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Birthdate: July 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oss, Netherlands

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Vicky Leandros
(Singer who gained international fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1972 and was Greece's Woman of the Year in 2005)

Vicky Leandros
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Birthdate: August 23, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palaiokastritsa, Greece

One of the best-known pop singers from Germany, Greek-origin Vicky Leandros is the daughter of famous Greek composer and musician Leo Leandros. She soared to international fame representing Luxembourg in Eurovision and later won countless awards, such as the Goldene Europa. She has also released hit tracks in Japanese.

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Cinta Laura
(Actress)

Cinta Laura
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Birthdate: August 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Quakenbruck, Germany

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Maya Karin
(Actress)

Maya Karin
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Birthdate: October 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bayreuth, Germany

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

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Deva Premal
(Singer known for introducing Sanskrit mantras into the mainstream)

Deva Premal
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Birthdate: April 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany

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Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient
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Birthdate: December 6, 1804
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: January 26, 1860

Claudia Emmanuela Santoso
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Birthdate: October 27, 2000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cirebon, Indonesia

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Sandra Nasić
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Birthdate: May 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Göttingen, Germany

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Hanna Schygulla
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Birthdate: December 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chorzow, Poland

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Hildegard Knef
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Birthdate: December 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ulm, Germany
Died: February 1, 2002

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Vanessa Mai
(Singer)

Vanessa Mai
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Birthdate: May 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Backnang, Germany

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Sibylle Baier
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Birthdate: February 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Germany

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Adele Spitzeder
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Birthdate: February 9, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: October 28, 1895

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Namika
(Singer)

Namika
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Birthdate: August 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

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Ute Lemper
(Singer)

Ute Lemper
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Birthdate: July 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Münster, West Germany

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

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Ivorian Doll
(Singer)

Ivorian Doll
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Birthdate: December 17, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Flensburg, Germany

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Shirin David
(Singer)

Shirin David
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Birthdate: April 11, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

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Juju
(Rapper)

Juju
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Birthdate: November 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

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Carola Neher
(Actress)

Carola Neher
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Birthdate: November 2, 1900
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: June 26, 1942

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Magda Schneider
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Birthdate: May 17, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany
Died: July 30, 1996