Top 10 Oktoberfest songs
1. I Salute You (Ein Prosit): This is THE song of Oktoberfest as it is played like clockwork in the beer tentsevery 15 minutes. The song start out repeating Ein Prosit (Eyn Pro-zit) Der Gemütlichkeit (Dare Gay-mute-lich-kite) meaning I Salute To Our Cozy Friendship & Good Times We’re Having Together.
The next part of the song is a countdown to G’suffa (zuffa) meaning take a big drink. It is said that the beer tents started play the song 4 times an hour to get people to take more drinks so they could sell more beer, and it sure has paid off. Ein Prosit ends with the band asking you if you are having fun with either Ziggy Zocky Ziggy Zocky or Ticky Tocky Ticky Tocky and you respond Oi Oi Oi. Joining along is really a ton of fun and keeps you drinking!
2. The Flyer Song (Fliegerlied): Released in 2008, a cover of The Flyer Song by Tim Toupet has cemented it in Oktoberfest lore even though it’s a children’s song. about animals. The full name of the song is actually Today Is Such A Beautiful Day, but because of the crazy dance involved the nickname Flyer Song has stuck.
You’ll do a lot of singing “La La La La La” & “Schwimm, Schwimm, Schwimm”, it’s the dance that really makes the Fyler Song fun. If you don’t know the words, just pay attention to the motions the Germans are doing and follow along. The song has you flying like a plane, then acting strong like a tiger, being tall like a giraffe, hopping like a kangaroo, and of course swimming.
3. Hey Baby – If You’ll be My Girl: Hey Baby is the one song that gets the biggest crowd reaction out of them all as pretty much every person in the tents will be singing along. The band doesn’t even have to be playing the song as chats of Hey Baby just erupt out of nowhere from the crowd.
Hey Baby has been a huge hit in America ever since Bruce Channel’s original in 1961 hit #1 on the charts, but it was DJ Ötzi that brought it to Germany. The German speaking DJ from Austria released a remix to the song in the year 2000 that was popular on radios World-wide.
4. Mountain Mother (Sierra Madre): It is crazy to think that a German song with a Spanish chorus could be so huge in Munich, but it is, and it is awesome. The song was originally a 1970’s ballad, but it wasn’t until an emotional cover by the Austrian band Zillertaler Schürzenjäger in 1987 that the song really latched on and became a mega hit.
Sierra Madre is about a field worker who is greeted by the mountains in the morning as the day breaks and greeted by them again at sunset as he returns home from a hard day’s work. It is meant to make you reflect on the ending day not in sadness for it being over, but in happiness that you got to experience it at all. Because of the fitting theme, Sierra Madre is often played as the last song in the tents on the last day of Oktoberfest each year. In the Hacker Tent, everyone lights sparklers together and sings along in joy. It is a truly amazing experience.
5. Country Roads: American musician John Denver is still huge in Europe and even bigger at Oktoberfest as country roads take you home. Ironically Denver’s real name was Henry John Deutschendorf as he was actually part German.
Many German and Polish bands have done popular covers of this and other John Denver songs. It’s not just this part of Europe that loves John Denver. If you go into bars or pubs anywhere you are bound to hear it at some point. We have fond memories of hearing Country Roads belted out by locals while visiting both England and Ireland.
6. The Donkey Song (Esellied): This is one of the only traditional Oompah band songs to actually make our list. It is one of the main Bavarian songs that you’ll hear and Oktoberfest celebrations in America. The Donkey Song is also one of the most popular pump up songs at Oktoberfest in Munich.
The full name of the Donkey Song in German is Esellied (Iha Iha Iha oh). It is about a Donkey that just wont go home as he waits outside for the lovely female donkeyVeronica. You’ll catch on the the Iha Iha Iha oh part pretty easy. If you are wondering what they are saying when it sounds like “Hey Baba Ria” they are actually saying The Babe River.
7. Hands to Heaven (Hände zum Himmel): Hands to Heaven is one of the idealistic songs that should come to your mid when you picture Oktoberfest. This lively song asks for you to put your beers down raise you hands and clap along.
The Germans are going to know all the words, but if you don’t know them it is okay. Basically the song asks to you cast aside your worries for the day and be merry. Getting everyone in your group to clap is corny, but has important symbolism. Since the 1000s of tent goers have their hands up clapping at the same time, it means that you are not strangers anymore as you are doing something together. It is a ton of fun even if you don’t know what’s going on.
8. Angels: The smash hit ballad “Angles” by British signer Robbie Williams seems to get bigger and bigger each year at Oktoberfest. It is played at closing time on the last night by some tents, and it is bound to get played at least once during the day no matter what tent you are in. You won’t be able to help but sing along.
9. Sweet Caroline: Can’t go wrong with Neil Diamond’s mega hit about a young Caroline Kennedy riding a bike. The chorus of this American classic are known by pretty much every person in the beer tents, no matter what country they are from. Even if you don’t like the song, there is something energetic about it at Oktoberfest as music really is the universal language. In 2009, DJ Ötzi released a remix to Sweet Caroline that was popular in Germany and Austria.
When Sweet Caroline comes on at Oktoberfest, expect the people around you to all reach toward the middle of the table and give spirit fingers right before the chorus. It happens during the lyrics “Hands touchin’ hands, Reachin’ out, touchin’ me touchin’ you” and was captured in the video to the Right. After watching it you won’t be able to stop yourself from copying them the next time Sweet Caroline is played. Don’t be be alarmed if it feels natural to fist pump during the chorus, it’s Oktoberfest, let loose.
10. Cowboys and Indians (Cowboy und Indianer): Like the Flier Song list above, this is another Kids Song that has become a hit with the Germans because of its silly dance; the Lasso Dance. The dance is basically pretending like you are riding a horse, then using a lasso, followed by a lot of humping motions.
The lyrics to the song itself are very innocent as it is just about kids playing, so it’s super weird that it became a popular song for adults to drinking to. It is also a little strange that German kids play Cowboys and Indians anyway since they are so far removed from even knowing what they are. Either get ready to do your best Lasso Raus.
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