What are the most popular songs at Oktoberfest?
So you've got seat on a bench and are surrounded by friends. You're juggling a huge mug of beer with an oversized pretzel. There are women in beautiful Dirndls, lederhosen lads and a cracking atmosphere. It's a perfect Oktoberfest. But there's one thing missing that you can't quite put your finger on until…..
Ooommmmpaaaah! Ooommmmpaaaah! Da dee da dee da.
Of course! The music.
What would Oktoberfest be without it?
Who hasn't got their own favourite Oktoberfest song? If not, just stick around this site for a while and I guarantee you'll end up with one! Whether you're looking for Ein Prosit lyrics, a "swim, swim, swim" Fliegerlied translation or music ideas for your own Oktoberfest event, oktoberfest-songs.com is the place to find them.
Get your party on!: The Oktoberfest is so much better when you know the words to the songs, like this guy! Pic: Frank Bauer
A wise dude once said there are only two kinds of people in this world: those who like to categorise things and those who don't. I'm one of the former, and I say music at the Munich Oktoberfest can be split into four can be classed into four groups: brass-band music, classic Schlager hits, English-language anthems and modern pop.
Brass-band music (Blasmusik) is played during parades and early on inside the beer tents before people are game or inebriated enough to get up on the benches and start swaying around. The one exception is Ein Prosit, which is played every 20 minutes or so no matter what time of day it is. Ein Prosit is also one of the few Blasmusik tunes to have lyrics, otherwise they're pretty much always instrumental. You can learn how to play it here: Ein Prosit sheet music.
German Schlager songs (which simply means "hits"in English) were huge in the sixties and seventies and are now back with avengeance. Hallmark themes are love and nostalgia, rhythms are light and poppy and accompanying dances are invariably silly. These are songs to dance, sing and remember to. A few examples are Cowboy und Indianer and Er Gehört zu mir.
Pic: digital cat
Hi! I'm Stu and I started this website in 2008 during a six-year stint living in Bavaria. I also started a general travel website about Munich and Bavaria at www.destination-munich.com.
Some of my most popular pages on Destination Munich were about Oktoberfest songs. People love them! They look for lyrics, translations, inspiration.
So I thought it was about time to start a website devoted to ditties played at the famous festival.
I hope you enjoy it and if you have any questions or suggestions about what to add, please write in or leave a message below. Prost!