Going to Oktoberfest? These are the Top 5 Songs to Know.

Oktoberfest 2018 has come to a close and that means one thing, it is time to start planning for Wiesn 2019!

This means buying your ticket (get that in advance, bitte!), reserving your hotel, hostel or air bnb (wayyyy in advance, bitte bitte!) and learning all the songs you need to really live your #bestlife.

I’ve been to 4 Oktoberfests and have compiled the top 5 songs to know for Wiesn 2019. I’m giving you a years heads-up, because German is hard and it takes a while to listen to the songs, learn the lyrics and limber up your bodies for all of the dancing that you will most definitely be participating in.

Sound good? Are you ready? Los geht’s!

Fliegerlied/ Schöner Tag

This is one of my favorite songs that are played at Oktoberfest (Wiesn). I like this song in particular, because it incorporates a little dance-along with it and there are a many repeatable verses, both of which are perfect for drunks.

Und ich flieg, flieg, flieg wie ein Flieger,
Bin so stark, stark, stark wie ein Tiger,
Und so groß, groß, groß wie ‘ne Giraffe, so hoch
Und ich spring, spring, spring immer wieder,
Und ich schwimm, schwimm, schwimm zu dir rüber,
Und ich nimm, nimm, nimm dich bei der Hand
Weil ich dich mag, und ich sag
And I fly, fly, fly like an aviator (arms out, fly like a plane)
I’m so strong, strong, strong like a tiger (bend both arms in a muscle-pumping fashion)
And so big, big, big like a giraffe (hands in the air like a giraffe neck)
So tall, oh, oh, oh (wave em’ like you just don’t care)
And I jump, jump, jump again and again (..jump)
And I swim, swim, swim over to you (swimming arm motions)
And I take, take, take you by the hand, (take the hand of the people or person next to you, usually your best mate)
’cause I like you (point at anyone!)
Don’t go to Wiesn before you know this song. There are always new songs being sung at Wiesn, this year was Despacito (of course), but there are always a select few songs that play every year. Be prepared with this song and you wont have to spend half of your time at the fest struggling through these German words.
Germans will be impressed that you know the song and your travel buddies will be envious that they can’t belt out the words like you!

Hände zum Himmel

This is another fave that incorporates a little hand-dance. Easy when drunk (which is always nice).

This is my favorite song to hear when I’m about 3 beers in (remember these are in liters, folks) and can’t do much actual dancing without knocking someone over. All you need to do is raise your hands when you hear the lyrics “Hände zum Himmel” (hands to the sky) and then clap your hands when you hear “Wir klatschen zusammen” (we clap together).

That’s all you need! Also the word klatschen is fun to say, so that’s  a nice bonus.

If you want to be extra, you can learn the whole song, but after 4 Oktoberfests, I found that these are really the only lyrics you need.

Und dann die Hände zum Himmel
Komm lasst uns fröhlich sein
Wir klatschen zusammen
Und keiner ist allein

And then hands to the skies, (hand up, everyone!)
Come let us be merry,
we’re clapping together (clap those hands!)
and nobody is alone,
and then hands to the skies,
Come let us be merry

 

Country Roads

This one really surprised me when I went to my first Oktoberfest in 2014. I expected to only hear German song (obvi, it’s Germany,right?).

Well, I was wrong. There are a few english songs that pop up and this is one of the most popular. ‘Country Roads’ made famous by John Denver is the drunk bonding song of Oktoberfest.

When this song plays, the lights seem to dim, everything slows down, everyone looks over lovingly to their friend (also trashed), wraps their arms around theit partner’s shoulders and belt out..

Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain mama
Take me home, country roads

End the chorus in a nice big Prost!, of course.

Sweet Caroline

This was another english song I was very surprised to hear at a German beer festival. This song gets everyone HYPE haha

As soon as the song begins, everyone is up on the tables and singing..

Sweet Caroline (oh, oh, oh!)
Good times never seemed so good! (so good, so good, so good!)

Yell this song, give it everything and you will not regret it. If you are going to lose your voice, otherwise know as getting your Wiesn Voice, this is the song that will take it. Watch out, though, this will be the song that strangers yell directly into your face, giving you a little taste of their Wiesn Voice (ick!)

 

Ein Prosit

THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT SONG TO LEARN FOR OKTOBERFEST. FIGHT ME.

This is a must, as you can tell by my statement above in all caps. Sorry if I scared you, but this is important.

This is the Bavarian cheersing song. If you are going to “cheers”, you need to know this song. It pops up more than a few times a night in between dancing songs and can help slow down or speed up the partying in a tent.

Learn these words. Live by these words. Never forget these words.

“Ein Prosit”

Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit.

OANS ZWOA DREI! G’SUFFA!

“A Toast”

A toast, a toast (swing you beer side to side)
To cheer and good times
A toast, a toast (repeat above)
To cheer and good times.

ONE TWO THREE! DRINK UP! (count along, and clink the bottom of your beer)

DRINK AND ENJOY!

 

Those are my top 5 Oktoberfest drinking songs. I hope you enjoyed!

Are you going to Wiesn 2019? Let me know! Maybe I’ll see you there!

Until then…

Tschüss!

 

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