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Top 7 Songs at Oktoberfest

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Oktoberfest in Munich is a celebration – starting in 1810 for the wedding of King Ludwig I. And with any good party, comes a great playlist. From drinking songs and children’s songs to pop hits, and American classics, nothing is off the table for these beer tent sing-a-longs.

Here are the top 7 songs that you’ll need to know for Oktoberfest in Munich:

Ein Prosit: This song gets played around the clock at Oktoberfest. If you didn’t know the words before going to the festival, you’ll definitely know them by the time you leave. Lyrics translate to “A toast, a toast to cheer and good times. One! Two! Three! Drink Up!”

Fliegerlied “The Flyer Song”: The song is actually a common German children’s song talking about how you fly like a plane, are strong like tiger, and tall like giraffe. There are also some great gestures during the song – just like the Itsy Bitsy Spider.

Take Me Home, Country Roads, John Denver: The John Denver classic is a song that probably more Germans know the words to than Americans. Myself, I can really only belt out the chorus.

Hey Baby, Bruce Channel: Probably known for being on the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack in 1987, the simple lyrics transcend language barriers.

Angels, Robbie Williams: Robbie Williams is much more popular in Europe than in the US, but this 1997 throwback made its way across the pond.

Sweet Caroline, Neil Diamond: So good! So good! So good! As a Bostonian, this is a song I know all too well from Fenway Park.

Living Next Door to Alice, Smokie: The original song from 1979 is basically about a guy who is in love with his next door neighbor, Alice. Who knows when, but the rumor is that people started adding in and yelling “Alice, Alice, who the f*ck is Alice” after the chorus, and now had become a staple sing-a-long at Oktoberfest.