Tomorrow marks the day when the 2020 Oktoberfest was supposed to kick off. While our staff has begrudgingly accepted this reality, for now, we know it’s really going to hit hard when we begin to think of all the beer and chicken we will not have in Munich this year.
In honor of our fallen festival, we wanted to share some of the songs that help create the ambiance surrounding the Oktoberfest celebration.
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We can all admit it – we LOVE cover bands. There is something about hearing an old rock and roll song or a unique version of some 80s new wave hit that ignites a tsunami of nostalgia in our souls. Hearing these songs again takes us the right to the Oktoberfest grounds, where you can hear inside each tent as you walk by.
Along with the clothing, Oktoberfest’s music is among the things that are most important to the festival’s image. What would Oktoberfest be without hulking brass bands playing oompah music to the masses as they saunter around the site and take in an amazing atmosphere? The bands play all day, every day – and their setlist is compiled of more songs you will know than you won’t.
There is a fun blend of German and English classics, and quite frankly, the crowd’s reactions to their favorite German anthems might be the most entertaining part! The energy is absolutely contagious, and since everyone is singing along, you can sing as loud as you want without being embarrassed. Through the years we’ve captured videos of all of the following songs performed at the tents, but after listening to them again years later, you’ll spare yourself the drunken screaming and sloppy videography.