Well, there really isn't that much different between what I listen to here, and the Top 20/40 in the United States. The advantage here is I get to listen to songs in more languages than just English. It is true that most of the popular music is in English but we don't limit ourselves.
When I first moved here, I thought it strange that most of what you hear on the popular radio stations is in English. Why do Germans listen to American songs and American Top 20? Don't they have their own music and own singers? Yes, they do!
The United States is b-i-g. What is the population now 300 million? Songs recorded in English are plugged more often and are targeted for the world market. German would primarly be marketed for Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
I do not like "Schlager" music - as it was explained to me, German Country. This isn't true either. It is actually very light music that is sung in German with light topics and beat. The music is usually played back or lip synced when you see it performed in shows or on television. Playback for me has always been a disappointment.
Naja, we do have good mainstream music but not to the extent of American. Sometimes, we like to even import singers from other countries to make good music. (I am talking about Rea Garvey - he's one of my favorite imports!) Mainstream German music is evolving and getting better. Here is just a small sample of some of our really great singers and groups!
Tim Bendzko - Nur noch kurz die Welt retten
Xavier Naidoo - Ich kenne nichts
Eisblume - Bis zum letzten Atemzug
Max Mutzke - Sommerregen
Revolverhead featuring Marta Jandova - Halt Dich an mich fest
Jupiter Jones - So still
So now I am curious. Do you listen to music when you sew? If you do, tell us what type of music you listen to. Share a local or Internet station with us, so we all can listen to it too!
Thank you for sharing!