99 Luftballons


About 99 Luftballons

"99 Luftballons" (German: Neunundneunzig Luftballons, "99 balloons") is a song by the German band Nena from their 1983 self-titled album. An English-language version titled "99 Red Balloons", with lyrics by Kevin McAlea, was also released on the album 99 Luftballons in 1984 after widespread success of the original in Europe and Japan. The English version is not a direct translation of the German original and contains lyrics with a somewhat different meaning.


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Hast du etwas Zeit für mich
Dann singe ich ein Lied für dich
Von neunundneunzig Luftballons
Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont
Denkst du vielleicht grad an mich
Dann singe ich ein Lied für dich
Von neunundneunzig Luftballons
Und, dass so was von so was kommt

Neunundneunzig Luftballons
Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont
Hielt man für UFOs aus dem All
Darum schickte ein General
'Ne Fliegerstaffel hinterher
Alarm zu geben, wenn's so wär
Dabei waren dort am Horizont
Nur neunundneunzig Luftballons

Neunundneunzig Düsenflieger
Jeder war ein großer Krieger
Hielten sich für Captain Kirk
Es gab ein großes Feuerwerk
Die Nachbarn haben nichts gerafft
Und fühlten sich gleich angemacht
Dabei schoss man am Horizont
Auf neunundneunzig Luftballons

Neunundneunzig Kriegsminister
Streichholz und Benzinkanister
Hielten sich für schlaue Leute
Witterten schon fette Beute
Riefen Krieg und wollten Macht
Mann, wer hätte das gedacht
Dass es einmal soweit kommt
Wegen neunundneunzig Luftballons

Wegen neunundneunzig Luftballons
Neunundneunzig Luftballons

Neunundneunzig Jahre Krieg
Ließen keinen Platz für Sieger
Kriegsminister gibt's nicht mehr
Und auch keine Düsenflieger
Heute zieh' ich meine Runden
Seh' die Welt in Trümmern liegen
Hab 'n Luftballon gefunden
Denk' an dich und lass' ihn fliegen

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Gabriele Susanne Kerner (born 24 March 1960), better known by her stage name Nena, is a German singer and actress. She rose to international fame in 1983 with the New German Wave song "99 Luftballons". In 1984, she re-recorded this song in English as "99 Red Balloons".Nena was also the name of the band with whom she released the song. With the re-recording and subsequent release of some of her old songs, her career re-emerged in 2002. In 2007, she co-founded the school "Neue Schule Hamburg". more »

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Written by: Joern-Uwe Fahrenkrog-Peterson, Carlo Karges

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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10 facts about this song

Release Information
"99 Luftballons" was released by Nena, a German band, in 1983. The song was part of their self-titled album, also named "Nena."
Chart Performance
It peaked at #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, #1 on Canada RPM Top Singles and UK Singles (Official Charts Company), and among the top 10 in several other countries.
Original and English Version
The song was initially recorded in German and then re-recorded in English as "99 Red Balloons." However, both versions carry different meanings.
Anti-War Message
The song uses the imagery of 99 red balloons to depict the disastrous consequences of a nuclear war.
The inspiration for the lyrics came to Nena's guitarist Carlo Karges during a Rolling Stones concert in Berlin when he saw balloons floating in the sky and wondered what would happen if they floated over the Berlin Wall into the Soviet sector.
German Success
"99 Luftballons" is often considered a one-hit-wonder outside of Germany. However, Nena went on to become one of the most successful pop acts in German music history.
Cultural Impact
The song has been covered and sampled by numerous artists since its release and has been used in many movies, TV shows, and video games.
Language Success
"99 Luftballons" is one of the few pop songs in the German language that has achieved significant success in the English-speaking world.
Historical Context
"99 Luftballons" was released during the peak of the Cold War, and its pessimistic depiction of war and conflict resonated with many who were living in fear of a nuclear confrontation.
Sales and Certifications
As of 2021, the song is estimated to have sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been certified gold or platinum in several countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.

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