“Rock Me Amadeus” is a song by Austrian musician Falco, released in 1985 as the first single from his third studio album, “Falco 3”. It became Falco’s most famous and internationally successful single, reaching the top of the charts in numerous countries around the world. “Rock Me Amadeus” is the only German language song to peak at number one of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.
The song is a unique blend of pop, rock, and rap elements and is sung in German, with a catchy chorus in English. “Rock Me Amadeus” pays tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the classical composer, while also telling a partially fictionalized story about his life and fame. The song was inspired by the movie Amadeus. A longer version, named the “Salieri Mix”, was included on the initial US release of the album Falco 3.
Falco’s energetic delivery, along with the song’s infectious melody and rhythm, made it a massive hit during the mid-1980s. The track’s success contributed significantly to Falco’s popularity and remains an iconic and memorable song from the era, often remembered for its catchy chorus and innovative fusion of musical styles.