Nena - 99 Luftballons

Nena – 99 Luftballons

“99 Luftballons” is a song by the German band Nena, fronted by lead singer Gabriele “Nena” Kerner. It was released in March 1983 as a second single from their self-titled debut. album. The song is one of the most iconic and internationally recognized German-language songs of all time. An English-language version titled “99 Red Balloons”, with lyrics by Irish keyboard player and songwriter 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 retains the spirit of the original narrative, but many of the lyrics are translated poetically rather than being directly translated.

“99 Luftballons” became an international sensation, reaching high positions on music charts in many countries. The German version reached the top of the singles charts in many countries, including Australia, Japan or New Zeland, while the English version topped the Official singles chart in the UK, and Canada Top Singles chart. “99 Luftballons,” is characterized by its catchy and upbeat new wave sound, featuring a memorable synth melody, energetic drumbeat, and Nena’s distinctive vocals.



The promotional video, which was originally made for the Dutch music programme TopPop and broadcast on 13 March 1983, was shot in a Dutch military training camp, the band performing the song on a stage in front of a backdrop of fires and explosions provided by the Dutch Army.

The song’s catchy melody, along with its thought-provoking lyrics, resonated with audiences around the world, and it remains a classic of 1980s pop music. Nena’s energetic performance and the song’s memorable music video, which features scenes of the band performing amid a sea of balloons, contributed to its enduring popularity. “99 Luftballons” is often celebrated as a symbol of the era in which it was released, and it continues to be a nostalgic favorite. Its catchy melody and thought-provoking narrative make it a standout in the history of German and international pop music.

Nena - 99 Luftballons

Nena – 99 Luftballons – Lyrics


Nena - Red Balloons

Nena – Red Balloons – Lyrics