Lena Meyer-Landrut after winning the Grand Final of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo

Lena won in 2010

No feature on German music would be complete without mentioning the Eurovision Song Contest, which is a very popular event in Germany. Over the more than five decades of its existence it has become a modern classic with a devoted following.

Germany's first victory came in 1982 with "Ein bißchen Frieden" ("A little bit of peace"). It was performed by Nicole, a 17-year-old high school student, who - unlike most other entries - was sitting down and playing an acoustic guitar and a backing chorus. The song scored a record breaking 161 points.

The second German act to win was Lena Meyer-Landrut in 2010. She performed "Satellite", which became a huge success in Germany, and shot Lena to fame. She went on to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest in the following year.

Some Eurovision acts are so unique that they are remembered irrespective of the result. Guildo Horn together with his band Die Orthopädischen Strümpfe (The Orthopaedic Socks) was the German entry in 1998, when they performed "Guildo hat euch lieb!" (Guildo loves you!). Horns eccentric stage presence coupled with the song's mock-Schlager style made him a surprise success at the song contest.

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Nicole won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1982

Nicole won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1982

Guildo Horn, Stefan Raab, and the "Orthopädischen Strümpfe" pictured in 1998

Guildo Horn, Stefan Raab, and the "Orthopädischen Strümpfe" pictured in 1998

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