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Published on Oct 15, 2013

"99 Luftballons" - Nena (1983)

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"

"99 Luftballons" (German Neunundneunzig Luftballons, "99 balloons") is an anti-nuclear protest song by the German band Nena from their 1983 self-titled album. An English version titled "99 Red Balloons" written by Kevin McAlea was also released after widespread success of the original in Europe and Japan. The English version is not a direct translation of the German and contains a somewhat different set of lyrics. The later-released English translation, "99 Red Balloons", was the version that became popular outside of Germany and neighbouring countries, with it topping the charts in the UK, Canada,and Ireland.
American and Australian audiences preferred the original German version, which became the highest Billboard charting German song in US history when it peaked at #2 in the US. Only the Austrian Falco reached a higher rank with "Rock Me Amadeus", also sung in German

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