10 Songs That Capture The 1920s in Berlin

Photo of Carolina Saviolo
19 January 2016

Berlin was the place to be in the 1920s, just as it is again today,” said Else Edelstahl, founder of roaming monthly parties called Bohème Sauvage.

After the First World War and before the rise of Hitler’s Berlin was home to a ten year period of great culture and interest in arts, known as the Weimar era. The city was living its libertine moment. Women were emancipated like nowhere else, people were obsessed with the arts, ballets, and cabarets full of striptease shows and transvestites. Berlin was the capital of the new democracy.

During this explosion of interest in culture, music was naturally in the limelight. Here is a throwback to the past through the songs that made people go wild for music in the 1920s.
1. Weill Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (The Threepenny Opera Suite)


2. Kurt Gerron – Ich Bin Das Nachtgespenst 1929


3. Wenn Ich Mir Was Wünschen Dürfte – Charlotte Rampling & Dirk Bogarde


4. Marlene Dietrich- Ich Bin Die Fesche Lola


5.Richard Strauss, Symphonic Interlude From Intermezzo


6. Die ägyptische Helena by Richard Strauss


7. Kurt Weill – Kleine Dreigroshenmusik


8. Kabarett Berlin – Meine Schwester Liebt Den Buster


9. Roarin’ 20s Berlin: Gabriel Formiggini’s Orchestra – Static Strut, 1926


10. 1920s in Berlin: Dajos Béla – Wenn Ich die Blonde Inge, 1929

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