99 Luftballons - Nena - MP3 instrumental karaoke

This title is a cover of 99 Luftballons as made famous by Nena

99 Luftballons - Nena - Instrumental MP3 Karaoke Download

Tempo: variable (around 149 BPM)

In the same key as the original: E

This song ends without fade out

Duration: 03:55 - Preview at: 01:10

Instrumental Version MP3

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Cover Version MP3

A singer performs the lead vocal
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Release date: 1984
Format: MP3 320 Kbps
Genres: Synthpop, Rock, In German
Songwriter: Carlo Karges
Composer: Jörg Fahrenkrog-Petersen

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"99 Luftballons" is a synth-pop tune by the German band Nena. The conception of the song can be traced back to 1982 when, during a Rolling Stones concert, Nena's guitarist, Carlo Karges, observed balloons transforming into odd shapes that bore a resemblance to UFOs. This visual, in conjunction with a 1973 prank involving Mylar balloons imitating a UFO in Nevada, spurred the creation of the song's theme. Despite its cheerful title, which translates to "99 Air Balloons," the lyrics unfold a grim narrative of misinterpreted signs escalating into catastrophic conflict, underscoring the absurdity of war. The song holds a powerful anti-war message, culminating in the image of a devastated world with the release of a solitary balloon, symbolizing a glimmer of hope amidst the ruins. This narrative is juxtaposed with the song's upbeat, synth-heavy melody and arrangement. The original German rendition enjoyed significant success, topping the charts in the US, Australia, and Europe, and earning a Gold certification from the RIAA. This led to the creation of an English version, "99 Red Balloons," which is not a direct translation but retains the essence of the original narrative. The English-language version reached the Number 1 spot on the UK charts.

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