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Rammstein (German pronunciation: [ˈʁamʃtaɪn], lit. "ramming stone") is a German Neue Deutsche Härte band formed in Berlin in 1994. The band's lineup—consisting of lead vocalist Till Lindemann, lead guitarist Richard Kruspe, rhythm guitarist Paul Landers, bassist Oliver Riedel, drummer Christoph Schneider, and keyboardist Christian "Flake" Lorenz—has remained unchanged throughout their history, along with their approach to songwriting, which consists of Lindemann writing and singing the lyrics over instrumental pieces the rest of the band have completed beforehand. Prior to their formation, some members were associated with the punk rock acts Feeling B and First Arsch.

After winning a local contest, Rammstein were able to record demos and send them to different record labels, eventually signing with Motor Music. Working with producer Jacob Hellner, they released their debut album Herzeleid in 1995. Though the album initially sold poorly, the band gained popularity through their live performances and the album eventually reached No. 6 in Germany. Their second album, Sehnsucht, was released in 1997 and debuted at No. 1 in Germany, resulting in a worldwide tour lasting nearly four years and spawning the successful singles "Engel" and "Du hast" and the live album Live aus Berlin (1999). Following the tour, Rammstein signed with major label Universal Music and released Mutter in 2001. Six singles were released from the album, all charting in countries throughout Europe. The lead single, "Sonne", reached No. 2 in Germany. Rammstein released Reise, Reise in 2004 and had two more singles reach No. 2 in Germany: "Mein Teil" and "Amerika"; the former song reached No. 1 in Spain, becoming their first No. 1 single.

Their fifth album, Rosenrot, was released in 2005, and the lead single, "Benzin", reached No. 6 in Germany. Their second live album, Völkerball, was released in 2006. The band released their sixth album, Liebe ist für alle da, in 2009, with its lead single, "Pussy", becoming their first No. 1 hit in Germany despite having a controversial music video that featured hardcore pornography. The band then entered a recording hiatus and toured for several years, releasing the Made in Germany greatest hits album as well as the Rammstein in Amerika and Paris live albums. After a decade without new music, Rammstein returned in 2019 with the song "Deutschland", which became their second No. 1 hit in Germany. Their untitled seventh studio album was released in May 2019 and reached No. 1 in 14 countries.

Rammstein were one of the first bands to emerge within the Neue Deutsche Härte genre, with their debut album leading the music press to coin the term, and their style of music has generally had a positive reception from music critics. Commercially, the band have been very successful, earning many No. 1 albums as well as gold and platinum certifications in countries around the world. Their grand live performances, which often feature pyrotechnics, have contributed to their popularity growth. Despite success, the band have been subject to some controversies, with their overall image having been criticized; for instance, the song "Ich tu dir weh" forced its parent album Liebe ist für alle da to be re-released in Germany with the song removed due to its sexually explicit lyrics.

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2004Reise, ReiseRammstein4.413
2009Liebe ist für alle daRammstein4.215
2019[Rammstein] (officially untitled, but commonly referred to as Rammstein)Rammstein4.610

Album + Compilation

2011Made in Germany 1995–2011Rammstein56
2015Raritäten: 1994–2012Rammstein2
2015XXI KlavierRammstein3

Album + Live

1999Live aus BerlinRammstein4.3511
2015In AmerikaRammstein1


1995Du riechst so gutRammstein3.54
1997Du hastRammstein3.751
1997Das ModellRammstein3.251
2001Asche zu AscheRammstein43
2001Links 2-3-4Rammstein44
2001Ich willRammstein35
2002Feuer frei!Rammstein35
2004Mein TeilRammstein45
2004Ohne dichRammstein3.55
2004Keine LustRammstein325
2005Te quiero puta!Rammstein11
2006Mann gegen MannRammstein3.55
2010Ich tu dir wehRammstein2
2011Waidmanns Heil / Liebe ist für alle daRammstein1
2011Mein LandRammstein51
2012Mein Herz brenntRammstein2

Single + Compilation

1998Original Single KollektionRammstein1

Single + Remix

2019DEUTSCHLAND (rmx by Richard Z. Kruspe)Rammstein1
2019RADIO (RMX BY twocolors)Rammstein1
2019Du Hast (LA-X remix)Rammstein1
2020Radio (Areal Kollen remix)Rammstein1
2020Ich tu dir weh (electro rmx by Areal Kollen)Rammstein1

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