7 ways in which musical tastes in the U.S. and Germany are different

De gustibus non est disputandum – aren’t you glad you paid attention in Latin class? While the Romans were probably right about the futility of comparing personal preferences, when it comes to music it can be difficult to set aside one’s bias and not be judgemental.

You may remember that I failed in exercising restraint when I derided Ze Germans’ taste in music a few years ago. Well, first of all, there is no such thing as “The Germans” or “The Americans.” And: Please remind me of line one of this post.

Now the fine folks at German car rental company Sixt took another stab at comparing the musical preferences of the United States and Deutschland. Sixt has been making some inroads in the U.S. market in recent years and this summer is asking Americans to “show their German side” with a clever marketing campaign called #GutenTagAmericaContest (hashtag and all…).
Full disclosure: I participated in round 1 of their sweepstakes competition and… WON! (no kidding)

Back to comparing music and how we get our groove on. Take a look at Sixt’s amusing infographic, transatlantically contrasting song and dance.


Let’s hear what you have to say about this.


If you need a little more inspiration, watch Alex & Jim talk about German and American music:

Looking for a more contemporary example of German electronica? How about this from my friend Christian Prommer:

And this is one of my American summer guilty pleasures from Foster The People:

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