Austropop is a term for pop music from Austria, which came into use in the late 1960s, but had its hayday in the 1970s and early and up until the mid 1980s. The term refers to lyrics sung in Austrian-German dialect, which is widely understood in southern Germany. Austropop comprises several musical styles, from traditional pop music to rock, and it also sometimes includes traditional folk elements such as jodel.
Neue Deutsche Welle does not count as Austropop, as it was definitely German and the lyrics were in Hochdeutsch, while Austropop artists made a distinction by decidedly using Austrian German for their lyrics.
The movement is believed to have started in 1971 by Wolfgang Ambros with his song "Da Hofa", although this is debated. Ambros became famous, however, by translating songs by Bob Dylan into Austrian German, the most famous of which is "Naa, i bins ned", the Austrian German translation of Dylan's It ain't me babe.
Austropop is still broadcast by various FM radio and TV stations throughout Austria and the German state of Bavaria, where they even have special nights replaying Austropop concerts.
Artists of the Austropop movement include:
- Wolfgang Ambros
- Georg Danzer
- Rainhard Fendrich (These three also toured together from 1997-2006 as Austria3 or A3.)
- Waterloo & Robinson
- Marianne Mendt
- The Madcaps
- Hubert von Goisern
- Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung (EAV).
- Christina Stürmer
- Andreas Gabalier
- Global Deejays
- Ludwig Hirsch
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