Moskau (song)

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Single by Dschinghis Khan
from the album Dschinghis Khan
B-side "Rocking Son Of Dschinghis Khan"
Released 1979
Genre Disco
Length 4:43
5:58 (Album)
Label BMG
Songwriter(s) Ralph Siegel
Producer(s) Bernd Meinunger
Dschinghis Khan singles chronology
"Dschinghis Khan"
"Wir sitzen alle im selben Boot"

"Dschinghis Khan"
"Wir sitzen alle im selben Boot"
Genghis Khan’s “Moscow” single cover sleeve.jpg
Single by Genghis Khan
A-side "Moscow"
B-side "Moscow (German Version)"
Released 1980
Genre Disco
Length 4:30
Label 7 Records / Image Records
Songwriter(s) Ralph Siegel
Producer(s) Norbert Daum

"Moskau" is a German-language single by the German pop-act Dschinghis Khan (known as Genghis Khan in Australia and other countries)[citation needed] released in 1979.

There was also an English-language version released in 1980 which was entitled "Moscow".


Moskau – the German-language version[edit]

"Moskau", the German-language version of the song, appears on their 1979 self-titled album Dschinghis Khan and their 1980 album Rom. The album version clocks six minutes, but the single version is four and a half minutes long.[1]

Moscow – the English-language version[edit]

The band, under their English-language band name Gengis Khan, released a version of the song with English lyrics entitled "Moscow" in Australia in 1980, the year of the 1980 Moscow Olympics.[citation needed] Australia's Channel 7 used the song as the theme to their television coverage of the Moscow Olympics, and the single was issued locally in a die-cut Channel 7 paper sleeve.[2] The song became a big hit in Australia, staying at #1 for six weeks.

Soramimi version[edit]

The famous and popular Buffalax version goes "Moskau, Moskau, Please respect the caviar, Rangers end up pissed in tar, Hahahahaha HEY!".[citation needed]


The song also achieved enormous underground popularity in the Soviet Union. A 15-second clip of the song's performance was shown as a part of the New Year holiday lineup on the state-run TV, leading to the immediate dismissal of the network's director.[3]

In 2006, the song made its video game debut as a playable song in Taiko no Tatsujin Portable 2. It is also a featured track in Just Dance 2014.

It was also played at the opening at Eurovision 2009 at Moscow, Russia for Semi Final 2.


  • The song has also been covered by German black metal band Black Messiah.[4]
  • In Finland "Moskau" was covered by Juhamatti with the title "Volga" in 1980. "Volga" has since been performed by artists such as Kari Tapio and Frederik.
  • An Estonian band Meie Mees covered the song as "Moskva".
  • This song was also covered by Hong Kong pop singer George Lam as "Olympics in Moscow" (Chinese:世運在莫斯科).
  • In China a version with altered lyrics called Fen Dou[5] (奋斗) was made by Da Zhangwei (大张伟).
  • Georgie Dann made a Spanish version in 1980, with more success in spanish-talking countries than the original version[6]
  • Dark Ducks covered the song in Japanese
  • In live performances of their song "Sacrament of Wilderness," the symphonic metal band Nightwish plays a riff from Moskau at about the three-minute mark of the song.[7]
  • In the Czech Republic, the parody band Los Rotopedos produced a cover of the song in 2012. Los Rotopedos subsequently qualified to the top ten in the Český slavík song competition.[8]
  • Swedish group Vikingarna recorded a cover in Swedish, "Moskva", in 1980.[9]
  • Since 2008 or earlier, Russian Armed Forces military bands have occasionally played the song at public events in Russia.[10]
  • In 2013 song was covered by a French band Dancing Bros. and used in the video game Just Dance 2014.
  • In 2014, the song was used in a viral video "Voldemort's Amazing laugh song" where a snippet of laughter from Voldemort, the villain in the well known Harry Potter series, was sampled and put on top of the Moskau melody.[11]
  • American power metal band Last Alliance covered Moskau in 2011. The song was made available as a free download in 2018 to celebrate the Fifa World Cup hosted in Russia.


  1. ^ "Start - STEPPENWIND - Offizielle Dschinghis Khan Fanseite". Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  2. ^ "??". Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  3. ^ "Chin. Chin. Chinigs Khan". Archived from the original on 2016-10-19. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  4. ^ SirG (2006-11-19). "Black Messiah - Of Myths And Legends Review". Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  5. ^ "大张伟 - 奋斗—在线播放—优酷网,视频高清在线观看". Archived from the original on 2016-10-18. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  6. ^ "Georgie Dann - Moscú". YouTube. 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2011-12-25. 
  8. ^ "Los Rotopedos - Moscau". YouTube. 2012-11-01. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  9. ^ "Kramgoa låtar ( 8) | Svensk mediedatabas". Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  10. ^ "Music Russian Military Band One". YouTube. 2008-12-14. Retrieved 2016-11-20. 
  11. ^ "Voldermort's Amazing Laugh Song! w/ Download Link". YouTube. 2014-11-08. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 

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