Moskau (song)

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Single by Dschinghis Khan
from the album Dschinghis Khan
English title"Moscow"
B-side"Rocking Son of Dschinghis Khan"
Released1979 (1979)
  • 4:27
  • 5:58 (album)
Songwriter(s)Ralph Siegel
Producer(s)Bernd Meinunger
Dschinghis Khan singles chronology
"Dschinghis Khan"
"Wir sitzen alle im selben Boot"
Genghis Khan’s “Moscow” single cover sleeve.jpg
Single by Genghis Khan
B-side"Moscow (German Version)"
Released3 September 1980
Label7 Records / Image Records
Songwriter(s)Ralph Siegel
Producer(s)Norbert Daum

"Moskau" (German for Moscow) is a German-language single by the German pop act Dschinghis Khan (known as Genghis Khan in Australia and other countries)[1][2][3][4] released in 1979.

The band also recorded an English version, which they released in 1980 as "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 is six minutes long, while the single version is four and a half minutes long.[5]

Moscow – the English-language version[edit]

The band, under their English-language band name Genghis Khan, released a version of the song with English lyrics entitled "Moscow" in Australia in 1980, the year of the 1980 Moscow Olympics.[1] 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.[6] The song became a massive hit in Australia, staying at #1 for six weeks.[7]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[8] 16


The song also achieved enormous 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.[9]

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 the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia for Semi-Final 2.

On September 15, 2006, the song was uploaded to YouTube,[10] and it quickly became an internet meme related to Slavs.


  • The song has been covered by a German rock band named Attila der Partykönig.
  • The song has been covered by the German ska-punk band "Wisecräcker".
  • The song has also been covered by German black metal band Black Messiah.[11]
  • 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.
  • Also in 1980, Cassiano Costa made the Brazilian Portuguese version, named "Moscou".
  • An Estonian band Meie Mees covered the song as "Moskva" in 2006.
  • 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"[12] (奋斗) was made by Da Zhangwei (大张伟).
  • Georgie Dann made a Spanish version in 1980, with more success in Spanish-speaking countries than the original version.[13]
  • Dark Ducks covered the song in Japanese.
  • South Korean group, Koyote, played a portion in their single, "Aza! Aza!" (아자! 아자!).
  • 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.[14]
  • 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.[15]
  • Swedish group Vikingarna recorded a cover in Swedish, "Moskva", in 1980.[16]
  • Since 2008 or earlier, Russian Armed Forces military bands have occasionally played the song at public events in Russia.[17] Channel One Russia's New Years 2013 program included a version of the song sung in both German and Russian by the Alexandrov Ensemble.[18]
  • In 2013 song was covered by a French band Dancing Bros. and used in the video game Just Dance 2014.
  • American power metal band Last Alliance covered "Moskau" in 2011. The song was made available as a free download in 2018 to celebrate the 2018 FIFA World Cup hosted in Russia.
  • A version sung by the cast of the 2010 Musical Film Morozko (Морозко), aired on Russia 1 on December 31, 2010. Nikolai Baskov stars in this one.
  • In early 2020, Dutch DJ & Producer Thommy van Straalen started rising to fame after releasing a Big Room House Festival Mix as a collab with his neighbor Likkerstan 'LSTN' Ten Nogmeer. It was deleted midway through May after a copyright problem with Dschinghis Khan.
  • Klezmer-punk act Daniel Kahn, alongside Psoy Korolenko, released a trilingual Yiddish-, Russian-, and English-language cover, “Moskve,” in 2020.
  • The german youtuber Jarow, made a cover of the song about the Norwegian footballer Erling Haaland. It became a meme on Tiktok in 2021


  1. ^ a b "Country=Australia, Genghis Khan* - Moscow (Vinyl)". Discogs website. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Country=France, Genghis Khan* - Moscow (Vinyl)". Discogs website. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Country=Colombia, Genghis Khan* - Moscu (Vinyl)". Discogs website. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Country=Japan, Genghis Khan* - Moskau / Rocking Son Of Dschinghis Khan (Vinyl)". Discogs website. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Start - STEPPENWIND - Offizielle Dschinghis Khan Fanseite". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  6. ^ "??". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 122. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 432. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  9. ^ "Chin. Chin. Chinigs Khan". Archived from the original on 19 October 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  10. ^
  11. ^ SirG (19 November 2006). "Black Messiah - Of Myths And Legends Review". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  12. ^ "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 18 October 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Georgie Dann - Moscú". 8 September 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2016 – via YouTube.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Los Rotopedos - Moscau". YouTube. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  16. ^ "Kramgoa låtar ( 8) | Svensk mediedatabas". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  17. ^ "Music Russian Military Band One". YouTube. 14 December 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  18. ^ "Dschinghis Khan - Moskau - New year 2013". YouTube. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2019.

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