Sehnsucht (Rammstein album)

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Studio album by Rammstein
Released 25 August 1997[1]
Recorded November 1996 – July 1997 at Temple Studios, Malta
Length 43:51
Label Motor Music, Slash
Producer Jacob Hellner, Rammstein
Rammstein chronology
Live aus Berlin
Singles from Sehnsucht
  1. "Engel"
    Released: 1 April 1997
  2. "Du hast"/"Bück dich"
    Released: 19 July 1997

Sehnsucht (Engl. "Longing") is the second album by German industrial metal band Rammstein, released on 25 August 1997.[1]

The album booklet folds out to reveal six different covers, one for each band member (each photo depicting the member with bizarre facial-wear made out of ordinary kitchen objects like spatulas, spoons, forks etc.). The cover most commonly seen features Till Lindemann with an egg-lifter worn as a muzzle and bent forks over his eyes worn as sunglasses. The cover art was created by Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein,[2] who also created the cover for the Scorpions' Blackout album, which is very similar to the Sehnsucht cover and even the forks in both covers are the same. Sehnsucht is the only album entirely in German to be certified platinum by the RIAA in the US.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (neither)[4]
Pitchfork Media 2.9/10[5]
Q 3/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Rammstein, except "Sehnsucht" written by Rammstein and Orgasm Death Gimmick and "Tier", written by Rammstein and Jürgen Engler.

No. Title Length
1. "Sehnsucht" ("Longing") 4:04
2. "Engel" ("Angel"; featuring Bobo) 4:24
3. "Tier" ("Animal") 3:47
4. "Bestrafe mich" ("Punish Me") 3:38
5. "Du hast" ("You Have") 3:55
6. "Bück dich" ("Bend Over") 3:22
7. "Spiel mit mir" ("Play With Me") 4:46
8. "Klavier" ("Piano") 4:24
9. "Alter Mann" ("Old Man") 4:24
10. "Eifersucht" ("Envy") 3:37
11. "Küss mich (Fellfrosch)" ("Kiss Me (Fur Frog)") 3:30
Total length: 43:51
  • Also available on cassette.
  • In 2011 was also made available on LP in red, blue and purple but this release was soon found out to be an unofficial (Bootleg) release.

Special editions[edit]

  • The following songs as tracks 12 and 13 for the North American release:
    • "Engel" (English Version)
    • "Du hast" (English Version)
    • These songs are also included on micro-cassettes, and may be hidden tracks on certain editions.
  • "Du riechst so gut '98" as track 12. A version also includes the video for "Du Riechst so Gut '98".
  • A limited edition release in Europe featured 14 tracks:
    • "Rammstein (Eskimos & Egypt Radio Edit)"
    • "Du riechst so gut – 98"
    • "Du hast (Remix By Clawfinger)"
  • "Stripped" as a twelfth track, which may be included on the micro-cassette version and/or be included as a hidden track.
  • "Stripped" as a twelfth track and the "Asche zu Asche" single as a second CD. The "Asche zu Asche" single may be included on the first CD to make a total of 18 tracks.



Chart Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 25
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[10] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[11] 50
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[12] 28
French Albums (SNEP)[13] 76
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[14] 1
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[15] 23
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 17
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 3
US Billboard 200[18] 45


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[19] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[20] Platinum 100,000^
Germany (BVMI)[21] Platinum 500,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[22] 2× Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[23] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[24] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ "Rammstein Album "Sehnsucht" was Released with Six Different Covers by Gottfried Helnwein". Helnwein Music. July 22, 1997. Retrieved February 15, 2009. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (1998-01-13). "Sehnsucht – Rammstein". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
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  6. ^ Q review Archived November 13, 2004, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Wayback |date=20070310200951 |url=
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  11. ^ " – Rammstein – Sehnsucht" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  12. ^ " – Rammstein – Sehnsucht" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  13. ^ " – Rammstein – Sehnsucht". Hung Medien.
  14. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH.
  15. ^ " – Rammstein – Sehnsucht". Hung Medien.
  16. ^ " – Rammstein – Sehnsucht". Hung Medien.
  17. ^ " – Rammstein – Sehnsucht". Hung Medien.
  18. ^ "Rammstein – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Rammstein.
  19. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Rammstein – Sehnsucht" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Rammstein in the field Interpret. Enter Sehnsucht in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  20. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Rammstein – Sehnsucht". Music Canada. 
  21. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Rammstein; 'Sehnsucht')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  22. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Rammstein; 'Sehnsucht')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
  23. ^ "British album certifications – Rammstein – Sehnsucht". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Sehnsucht in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  24. ^ "American album certifications – Rammstein – Sehnsucht". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH