Sehnsucht (Rammstein album)

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Studio album by
Released25 August 1997
RecordedNovember 1996 – July 1997
StudioTemple Studios (Mistra, Malta)
Rammstein chronology
Live aus Berlin
Singles from Sehnsucht
  1. "Engel"
    Released: 1 April 1997
  2. "Du hast"/"Bück dich"
    Released: 19 July 1997

Sehnsucht (German for "longing") is the second studio album by German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein. It was released on 25 August 1997[1] through Motor Music in Europe and Slash Records in the US. It is the only album entirely in German to be certified platinum by the RIAA in the United States.

Cover art[edit]

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 shows 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 resembles the Sehnsucht cover.

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Q3/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau(neither)[6]
Rolling Stone4/5 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.

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"[nb 1])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

Additional notes[edit]

  1. ^ The spoken form of the title is a play on words that can mean both “you have” (the translation of the written form) and “you hate”; the English version uses "you hate" in the lyrics.

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:
  • "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.
  • A 2001 Australian Tour Edition, which had "Stripped" as a twelfth track, and a second CD with the "Asche zu Asche" single as the first track, followed by 5 live songs.



Chart Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 25
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[10] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[11] 50
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[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

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
German Albums Chart[19] 6
Chart (1998) Position
German Albums Chart[20] 40


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[21] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[22] Platinum 100,000^
Germany (BVMI)[23] Platinum 500,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[24] 2× Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[26] 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. Archived from the original on February 11, 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (1998-01-13). "Sehnsucht – Rammstein". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-06-27. Retrieved 2007-06-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Q review Archived November 13, 2004, at the Wayback Machine
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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-10. Retrieved 2012-06-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
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  10. ^ " – Rammstein – Sehnsucht" (in German). Hung Medien.
  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)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  20. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  21. ^ "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. 
  22. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Rammstein – Sehnsucht". Music Canada.
  23. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Rammstein; 'Sehnsucht')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  24. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Rammstein; 'Sehnsucht')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  25. ^ "British album certifications – Rammstein – Sehnsucht". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Sehnsucht in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  26. ^ "American album certifications – Rammstein – Sehnsucht". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.