Torhymnen – The Bundesliga’s goal celebration songs reviewed

Clubs in every division use their sound systems to their fullest extents whenever the home side has scored a goal. The teams in the Bundesliga are no different. At best the songs add to the atmosphere and create a buzz all around the stadium. On the other hand there are some songs that are truly dreadful which should never have been used as goal anthems. I remember thinking so whilst at a Hannover 96 match once. Back then Coldplay provided the official goal anthem at the Niedersachsenstadion. A dreadful experience.

You can find the Torhymnen of all 18 clubs in the league right here, paired with a short description of the tunes themselves.

1. FC Köln – Denn wenn et Trömmelche jeht(De Räuber)

A classic carnival song. You wouldn’t expect anything else from a club like the Billy Goats. This song sets the stadium on fire whenever it is played and creates a good buzz all around. It is truly a magnificent goal anthem, fitting in beautifully at EffZeh. Top marks for that one.

1. FSV Mainz 05 – Mainzer Narhallamarsch

Another carnival club and another carnival anthem. This one stems from 1844 and has been a feature in the city of Mainz ever since. It is pompous and at the same time a bit of fun, given that the German word Narr translates to jester.

Borussia Dortmund – Ole, jetzt kommt der BVB

The words are simple and catchy in themselves, and after ten beers they can still be sung by the masses. However, this pimped up version with some sort of techno beat to the tune of the Pet Shop Boy’s song Go West playing under the song is simply dreadful.

Bayer Leverkusen – Rockin all over the world(Status Quo)

Rick Parfitt singing “I like it” over and over again might work on car trip down the Autobahn, giving you some good vibes. However, liking something isn’t really describing the emotions of scoring an important goal adequately in my book. This is a nice enough song, but it doesn’t work for me as a goal anthem.

FC Augsburg – Augsburger Puppenkiste(theme song)

The Augsburger Puppenkist is a beloved children’s TV show in Germany. So props to FCA for using a song that has some historic and local context, but this rocked up version of the theme song isn’t anywhere as near as good as the original. You might go as far as saying that this sounds rather dull and generic.

FC Bayern München – Cancan(Jaques Offenbach)

At the start of the season Germany’s Rekordmeister made some headlines bringing back the goal anthem of their days in the Olympiastadion. This particular piece of classical music is upbeat and ever so slightly pompous, much like Uli Hoeness after his team scoring an undeserved winner in over time. Works perfectly for Bayern this one.

Fortuna Düsseldorf – Storm(Die Toten Hosen)

Back in the day when Fortuna were in the dumps financially speaking the local punk band Die Toten Hosen decided to sponsor their shirts in order to save the club. These days the band still provides the goal anthem at the stadium. In my book this is one of the better Torhymnen in the league.

Hertha BSC – Hertha, Hertha, Hertha

Great classic Hertha song finished with a loud HA, HO, HE, Hertha BSC. Love it!

RB Leipzig – I feel good(James Brown)

Most people don’t feel that good whenever RB score, but their fans are treated to this James Brown classic whenever the plastic side scores a goal. As goal anthems go, this one isn’t really among my favorites, but the song in itself is great.

SC Freiburg – I will survive(Hermes House Band)

Tricky one this one. If you’ve had 25 pints you might enjoy this song, but other than that it is an absolutely dreadful experience having to listen to that one. Personally I preferred the former Torhymne, which was Bohemian Just Like You by the Dandy Warhols.

SC Paderborn – Herrmann Löns, Die Heide brennt(Scheunenrocker)

The chances of finding Paderborn in the Bundesliga next season are greater than me ever enjoying this song.

Eintracht Frankfurt – Light cavalry overture(Franz von Suppe)

Another classical entry. This one has been played after goals at the Waldstadion for years now. Works like a charm.

SV Werder Bremen – 500 miles(The Proclaimers)

Being a Werder fan myself there are few things that compare to hearing the fog horn, followed by this classic of The Proclaimers. Walking 500 miles describes perfectly the sort of dedication Werder fans have for their team. The Green and Whites weren’t the first team to use this song as their goal anthem. Arnd Zeigler has mostly gotten the idea from watching the Scottish national team, which used the song as their goal anthem before Werder started doing so themselves.

VfL Wolfsburg – Rama Lama Ding Dong(Rocky Sharpe & The Replays)

Having been at Wolfsburg to watch the Wolves play, I can confirm that this song is as annoying in the stadium as it is elsewhere. No, just, no…

Schalke 04 – Ein Leben lang

Much like the rivals from Dortmund, Schalke have decided to use techno tune as their goal tune. Don’t know which of the two sides has the most annoying tune, but both are truly dreadful.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim – Sieben Tage lang(Bots)

In its in original this song is hymn to drinking heavily. Hoffenheim have decided to use the song without its lyrics. A shame, really. Because, without the adulation to drinking massive amounts of alcohol, this is just dull.

Borussia Mönchengladbach – Maria I like it loud(Scooter)

Whenever it comes to the German band Scooter I like to turn the volume down. All the way down. But, having been at BorussiaPark when this horrid song is played over the stadium’s sound system, I have to begrudgingly admit that this one works brilliantly as a goal anthem.

1. FC Union Berlin – None

The Iron Ones focus on the football and football alone. No goal anthem is played and for some people this might be refreshingly different. Others will snort and be annoyed by the fact that Union always have to be contrarians. Make up your own mind.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 33-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.

1 Comment

  1. Love this shit. I mind the first time i ever heard a post goal celebration music, which was indeed when Bayern beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 in the 1995/96 UEFA Cup, at the Olympiastadion. As a 16 year i was desperate for Celtic to introduce it to our games.
    I actually visited an Ingolstadt game a few years back because of their post goal hyme, which is absolutely fantastic.
    Great article.

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