Nena - 99 Red Balloons (1984)

Nena is huge in her home country of Germany and since the release of her self-titled debut album - which achieved 6x Platinum in Germany - she has released another 23 albums including compilations and live albums.

99 Red Balloons (the English version of 99 Luftballons which was a big hit across Europe and also on the Billboard Hot 100) is about the toy balloons floating into the air from West to Communistic East Germany triggering an apocalyptic over-reaction by the military. To those of us still at school it was just a catchy pop song that was great for dancing to at the school disco - it was also played a lot on the Youth Club jukebox!

In the UK, the song knocked Frankie's Relax from the top spot on 3rd March 1984 and stayed there for three weeks.

Nena as a band split-up during 1987, but the name was used by their lead singer, Gabriele Kerner, for her solo career which has been very successful in Germany and Austria.

 

 

Lyrics for 99 Red Balloons