Friday Playlist: Krautrock

Music for those long drives on the autobahn or, really, anywhere.

Nearly two decades after World War II ended, young German musicians of the ’60s and ’70s felt free to start fresh. The result was, in part, the birth of electronic music, a mix of moody, experimental psychedelia called “krautrock,” a derisive term coined by the British press that ended up sticking. Don’t let that stop you from listening.

Illustration by Minna


  • La Fille July 20th, 2012 11:11 PM

    Yes, I love Kraftwerk! I think that the variety of playlists on Rookie is brilliant and has introduced me to music I normally wouldn’t have listened to.

    • Pashupati July 21st, 2012 12:11 AM


    • breakfastpixie July 21st, 2012 6:47 AM

      Me too! Their playlists are fabulous. I’ve loved Krautrock before, but most of the songs they put on their other playlists I didn’t know before and lost of songs I’ve started to love. :)


  • katrinaexplainsitall July 20th, 2012 11:32 PM

    oh how interesting! i’ve never even heard of krautrock before. Just throwing this out here, but I think you guys should make a Spotify version of your Friday playlists :D

  • Tyknos93 July 20th, 2012 11:53 PM

    I really like this playlist and your found sound playlist alot. I haven’t really listened to any of these bands, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed it!

  • themadmod July 21st, 2012 12:19 AM

    Oh wonderful, Ich liebe Deutsch musik! ♥

    • julalondon July 21st, 2012 5:32 AM

      YAY! (i’m german…=))

      • Mary the freak October 6th, 2012 9:00 AM

        You are german? And a ROOKIE? We should MEEEEEET! (I am from germany, too!) :DD
        also, kraftwerk is so creepy and cool! Awesome playlist!

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  • Madness July 21st, 2012 1:04 AM

    cool playlist!

  • falseparadise July 21st, 2012 1:16 AM

    oh man you missed out DAF amongst so many others :( guess i’ll continue to tanz den Mussolini by myself over here in the corner…..

    • spatergator July 21st, 2012 8:53 PM

      ehh DAF is not considered krautrock at all though

  • Susann July 21st, 2012 1:44 AM

    I’m German and hadn’t heard the term “Krautrock” before.. cool playlist either way!

    Fashion in Pepperland

    • julalondon July 21st, 2012 5:33 AM

      yay another german rookie girl!=)

      • Filia-Zissy July 25th, 2012 4:21 AM

        Noch eine! Wir sollten auch mal ein Rookie-Meet-Up machen!

  • Lena-Maria July 21st, 2012 5:53 AM

    very cool!

    there also was the NDW-time (Neue Deutsche Welle), which means New German Wave, that was kinda the New Wave-”era”, here, in Germany.
    I can hardly recommend DAF (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft), which means German-American Friendship.

    This is pretty cool as well and:

    Viel Spaß damit!

  • Jessie July 21st, 2012 6:46 AM

    Love love love Kraftwerk

  • eggzonable July 21st, 2012 7:57 AM

    haha, i didn’t expect krautrock playlist here! Great!

  • suburban grrrl July 21st, 2012 2:43 PM

    Can! It’s the season for “Cool in the Pool”!

  • radiofireworks July 21st, 2012 7:20 PM

    Echoing the commenter above who is sad about you missing out Der Mussolini by DAF.

    On the other hand, you included my absolute favourite Can song :D

  • lostinethiopia July 21st, 2012 8:16 PM

    I simply love Kraftwerk! So happy you guys published it… And Krautrock is such an awesome kind of music. I mean, THANK YOU BUUUUNCHES.

  • spatergator July 21st, 2012 9:02 PM


    I worked at record store for several years and when an original Ash Ra Tempel Join Inn came in I nearly fainted. I put it on the turntable and the customers were under ein tranz.

    Also great: La Düsseldorf [Neu's drummer's next band], early Ohr label Tangerine Dream, Popol Vuh and AMON DUUL I OR II!!

    “…a kind of Pagan Freakout LSD Explore-the-god-in-you-by-working-the-animal-in-you Gnostic Odyssey.” – Julian Cope’s krautrocksampler

  • Helenus July 21st, 2012 10:11 PM

    Ah, Kraftwerk is amazing! Neon Lights is my jam. Can and Neu! are also extremely badass. Great playlist.

  • streaked lights July 22nd, 2012 11:36 AM

    I’ve never heard of this type of music before, and probably never would have if it weren’t for Rookie. And that’s exactly what I love about this site; you never know what you’re gonna get, but you’re probably gonna love it!

  • Filia-Zissy July 25th, 2012 4:22 AM

    Kraut… I’m german and I’ve never eaten Sauerkraut so far…

  • greyhounds August 4th, 2012 5:29 PM

    i just love the names of the musicains!!
    (and their music of course… =) )

  • unefillecommetoi August 19th, 2012 12:45 AM

    I saw Kraftwerk live :P

  • kissesxstitches August 30th, 2012 11:21 AM

    If you like this playlist you should listen to my boyfriend’s band – Plank!

    They take a lot of inspiration from these bands