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Kraftwerk – Autobahn – 1974

About The Song

“Autobahn” is the fourth studio album by the German electronic band Kraftwerk, released in 1974. The album is known for its groundbreaking use of synthesizers and electronic instruments, establishing Kraftwerk as pioneers of electronic music.

5 Facts about Kraftwerk’s “Autobahn” (1974):

  1. Title Track Innovation: The album’s title track, “Autobahn,” is a 22-minute long electronic composition that simulates a journey on the German highway. It gained international success for its innovative use of synthesizers and vocoders, marking a significant milestone in electronic music history.
  2. Shift to Electronic Sound: “Autobahn” is considered a pivotal moment in Kraftwerk’s discography as it marked a departure from their earlier krautrock sound to a more distinctive electronic and experimental approach. This shift laid the foundation for their future iconic electronic sound.
  3. Minimalist Aesthetics: Kraftwerk embraced minimalist aesthetics in “Autobahn,” focusing on repetitive patterns and precise electronic sounds. This approach influenced various genres, including techno and synth-pop, and showcased the band’s ability to create immersive sonic landscapes.
  4. International Success: The album achieved commercial success internationally, reaching high chart positions in various countries. The title track, released as a single, also made its mark on the charts and radio stations worldwide, introducing many listeners to the emerging genre of electronic music.
  5. Artistic Album Cover: The album cover features an artistic representation of a stylized autobahn interchange. The design reflects the band’s commitment to merging art and music. Kraftwerk’s visual aesthetics became as influential as their music, setting a standard for the integration of visual elements in electronic music presentations.



Wir fahren, fahren, fahren auf der Autobahn
Wir fahren, fahren, fahren auf der Autobahn

Vor uns liegt ein weites Tal
Die Sonne scheint mit Glitzerstrahl

Wir fahren, fahren, fahren auf der Autobahn
Wir fahren, fahren, fahren auf der Autobahn

Fahrbahn ist ein graues Band
Weiße Streifen, grüner Rand