Sonne (Rammstein song)

"Sonne" (German for "Sun") is a song by German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein. It was released in February 2001, as the first single from their album Mutter. According to Till Lindemann, the song was originally written as an entrance song for the boxer Vitali Klitschko, whose surname was also the working title of the song.[1] The female vocal comes from Spectrasonic's "symphony of voices".

"Sonne"
Sonnesingle.jpg
Single by Rammstein
from the album Mutter
B-side
  • "Adios"
  • Remixes
Released12 February 2001
RecordedMay and June 2000
StudioMiraval (Correns, France)
Genre
Length4:32
LabelMotor
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Rammstein singles chronology
"Asche zu Asche"
(2001)
"Sonne"
(2001)
"Links 2 3 4"
(2001)

The music video for the band's 2019 single "Deutschland" features a piano-based version of "Sonne" in the ending credits.[2]

Music videoEdit

The video features the band as dwarves mining gold for Snow White. Apparently, this came about while all of the band members were watching the old Disney film Snow White, and had "Sonne" playing in the background, giving them the idea for the video. Also, as told by Paul Landers in the Making of Sonne, it came out of a video Oliver Riedel did mixing the "Sonne" song and parts of the Snow White film with his computer. The band supposedly went through nearly 40 different ideas for the video, such as the story of a boxer, before choosing the Snow White theme. One of the other ideas was a video about the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima (which would have matched the lyrics and the depressed-sounding vocalization). Lady Snow-White (German: "Schneewittchen") is played by the Russian soap actress Joulia Stepanova (Yulia Stepanova). There is also an extended version, which features extra scenes (i.e.: Snow White smoking a cigarette while looking at a gold ring).

Live performancesEdit

 
Heino and Rammstein performing Sonne at the Wacken Open Air 2013

It debuted as "Klitschko" on 16 April 2000. The song was very different from the final version released in Mutter. "Sonne" was also played in some concerts of the Japanese/Australia-New Zealand leg of the Sehnsucht tour, before the Mutter album was released and its respective tour started. These concerts were the only time the third verse of the song was played; when played live, the band usually omits the final stanza, and instead plays a slightly longer intro and outro. Theatrical flames shoot several feet into the air when Rammstein plays the song. Since May 2001, "Sonne" has been paired with "Ich will" during the encores in most Rammstein concerts to date, this has been changed however since 2009[citation needed].

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLength
1."Sonne"4:32
2."Adios"3:48
3."Sonne (Clawfinger K.O. Remix)"4:11
4."Sonne (Clawfinger T.K.O. Remix)"5:52
5."Sonne" (instrumental)4:31
Total length:22:54
  • The single is also available as a 2-track CD, featuring "Sonne" and "Adios".

ChartsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rammstein Press: Maternity Leave | Herzeleid.com | The number one source for Rammstein
  2. ^ "Rammstein - Deutschland (Official Video)". 28 March 2019. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Rammstein – Sonne" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Rammstein – Sonne" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Rammstein: Sonne" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Rammstein – Sonne". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Rammstein – Sonne" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Spanish Charts – Rammstein – Sonne". Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Rammstein – Sonne". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Rammstein – Sonne". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Jahreshitparade Singles 2001". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts". GfK Entertainment (in German). offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 18 January 2020.

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