Zehn kleine Jägermeister

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"Zehn kleine Jägermeister"
Single by Die Toten Hosen
from the album Opium fürs Volk
Released June 10, 1996
Genre Reggae rock, pop punk
Length 4:45 (album version)
4:21 (single version)
Label JKP
Songwriter(s) Andreas Frege
Wolfgang Rohde
Hanns Christian Müller
Die Toten Hosen singles chronology
"Bonnie & Clyde"
"Zehn kleine Jägermeister"
"Alles aus Liebe (live)"
"Bonnie & Clyde"
"Zehn kleine Jägermeister"
"Alles aus Liebe (live)"

"Zehn kleine Jägermeister" (German: Ten little hunters/Jägermeisters) is a song by German punk rock group Die Toten Hosen. It was released in June 1996 as the fourth single from the album Opium fürs Volk. It's the band's biggest hit, reaching number one on German, Austrian and Swiss charts.


It's a drinking song, and the fact that drinking songs are a tradition for Die Toten Hosen is ironized on the album version as an interview in the beginning and end of the song. The song's title and theme are a parody of "Zehn kleine Negerlein" (Ten little negroes, the English version of this song is called "Ten Little Indians"), which is a song about how out of ten characters only one was left in the end. The chorus also makes use of the German translation of the Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno, "Einer für alle, alle für einen", as well as alluding to the board game Mensch ärgere dich nicht.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Ralf Schmerberg and drawn by Andreas Hykade. It is an adult-animated illustration of the lyrics that depicts deers as Jägermeisters. During the chorus, the liquid's path through the mouth is shown. Along the way, the band members are seen drinking.

The video follows the lyrics and is divided into sections beginning with a group of Jägermeisters performing a dance routine. Their number decreases verse by verse, as they each get into different situations which always end with a violent death of one of them. At the end of the video, the only very last surviving one of the Jägermeisters invites nine new Jägermeisters. ("Drum lud er sich zum Osterfest neun neue Meister ein")[1] This differs from the original album lyrics, which end with the death of the second-last Jägermeister, followed by the refrain.[2]

The video was censored due to containing illegal drugs, nudity, and realistic guns.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Zehn kleine Jägermeister" (Rohde/Müller, Frege) − 4:21
  2. "We Love You" (Jagger/Richards) − 3:10 (The Rolling Stones cover)
  3. "Der König aus dem Märchenland" (The king from the fairytale land) (Breitkopf/Frege) − 4:15


Chart (1996) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[6] 1