Nena was a German Neue Deutsche Welle band. In 1983 and 1984, their German-language song “99 Luftballons” (and its English version, “99 Red Balloons”) reached number one in the singles charts of countries around the world.
“99 Luftballons” is a song by the German band Nena from their 1983 self-titled album. An English-language version titled “99 Red Balloons”, with lyrics by Kevin McAlea, was also released on the album 99 Luftballons in 1984 after widespread success of the original in Europe and Japan. The English version is not a direct translation of the German original and contains lyrics with a somewhat different meaning