->''"What can you say to music like that, except: Get me a horse, I want to '''INVADE''' something!"''
-->-- '''Mark Steel''' on [[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven]]

Art produced in Germany has had a startling tendency to be viewed by non-Germans through the prism of ''is this Nazism or not?'' This especially applies to German music. And, indeed, to any music that "sounds German" regardless of whether or not it was made in Germany.

Music To Invade Poland To refers to any music that gets accused of being Nazi because it sounds "Germanic," "Teutonic," "[[Music/RichardWagner Wagnerian]]," or the like.

For the most part, this stuff does not advocate National Socialism. Unfortunately, the use of bombastic, dramatic, "Germanic-sounding" OrchestralBombing as soundtracks in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII films has cemented the association between grandiose, orchestral marching music set to relatively steady tempos with authoritarian and warmongering political movements.

This is not yet a DiscreditedTrope. The TropeNamer is a particularly infamous review of Music/{{Rammstein}}'s album ''Mutter''; the [[CausticCritic review]] described the album as [[GodwinsLaw "Music To Invade Poland To"]] (although Rammstein, who are a bunch of lefties from the former East Germany, have nothing to do with neo-Nazism, unlike real neo-Nazi bands like the infamous, supposedly reformed "Böhse Onkelz" do). This trope is actually very common in Germany to this day, where it isn't even limited to music. Pretty much everything that could invoke similar associations creates the same feeling of unease with most Germans.

Not to be confused with LoudOfWar. May be associated with GermanicDepressives.

Actual military music from the Third Reich tends to be banal and uninspiring (e.g. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPzTGx96P6U Der Panzerlied (SFW)]], a chirpy little ditty featured in ''Film/BattleOfTheBulge''), and was more often than not intended to be sung while... you know, actually invading Poland...

Incidentally, German music earlier came under attack during the anti-German hysteria of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. A generation before it became "Music to Invade Poland To", German music was denounced as "Music to Invade Belgium To".


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The Britannian Anthem in ''Anime/CodeGeass sounds'' aggressive and Germanic. It's in ''English.''[[note]]Which is, in fact, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germanic_languages a Germanic language.]][[/note]] This trope is what made most Japanese viewers mistake it for German (given the story, it's the music to invade Japan to).
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOBAujvRzMQ Germany's Anthem]]'' from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' parodies this trope, combining an extremely militaristic tune with frivolous lyrics such as "Polish this room and don't whine about it " and "I want to eat wurst with some beer".
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0Wc1qlne1I&list=UU5vwkYOVEXbBHeDnaky7M9Q&index=3&feature=plcp Das Engelandlied]]'' from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', which was an actual World War II-era song from Nazi Germany about invading England.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU7C-X4rg1k Die Flugel der Freiheit]]'' from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' begins much like a German marching song.
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', the Kuromorimine team, being based off [[GermanicEfficiency German tanks and tactics]], uses instumental versions of both ''Erika'' and ''Panzerlied'' as their {{Leitmotif}}. Bonus points goes to ''Panzerlied'' for playing when they reveal the [[spoiler: [[TankGoodness PzKw VII Maus.]]]]
* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure: Battle Tendency'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUHnGi1KY2o Propaganda]], which is theme of ''an actual Nazi'', [[StupidJetpackHitler who is also a cyborg]].
* Alluded to in the [[Anime/{{Patlabor}} Patlabor: The New Files]] OVA. After having his cover blown by the [[SuperPrototype Griffon]]'s pilot revealing his voice, [[TheChessmaster Utsumi]] states that it was stupid to even install external speakers on the thing, [[TheDragon Kurosaki]] is quick to reply that it was his own idea, so he could play Wagner as it moved. Utsumi then complains that they haven't got to do that yet.


* ''Film/TriumphOfTheWill''. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because the film actually ''is'' Nazi propaganda, and deliberately appeals to the audience's passions with dramatic, soaring music.
** As a result, everything else that director LeniRiefenstahl worked on before and afterwards is usually treated as "Movies and Photos to Invade Poland To."
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p9_7xXlR0s Oceania, 'Tis For Thee]]'' from Michael Radford's adaptation of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''.
* ''Film/ManhattanMurderMystery'' invokes and lampshades this trope when Larry, played by Creator/WoodyAllen, says, "I can't listen to that much Wagner, ya know? I start to get the urge to conquer Poland."
* The Imperial March from ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[PuttingOnTheReich intentionally]] invokes this. The tempo is steady, the chord progressions are solemn and grandiose, and the music accompanies scenes of a totalitarian regime with a great sense of theatrical panache. (Williams stole it from Holst.)
** Subverted by the {{filk}} version "Darth Vader's Mother" ("...wears army boots.")
** The Imperial March is also a subversion in itself because aside from tempo and hitting the downbeats hard it doesn't actually sound like most real military marches, which tend to be played mostly at the mid to upper end of the range (at least for the melody line) and in a major key, giving them a bright, triumphant sound. The Imperial March is performed by instruments playing at the very bottom of their range in a minor key (giving it a dark sound), and there are deliberately dissonant notes in many of the chords to set up tension. John Williams knows how to write a march, and deliberately broke most of the rules to come up with the Imperial March. Appropriately for an Empire built on the Dark Side of the Force, it's meant to be menacing, not triumphant.
** ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' officially establishes the march as the national anthem of the Empire InUniverse. Going further, "Empire Day" introduces a more upbeat version of the march during a parade on the titular holiday, making it more similar to a real world military march. In fact, in the behind the scenes features for "Empire Day", the producers explicitly point out how difficult it was to make a variant of the Imperial March that sounded like uplifting parade music, specifically pointing out that the official Imperial March is actually kind of dark for what would be realistically expected of a national anthem.
** The awards ceremony at the end of ''Film/ANewHope'' has much more triumphant music... and looks eerily like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbEEQxtnkHE this scene from]] ''Triumph of the Will''. Innocent influencing or darker subtext? You decide.
* Done deliberately in ''Film/KillerKlownsFromOuterSpace''; the composer has referred to the music played when [[spoiler:the Klowns march the collection machine through the town]] as "tanks rolling into Poland", done so that the scene wouldn't be considered as funny as the rest of the movie.
* ''{{Film/Casablanca}}'' had a well-known scene in which German officers singing a German song are eventually [[LoudOfWar drowned out]] when the rest of the bar begins singing the ''La Marseillaise''. The song was originally intended to be the ''Horst-Wessel-Lied'', the official anthem of the Nazi party, however the actual song used is ''Die Wacht Am Rhein'' (the tune of which is [to different words] the Yale Glee Club's 'Bright College Days') -- a German military song, for sure, but unaffiliated with the Nazi party. Warners was unable to use the ''Horst-Wessel-Lied'' due to copyright complications in neutral countries.
** This scene is also a pretty nice aversion of the trope. ''Casablanca'''s cast featured a lot of European actors who had fled the onslaught of the Nazis; the emotion on display in this performance of ''La Marseillaise'' is ''not'' acted.
* In ''Film/{{Cabaret}}'', a bright young Aryan stands up in a cafe and begins singing "Tomorrow Belongs To Me" as a portent of the age to come. (And, until you realize the UnfortunateImplications you see him as an alternative to the decadence & perversion of the cabaret lifestyle.)
* In Creator/LarsVonTrier's ''{{Film/Melancholia}}'', the overture from Music/RichardWagner's ''Tristan und Isolde'' is used as the main musical theme. Von Trier even [[DudeNotFunny joked]] [[LampshadeHanging that he was a Nazi]]!
* Invoked with the ''[=Luftwaffe-Marsch=]'' from ''Film/BattleOfBritain''. It's the Luftwaffe's [[{{Leitmotif}} Leitmotiv]] throughout the film, and was meant to symbolise its {{pride}} prior to the Battle. This tune apparently represented the Luftwaffe so well that many people now think it's an actual German march from UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* Brought about in ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' when Alex's aversion treatment added his favorite music, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, to a combination of Nazi films and nausea drugs, causing them all to become fused together in his mind and rendering him unable to hear Beethoven without freaking out.
* ''Film/ApocalypseNow'''s famous bombing run scene where ''Ride of the Valkyries'' is played was meant to invoke this, [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped in order for audiences to really get]] [[WarIsHell how horrible war is]] by likening the battle with Nazism. [[MisaimedFandom It backfired spectacularly]], [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing and many who watch the scene end up]] {{Rooting For The|Empire}} [[ArmiesAreEvil Army]] instead. [[ShownTheirWork Since the practice of playing Wagnerian music actually has basis in history]], more information is in the RealLife section.
* In a cut scene from ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', Lili von Shtupp refers to "I'm Tired" as "the song that closed Poland."
* Subtly [[InvokedTrope invoked]] in the climax of ''Film/TheKingsSpeech''. While Bertie gives his 1939 speech after the declaration of war the second movement (Allegretto) of Beethoven's 7th Symphony plays in the background. Though not as [[OrchestralBombing bombastic]] and aggressive as other examples it does however convey the unease at another brutal war against Germany.
* The 2014 film ''{{Film/Fury}}'' does this in the conventional sense, with an SS battalion singing ''Marschiert in Feindesland'' on the march. The trope is ironic at this point as Germany is on its last legs and the Allies are steadily pushing deeper and deeper into the country.

* As a character in ''Literature/GravitysRainbow'' has it: "A person feels ''good'' listening to Rossini. All you feel like listening to Beethoven is going out and invading Poland."

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', lead character Larry David expresses his appreciation of the music of Wagner. He is a Jew but is not a particularly devout one, however, other Jewish people around him are shocked when they find out he likes Wagner. He claims that he likes the music and does not care what it's associated with.
* Parodied on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (season eight, episode 16, hosted by Robert Guillaume[[note]]who was originally supposed to host a season six episode, but the season was cut short due to SeasonalRot and a writers' strike[[/note]]; original airdate: March 19, 1983) on a fake commercial for an album collection called ''Heil Hits''.
* Inverted in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The God Complex". One of the alien characters mentions that their planetary anthem is entitled "Glory to (Insert Name Here)" - Music to ''be'' invaded to. It's their [[PlanetOfHats hat]] - surrender immediately in the face of military oppressors, because then the oppression won't be too bad, and they can slyly end up running things their way in the aftermath.

* A literal example would be the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcUR6y6Kmkk Hohenfriedberger March]], supposedly written by Frederick the Great, about the Battle of Hohenfreidberg, where his Prussians crushed the Austrian attempt to remove him from Silesia.
** This march was also used in a number of Allied propaganda films from World War Two as something of a leitmotif for German and Axis militarism, most notably in the first ''Series/WhyWeFight'' installment (the march is played over increasingly belligerent footage of marching German, Japanese and Italian soldiers, picking up more bass and booming drums with every repetition) and a post VE-Day training film for US occupation troops called ''Here is Germany''.
* Another literal example would be the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UhWsATNlCE Düppeler Schanzen-Sturmmarsch]] written by the Prussian march composer Johann Gottfried Piefke during the Second Schleswig War against Denmark in 1864. It was created specifically to be played on the front-lines by a military orchestra during the Prussian attack on the Danish forces in the Battle of Dybbøl. As the Prussian army had expected, the outnumbered Danes had their positions completely overrun and suffered a crushing defeat, and their fate as the losers of the war was effectively sealed.
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TEGPelS3Ac Preußens Gloria]]" ("Glory of Prussia"), a song still played by the German Army, is a quintessential example. It was also played over the newsreel footage of the German parade in Paris during the acclaimed BBC series "The World At War".
* As composer to UsefulNotes/LouisXIV, JB Lully made a lot of this music:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP6wfeCyxgE La Marche des Combattants]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caJUHXtWZQA Marche des Mousquetaires]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qGu0JNBuY4 Marche des Mousquetaires Noirs]].
* Later on, UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte would march his Grande Armee into Russia to the rousing strains of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB1kp9adYYE La Victoire est a nous]]". Listen to it, and then try and say you don't want to be a world-conqueror.
* Gustav Holst's [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Mars]] is music to invade ''something'' to--and given that the work's full title is "Mars, the Bringer of War," [[InvokedTrope deliberately so]]. It sounds very martial, though it would be kind of hard to march to because of the time signature (it's written in 5/4; most marches are 2/4, 2/2, or 6/8).
** The reason for that odd meter is to give the listener a disquieting feeling of nervousness and aggression. It works. Don't listen to it while driving your car!
** The piece was composed on the eve of the First World War. So, music to invade UsefulNotes/{{Belgium}} by?
* Music/{{Rammstein}}, for obvious reasons. The band later wrote "Links 2-3-4" as a response to accusations of Nazism. But since the song's based on a German drill instructor's chant, and you're not going to pick up on the "We're left-wing, dammit!" message in the lyrics if you don't actually speak German, the message didn't exactly get through.. To wit, the [[TropeNamer Trope Naming]] review was of ''Mutter'', the album ''containing "Links 2-3-4"''. The fact that the marching cadence is actually the one used by the pre-Nazi German ''Communist Party'' is also missed by most people. Perhaps the band thought their [[ViewersAreGeniuses listeners were geniuses]]. "Amerika", a song poking fun at America, contains a GratuitousEnglish part to avoid another backfire. [[FanDumb But some listeners still didn't catch on.]]
** Probably everything said about the band "Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft" ten years earlier can be copypasted without change, except the name...
* IndustrialMetal bands other than Rammstein are also accused of this. German band Music/{{KMFDM}} was accused of this in the aftermath of the UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} massacre (the shooters were both huge fans of the band), which also caused them to gain a reputation as "Music to Shoot Up Your School To".[[note]]They later recorded "Me & My Gun" on the 2009 album ''Blitz'' as a TakeThat towards the Columbine gunmen.[[/note]] They used this trope as far back as their first commercial album, ''What Do You Know, Deutschland?'', whose cover art is a man beating a war drum while a city is being bombed behind him.
* Another good example that fits the bill is Music/{{Deathstars}}. To make things even more interesting, it sounds kind of like what would Rammstein be if Till Lindemann sang in English (Whiplasher's voice is VERY similar to Lindemann's). Also they, um, [[http://i.imgur.com/MwmLObw.jpg tend to dress like this.]]
* A [[ReviewerStockPhrases Stock Phrase]] to describe the music of French AvantGarde band Music/{{Magma}}, which basically sounds like Music/RichardWagner, Carl Orff and Music/FrankZappa [[JustForFun/XMeetsY made a band]].
* Music/ENomine has some songs that raised questions, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQCVqbF4Vjg Ring der Nibelungen]], in that case due to fair parts being march music and repeated mentions to a 'Reich'. It's based on the Opera by Wagner.
* Music/RichardWagner gets a lot of flak for this trope, much of it undeserved. Although Wagner was virulently anti-Semitic, he was also a left-leaning socialist for much of his life. Wagner befriended Russian anarchist Mikhail Bakhunin and participated in the Dresden May Uprising, which caused him to be exiled by the Saxon government. Wagner died in 1883 and was extremely unlucky in that the Nazis appropriated his music fifty years after his death and permanently smeared his character for people unfamiliar with his actual music. Thus, today any of his music or other dramatic sounding music will be unfairly associated with fascistic political views that Wagner never held. People who have actually seen his music dramas realize they advocate something close to anarchism: power is evil, love is good.
** David Goldman, writing as Spengler in the Asia Times, [[http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/EA11Aa02.html wrote an article]] on why Wagner was popular and why the Nazis felt such affinity. There was hardly a political movement promising a new man for a new dawn that did not traffic in similar ideas.
** Lampshaded in Edmund Crispin's mystery novel ''[[Literature/GervaseFen Swan Song]]''. We have the sophomoric anti-Wagner comments of Oxford students met by a girl who tries to point out how illogical they are, and complaints by a German refugee (who, ironically, has delayed his return because Wagner is now taboo in Germany and he can only attend the operas in England.)
** The State of Israel has long had something of an unofficial ban on the performance of Wagner's music. There's been some movement on that front in recent years, but it is understandably a rather contentious issue.
* Music/LudwigVanBeethoven also gets, at times, used as the background music for scenes of German fascism. Beethoven would be rolling in his grave if he knew, since he was a liberal democrat[[note]]small-l, small-d[[/note]] if there ever was one. He was in full support of UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution; dedicated his Third Symphony (''Eroica'') to [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte Napoleon]] when he was a good general of the Revolution; promptly un-dedicated it when Napoleon betrayed the Revolution to become Emperor; and his [[AwesomeMusic/{{Music}} Ode to Joy]] is a setting of a poem calling for "all men to be brothers" and various other classically liberal lines.
** For bonus points, the text of "Music/OdeToJoy" is adapted from a poem by Schiller, the poet-playwright who celebrated the striving for liberty, equality, and fraternity in play after play. The best part? In Schiller's version, the quoted line went "Beggars become princes' brothers." If anything, Beethoven was more liberal than Schiller.
*** For extra super-duper special bonus points, Ode to Joy is the anthem of the European Union, which - whatever you think of it as it is ''now'' - grew out of a desire to get everyone to stop invading things, please, can't we all just get along? The anthem doesn't include Schiller's words - not because the sentiment was disapproved of, but because it would be a bit weird having an anthem for all of Europe that had lyrics in German, or indeed any other language.
** Beethoven's Fifth Symphony was used by the ''Allies'' as a motif in propaganda films ('V' for 'Victory' and fate knocking at Nazi Germany's door). Helpfully illustrated by DonaldDuck [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr9qpeOjmuQ--0 here]] (starting at about 2:30, and proceeding throughout the rest of the clip ). The first four notes of the Fifth Symphony (which spell "V" in Morse code) are still widely-known in France for being the opening leitmotif to ''the'' French-language [[LaResistance BBC broadcast]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* ''Das Deutschlandlied'', better known as ''Deutschland Über Alles'', whose first line translates "Germany over all", is assumed to refer to the goal of Germany to TakeOverTheWorld. In truth, the song was written by a nineteenth-century ''liberal'', who wanted Germans to put aside petty provincial distinctions (such as being Prussian, Bavarian, or Austrian), eschew the [[UsefulNotes/AllTheLittleGermanies divisive and reactionary petty states]], and think of themselves as united Germans above all else. He was, in fact, expressing a desire for German unity, not domination. The third stanza is today's national anthem of Germany (its first line is "Unity and Justice and Freedom", which sounds way more peaceful).
** Also, the "Deutschlandlied" was intended to be sung as a ''drinking song'' for politically-minded men at beer gardens and suchlike; the second verse (which hardly anyone sings anymore) is a celebration of "German women, German loyalty, German wine, and German song", and the original writer included an alternate ending for the third stanza that calls for a toast!
** OlderThanRadio: The melody comes from Music/JosephHaydn's hymn to Kaiser Franz of Austria, which he then used as the theme for the second movement of the "Emperor" String Quartet (hence the name). Haydn's Kaiser hymn was, incidentally, inspired by hearing God Save The King on a trip to London and deciding that if the mere ''King'' of Great Britain got a song, why not the [[UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire Holy Roman]] ''[[UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire Emperor]]''?
* Liszt's LES PRELUDES also gets tarred because a theme from it was used to introduce news (or propaganda) bulletins on Deutschlandsender during the war.
* {{Industrial}} music, which is [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff relatively popular in Germany]], often gets accused of being National Socialist. In particular, bands like Music/{{Front 242}} and Nitzer Ebb (the latter of which deliberately cultivated a militaristic, Germanic image, and neither of which were actually German) were on the receiving end of this accusation regularly.
** Industrial act Music/{{Laibach}} very deliberately invoked this trope and made dramatic, Germanic-sounding, martial music. They pushed the nationalism angle further by ''issuing passports'' and claiming to have formed their own state. They're Slovenes. Laibach is the German name of Slovenia's capital (Ljubljana), but their shtick is to [[TrollingCreator troll]] to make Fascists look stupid. And "Tanz Mit Laibach" states that they dance with [[Film/TheGreatDictator Ado Hinkel]] rather than UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler.
** Laibach turned this on a classic Music/{{Queen}} song with their cover of "One Vision", titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZAD7W3M4zc "Geburt einer Nation"]]. The original song is generally held to have been either about [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement Martin Luther King, Jr.]] or inspired by Queen's Live Aid performance, while Laibach's version translates it into German and gives it a far more martial feel but keeps virtually all of the lyrics word-for-word. Suddenly, lines like "one flesh, one bone, one true religion" [[https://mookidmusic.com/2016/09/06/gebert-einer-nation-how-laibach-turned-queens-one-vision-into-a-totalitarian-anthem-without-changing-freddies-lyrics/ don't sound so uplifting.]]
* IndustrialMetal project ''Music/HanzelUndGretyl'' (which usually sings in GratuitousGerman, but is composed of Americans originally from Greece) deliberately invoked this in their album ''Uber Alles''. They wanted an album that invoked every single German cliche imaginable, so they went for what they called [[AllGermansAreNazis the "obvious German cliche."]] Some song titles include "Third Reich From The Sun" and "SS Deathstar Supergalactik." The album was [[BannedInChina banned in Germany]]. Since this means the songs are not legally listed by the GEMA (a copyright institution that handles many things including usage of music on webportals), the music can be freely found on YouTube. The album ''2012'' is similar in style, but isn't not banned.
* The genre of PowerMetal is also MusicToInvadePolandTo. The PowerMetal band Music/BlindGuardian, for instance, are fantasy geeks that make bombastic, Teutonic-sounding HeavyMithril. Unsurprisingly, they are accused of Nazism. The band, or at least vocalist/songwriter Hansi Kürsch, is reportedly a left-leaning liberal. They don't talk about politics much, though.
** There are some actual National Socialist metal bands, some of which indulge in Viking mythology to the point of practicing racist variants of Asatru (Norse neo-Paganism), but such groups make up only a ''very'' small minority of metal acts. In recent years, the rise of folk metal and viking metal has been met with a rise of paranoia from anti-Nazi activists, leading to bands' gigs being protested for something as innocent as including Germanic runes in their logos or album art -- often, ironically, in Germany. One such case was with the recent Paganfest tour. [[http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=3Xr1iWvL4A0 The bands responded with surprising restraint.]]
* The Mexican National Anthem, which is extremely Teutonic and military.
* Music/{{Kraftwerk}} got their share of this too, mainly for their cold, modernist, inhuman aesthetic. And for being German.
* A lot of [[UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany Imperial German]] marches were recycled by the Nazis, and so have since become associated with them. Probably the best example is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlpRpn9KtRM Königgrätzer Marsch]], written to commemorate the victory of Prussia over Austria in 1866, but best known for being played at the book burning in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''.
* Music/JoyDivision's first EP had a black-and-white picture of a blonde Hitler Youth member beating a drum on its cover. Then they were surprised that people thought they were Nazis. When the band reformed, they kept the joke by renaming the themselves New Order.
* Quite a few [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neofolk Neofolk]] acts make heavy usage of fascist/militaristic imagery. It doesn't help that a minority of them *cough*[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boyd_Rice Boyd Rice]]*cough* actually ''are'' fascists[[note]]To be fair, Rice has never actually been confirmed as a Nazi beyond any reasonable skepticism; while he has been involved in some things that are pretty damning, the man is notoriously prone to [[{{Troll}} fucking with people]] and it's not out of the realm of possibility that it's all an elaborate ruse just to generate controversy.[[/note]]. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Von_Thronstahl Von Thronstahl]] are in fact confirmed as Nazis.
** Don't forget its derivative form: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martial_industrial Martial Industrial]] too, in fact this one is pretty much invoked.
* [[WildMassGuessing One of the many explanations constructed]] for Music/{{Tool}}'s "Die Eier Von Satan" is that the song, which is set to a heavy metal/industrial sound and spoken in angry German while the lyrics [[spoiler:[[BilingualBonus turn out to be a cookie recipe]]]], was intended to satirize this trope, though it should be mentioned that [[spoiler:the cookies in question are ''hash'' cookies. [[note]] "Eine Messerspitze türkisches Haschisch" means "one pinch of Turkish hashish."[[/note]]]]
* Oddly enough, the DeathMetal band Vader gets this a lot due to the video for "Cold Demons", which heavily features WWII footage of Panzer tanks. This accusation is ridiculous when you learn that the band is Polish. Not that Polish Nazi bands don't exist; Vader just isn't one of them.
* Inverted with "Never Again" by Music/{{Disturbed}}, which is a pissed-off Jewish HeavyMetal musician yelling at neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers.
* Swedish band {{Music/Sabaton}} get this a lot. They make bombastic power metal, their vocalist rolls his Rs in a very particular way, and most of their songs are about WW I and II, quite a few of them from the perspective of German forces. Disregard that they have several songs from the perspective of the nations fighting ''against'' Nazi Germany as well as definite anti-war anthems, and that their eight minute epic about the Nazis' rise to power is called ''Rise of Evil''. One of their songs, "Counterstrike", is about the ''Israeli victory'' in the Six-Day War. They also have three songs ("40:1", "Uprising", and "Inmate 4859") celebrating the Polish soldiers who fought off the Nazis, making their music a case of "Music To ''Defend'' Poland To". Particularly funny would be "Panzerkampf", which is often flagged on Website/YouTube as "inapproppriate", despite its lyrics in clear and unambiguous English describing the ''Soviet'' counterattack at Kursk, which finally broke the invasion.
* Music/TypeONegative were accused of being Nazis during their first European tour, due to their song "Der Undermensch", which was written about "social parasites", such as drug dealers and welfare cheats. The hilarious {{irony}} of this is the fact that their keyboard player, Josh Silver is Jewish.
** Which led to them writing "We Hate Everyone" and "Kill All The White People" for their next album. It is likely many did not realise they were sarcasitcally poking fun at the situation.
* Music/{{Slayer}}'s "Angel of Death" made the band face accusations of being Nazi sympathizers for writing a song about [[TheMengele Josef Mengele]], a doctor who performed heinous experiments on Jewish concentration camp prisoners. While the band denies condoning his actions and claims they wrote merely the song because they thought it was an interesting subject, they're still sometimes labeled as neo-Nazis. Seeing as the song is performed from the ''perspective'' of Mengele (or, at least, one of his lackeys), and sounds downright ''gleeful'', it's no wonder some people are unconvinced. Adding to this, on one of their previous albums, they have a song called "The Final Command" which includes the lyrics "Machine gun tactics of the German command, born with the power of God in his hand." which is referring to UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler
** Slayer is notorious in general for attracting fans with neo-Nazi/white supremacist sympathies, which is ironic because not only is half the band (at least their classic lineup) Latino, but neither of said Latino members were even born in the US.
* The German band Scooter, simply because their vocalist is a blond haired, blue eyed, tall guy who shouts at people to "Move Their Ass" and to "Get Ready For The Next Attack". It also doesn't help the band love wearing matching uniforms, as seen on the cover for the album "Under The Radar Over The Top", and the singles "The Night" and "The Age Of Love".
* A lot of the German military marches used in World War II such as "Die Wacht Am Rhein", "Erika", and "Lili Marleen". Even though this last was eagerly adopted by the British, who heard their German opposition singing it in North Africa, and given English lyrics.
* The Music/BlueOysterCult's live rabble-rouser [=ME262=], which namechecks Hitler and Goering and which tells the story of the last days of [=WW2=] through the [=PoV=] of a jet fighter ace, has a middle eight punctuating guitar stings with the sound of falling bombs and marching jackboots. Despite the fact the BOC have names like Bloom and Pearlman and Roeser, and by inference belong to the ''last'' ethnicity to be sympathetic to Nazism, they were accused of Nazi sympathies.
* Music/TheRamones had goofy semi-hits like "Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World" and "Kommando" that traded on Nazi imagery. A few listeners didn't get the joke, and didn't realize that Joey was Jewish.
* Gothic Industrial singer Yade often invokes this, with a Nazi-inspired uniform and songs about revolutions, though the lyrics are either anarchistic, or too vague to associate with an ideology. It doesn't help he is Swiss-German, which straddles the [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement very uncomfortable line]] between "Oh he is not German then" and the accusation that Swiss Nazis (or supporters) were {{Karma Houdini}}s in the post-war Europe.
* German Industrial/EBM group X-Fusion invokes this in "Follow Your Leader". It is peppered with voice clips of Hitler from rallies and has a somewhat militaristic tune. But the lyrics are actually a rage-filled tirade against those who followed Hitler, and those who stood by the sides and let it happen. Arguably, it is also a general rant against tyranny.
--> ''Follow your leader, you misguided fools. Follow your leader, lest you break any rules.''
* Parodied in one of Music/TheyMightBeGiants' spoken-word intros for live shows, in which they insist that they are "not an easy-listening Nazi-rock band". Of course, nobody could ever confuse TMBG with Nazis, especially given that their biggest folk influences are polka and klezmer.
* {{Invoked}} by Music/AmonDuulII in ''Deutsch Nepal''.
* [[http://www.allmusic.com/album/spear-of-destiny-mw0000618757 Liers In Wait]] pretty much took this trope and ran with it, including blatant Nazi imagery in the lyrics and album artwork.
* Music/{{Madness}}, quite strangely, have been accused of being (depending on the source) Nazis, members of the right-wing National Front, or just fascists in general, in no small part because they ended up having quite a skinhead (as in National Front / BNP) following during the 1980s. This is in spite of the fact that they wrote anti-racist songs like "Embarrassment", which is explicitly about the sax player Lee Thompson's anger over negative reactions by some of his older relatives to his sister being pregnant by a black man, and "Waiting for the Ghost Train", which was a massive TakeThat against apartheid. The extreme-right-wing element probably latched onto them as they were the only major TwoTone group to have an all-white line-up.
* ZigZagged by German {{Industrial}} act Music/FunkerVogt, who make aggressive, military-themed music but are very anti-war. One of their members specifically expressed disgust at the idea of his band being mistaken for Nazis. However, after the original vocalist Jens Kästel retired, he was replaced by Sacha Korn, whose works have been featured on a far-right compilation CD. On the other hand, Korn has expressed a desire to keep politics out of his music and none of his Funker Vogt songs are military themed.
* To an extent, "In the Flesh" and "Waiting for the Worms" from Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/TheWall'', where the protagonist pictures himself as a neo-Nazi leader during a drug-fueled breakdown. In between them is "Run Like Hell", which is far too catchy and poppy to qualify.
* Invoked by "fashwave", a subgenre of UsefulNotes/{{synthwave}} and {{vaporwave}} made by avowed neo-fascists, many of whom turned to electronic music out of a rejection of the "African rhythms" of rock and its derivatives (like punk and metal). Whereas most non-fascist synthwave and vaporwave artists, such as Creator/JohnCarpenter and Music/{{Vektroid}}, use the style to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mjsic8hiQ5k satirize and snark at neoliberalism, consumerism, and yuppie capitalism]], fashwave has been been [[https://thump.vice.com/en_us/article/trumpwave-fashwave-far-right-appropriation-vaporwave-synthwave described]] as "the neon-lit cityscapes of synthwave visuals... populated with red-eyed cyborg death squads", appropriating the dystopian satire of [[TheEighties '80s]] culture employed in films like ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' and ''Film/RoboCop1987'' (and which many synthwave and vaporwave artists have taken after) and unironically "embrac[ing] that decade's grim sci-fi forecasts as paradise." That said, given that fashwave, like most of synthwave and vaporwave, tends not to contain lyrics, it's practically impossible to tell simply by hearing if you're listening to a fashwave song unless the artist decided to put in more obvious touches (such as martial sounds or snippets of far-right speeches). Most of what constitutes of fashwave literally relies on the title and thumbnail the musician [[BecauseISaidSo gave it.]]
* Music/{{Morrissey}} has been accused of having racist or ethno-nationalist opinions for years, due to his use of British patriotic or homoerotic skinhead imagery, and the lyrics of songs like "Bengali in Platforms" and "Asian Rut". In 2012 he settled a libel suit against the NME over a 2007 interview which he claimed had been [[TwistingTheWords maliciously distorted]] to make him appear to be expressing anti-immigration views. However, he pretty well burned his boats on the subject with two incidents in 2017: first, after a suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester, when he tweeted that he blamed immigration for the attack (by a British-born perpetrator) and that politicians were too frightened or too PC to blame Islam for terrorism as it deserved to be; and secondly when, during a live radio performance, he expressed support for Anne Marie Waters, a very anti-Muslim unsuccessful candidate for leadership of the nationalistic UK Independence Party.

* In ''Theatre/MarginForError'', the Consul buys a record of Music/RichardWagner's "Liebestod," but puts on the wrong record first:
-->'''Max''': I--I was just listening to the music--\\
'''Consul''': Yes, very soothing. Hitler and I also have Wagner in common.\\
'''Max''': That's not Wagner. That's Mendelssohn. Played by Heifetz.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Invoked in ''[[VideoGame/{{Mother3}} Mother 3]]'', wherein the [[ThoseWackyNazis Pigmask Army]] uses themes that are half colonial American, half Wagnerian. This is best heard in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AVy-IPPar4 orchestrated soundtrack]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb-gI_pFog0 Hell March]] from the game ''Command and Conquer: Red Alert''.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjUVjbEG1Ro Combine Harvester]], a track from the ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' soundtrack that sadly doesn't appear in the game. It combines this trope with alien sounds and serves (or rather, would have served) as the theme for the Combine, which has similarities to both Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia.
* The {{Leitmotif}} for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PGZ-BuBKTQ Targent]] in ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheMiracleMask'' and its sequel, where said organization serves as the BigBad.
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR1M7cs6INc general theme]] for the ''Videogame/Luftrausers'' sounds rather Wagnerian once it gets going. Though this is likely intentional since your allies all have a rather Nazi aesthetic to them.
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg6teU2Q2bg ''Axis theme'']] from ''Hearts of Iron IV'', which serves as music for the Axis nations to invade Poland, Greece and China to.
** [[RealLifeWritesThePlot That should]] be "Music to get [[EpicFail invaded by Greece]] to".
* In the soundtracks composed by Masato Nakamura for the first two ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' games, all of Dr. Eggman's boss themes and the Wing Fortress theme fit this trope, as to be expected from a world-conquering MadScientist who even made his own [[Franchise/StarWars Death Star]].

[[folder:Web Video]]
* Invoked in ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'' as a prelude to the attack on London.
-->'''The Major''': ...ze accompaniment tonight has been selected by popular survey... ''and I hope you're as excited as I am!'' Ze song tonight is ze most appropriate for... ironic reasons. ''Ze best reasons!'' But first, a toast... to ze answer of an age-old question.
''(the attack starts to the tune of Edwin Starr's ''War'')''

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The "Breen National Anthem", {{leitmotif}} of ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'''s primary antagonists, has a deliberate Wagnerian sound to it. Originally it was meant to represent a single character, a very Germanic-looking soldier in one of the original ''WesternAnimation/LiquidTelevision'' shorts (who died a minute into his first and only appearance), but the music was kept because it was felt that it suited the nation of Bregna's authoritarian character.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' special, Alex Borstein objected to Seth [=McFarlane=] singing "Edelweiss" on account of her being Jewish. Nevermind that the song was written for the extremely anti-Nazi ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' Mr. Burns has a taped version of 'Ride of the Valkyries' ready for when he was going to get Homer's mother arrested for [[spoiler: being among the protesters who destroyed his biological weapon lab]]. Unfortunately, [[SoundtrackDissonance the music immediately switched]] to 'Waterloo' by Music/{{ABBA}}.
---> '''Mr. Smithers:''' I'm sorry, Sir. I must have taped over that.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Ottoman Turks used this trope to intimidate their enemies, making this trope OlderThanSteam.
* During UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, the Army actually ''did'' use music like Wagner to intimidate North Vietnamese forces. The iconic scene in ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' is indeed based in fact.
** The scene in ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' was taken, nearly frame by frame, from an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFk_oGlEr30 old Wochenschau Report]] (starting at three minutes) about the German conquest of Kreta in 1941.
* Music/FryderykChopin's Polonaise in A major, Op. 40, No. 1 is an inversion of the trope. It was played on Polish national radio the day Germany attacked, thus making it "music to be invaded by UsefulNotes/NaziGermany to".
* ''After'' having invaded Poland from the East and having been invaded himself by the guys who had invaded Poland from the West, Stalin ordered a song for the Great Patriotic War to be written. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAvgDhI01_A Listen yourself.]] Like the Imperial March from ''Franchise/StarWars'', this one is somewhat atypical in that it's in a minor key, though it uses major chords in the chorus.
* The Red Army used patriotic marches, broadcast at German lines, as a sort of psychological warfare. The Strauss ''Radetzky March'' interspersed with dry statements like "Every ninety seconds a German dies in Russia" were fairly effective. Especially when the music played while tanks attacked.
* There is truth to the legend that SS panzer divisions, at the Battle of Kursk in 1943, attacked with Wagner's ''Ride of the Valkyries'' playing over the radio.
* The concert ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_for_a_Time_of_War Music for a Time of War]]''.