Rock Me Amadeus – Falco | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#1 for 3 weeks); 1986

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Rock Me Amadeus was the strangest #1 of 1986, even out-weirding Walk Like An Egyptian. At least MTV’s favorite girl band, the Bangles recorded Egyptian. But, Falco?! Our story begins with the birth of one Johann Holzel in Mozart’s native Austria. Holzel’s parents wanted him to become a doctor, yet, music called, and he found himself singing in a West Berlin jazz-rock band. As fate would have it, Holzel spied skier Falko Weissflog on television, and “Falco” was born. (Well, actually Falco Sturmer, then Falco Guttehrer, then…) In 1981, Falco made the German hit list with Der Kommissar, only to see a cover by Britain’s After The Fire steal his thunder in America. Looking for another hit, Falco was struck by the movie, Amadeus, a contemporary spin on Mozart’s life, and co-wrote/recorded a composer-as-rock star tribute of his own.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Bolland & Bolland

Lyrics Written by:

  • Falco
  • Rob Bolland
  • Ferdi Bolland