“Barbara’s Rhubarb Bar,” a Rap Song Based on German Tongue Twister, is Taking Over Tiktok

TikTok users and content creators have recently been enamored with the German rap song “Barbara’s Rhubarb Bar,” also known as “Barbaras Rhabarberbar.” Based on a German tongue twister, the song inspired numerous lip-sync and dance videos, which are racking up hundreds of millions of views.

Everything started in late 2023 when German comedians Bodo Wartke and Marti Fischer took a tongue twister about a woman named Barbara who makes amazing rhubarb cakes and turned it into a rap track. Their video @/bodowartke ended up going viral, receiving more than 40 million views.

@bodowartke

Part 2 findet Ihr in der Playlist unten! Dass die Barbaren und der Barbier neben dem Bier auch bei Barbaras Rhabarberkuchen zugegriffen haben, liegt an der appetitanregenden Wirkung der im Rhabarber enthaltenen Apfel- und Zitronensäuren – denn: “Sauer macht gelüstig”. Vielen Dank an @Marti Fischer für die tolle Zusammenarbeit und den freshen Beat! #bodowartke #einversuch #onetake #rhabarber #barbaren #barbapapa #barbier #zungenbrecher #zungenbrecher4punkt0 #tonguetwisters #zungenfertigkeit #reimkunst #sprechgesang #hiphop #hiphoptonguetwisters #rap #raptonguetwisters

♬ Barbaras Rhabarberbar – Bodo Wartke & Marti Fischer

Soon, content creators all over the world began to take notice and enjoy the song’s catchy vibe despite not understanding the words. Some even decided to come up with dance routines for the song and showcase them on social media.

The dance choreography from TikTok content creators @steph_who___ and @stasii777 proved to be particularly popular, getting more than 20 million views and being duplicated by other users.

@steph_who___

(Please tag us if you try out our dance we would love to see :)) Also side note these are costumes….. we don’t actually dress like this irl hehe #babara #BarbarasRhabarberbar #dance #theatrekids #theatre #batboy #musicaltheatre #stephwho #babaradance

♬ Barbaras Rhabarberbar – Bodo Wartke & Marti Fischer

Following the success of “Barbara’s Rhubarb Bar,” Wartke and Fischer shared a follow-up video showing them performing the choreography that @steph_who___ and @stasii777 came up. The song was also released on Spotify and other streaming platforms.

@bodowartke

Thank you to @Stephanie and @CHRISTINA STASII for the great choreography you came up with for our song, and many thanks to everyone around the world who is dancing to it, especially @Cost n’ Mayor and @KayCee Stroh for making it a worldwide phenomenon! @Marti Fischer and I are already working on the sequel…!

♬ Barbaras Rhabarberbar – Bodo Wartke & Marti Fischer