The Model is a song recorded by the electro-pop group Kraftwerk in 1978; written by musicians Ralf Hütter and Karl Bartos, with artist Emil Schult collaborating on the lyrics. It is featured on the album, Die Mensch-Maschine; English version title: The Man-Machine.

First released as a 7" single in Germany (B-side: "Neonlicht"), under its English translation the song was eventually included on the B-side of the "Computer Love" single released in July 1981, which reached #36 in the UK charts. When radio DJs started playing the B-side, EMI re-issued the single in December 1981 – apparently against the band's wishes – with "The Model" as the A-side. It reached #1 in February 1982 and spent a total of 21 weeks in the top 75 of the UK singles charts.

Chart performance[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chart (1978) Peak


Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[5] 43
US BillboardHot Dance Club Play[6] 39

Chart (1982) Peak


Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 33
Germany (Media Control AG)[8] 7
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 4
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[5] 41
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 1
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