Top Ten Songs by American Artists That Topped The Austrian, German and/or Swiss Charts But Did Not Enter The Top 50 In The USA

Martin_Canine
Usually, an artist is most successful in their home country. Sure, they can make international careers and become worldwide superstars, but usually their songs first become big at home before conquering the rest of the world. However, the tracks on this list were huge in other countries while having been largely unnoticed where they originated from. These tunes by American artists managed to become so popular in at least one of the German speaking countries that they topped the local song charts, while they were barely noticed or even completely ignored in the USA. It also counts if only a featured guest artist is American.

The Top Ten

1 Stan - Eminem & Dido

Although it might not have been a big hit in the US at the time I am pretty sure that fans in the US would today think of it as one of his main songs. For example it is number 2 on the list of best Eminem songs and the title has come into usage frequently.

This song got so much airplay and was all over TRL. It's shocking that it didn't chart in The US. - RobertWisdom

Austria: 1
Germany: 1
Switzerland: 1
USA: 51

Eminem is American. - Martin_Canine

2 Left Outside Alone - Anastacia

She is American and will never understand why she didn't make it big. She is very good, in my opinion. - Metal_Treasure

She reminds me very much of Tina Turner, vocally and also often musically. But in the USA, she never reached that status, although she did in almost every other country. - Martin_Canine

Austria: 1
Germany: 2
Switzerland: 1
USA: none - Martin_Canine

3 When the Rain Begins to Fall - Jermaine Jackson & Pia Zadora

Jermaine threw his core fanbase off with this song. - RobertWisdom

Not much. Let's get Serious, You Like Me Don't You, Dynamite, Do What You Do, and Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin' duet with younger brother Michael Jackson. - RobertWisdom

It's a very catchy tune. - Metal_Treasure

Austria: 2
Germany: 1
Switzerland: 1
USA: 54 - Martin_Canine

4 Dear Mr. President - P!nk & Indigo Girls

Really curious how it came to be such a specifically American song was ignored in the USA but became a hit in other countries. - Martin_Canine

Austria: 1
Germany: 3
Switzerland: 3
USA: none - Martin_Canine

5 I Belong to You (Il Ritmo Della Passione) - Anastacia & Eros Ramazzotti

Austria: 2
Germany: 1
Switzerland: 1
USA: none

Anastacia is American. - Martin_Canine

6 Shut Up - The Black Eyed Peas

Not a fan of this band but I can see why this song topped some charts. I mean, this is a song I can tolerate and even like, although my music taste is quite far from it. - Metal_Treasure

Austria: 1
Germany: 1
Switzerland: 1
USA: none - Martin_Canine

7 An Angel - The Kelly Family

Austria: 1
Germany: 2
Switzerland: 2
USA: none

The Kelly Family is an Irish-American, multigenerational family music group. - Martin_Canine

8 Boat on a River - Styx

I like this song. I thought it was big in the USA. But I see it wasn't. - Metal_Treasure

Austria: 2
Germany: 5
Switzerland: 1
USA: none. - Martin_Canine

9 One - Mary J. Blige & U2

Austria: 1
Germany: 6
Switzerland: 2
USA: 86

Mary J. Blige is American. - Martin_Canine

Most German speakers wouldn't be able to tell the origin of the singer if it's sung in English. - Martin_Canine

10 Music Is The Key - Sarah Connor & Naturally 7

Austria: 6
Germany: 1
Switzerland: 2
USA: none

Naturally 7 are American. - Martin_Canine

The Contenders

11 I Can't Help Myself (I Love You, I Want You) - The Kelly Family

Austria: 2
Germany: 1
Switzerland: 1
USA: none

The Kelly Family is an Irish-American, multigenerational family music project. - Martin_Canine

12 Looking For Freedom - David Hasselhoff

Austria: 1
Germany: 1
Switzerland: 1
USA: none - Martin_Canine

13 Scatman's World - Scatman John

Austria: 4
Germany: 1
Switzerland: 3
USA: none - Martin_Canine

14 Rosana - Wax

Austria: 1
Germany: 7
Switzerland: 7
USA: none - Martin_Canine

15 Paid My Dues - Anastacia

I like this song and Anastacia in general. - Metal_Treasure

Austria: 3
Germany: 3
Switzerland: 1
USA: none - Martin_Canine

16 Men in Black - Will Smith

This song was number 1 US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay - RobertWisdom

Austria: 2
Germany: 1
Switzerland: 1
USA: none - Martin_Canine

17 Do the Limbo Dance - David Hasselhoff

Austria: 1
Germany: 12
Switzerland: 19
USA: none - Martin_Canine

This song sounds so much like Boney M. - Martin_Canine

18 Dangerous - David Guetta & Sam Martin

Austria: 1
Germany: 1
Switzerland: 1
USA: 56

Sam Martin is American. - Martin_Canine

19 Lovers on the Sun - David Guetta & Sam Martin

Austria: 1
Germany: 1
Switzerland: 2
USA: none

Sam Martin is American. - Martin_Canine

20 Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop) - Scatman John

Despite it not being successful in the US, the song was featured in a memorable scene of the American comedy movie "Nothing To Lose". - Martin_Canine

Austria: 1
Germany: 2
Switzerland: 1
USA: 60 - Martin_Canine

21 Ich Kenne Nichts (Das So Schön Ist Wie Du) - Xavier Naidoo & Rza

Before hip hop fans go crazy over this: RZA is officially credited as an artist, but he has no verse on the song. He serves as a co-writer and producer and has a short spoken intro. All the singing is done by Xavier Naidoo. The song is bilingual in English and German, and I assume RZA wrote the English lyrics. - Martin_Canine

Austria: 2
Germany: 1
Switzerland: 3
USA: none.

RZA is American. - Martin_Canine

22 Sweat - David Guetta & Snoop Dogg

Austria: 1
Germany: 2
Switzerland: 2
USA: none

Snoop Dogg is American. - Martin_Canine

23 These Days - Rudimental, Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen

Austria: 1
Germany: 3
Switzerland: 2
USA: none

Macklemore is American. - Martin_Canine

24 Solo - Clean Bandit & Demi Lovato

Austria: 1
Germany: 1
Switzerland: 2
USA: 58

Demi Lovato is American. - Martin_Canine

25 Hangover - Taio Cruz & Flo Rida

Austria: 1
Germany: 2
Switzerland: 1
USA: 62

Flo Rida is American. - Martin_Canine

26 Video Games - Lana Del Rey

Austria: 2
Germany: 1
Switzerland: 2
USA: 91 - Martin_Canine

27 The Bad Touch - Bloodhound Gang

A pretty catchy song I have to admit - Metal_Treasure

Austria: 3
Germany: 1
Switzerland: 4
USA: 52 - Martin_Canine

28 Maria (I Like It Loud) - Scooter vs. Marc Acardipane & Dick Rules

Austria: 1
Germany: 4
Switzerland: 21
USA: none

Dick Rules is American. - Martin_Canine

29 Que Hiciste - Jennifer Lopez

Austria: 19
Germany: 10
Switzerland: 1
USA: 86 - Martin_Canine

30 I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - Scissor Sisters

Austria: 1
Germany: 1
Switzerland: 1
USA: none. - Martin_Canine

31 United - Marky Mark & Prince Ital Joe

Austria: 6
Germany: 1
Switzerland: 9
USA: none. - Martin_Canine

32 When Love Takes Over - David Guetta & Kelly Rowland

Austria: 3
Germany: 2
Switzerland: 1
USA: 76

Kelly Rowland is American. - Martin_Canine

33 Earth Song - Michael Jackson

Austria: 2
Germany: 1
Switzerland: 1
Usa: None - RobertWisdom

Thank you for this inclusion. This is something I missed. I expected it to have been huge in the US, too. - Martin_Canine

34 I Like - Keri Hilson

Austria: 2
Germany: 1
Switzerland: 5
USA: none - Martin_Canine

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