Top Ten Songs by American Artists that Were a Lot More Successful in the German Charts Than in the Us Charts

Martin_Canine
Note: this list is not about the songs with the biggest difference in success, it just contains songs which have a notable difference but ranked by the way TopTenners like them. There are songs that topped the German charts and didn't chart at all in the US, but also ones that peak at number 6 in Germany and at number 50 in the US. If you like the latter more, vote for it.

The Top Ten

1 Left Outside Alone - Anastacia

German chart position: 2
American chart position: none - Martin_Canine

I have absolutely no explanation for why Anastacia managed to conquer the music markets of much of the world, while being completely ignored in her home countrey.
In the 2000s, she was one of the ultimate leading forces in pop music, and much like P! nk, her independent rock-ish sound was loved even by people who usually aren't into pop. In the 2010s, she isn't as successful anymore, but still a household name, and she also still infrequently performs on German music shows. - Martin_Canine

She's very underrated in North America. She's got a great powerful voice and she can sing without autotune.
My explanation is: her music is pop in general but it's not cheesy enough to top the charts. She adds to her songs elements from rock, soul, R&B, funk and other genres, and her songs sound different and deeper than your average typical pop song. This also explains why I like her and respect her (while not being a pop fan).
Her career was slowed down by cancer - she's a cancer survivor and did many things for charity. - Metal_Treasure

2 Sick and Tired - Anastacia

I see Anastacia is the star on this list and I don't mind. - Metal_Treasure

She's a star on my original remix as I am a fan. The artist with the most items are the Backstreet Boys, because ever since their debut single up to 2005 everything became a hit, while in the US the success came with their second album and lasted until the new millennium. Girlgroups and boybands were highly popular in the 90s and 2000s. - Martin_Canine

German chart position: 2
American chart position: none - Martin_Canine

3 Paid My Dues - Anastacia

German chart position: 3
American chart position: none - Martin_Canine

4 The Bad Touch - Bloodhound Gang

I think there are mainly two reasons for the Bloodhound Gang's bigger success in Germany: firstly, in the US, their very sexual lyrics and videos were not aired uncensored or during daytime, thus not getting as much media attention, in Germany they were - and at least for Austria (or as I call it Little Germany) I can say that this song still gets frequently played.
The second reason is that Germans dig this kind of humor, as they do this mix of genres, much more than the US. - Martin_Canine

German chart position: 1
American chart position: 52 - Martin_Canine

5 Shut Up - The Black Eyed Peas

Again, I have no explanation for this. While the Black Eyed Peas are known in the US, their career really started a bit later on this scale. The "Elephunk" album immediately made them superstars over here. In the US, it was successful but not as, then they slower became bigger and bigger from single to single until "I Gotta Feeling". And again, the band was a whole lot better received over here, except for their last album "The Beginning", which was seen as a huge disappointment. - Martin_Canine

German chart position: 1
American chart position: none - Martin_Canine

6 Stan - Eminem

This has absolutely stunned me, for two reasons. Firstly, Americans frequently quote it as his second best song after Lose Yourself, secondly whenever an American hip hop song is successful in Germany, it's mostly for the music, not so much the lyrics, and "Stan" is foremost a storytelling track. - Martin_Canine

German chart position: 1
American chart position: 51 - Martin_Canine

7 Morning After Dark - Timbaland, Nelly Furtado & SoShy

There was a hype around Timbaland in the mid-2000s as on a worldwide scale his productions sold millions. Both as a producer and as a main artist he was unavoidable at that time, he was jokingly called a Midas. When his album "Shock Value II" was released, the hype was over in the US, but not in Germany, plus the featured artists on the albums were all highly popular (on this track Nelly Furtado). It's as simple as that. Germany wanted more of Timbaland, America not so much. - Martin_Canine

German chart position: 6
American chart position: 61 - Martin_Canine

8 I'm Outta Love - Anastacia

Yep, out of her more popular songs, this one is the closest to the expectations of the average mainstream music listener. That's why it was noticed. - Metal_Treasure

Fun fact: her only American chart position ever, and it was her debut single. Maybe her different careers were built on first impressions - Martin_Canine

German chart position: 6
American chart position: 92 - Martin_Canine

9 Trouble - P!NK

On P! nk's discography you can see a strange preference: in the beginning she was advised to perform RnB, which she herself didn't like, but it was successful in the US, but ignored in Germany. This song is pop rock and it was popular in Germany, but not in the US. Her (exceptionally great) pop was successful in both countries. - Martin_Canine

German chart position: 7
American chart position: 68 - Martin_Canine

10 Along Comes Mary - Bloodhound Gang

German chart position: 6
American chart position: none - Martin_Canine

The Newcomers

? Dear Mr. President - P!NK

German chart position: 3
American chart position: none - Martin_Canine

The Contenders

11 I Belong to You (Il ritmo della passione) - Anastacia & Eros Ramazzotti

Okay, in this case Anastacia is only half responsible for the success, as the two artists attracted the two major target groups in Germany: Anastacia attracted the almighty pop audience and the Italian Eros Ramazzotti is very popular with the schlager audience. Even though he's not technically schlager, traditional sounding European music is something that can also be found at schlager shows. - Martin_Canine

German chart position: 1
American chart position: none - Martin_Canine

12 Lucky - Britney Spears

I accidentally voted for this, I then decided to listen to it because of that and the result: Garbage. - jrodz

German chart position: 1
American chart position: 23 - Martin_Canine

13 Wonderful Dream - Melanie Thornton

Melanie Thornton was an American pop and soul singer who unfortunately died in a plane crash at age 34, in 2001. First she was a member of the eurodance group La Bouche (according to different websites the group is classified as American or German, so I didn't include anything by them) - with that genre it was a safe bet that she would have success in Europe. She then tried to pursue a solo career, but with soul pop. She probably would have succeeded if she didn't die shortly after her debut solo album was released. The same year Sarah Connor arrived with the same style and became a megastar in Germany, so I guess people were just waiting for it. "Wonderful Dream" became her biggest and only solo hit single, and in the following years became an annual christmas classic in Germany - but it can be enjoyed throughout the year. - Martin_Canine

German chart position: 3
American chart position: none - Martin_Canine

14 Looking For Freedom - David Hasselhoff

This was pure luck: even though the lyrics have nothing to do with it, the song collided with the reunion of East and West Germany, and due to its chorus about looking for freedom (duh), it became an inofficial anthem for this event. This in turn had indirect impact in the US, as "Baywatch" was about to be cancelled but Hasselhoff used the money he eaened from the sudden popularity in Germany to finance the show, and after that it became a hit. - Martin_Canine

German chart position: 1
American chart position: none - Martin_Canine

15 Car Wash - Christina Aguilera & Missy Elliott

German chart position: 6
American chart position: 63 - Martin_Canine

16 Dirrty - Christina Aguilera

Something I don't get: there are phases when each new single from a popular artist becomes highly successful. However, for some reason in the American charts there are often one or two singles in between this phase that are simply not that successful for whatever reason. - Martin_Canine

German chart position: 4
American chart position: 48 - Martin_Canine

17 Born to Make You Happy - Britney Spears

German chart position: 3
American chart position: none - Martin_Canine

18 I'm a Slave 4 U - Britney Spears

German chart position: 3
American chart position: 27 - Martin_Canine

19 Me Against the Music - Britney Spears & Madonna

German chart position: 5
American chart position: 35 - Martin_Canine

20 If We Ever Meet Again - Timbaland & Katy Perry

German chart position: 9
Americsn chart position: 37 - Martin_Canine

21 Early Winter - Gwen Stefani

German chart position: 6
American chart position: none - Martin_Canine

22 Ghetto Gospel - 2pac

German chart position: 3
American chart position: none - Martin_Canine

23 We've Got It Goin' On - Backstreet Boys

German chart position: 4
American chart position: 69 (hehe) - Martin_Canine

24 I'll Never Break Your Heart - Backstreet Boys

German chart position: 5
American chart position: 35 - Martin_Canine

25 Get Down (You're the One for Me) - Backstreet Boys

German chart position: 5
American chart position: none - Martin_Canine

26 Anywhere for You - Backstreet Boys

German chart position: 3
American chart position: none - Martin_Canine

27 As Long as You Love Me - Backstreet Boys

German chart position: 3
American chart position: none - Martin_Canine

28 Larger Than Life - Backstreet Boys

German chart position: 5
American chart position: 25 - Martin_Canine

29 Tearin' Up My Heart - *nsync

German chart position: 4
American chart position: 59 - Martin_Canine

30 Here We Go - *nsync

German chart position: 8
American chart position: none - Martin_Canine

31 Dance! - Lumidee & Fatman Scoop

It's pretty easy to explain why this was more successful in Germany and other European countries: the hip hop-ish cover of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" was used as a soccer anthem in 2006, and soccer is the European number one sport. - Martin_Canine

German chart position: 5
American chart position: none - Martin_Canine

32 Video Games - Lana Del Rey

Her debut single immediately brought Lana Del Rey on the map in Germany, and in a big way. It's really no wonder: the stripped down indie production, the half melancholic voice, while having a bleak yet memorable melody - it's a sound every German pop artist dreams of. I am actually more stunned that she later on had success in her home country. - Martin_Canine

German single charts: 1
American single charts: 91 - Martin_Canine

33 One - Mary J. Blige & U2

Okay, I am 100% sure this is only because of U2. They have such a big status over here, while Mary J. Blige actually had only one other hit in Germany ("Family Affair"), that I assume that Germans were simply amazed by the new soul-inspired interpretation of their favorite U2 song. - Martin_Canine

German chart position: 6
American chart position: 86 - Martin_Canine

34 The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) - Cher

Next to "Believe", this is Cher's absolute signature song in Germany. If you tune on the radio, then this is the most likely Cher song to pop up. I have no explanation for it though. - Martin_Canine

German chart position: 3
American chart position: 33 - Martin_Canine

35 Strong Enough - Cher

German chart position: 3
American chart position: 57 - Martin_Canine

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

Okay, the reason for the differing success is pretty obvious: he makes eurodance music, and this was extremely hyped in some European countries, including Germany, but not in the US (except for a few exceptions like Aqua or Haddaway).
The song however was featured in the American buddy movie "Nothing to Lose" starring Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence. - Martin_Canine

German chart position: 2
Americam chart position: 60 - Martin_Canine

37 Scatman's World - Scatman John

German chart position: 1
American chart position: none - Martin_Canine

38 Love to Be Loved by You - Marc Terenzi

Marc Terenzi was married to German soul megastar Sarah Connor, so that's why Germans knew him very well and why people bought this song, which he dedicated to Sarah. His career however ended when the two got divorced, until he won "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here" in 2017, which is a very popular show that has already managed to revive the careers of some participants. He should have released an album after his win, else he'll be forgotten again pretty soon. - Martin_Canine

German chart position: 3
American chart position: none - Martin_Canine

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