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

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 Left Outside Alone - Anastacia Cover Art

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 Sick and Tired - Anastacia Cover Art

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 Paid My Dues - Anastacia Cover Art

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

4 The Bad Touch - Bloodhound Gang The Bad Touch - Bloodhound Gang Cover Art

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 Stan - Eminem Stan - Eminem Cover Art

This is one of those songs that was not a big hit at the time (in the US) but becomes very popular later "My Name Is" also follows that trend only reaching number 36. - Powell

It's one of my favorite songs ever, but it doesn't even sound very much like a single. It's an epic storytelling track - one of the songs that critics and fans love but that's not for the mainstream audiences. I am really more stunned that it became a chart topper in the German speaking countries, because American rap isn't usually as high on the charts. - Martin_Canine

Oh just one thing I am the person who commented on some of your other lists anonymously I finally made an account. - Powell

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

6 Shut Up - The Black Eyed Peas Shut Up - The Black Eyed Peas Cover Art

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

7 Morning After Dark - Timbaland, Nelly Furtado & SoShy Morning After Dark - Timbaland, Nelly Furtado & SoShy Cover Art

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 I'm Outta Love - Anastacia Cover Art

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 Trouble - P!NK Cover Art

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 Along Comes Mary - Bloodhound Gang Cover Art

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

The Contenders

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

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 Born to Make You Happy - Britney Spears Born to Make You Happy - Britney Spears Cover Art

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

13 Lucky - Britney Spears Lucky - Britney Spears Cover Art

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

14 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

15 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

16 Car Wash - Christina Aguilera & Missy Elliott Car Wash - Christina Aguilera & Missy Elliott Cover Art

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

17 Dirrty - Christina Aguilera Dirrty - Christina Aguilera Cover Art

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

18 I'm a Slave 4 U - Britney Spears I'm a Slave 4 U - Britney Spears Cover Art

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

19 Me Against the Music - Britney Spears & Madonna Me Against the Music - Britney Spears & Madonna Cover Art

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

20 If We Ever Meet Again - Timbaland & Katy Perry If We Ever Meet Again - Timbaland & Katy Perry Cover Art

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

21 Early Winter - Gwen Stefani Early Winter - Gwen Stefani Cover Art

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

22 Ghetto Gospel - 2pac Ghetto Gospel - 2pac Cover Art

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

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

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

24 I'll Never Break Your Heart - Backstreet Boys I'll Never Break Your Heart - Backstreet Boys Cover Art

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

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