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

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21 Ghetto Gospel - 2pac

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

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

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

23 I'll Never Break Your Heart - Backstreet Boys

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

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

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

25 Anywhere for You - Backstreet Boys

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

26 As Long as You Love Me - Backstreet Boys

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

27 Larger Than Life - Backstreet Boys

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

28 Tearin' Up My Heart - *nsync

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

29 Here We Go - *nsync

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

30 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

31 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

32 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

33 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

34 Strong Enough - Cher

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

35 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

36 Scatman's World - Scatman John

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

37 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

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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