Songs That Were Top 40 Hits...But Not In The United States

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  1. Solitaire1

    Solitaire1 Carpenters Fan Thread Starter

    "Bermuda Triangle" by Barry Manilow (one of my favorite Manilow songs): A Top 40 hit in Germany, Ireland, and the U. K.
     
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  2. peerke

    peerke Isabelle or Sophie?

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    Ike and Tina Turner's 'River Deep, Mountain High': 88 in the US - 3 in the UK.
     
  3. Hey Vinyl Man

    Hey Vinyl Man Forum Resident

    "Mull of Kintyre" is surely one of the all time champs of this category.
     
  4. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    Midnight Oil, Cold Chisel, Inxs (prior to kick), Australian Crawl .... Hundreds and hundreds of Australian songs, that are generally better than most of what was on the U.S. charts. The record companies in the U.S. have been sanitising, and manipulating the American market for so long, the market is very ill ....
     
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  5. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

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    How did this happen?! Number 88! The US thought there were 87 more worth buying singles that week. Oh dear. I know the standard was high then but...
     
  6. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

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    We bought far too many of those in the UK! I don't mind it though. It's harmless enough.

    It was the B-side in the US wasn't it?
     
  7. Walter Sobchak

    Walter Sobchak Forum Resident

    The Specials’ Ghost Town was one of the biggest singles in the UK in the 80’s and didn’t scrape the charts here.
     
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  8. PCM7027

    PCM7027 Forum Resident

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    Kate Bush Wuthering Heights.
    Number one in the UK, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Australia; top ten in most of Europe.
     
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  9. jimod99

    jimod99 Daddy or chips?

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    Pretty Vacant - Sex Pistols

    Only Pistols single released in the US and didn't chart
     
  10. PCM7027

    PCM7027 Forum Resident

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    Sparks This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us.
    Number two in the UK, plus top twenty in Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland.
     
  11. PCM7027

    PCM7027 Forum Resident

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    Ultravox Vienna.
    Number two in the UK (famously), number one in Belgium, Ireland and The Netherlands, top ten in Austria, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden.
     
  12. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    i'm pretty sure it was a number one in Australia too
     
  13. Vangro

    Vangro Forum Resident

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    How many (tens of) thousands of these are we going to post?
     
  14. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    as many as it takes lol
     
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  15. Picca

    Picca Forum Resident

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    this gem was THE HIT in Italy in 77
     
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  16. Damiano54

    Damiano54 Forum Resident

    Long Ago Tomorrow - B J Thomas

    Not sure the position, but was a hit in Brazil

     
  17. MarcS

    MarcS Forum Resident

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    Massive just about everywhere except the US:

     
  18. pbuzby

    pbuzby Forum Resident

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    Roy Wood is another likely champ of having many huge hits in the U.K. and Europe but pretty much nothing in the U.S.
     
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  19. MarcS

    MarcS Forum Resident

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  20. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    did Split Enz ever top the charts in the U.S. .... or even hit the charts?
     
  21. pbuzby

    pbuzby Forum Resident

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    It did actually make U.S. top 40 in Mac and Katie Kissoon's version.
     
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  22. pbuzby

    pbuzby Forum Resident

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    I don't think so. I saw "I Got You" on MTV plenty of times though.
     
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  23. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    that's sad, great, if somewhat quirky kiwi band (New Zealand)
     
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  24. PCM7027

    PCM7027 Forum Resident

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    Laurie Anderson O Superman. Number two in the UK, top ten in Ireland, The Netherlands, South Africa.
    Dire Straits Private Investigations. Number two in the UK, number one (!!!) in The Netherlands, top ten in Australia and New Zealand.
    Duran Duran Girls On Film. Top twenty in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and Ireland.
    France Gall Poupée de Cire, Poupée de Son. Number one in Norway and France, top ten in Luxembourg, West Germany, Finland, The Netherlands.
    Ennio Morricone Chi Mai. Number one in France, number two in the UK and Switzerland, top ten in Austria.
     
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  25. bare trees

    bare trees Forum Resident

    "Change" (Tears For Fears) - #13 Canada, #4 UK, #73 US
     

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