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

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Solitaire1, Jun 1, 2018.

  1. smallworld

    smallworld Forum Resident

    In 1982, "If I Were You" by Lulu peaked at #6 in New Zealand. It peaked just outside the Top 40 in the USA (#44).

  2. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    Thanks for correcting my mistake. I meant to say Fireball
  3. John54

    John54 Forum Resident

    Globetrotter (#5), Robot, (#17), Ice Cream Man (#17)

    These followed Telstar up the U. K. charts for the Tornadoes in 1962-63.
  4. Hey Vinyl Man

    Hey Vinyl Man Forum Resident

    The story goes that Phil Spector had pissed off too many people in the music business by that time (which is very, very easy to believe!) and a lot of deejays either refused to play his records or never even got the opportunity to play them in the first place. I'm not sure how true that is, but it does make sense in light of the fact that it took producing the Beatles to get him back on the charts.
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  5. joeremarkable

    joeremarkable Active Member

    Free - My Brother Jake UK No4
    Free - A Little Bit Of Love UK No13
    Free - Wishing Well UK No7
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  6. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

    He had a top 20 hit w/ the Checkmates in '69
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  7. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

    #4 in the UK. I just now learned it actually made the US charts, albeit only #65

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  8. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

    This made #22 in the UK. IIRC Christgau called it "the greatest #81 record in Billboard history" or something like that

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  9. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

    This was a huge hit in Australia (#1?). Wiki says it made some local charts in the US; other sources I've seen claim it got to #1 in NYC, which seems hard to believe -- can anyone confirm this, or fill in other details? Any uh youse Noo Yawk types recall hearing it on the radio?

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  10. Blimpboy

    Blimpboy Forum Resident

    Walton, KY
    My favorite song by Crowded House, "Weather With You" from 1991. Charted in about 10 countries and a UK top ten.
  11. dance_hall_keeper

    dance_hall_keeper Forum Resident

    "From Me to You" - The Beatles.
    Number 1 in the UK
    Number 9 in Canada
    Number 116 in the US.
    "Roll Over Beethoven" - The Beatles
    Number 2 in Canada
    Number 68 in the US.
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  12. PageLesPaul

    PageLesPaul Formerly JP Les Paul

    Lithia, FL USA
    Gary Glitter - I’m the Leader of the Gang (I Am)

    Number one in the UK for four weeks in July 1973. It did not chart in the U.S.. We were vacationing in England in 1973 and it was being played everywhere.

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  13. Solitaire1

    Solitaire1 Carpenters Fan Thread Starter

    It is an unforgettable song, and thus it hasn't been a priority to add it to my music collection, although I will purchase a download of it soon (I almost did it yesterday but couldn't decide whether to get the original or one by Sharon & Bram or by someone else.
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  14. Solitaire1

    Solitaire1 Carpenters Fan Thread Starter

    "Northern Lights" by Renaissance: #10 hit in the U. K., did not chart in the U. S.

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  15. Solitaire1

    Solitaire1 Carpenters Fan Thread Starter

    "Sucks To Be You" by Prozzäk: Per Wikipedia reached #25 in Canada but did not chart in the U. S.

  16. DesertHermit

    DesertHermit Forum Resident

    Blondie ‘In The Flesh’ went to number 2 in Australia and did not chart at all in the US.
    The same could be said for ‘Denis’ and ‘Hanging On The Telephone’ which got to 12 and 39 on the Australian charts respectively.

    Debbie Harry’s ‘French Kissin’ In The USA’ reached number 4 here and only limped to 57 in the US and her 1989 single ‘I Want That Man’ reached number 2 whilst in the US it failed to crack the top 100.
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  17. Steve Litos

    Steve Litos Forum Resident

    Chicago IL
    I love "I love onions" more than "River Deep Mountain High".
  18. peerke

    peerke Isabelle or Sophie?

    I think this thread should concentrate on American songs that were big hits elsewhere, but didn't go anywhere in the US. Obviously there are tons of songs that ware big in the country where they were released but didn't bother the American charts.
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  19. MarcS

    MarcS Forum Resident

    Oradell NJ
    I remember reading in Rolling Stone in 1986 when they used to print the UK top 10 that the Firm had a song called Star Trekkin. I finally heard it on Scott Muni's show Things From England and clearly it has nothing to do with Jimmy Page.

  20. cut to the chase

    cut to the chase Forum Resident

    ABBA - Money Money Money (UK #3, Australia #1, Germany #1, France #1, US #56
    ABBA - Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (UK #3, Australia #8, Germany #3, France #1, US ---)
    ABBA - Super Trouper (UK #1, Germany #1, France #4, US #45)
    ABBA - One of Us (UK #3, Germany #1, France #8, US #107)
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  21. mtvgeneration

    mtvgeneration Well-Known Member

    Starting with the Keep the Faith album, Bon Jovi had years of singles that were Top 40 in the UK and Ireland but charted poorly if at all in the USA.

    Belinda Carlisle remained very popular on the UK singles charts for almost a decade after her American hits dried up. The differential began with the "I Feel Free" single and also includes "Vision of You," which I consider a nice little song that completely missed the American charts.

    After "Steamy Windows," almost every Tina Turner single did well in the UK while missing the American Top 40. Her pal Bryan Adams had a similar divergence halfway into the 18 til I Die album cycle. Most of us can't even name more than a few of his singles from then on. For Bryan, the charts still loved him in Canada, not just the UK.

    Prince had a few of those in the last 20 years of his life, including the "Musicology" single, which didn't even make the Hot 100 in the USA but made the Top 40 in several other countries.
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  22. Spacer22

    Spacer22 Forum Resident

    The Kinks' charts are interesting. It was a crime against humanity that "Waterloo Sunset" hit #2 in Britain and #1 in the Netherlands, but didn't even make the top 100 in the US! Talk about a perfect opportunity for some other band to have an easy hit with a cover song. But nobody tried, I guess.

    And "Dandy" was a number #1 hit in Germany and #2 in the Netherlands. The Kinks' version wasn't released in the US, because the Herman's Hermits rush released a #5 hit there, and #1 in Canada. But what's really weird is that neither the Kinks nor the Herman's Hermits released it as a single in Britain! Why, when it was a big hit everywhere else?!

    The Dutch also deserve some special credit for not giving up on the Kinks in the late 1960s. For instance, "Shangri-La" was a #24 hit there and didn't chart anywhere else. "Wonderboy," "Days," and "Starstruck" were also top ten hits there and nowhere else.
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  23. peerke

    peerke Isabelle or Sophie?

    Blondie 'Denis': Number 1 in Belgium and the Netherlands, 2 in the UK.
    Nowhere to be seen in Billboard.
  24. arthurprecarious

    arthurprecarious Forum Resident

    North East England
    It means nothing to me ...
  25. Blimpboy

    Blimpboy Forum Resident

    Walton, KY
    I'm a big Belinda Carlisle fan. Her 1993 song "Big Scary Animal" was a top 20 in the UK. Didn't fare too well much anywhere else. Great guitar hook. One of my favorites.

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