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European Solo Singers Who Reached the Top 10 in the US (1995-1999)

Here were the European solo singers who broke the American market through entering the US top 10 singles charts:

Seal (United Kingdom)

Seal already scored hits in the period 1990-1994. While from 1995-1999, he scored 1 top 10 hit through the “Space Jam” theme song “Fly Like an Eagle” which peaked at the bottom 10. That’s his last US top 10 though.

Donna Lewis (United Kingdom)

Donna Lewis is one of the artist who had success with their first ever single. Her pop song “I Love You Always Forever” became a US number 2 hit for several weeks. She is considered as one-hit wonder there despite reaching the Hot 100 with another song. She was featured in a soundtrack right after.

Eric Clapton (United Kingdom)

After hitting #2 with “Tears in Heaven” in 1992, Eric Clapton returned to the US top 10 in 1996 through the Grammy award winning and number 5 hit “Change the World” which was co-penned by top producer and songwriter thenĀ  Babyface.

Elton John (United Kingdom)

Elton John is among the most popular UK artists of all time spanning career success in every decade. From 1995-1999, he only scored one top 10 but it can’t underestimated for spending 14 weeks at number and scored the biggest selling single ever worldwide which stands to 33 million with the single “Something About the Way You Look Tonight / Candle in the Wind 1997”. It was a tribute to the late Princess Diana.

Robyn (Sweden)

Robyn is one of the Swedish singer who achieved success in the US. She actually scored 2 top 10 hit singles in the US with “Do You Know What it Takes” (#7), and “Show Me Love” (#7). Her album charted as well.

Eagle Eye Cherry (Sweden)

Eagle Eye Cherry, the brother of 1980’s hit singer Neneh Cherry, tried music and he had some remarkable success. In 1997, his first single “Save Tonight” charted worldwide including the US peaking at number 5.

Credits to Billboard / Wikipedia

European Solo Singers Who Reached the Top 10 in US (1990-1994)

European solo artists also had difficult time to create hits. During 1990 to 1994, there were lots of hits released solo artists. Here are those artists:

Phil Collins (United Kingdom)
Phil Collins is one of the biggest British artists who cracked the American market during 1980’s as well as early 1990’s. In the period 1990-1994, he had scored 3 Billboard top 10 hit. Those were the hits: “I Wish it Would Rain Down” (#3), “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven” (#4), and “Do You Remember?” (4).

 

Sinead O’Connor (Ireland)
Sinead O’ Connor is one of the few Irish acts who had hits in the US. However, she is considered as a one-hit wonder after reaching number with “Nothing Compares to U”.

 

George Michael (United Kingdom)
George Michael became successful in the US during the 1980’s and 1990’s. He had a lot of hits during 1990-1994. His top 10 hits included “Freedom! ’90” (#8) and “Too Funky (#10) as well as number 1 hits “Praying for Time” and his duet with Elton John “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”.

 

Lisa Stansfield (United Kingdom)
Lisa Stansfield had a hit in 1989 but in 1990 and 1991, she had 2 number 1 hits which were “You Can’t Deny It” and “All Woman”.

 

Rick Astley (United Kingdom)
Rick Astley is one of the top British male artists during the second half of 19980’s. Nevertheless, he had his last US top 10 in 1990 via the number 7 hit, “Cry for Help”.

 

Seal (United Kingdom)
Seal achieved success in the US with 2 top ten singles. They were “Crazy” (#7) and the number 1 hit and his biggest hit “Kiss from a Rose”.

Eric Clapton (United Kingdom)
Eric Clapton is a legendary rock artists from several decades ago. His solo success continued in 1990s as from 1990 to 1994, he scored 1 big hit which is “Tears in Heaven” (#2).

 

Elton John (United Kingdom)
Elton John’ s success spans in a number of decades. In 1990-1994, he scored 3 top 10 hits. He topped the charts with George Michael for “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me”. He achieved success to with “The One” (#9) and “The Lion King” theme “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” (#4).

Credits to Billboard / Wikipedia

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Top Movie Soundtrack Hits of the 1990s

With the success of every film comes a successful soundtrack too. Though it may not always be the case, some songs become more successful than the movie itself. Still, there’s success coming from that film, thanks to its soundtrack. 1990s saw a huge number of hit soundtracks and I made this list of soundtrack hits. (Note: the list or ranking was based from personal and commercial performance)

20. Britney Spears- (You Drive Me) Crazy
(from: Drive Me Crazy)
Teenager then, Britney Spears fits this song to the teenage film “Drive Me Crazy”. The song was rearranged which was called “Stop Remix”. It was a top ten hit which make the song more successful than the film

19. The Wallflowers- Heroes
(from: Godzilla)
Originally a David Bowie hit, The Wallflowers did their own cover for Godzilla movie. It was a top 30 hit in the US, which may not be on par with the film’s success.

18. Madonna- I’ll Remember
(from: With Honors)
Considered one of her best works, the ballad became a big hit for Madge, even outrunning the success of the movie.

17. Coolio- Gangsta’s Paradise
(from: Dangerous Minds)
One of the biggest hip-hop songs, the song’s sound is surely familiar to many. Both the film and the song was very successful. Also, credit goes to Michelle Pfeiffer.

16. The Wonders- That Thing You Do
(from: That Thing You Do)
This song from the film in the same title was a hit in US top ten but the film is less successful. Thanks to the Beatle-ish sound of the song.

15. Brandy- Sittin’ Up in My Room
(from: Waiting to Exhale)
This jam became Brandy’s biggest hit then (until “The Boy is Mine” came) is just very light to listen to. It is just one of the hits from the soundtrack, which scored a number of hits.

14. Goo Goo Dolls- Iris
(from: City of Angels)
This served as the band’s signature song as it was a sleeper hit back in 1998. The song and soundtrack album, along with the film were highly successful.

13. Whitney Houston- Exhale (Shoop Shoop)
(from: Waiting to Exhale)
This slow R&B jam from Whitney is a comeback from a very successful soundtrack she did a few years ago. It was eventually a Billboard chart-topper.

12. Seal- Kiss from a Rose
(from: Batman Forever)
One of the biggest ballads of the 1990s, this Batman theme song happens to become Seal’s biggest hit too as it topped major charts globally.

11. R. Kelly- I Believe I Can Fly
(from: Space Jam)
This song was the biggest hit from the Michael Jordan movie “Space Jam” as well as biggest international hit from Kelly.

10. Sarah McLachlan- Angel
(from: City of Angels)
This song was very solemn and that it can touch your soul which also showcased the beautiful and haunting voice of Sarah McLachlan. It was a top 3 hit in Billboard Hot 100 in 1997

9. Melanie B. and Missy Elliott- I Want You Back
(from: Why Do Fools Fall in Love)
This became the first single of Melanie off from Spice Girls which was written by Missy, herself, for the film “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”, which the song was a UK chart-topper and US top 3 hit.

8. Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories- Stay (I Missed You)
(from: Reality Bites)
One of the best love songs of the 1990s and the best song of Lisa Loeb, this is used for the romantic film “Reality Bites”. The song peaked at number 1 then.

7. Pras Michael ft. Mya and ODB- Ghetto Supastar (That is What You Are)
(from: Bulworth)
This hip-hop hit from the former Fugees member, became a top 15 hit in US. Though, it is a bigger hit in Europe. It interpolated the 80s hit “Islands in the Stream”.

6. Monica- For You I Will
(from: Space Jam)
This lovely Diane Warren penned ballad became a US top 5 hit and became a big part of Monica’s career. It is also a part of Space Jam OST.

5. Bruce Springsteen- Streets of Philadelphia
(from: Philadelphia)
Known as The Boss in music industry, Bruce made huge hit which included this song for the Philadelphia film. The song performed very well worldwide as it stayed in top 10 in the charts

4. Boyz II Men- End of the Road
(from: Boomerang)
Ultimately one of the biggest love songs in early 1990s topping the single charts worldwide, this ballad from the vocal group was used for Eddie Murphy film “Boomerang”, which was box office hit too.

3. Celine Dion- My Heart Will Go On
(from: Titanic)
This song is a widely favorite in 1998 and eventually became one of the biggest selling soundtrack single ever and the biggest that year. It is also often played in funerals back then.

2. Aerosmith- I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing
(from: Armageddon)
This rock and ballad hit became the biggest hit of the band which is used for the movie “Armageddon”. It was often covered by other artists globally.

1. Whitney Houston- I Will Always Love You
(from: The Bodyguard)
Undoubtedly the biggest soundtrack hit ever, the album was also the biggest soundtrack album too in terms of sales. It is the most highlighted moment of Whitney Houston’s career as a singer and an actress. The song was still heard until now.

Some facts from Wikipedia