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

European groups are very much alive during 1995 to 1999 through these artists who reached top 10 in Billboard:

U2 (Ireland)

U2 had successful albums globally at that time. But they only had 1 single to reach top 10 which is “Discotheque”  peaked at 10.

Take That (United Kingdom)
Being one of the top boybands during their time, it was at the last part of their current when Take That scored their very first top 10 with the song “Back for Good”. It peaked at number 7.

Everything But the Girl (United Kingdom)\
Everything But the Girl became known globally including the US through their song “Missing” which settled at number 2. They were considered as one-hit wonder though.

Oasis (United Kingdom)
Oasis had songs entered the Billboard Hot 100, but they only had 1 top 10 hit through the #8 peaking song “Wonderwall”.

Spice Girls (United Kingdom)

Spice Girls is the top British group at that time not just in the US but worldwide. The girl group scored 4 top 10 hits namely: “Wannabe” (#1), “Say You’ll Be There” (#3), “2 Become 1” (#4), and “Too Much” (#9).

Chumbawamba (United Kingdom)
Chumbawama is also among those considered one-hit wonder in the US after their hit “Tubthumping” reached number 6 Billboard Hot 100.

All Saints (United Kingdom)
All Saints emerged after the success of fellow girl group Spice Girls. They had scored hits in the US but with only 1 top 10 hit through “Never Ever” which reached number 4.

Aqua (Denmark)
Aqua is the most successful Danish group ever who graced the US singles chart. Their single “Barbie Girl” became a hit when it peaked at #7.

Ace of Base (Sweden)
Ace of Base had notable success during the first half of 1990’s. In the second half, they had scored a top 10 with their own version of “Cruel Summer” which reached the tenth position.

5ive (United Kingdom)
5ive is one of the British boybands who entered teh US top 10. They only had 1 though through the number 10 hit “When the Lights Go Out”.

B*Witched (Ireland)
B*Witched emerged to the charts after  the Spice Girls’ hiatus. They had scored 1 top 10 hit in the US with “C’est La Vie” (#10).

Credits to Billboard / Wikipedia

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

It is never easy for European groups to break American market especially decades ago, unlike today when it is easier to enter Americam music charts. Once you had an American hit, it is already a milestone, what more if a song reached the top 10? Here are the European groups who had top 10 songs in the US from 1990-1994:

Londonbeat is a pop group from Britain. They had released a lot of singles, however, they only managed one top 10 hit in the US. Not just a top 10 hit, rather a number 1 hit with the song “I’ve Been Thinking About You” in 1990. After that? They only had a top 20 hit.


EMF came from Britain who were known for their alternative dance sound. They became a one-top10-hit wonder in the US with their number 1 single “Unbelievable”.

Roxette is one of the most successful Swedish artists ever. They had huge hits from 1990-1994 after scoring 3 top 10 hits. “It Must Have Been Love” and “Joyride” reached number 1, while “Fading Like a Flower” at number 2.


UB40 is one of the top British bands to grace the top 10 of Billboard Hot 100 from 1990-1994. They had 3 top 10 hits: “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” (#7), “The Way You Do the Things You Do” (#6), anf the remake of “(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love With You” which reached number 1 in the US as well as worldwide.

Ace of Base
Ace of Base were from Sweden and had successes not just stateside but also worldwide. Their 3 US top 10 became global smashes too. These were “All That She Wants” (#2), “The Sign” (#1), “Don’t Turn Around” (#4).

Duran Duran
Duran Duran is from United Kingdom and were already had success in 1980’s. Their success continued during the first half of 1990’s when they scored 2 top 10 hits in the US with “Ordinary World” (#3), and “Come Undone” (#7)

The Cranberries
The Cranberries was a band from Ireland. They hit the top 10 in the US with their single “Linger” (#8). Despite limited success with their singles, they had multiplatinum top 3 albums there.

U2 is the nost successful Irish band ever. Their success continued until this period after scoring 2 top 10 singles which were: “Mysterious Ways” (#9), and “One” (#10).


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Albums that are more successful than its singles (2009-2010)

From 2009 to 2010, here are the albums which sold millions of copies and positioned to high peak in the charts, however, the singles from the record did naot match the stellar position of the albums:

Susan Boyle – I Dreamed A Dream
After successfully making it to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, Susan Boyle quickly had a record deal and her debut album was released on late 2009. The album immediately went to the top of charts worldwide and was the biggest selling album worldwide in 2009 despite just one month of release. Despite the stelar sales, no singles released made an impact in the charts.

U2 – No Line On The Horizon
U2 often have hit albums which included this records which went to number one worldwide. Despite the success of the records, it is lower than the band’s previous albums and none of its singles became huge.

Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night
This record by Kings of Leon was their most successful album ever. It managed to score multiplatinum status worldwide, but it only managed two hit singles.

Michael Bublé – Crazy Love
Michael Buble is used to selling millions of albums worldwide. “Crazy Love” achieved mulitplatinum success worldwide, a feat Michael Buble always do. Any hit singles? “Haven’t Met You Yet” scored a good chart position, but the only single to achieve success.

Susan Boyle – The Gift
After the highly successful “I Dreamed a Dream” album, Susan Boyle immediately released her second album which again went to the top of the charts. The album is considered a holiday album, but with no hit singles.

Sadé – Soldier Of Love
After about ten years since the release of their successful previous album “Lover’s Rock”, Sade came back on top of the charts again with “Soldier of Love”. With the record’s success, it didn’t score a hit single.

Alicia Keys – The Element Of Freedom
This album by Alicia Keys became huge internationally. But in US, it was her first album which failed to top the Billboard 200. It is still successful with its sales but it never scored a top 10 hit in the US.

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Albums that are more successful than its singles (2002-2004)

Here are the albums from 2002-2004 which its singles didn’t perform as successful as the album:

Britney Spears- Britney (2001)
This third album by Britney was released late 2001 but majority of its sales was from 2002 and most of its singles were released in 2002. It also went to number 1 in Billboard 200, her third consecutive charttopping album there. However, her singles from that album never had a major success, except “I’m a Slave for You” which hit the top 10 in many countries, but only settled at number 27 in Billboard singles chart.

Shakira- Laundry Service (2001)
This is the first ever English language album by Shakira, which was released late 2001, but most success came in 2002. The album was highly successful worldwide. Despite its heaps of sales, it only scored two major hits. “Whenever Wherever” and “Underneath Your Clothes” were two of those hits.

Norah Jones- Come Away With Me (2002)
This album has become one of the biggest selling albums of all time with approximately 26 million copies sold. Despite its huge sales, the singles in the album did not perform well. It did not even score a top 10 hit.

Coldplay- A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
This album was Coldplay’s second album which performed successfully in the charts and according to Wikipedia, it sold around 19 million copies. This is the biggest sellng album by the band which its internationally biggest hit “In My Place” did not chart in the US. Three of its singles though hit the top 10 but not as lustrous as the album did.

Dido- Life for Rent (2002)
This second album by Dido is among the biggest selling albums of 2003 and already sold millions in 2002. But the only major hit from the album is “White Flag”. Other singles fared modestly in the charts.

Shania Twain- Up! (2002)
After years from the success of “Come on Over”, Shania Twain came back with this another successful album. The album was certified 10x platinum in America and multiplatinum in some countries, but it never managed even a single major hit.

Elvis Presley- 30 No. 1 Hits (2002)
This compilation album from the King of Rock and Roll did very well with estimated 12 million copies sold but with the remix of “A Little Less Conversation” the only single released.

Linkin Park- Meteora (2003)
Linkin Park scored a back to back multi-million selling studio albums with “Hybrid Theory” and this one. Despite the records’ success, none of its single became a worldwide hit. In some territories, some singles did well nonetheless.

Evanescence- Fallen (2003)
This became the band’s debut album and had successes both in 2003 and 2004. Despite the album’s success, it only had 2 major hit singles such as “Bring Me to Life” and the ballad “My Immortal”.

Norah Jones- Feels Like Home (2004)
Norah Jones continuous to sell briskly upon this album’s success which sold more than a million copies in just a week. It ended with sales of 12 million copies without a hit single released.

U2- How to Dismantled an Atomic Bomb (2004)
Released on late 2004, most of its sales were accumulated durin the remaining weeks of the year. This album from U2 was a worldwide hit with estimated 10 million copies sold. However, it only scored one major hit which is “Vertigo”.

Credits to Wikipedia / Billboard

Top Rock Albums Since 2000: U2, Kings of Leon, Bon Jovi

U2 seems to have made mark in three decades since 1980s for scoring big albums during each a decade. Kings of Leon finally made an album which they can surely be proud of for its success. While Bon Jovi returned with after a half decade.

U2- All That You Can’t Leave Behind
U2 used to be one of the biggest rock band of all time after hit abums every decade and made a big album during tge last quarter of 200 through “All That You Can’t Leave Behind”. This album became their biggest album since 2000 and made a mark at the Grammys along with quadruple platinum sales in the US. The album also marks comeback to rockier sound after electronic sound from their previous effort.

Kings of Leon- Only By the Night
Kings of Leon finally released an album which made a mark in rock music scene. This album “Only By the Night” became definitive for the band as apart from the multi-million sales of the LP, it secured a UK million selling single “Sex on Fire” and the bigger hit “Use Sonebody” which attained multiple platinum certifications in several countries.

U2- How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
U2 actually scored another #1 album after this but due to less impact, this album can be cosidered their last highly successful album. With the worldwide smash rock song “Vertigo”, it contributed to the success of “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” when it opened at number anywhere else. At teh Grammys, it even became the most successful record winning all the nominations.

Bon Jovi- Crush
Jon Bon Jovi attempted solo record in 1997 but came back with the band through “Crush”, released in middle of 2000. The album was very successful especially in Europe thus leading this album and the track “It’s My Life” as one of the biggest albums and singles of 2000 respectively. It even paved a way for succeeding albums for the band.