100 Songs That Were Big In Germany But Not Big In Their Homeland

100 Songs That Were

These songs presented in this list didn't make it in the Top 40 of their countries, but they made it in the German Top 40 though. Some were hits only in Germany as well.

Next to each song and each artist, I mention year of release, artist's country of origin, and Peak position in the German Charts.

(Songs in alphabetical order)

2 Hearts by Toto (1992) (US) (#1)


Aliens by Radiorama (1987) (ITA) (#25)

All I Need Is A Miracle by Mike + The Mechanics (1986) (UK) (#26)

Are You Ready by Billy Ocean (1980) (UK) (#37)

Billion Dollar Babies by Alice Cooper (1973) (US) (#30)

Boat On The River by Styx (1979) (US) (#5)

Black Veils Of Melancholy by Status Quo (1968) (UK) (#36)

Blue Hotel by Chris Isaak (1987) (US) (#19)

Bourrée by Jethro Tull (1969) (UK) (#37)

Can't Stop The Music by Village People (1980) (US) (#10)

City Lights by William Pitt (1986) (US) (#15)

Cold Day In Hell by Gary Moore (1992) (IRE) (#29)

Conquest Of Paradise by Vangelis (1992) (GR) (#1)


Could It Be Magic by Donna Summer (1976) (US) (#23)

Dancing In The Dark by Kim Wilde (1983) (UK) (#26)

Dear Eloise by The Hollies (1967) (UK) (#8)

Denis by Blondie (1977) (US) (#9)

Detroit Rock City by Kiss (1976) (US) (#14)

Dr. Beat by Miami Sound Machine (1984) (US) (#7) **

Dream On by Nazareth (1982) (UK) (#15)

Driver's Seat by Sniff 'n' The Tears (1978) (UK) (#32)

Don't Kill It Carol by Manfred Mann's Earth Band (1979) (UK) (#23)

Easy by Ice MC (1989) (ITA) (#3)

Everyday (I Love You More) by Jason Donovan (1989) (AUS) (#19)

Everything's Coming Up Roses by Black (1987) (UK) (#8)

Face The Face by Pete Townshead (1985) (UK) (#15)

Flesh For Fantasy by Billy Idol (1984) (UK) (#11)

Get Up And Dance by The Doors (1972) (US) (#15)

Gypsy by Fleetwood Mac (1982) (UK) (#35)

Happy Children by P. Lion (1985) (ITA) (#11)

Happy Station by Fun Fun (1983) (ITA) (#11)

Healing Hands by Elton John (1989) (UK) (#39)

Heat Of The Moment by Asia (1982) (UK) (#7)

Hey Mambo by Barry Manilow (1987) (US) (#20)

Holiday Night by Den Harrow (1989) (ITA) (#38)

I'm A Believer by Neil Diamond (1971) (US) (#23)

I Come Undone by Jennifer Rush (1987) (US) (#11)

I Engineer by Animotion (1986) (US) (#2)**

I Ran (So Far Away) by A Flock Of Seagulls (1982) (UK) (#31)

If You Leave by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (1986) (UK) (#8)

Jingo by Santana (1969) (US) (#39)

Johnny And Mary by Robert Palmer (1980) (UK) (#7)

Johnny B. by The Hooters (1987) (US) (#7)*

Josephine by Chris Rea (1985) (UK) (#31)

Keeping The Mystery Alive by Climie Fisher (1987) (UK) (#35)

Lady In Black by Uriah Heep (1971) (UK) (#5)

Leningrad by Billy Joel (1989) (US) (#14)

Little 15 by Depeche Mode (1987) (UK) (#16)

Looking For Freedom by David Hasselhoff (1989) (US) (#1)


Losing My Mind by Liza Minnelli (1989) (US) (#17)

Louise (We Get It Right) by Jona Lewie (UK) (#30)

Love Conquers All by ABC (1991) (UK) (#36)

Love Will Tear Us Apart by Paul Young (1983) (UK) (#40)

Lover Lover Lover by Leonard Cohen (1974) (CA) (#9)

Lucifer by Alan Parsons Project (1979) (UK) (#8)

Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf (1968) (CA) (#11)

Mama I'm Coming Home by Ozzy Osbourne (1991) (UK) (#27)

Midlife Crisis by Faith No More (1992) (US) (#32)

Mister Pleasant by The Kinks (1967) (UK) (#12)

More Than Physical by Bananarama (1986) (UK) (#38)

Oh L'Amour by Erasure (1986) (UK) (#16)

Paperlate by Genesis (1982) (UK) (#36)

Passion by The Flirts (1982) (US) (#4) **

Queen Of Chinatown by Amanda Leer (1977) (FR) (#2)

Reach Out by Giorgio Moroder (1984) (ITA) (#1)


Reach Out I'll Be There by Gloria Gaynor (1975) (USA) (#5)

Rock The Night by Europe (1986) (SWE) (#17)

See Me, Feel Me by The Who (1970) (UK) (#2)

Shadow On The Wall by Mike Oldfield (1983) (UK) (#3)

Shoot Your Shot by Divine (1983) (US) (#15) **

Someday I'll be Saturday Night by Bon Jovi (1994) (US) (#37)

Spacer by Sheila and B. Devotion (1979) (FR) (#9)

Square Rooms by Al Corley (1984) (US) (#13) **

Street Cafe by Icehouse (1982) (AUS) (#28)

Strike It Up by Black Box (1990) (ITA) (#26)

Strut by Sheena Easton (1984) (UK) (#21)

Such A Shame by Talk Talk (1984) (UK) (#2)

Sunshine Reggae by Laid Back (1983) (DK) (#1)


Tell It Like It Is by Don Johnson (1989) (US) (#2)

The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan by Marianne Faithful (1979) (UK) (#5)

The Last Kiss by David Cassidy (1985) (US) (#10)

The Last Unicorn by America (1984) (US) (#38)

The Promise You Made by Cock Robin (1985) (US) (#6)

The Way Life's Meant To Be by Electric Light Orchestra (1981) (UK) (#30)

Till I Can't Take Love No More by Eddy Grant (1983) (UK) (#26)

Tougher Than The Rest by Bruce Springsteen (1987) (US) (#25)

Train Of Thought by A-ha (1985) (NOR) (#14)

Trouble by Heaven 17 (1986) (UK) (#17)

True Devotion by Samantha Fox (1987) (UK) (#32)

Turn It Down by Sweet (1974) (UK) (#4)

Turn Your Back On Me by Kajagoogoo (1984) (UK) (#25)

U Got 2 Know by Cappella (1992) (ITA) (#21)

Unchain My Heart by Joe Cocker (1987) (UK) (#33)

USSR by Eddy Huntington (1986) (UK) (#23)

Wherever I May Roam by Metallica (1991) (US) (#30)

When Do I Get To Sing "My Way" by Sparks (1994) (US) (#7)

When I Was Young by The Animals (1967) (UK) (#31)

Where In The World by Swing Out Sister (1989) (UK) (#22)

Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin (1969) (UK) (#1)


Your Ma Said You Cried in Your Sleep Last Night by Shakin' Stevens (1983) (UK) (#40)

*Song made it in the Top 40 of the US Mainstream Rock Charts, but not in the Top 40 of US Billboard Hot 100 (The official music chart)

** Song made it in the Top 40 of the US Dance Charts, but not in the Top 40 of US Billboard Hot 100 (The official music chart)


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  • I remeber two hearts! It's still on the radio sometimes

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    • Do other popular songs from Toto, like "Africa" and "Hold The Line" still receive any airplay in Germany or are they "forgotten"?

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