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Old 11-12-2008, 02:46 PM
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Non English Language hits in the USA/UK.

Okay I'm looking for non-English language hits, that is songs that reached the Top 40 in either the UK or the USA or both. I can think of a few in recent years.

O-Zone - Dragostea din tei (Romanian)
Los Del Río - Macarena (Spanish)
Las Ketchup - Aserejé aka The Ketchup Song (Spanish)
Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg - Je t'aime... moi non plus (French)

Billboard's wikipedia has these as number 1s.

"Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)" by Domenico Modugno (Italian - September 1, 1958 for five weeks)
"Sukiyaki" by Kyu Sakamoto (Japanese - June 15, 1963 for three weeks)
"Dominique" by The Singing Nun (French - December 7, 1963 for four weeks)
"Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco (German - March 29, 1986 for three weeks)
"La Bamba" by Los Lobos (Spanish - August 29, 1987 for three weeks)

What other ones are there?
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:53 PM
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According to Wikipedia, 99 Luftballons (the original German-language version) hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Old 11-12-2008, 02:56 PM
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First one that popped in my head just from seeing your title was Du Hast by Rammstein
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Eres Tú by Mocedades, #9 in 1973.

ETA: and Guantanamera by the Sandpipers, also #9, in 1966.

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First one that popped in my head just from seeing your title was Du Hast by Rammstein
Did this chart in the Billboard Hot 100?
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Old 11-12-2008, 03:21 PM
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Shakira's "La Tortura" made it to #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2005.
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Old 11-12-2008, 03:42 PM
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"Hocus Pocus" by the Dutch band Focus charted at #20 in the UK and #9 in the US.

Yodeling counts as "Non-English", right?
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Old 11-12-2008, 06:33 PM
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Daddy Yankee's "Gasolina".
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Old 11-12-2008, 06:44 PM
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Although the original Macarena was in Spanish only, the version best-known in the United States was a remix by the Bayside Boys featuring English-language lyrics and the now-familiar Spanish chorus.
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I don't know what it's called, but there's a Spanish/English song out there that mainly features the world bailamos.
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:37 PM
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Daddy Yankee's "Gasolina".
Oh, GOD DAMMIT! I hate that song, yet it gets stuck in my head every time I hear its name. I've managed to avoid it for years...now it's back.

dangermom - Bailamos (by Enrique Eglesias) was about half English.

The chorus:

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Bailamos - let the rhythm take you over Bailamos
Te quiero amor mio - Bailamos
Wanna live this night forever - bailamos
Te quiero amor mio - Te quiero
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Augie Rios charted with Donde Esta Santa Claus? in 1958. There were a couple of cover versions. The song was mostly English except for the chorus, though.

The Beatles Michelle has a chorus in French. They also did Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand and Sie Liebt Dich, but not as singles.

Je t'aime . . . moi non plus by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin reached #1 in the UK and was an international hit but only reached #58 on the US charts due to censorship issues.
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Augie Rios charted with Donde Esta Santa Claus? in 1958. There were a couple of cover versions. The song was mostly English except for the chorus, though.

The Beatles Michelle has a chorus in French. They also did Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand and Sie Liebt Dich, but not as singles.

Je t'aime . . . moi non plus by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin reached #1 in the UK and was an international hit but only reached #58 on the US charts due to censorship issues.
I'm looking for songs that are all or nearly all in another language and also songs that were chart hits. To the best of my knowledge Michelle wasn't a hit for The Beatles. I could be wrong though.
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:54 AM
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Oye Como Va by Santana hit #13 in the USA. Pretty minimal lyrics, but it's all in Spanish IIRC.
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I'm looking for songs that are all or nearly all in another language and also songs that were chart hits. To the best of my knowledge Michelle wasn't a hit for The Beatles. I could be wrong though.
Too bad; except for the "Eins, zvei, drei" intro and the line "Alles klar, der Kommissar?", "Der Kommissar" by After the Fire was entirely in English, although it sounded a lot more foreign than it was because the English lyrics were variously incomprehensible and nonsensical.
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This, in Latin no less, reached no. 11 in the UK in 1974.
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Too bad; except for the "Eins, zvei, drei" intro and the line "Alles klar, der Kommissar?", "Der Kommissar" by After the Fire was entirely in English, although it sounded a lot more foreign than it was because the English lyrics were variously incomprehensible and nonsensical.
But the original version, by Falco, was in German. (cite)


Do instrumentals count?
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Did this chart in the Billboard Hot 100?
Looks like peak position of #20 in 1998


eta: question was about Du Hast by Rammstein

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Looks like peak position of #20 in 1998


eta: question was about Du Hast by Rammstein
Excellent, funnily enough the only time I've heard the English version was in Berlin.
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