5 Great Non English Songs That Topped US Charts Before Kpop Rise – As we know together, korean pop or k-pop not only have stolen international interest in music but it also have topped US music charts even though there’re less than 1% korean speaker in that country.
It all started with Wonder Girls and their single “Nobody” who enter Billboard Hot 100 on October 2009. This first kpop song in billboard hot 100 peaked at rank 76 and stay in the best 100 for 4 weeks.
On 2012 Psy’s “Gangnam Style” became a bigger phenomenon after viral on youtube. After performing in a lot of late night show such us ellen degeneres’s show and The Today Show, more people get hypnotized by gangnam style’s catchy tunes and bizarre yet interesting and funny dance. That’s why on September that year he even got the chance to perform on MTV Video Music Award show along with the host Kevin Hart.
The popularity of this song make gangnam style ranked on 2nd on US top billboard 100, and since then a lot of kpop musician make successful move on US music market like all we see even today.
5 Great Non English Songs That Topped US Charts Before Kpop Rise
Many people feel strange that kpop who doesn’t even sing in the same language with the fans have been topped US music charts, even though this looks like a new phenomenon but that means korean is the only foreign languange song that have been top in this nation music chart.
That’s why on this opportunity i tried to share some information about 5 great non english song have been find some success in the land of free.
- 99 Luftballons – Nena
Released by the German artist Nena in 1983 as an anti war song, this song also reached No. 2 on the Billboard hot 100 chart. This song have a story about miscommunication of world who start a nuclear war because civilians have released 99 red ballons.
- La Bamba – Ritchie Valens
La Bamba is a mexican folk song which originally from the state of Veracruz, Mexico. And on 1958 Ritchie Valens released his own version of this folk song and became one of early rock and roll’s best-known songs. This song ranked on No. 22 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The popularity also make this song listed on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
But sadly on February 2 1959 after performing at in Clear Lake, Iowa. Valens died on fatal plane accident. His death inspired singer Don McLean to write his 1971 hit “American Pie” or known by the name “The Day The Music Died”.
- Rock Me Amadeus – Falco
Another german song who make some success in US Billboard Hot 100 Chart is Rock Me Amadeus by Austrian musician Falco. This song got released on Germany in 1985, and got worldwide year after. This song is a mini biography for another well known Austrian musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Interesting musical videos and melody makes Rock Me Amadeus come 1st in US Billboard Hot 100 Chart. This song is Falco’s one hit wonder because sadly in 1988 he died on road accident at 40 years old.
- Ue o Muite Arukou – Kyu Sakamoto
To spell ue o muite arukou is a bit for a lot of people, that’s why this song is more popular by the name “Sukiyaki”. Sukiyaki song was released in Japan in 1961 and in the US in 1963. But sadly just like Valens, kyu also died on plane crash at the age of 43 years old.
- Dominique – The Singing Nun
The singing nun or “Soeur Sourire” in french is a name stage of Belgian musician Jeanine Deckers. On 1963 she realeased a song named Dominique and got popular worldwide. The Popularity brings this song to top the chart for 4 weeks and out selling more well known musician such as The Beatles and Elvis Presley.