15 hit songs that you didn’t know were from Europe

#1 Technotronic – Pump Up the Jam • 1989, Belgium

The worldwide hit “Pump Up the Jam” was one the first songs to mix hip hop and deep house genres. The track peaked on the top of the charts in coutries such as Iceland, Portugal, Spain and made it also in the American Billboard Hot 100 in the early 90’s.


#2 Corona – Rhythm • 1993, Italy

The Rhythm of the Night is a eurodance song by the Italian band Corona. The song was a great success, reaching the top 10 in various charts around the world including the famous US Billboard chart.


#3 Bomfunk MC’S – Freestyler • 1999, Finland

Released in the late 90’s by the Finnish hip hop group Bomfunk MC’s, this song became a worldwide success very quickly. The music video was mostly shot at the Hakaniemi metro station in Helsinki.


#4 Snap! – Rhythm is a Dancer • 1992, Germany

One of the most known Eurodance tracks has been released in the early 90’s. This single spent six weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart and became the second biggest-selling single of 1992 surpassed only by “I will always love you” by Witney Houston.


#5 Vengaboys – Boom, Boom, Boom • 1998, The Netherlands

With this song the Dutch group mades it to the top of the charts in several countries such as Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, France, Germany… The song is partly insiped by the song “Lay All your love on me” by ABBA.


#6 Haddaway – What is Love • 1993, Germany

This song became a huge European hit and became number one in at least 13 countries quickly after it’s release. In 2011, MTV Dance ranked the song 57 out of its 100 biggest 90’s Dance Anthems of all Time ranking.


#7 Alice DJ – Better off Alone • 1998, The Netherlands

Considered as a classic of electronic dance, this song played a major role in the expansion of electronic music in Europe and in the world. In 2013, Vibe magazine considering the song “a timeless track” in their 30 Dance Tracks from The ’90s That Changed the Game


#8 ATC – All Around the World (la la la la la la la la) • 2000, Germany

A touch of Glass (ATC) made a cover of the Russian hit “Pesenka” by Ruki Vverh! by adding English lyrics and the success was huge. Worldwide the track reaching the top 20 in most countries where it was released.


#9 2 Unlimited – Get Ready for This • 1991, The Netherlands

Soon after its release, the track was a hit in Europe but also the world where it reached the top of the chart in countries such as Australia, Zimbabwe and United States. This song is known to be played at sportings events around the world.


#10 Whigfield – Saturday Night • 1993, Italy/Denmark

Whigfield is an Italian Eurodance project where the Danish-born Sannie Charlotte Carlson was the lead singer. The song was first release in Italy in 1992, then Spain in 1993 and worldwide in 1994. It quickly reached the number one spot in many countries and became a huge success.


#11 Eagle-Eye Cherry – Save Tonight • 1997, Sweden

This track became very famous through the radio. In many countries the song was significant success reaching number three in Ireland and number five in the United States for example. It became “Swedish song of the year 1997”


#12 Roxette – Listen to Your Heart • 1988, Sweden

The song by Roxette topped the number one spot in the chart in Canada, Poland and U.S. In the U.S. The track became the first song to reach number one in the US without being commercially-released. In 2004, the Belgian group DHT made of cover of the song and once again it became a huge international success.


#13 Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee) • 1998, Italy

The following year of its release the song became a worldwide hit many countries such as France, Russia, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Canada… The track also reached to top of the U.S. billboards and became the highest charting Italian song in the U.S since 1962 (Al di là – Emilio Pericoli)


#14 Ace of Base – All That She Wants • 1992, Sweden

The Swedish group “Ace of Base” achieved worldwide success following the release of this single and the album that goes with it “Happy Nation”. The song topped the chart in many countries such as U.S., Denmark, Australia, UK… The beat was inspired by the song “Another Mother” by Kayo.


#15 Aqua – Barbie Girl • 1997, Denmark/Norwegian

This catchy song is one of the most famous song released in the 90’s with a huge success in the world and mostly in Europe. In the UK the track stayed 3 weeks on the top of the chart. “Barbie Girl” has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide.



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