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    Updated on Aug 2, 2020. Posted on Jul 28, 2020

    29 Songs That Were Hits Around The World That 99% Of The American Population Have No Idea Even Exist

    Justice for Nicola Roberts's solo album!

    The following is a list of songs, artists, and albums that were popular worldwide, but not so much in the US. I know most of them weren't actually released in the US, but they really should have been!

    1. "Call My Name" by Cheryl

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    Cheryl gave America a shot and we turned her down. For that, as the God Warrior once said: "I think I'm gonna vomit."

    2. "Fight for This Love" by Cheryl

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    Another pop masterpiece by the second best member of Girls Aloud. See the best member in #3.

    3. Nicola Roberts's perfect album, Cinderella Eyes

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    One of the greatest pop albums of all time!

    4. "Maybe" by Emma Bunton

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    The best solo song by a Spice Girl, and I stand by that!

    5. Kylie's Aphrodite album.

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    Perfect from start to finish.

    6. Most Zara Larsson songs

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    There is no excuse why "All the Time" shouldn't have been the song of summer last year.

    7. Everything made in Sweden, in general

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    But for brevity, we'll just have Robyn as the representative.

    8. "Born to Make You Happy" by Britney Spears

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    It was never released in the US, but IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN.

    9. "Overprotected" by Britney Spears

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    The album version was a huge hit worldwide, but in the US, the Darkchild remix basically flopped. Trash American taste at it again!

    10. "Push the Button" by the Sugababes

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    Anything by the Sugababes could be on this list, tbh.

    11. "Scandalous" by Mis-Teeq

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    A very minor "hit" in the US, and there's no reason It shouldn't have been bigger.

    12. "Lost Without You" by Delta Goodrem

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    It's a true failure of the American system that it couldn't even chart here.

    13. "Hot" by Avril Lavigne

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    One of Avril's best songs and worst wigs ever!

    14. "Playing with Fire" by BlackPink

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    Gorgeous, stunning, should have been a huge hit, etc.

    15. "Release Me" by Agnes

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    An anthem.

    16. "When Love Takes Over" by Kelly Rowland & David Guetta

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    Kelly Rowland in 2009–2011 is EDM's cultural peak.

    17. "Black Magic" or "Touch" or "Move," or anything by Little Mix

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    Stream "Holiday."

    18. The Saturdays

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    "Work," "Forever Is Over," "Higher," etc. I could go on forever.

    19. "The Fear" by Lily Allen

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    A social commentary so blistering, the American public couldn't even take it.

    20. "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex" by Rachel Stevens

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    Iconic for the fact that Britney Spears turned this song down...but it's also a good song.

    21. "Walking On Air" by Kerli

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    Queen of Estonia.

    22. "Ugly Heart" by G.R.L.

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    Justice for G.R.L.

    23. "Ka-Ching!" by Shania Twain

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    A huge worldwide hit for Shania that should have been an even bigger hit in the US.

    24. "The Tide Is High" by Atomic Kitten

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    The highlight of the Lizzie McGuire movie soundtrack.

    25. "Murder on the Dancefloor" by Sophie Ellis-Bextor

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    Released more than 20 years ago and still as beautiful as ever.

    26. "Remedy" by Little Boots

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    Little Boots deserves better.

    27. "Euphoria" by Loreen

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    Eurovision queen.

    28. "Sweet Talk" by Samantha Jade

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    A cute bop I would like to see charting on iTunes.

    29. And the entire Girls Aloud discography.

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    The greatest musical group of all time. Period.

    And here's the Spotify playlist:

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