List of Billboard Hot 100 number-ones by European artists

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This is a list of number-one hits by European artists in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. It excludes number-one hits by British artists that can be found in the list of songs by British artists which reached number-one in the United States.

Date Nationality Song title Artist Weeks at No. 1
September 1, 1958  Italy "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)" Domenico Modugno 5
January 9, 1961  West Germany "Wonderland by Night" Bert Kaempfert 3
December 7, 1963  Belgium "Dominique" The Singing Nun 4
February 10, 1968  France "Love Is Blue" Paul Mauriat 5
February 7, 1970  Netherlands "Venus" Shocking Blue 1
July 29, 1972  Ireland "Alone Again (Naturally)" Gilbert O'Sullivan 6
April 6, 1974  Sweden "Hooked on a Feeling" Blue Swede 1
November 29, 1975  West Germany "Fly, Robin, Fly" Silver Convention 3
April 9, 1977  Sweden "Dancing Queen" ABBA 1
June 20, 1981  Netherlands "Stars on 45 Medley" Stars on 45 1
May 8, 1982  Greece "Chariots of Fire" Vangelis 1
October 19, 1985  Norway "Take on Me" a-ha 1
November 9, 1985  Czechoslovakia "Miami Vice Theme" Jan Hammer 1
March 29, 1986  Austria "Rock Me Amadeus" Falco 3
May 16, 1987  Ireland "With or Without You" U2 3
August 8, 1987  Ireland "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" U2 2
April 8, 1989  Sweden "The Look" Roxette 1
July 1, 1989  West Germany "Baby Don't Forget My Number" Milli Vanilli 1
September 23, 1989  West Germany "Girl I'm Gonna Miss You" Milli Vanilli 2
November 4, 1989  Sweden "Listen to Your Heart" Roxette 1
November 25, 1989  West Germany "Blame It on the Rain" Milli Vanilli 2
April 21, 1990  Ireland "Nothing Compares 2 U" Sinéad O'Connor 4
June 16, 1990  Sweden "It Must Have Been Love" Roxette 2
May 11, 1991  Sweden "Joyride" Roxette 1
March 12, 1994  Sweden "The Sign" Ace of Base 6
August 3, 1996  Spain "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" Los del Rio 14
September 4, 1999  Spain "Bailamos" Enrique Iglesias 2
June 24, 2000  Spain "Be with You" Enrique Iglesias 3
July 9, 2011  Netherlands "Give Me Everything" (feat. Afrojack & Nayer) Pitbull (Afrojack) 1
April 28, 2012  Belgium /  Australia "Somebody That I Used to Know" (feat. Kimbra) Gotye 8
January 7, 2017  France /  Canada "Starboy" (feat. Daft Punk) The Weeknd (Daft Punk) 1

Trivia[edit]

  • The European nation with the highest number of US number ones is the United Kingdom with 167. Sweden follows with 7.
  • The European nation whose artists have appeared in the top spot on the Hot 100 for the most weeks is again the UK, followed by Spain (19 weeks) and Ireland (15).
  • Apart from the UK, the European nation with the largest number of acts to reach number one in the US is Sweden with 4. Germany (all as West Germany), Ireland and the Netherlands have three each, and Belgium and Spain have two. Austria had one act reach number one in the pre-Hot 100 era and one in the Hot 100 era.
  • The only non-UK European acts with multiple US number one hits are:
    • Roxette (4)
    • Milli Vanilli (3)
    • Enrique Iglesias (2)
    • U2 (2)

Most number ones by country[edit]

Country Number one hits
 Sweden 7
 Germany 5
 Ireland 4
 Netherlands 3
 Spain 3
 France 2
 Belgium 2
 Austria 1
 Czechoslovakia 1
 Greece 1
 Italy 1
 Norway 1

Most number ones by artist[edit]

Artist Country Number one hits
Roxette  Sweden 4
Milli Vanilli  Germany 3
Enrique Iglesias  Spain 2
U2  Ireland 2

Notes[edit]

  • ¹-Pre-Hot 100 hit included on this list for completeness
  • Pitbull is Cuban and Ne-Yo is American
  • Singer/songwriter Gotye is a Belgian-Australian artist. He was born in Bruges but he moved to Australia when he was 2 years old.