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Tue Jan 9, 2018, 11:12 PM

Can anyone name a song that hit Billboard #1

that was sung in Japanese?

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Reply Can anyone name a song that hit Billboard #1 (Original post)
flotsam Jan 2018 OP
benld74 Jan 2018 #1
Docreed2003 Jan 2018 #2
flotsam Jan 2018 #4
Docreed2003 Jan 2018 #5
flotsam Jan 2018 #7
Docreed2003 Jan 2018 #8
lunasun Jan 2018 #9
LeftInTX Jan 2018 #10
Pope George Ringo II Jan 2018 #3
pressbox69 Jan 2018 #6
malthaussen Jan 2018 #11
Orrex Jan 2018 #12

Response to flotsam (Original post)

Tue Jan 9, 2018, 11:13 PM

1. Not from me

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Response to flotsam (Original post)

Tue Jan 9, 2018, 11:19 PM

2. Was it Sukiyaki???

Full disclosure I would never have known that if the story about the song hadnít popped up on my Flipboard feed this am..

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 9, 2018, 11:22 PM

4. It sure was and serendipity can be astonishing

"Ue o Muite Arukō" (上を向いて歩こう, "I Look Up As I Walk" is a Japanese-language song that was performed by Japanese crooner Kyu Sakamoto, and written by lyricist Rokusuke Ei and composer Hachidai Nakamura. Ei wrote the lyrics while walking home from a Japanese student demonstration protesting continued US Army presence, expressing his frustration at the failed efforts.[1][2]

In Anglophone countries, it is best known under the alternative title "Sukiyaki", a term with no relevance to the song's lyrics, as sukiyaki is a Japanese dish of cooked beef.

The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the United States in 1963, one of the few non-Indo-European languages' songs to have done so.

It is one of the best-selling singles of all time, having sold over 13 million copies worldwide.[3][4] The original Kyu Sakamoto recording also went to number eighteen on the R&B chart




Nice Job, Trivia pro!

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Response to flotsam (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 9, 2018, 11:31 PM

5. Lol...no pro

I was familiar with the song, but had no clue it reached #1 here in the states until this morning as I was reading the fascinating story about the song over my Morning cup of joe. I love my Flipboard app for pulling interesting stories like this that I might not have read otherwise. Thanks for sharing!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 9, 2018, 11:37 PM

7. I do not have the flipboard app...

I just happen to see a story on non-english hits which talked about mostly spanish language stuff (La Bamba) and I thought back to this song and googled some. It speaks volumes about the value of the internet that something I considered pretty esoteric popped up elsewhere just today...

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Response to flotsam (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 9, 2018, 11:45 PM

8. I have some pretty esoteric interests so maybe its that...

But if you have a smartphone, give Flipboard a try. Basically you plug in your interests on a whole spectrum of things and it pulls articles they think you might find interesting. Iíve read more cool stuff that I wouldnít have found otherwise via that app.

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Response to flotsam (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 10, 2018, 12:03 AM

9. In 2017 a Spanish language song topped the US billboard @#1 for so many weeks it matched the

record set by Mariah Carey/BIIM

In honor of the singles to claim the Hot 100's top spot the longest, here's a look at the elite leaders to rule for double-digit weeks, an exclusive club now led by two titles with a record 16 weeks at No. 1 each: "Despacito" and Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day,"

http://ew.com/music/2017/08/28/despacito-ties-longest-run-no-1-billboard-hot-100-history/

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Response to flotsam (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 10, 2018, 02:32 AM

10. Don't make me cry............

I used to live in Japan from 1960-1963.
My dad bought me a jewelry box that plays this song.

My dad in 2016.

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Response to flotsam (Original post)

Tue Jan 9, 2018, 11:22 PM

3. This is the sort of thing that would have won a bar bet once upon a time.

I am not going to pretend that I actually knew this had ever happened, let alone knew the actual answer. Sukiyaki.

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Response to flotsam (Original post)

Tue Jan 9, 2018, 11:37 PM

6. I knew it.

Loved that song in the Kennedy, pre Beatles days. The song sounds upbeat but translated into English they're pretty mellow. He died tragically decades ago in a plane crash.

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Response to flotsam (Original post)

Wed Jan 10, 2018, 09:43 AM

11. Sukiyaki, of course.

Which was the dumbest name they could have chosen for a song that had nothing to do with dinner.

As Fred Bronson of Newsweek put it, it was like issuing "Moon River" under the title "Beef Stew."

-- Mal

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Response to flotsam (Original post)

Wed Jan 10, 2018, 09:45 AM

12. Mr. Roboto!



(only hit #3, according to Wiki)

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