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The Top 10 Weirdest U.S. No. 1 Hits

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4. Falco, "Rock Me Amadeus"

Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, 1985 Americans don't normally like listening to people speak languages they don't understand. That's why foreign films almost never do well here and why most pop stars have to switch to speaking English if they want to sell records here. But somehow Falco broke through despite speaking German and paved the way for people like Psy to overcome the language barrier with infectious hooks.

3. Jethro Tull, A Passion Play

Billboard 200 No. 1 in 1973 It was odd when Jethro Tull hit No. 1 the previous year with Thick as a Brick which, like Tubular Bells, was a 43-minute-long progressive-rock album consisting of one single unbroken up song and featured no hit singles. It was even odder when they hit No. 1 again a year later with another album.

2. Pantera, Far Beyond Driven

Billboard 200 No. 1 in 1994 Any metalhead and/or Texan remembers this one. Our boys finally made it and made it big. To date it's widely agreed that this album, which at the time was the heaviest Pantera had done (only to be outdone by The Great Southern Trendkill two years later), is probably the heaviest metal album to ever top the charts.

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