For quite some time there has been a huge goal for many singers or musicians to break into the American market - especially those from a background such as the United Kingdom - and whilst this for some is an attainable dream that sees them shoot further into superstardom, there are many who fail to cross the pond.

It's not just the one-hit wonders or small time musicians that have this problem - fully fledged British stars have in the past flopped on all their attempts to crack the US - and we've taken a look at just some of those names who have fallen by the wayside. At least as far as America is concerned.

Take That

Take That
Take That

Hugely popular in the nineties and now back with some big hits despite now being decreased in number to a trio following the departure of Robbie Williams and Jason Orange, Take That unfortunately never resonated with the ladies and gentleman of the States.

Between their initial break-up in 1996 and the start of 1992, they didn't have a single charting outside of the top three in Britain, with a whopping eight number ones to their name.

With huge success in the form of British X Factor exports One Direction, it has been proved that a pop group can take America by storm. Unfortunately for Take That, it just wasn't their time.

The Jam and Paul Weller

Paul Weller on stage at Abbey Road
Paul Weller on stage at Abbey Road

Bigger than The Police or The Clash in the UK, The Jam are one of the classic all-time greats when it comes to British culture. A huge phenomenon in the early eighties where they couldn't release a song without it being a huge hit, the group eventually saw frontman Paul Weller leave for a solo career where he emulated the group's success.

Despite such an incredible back catalogue, The Jam haven't ever been given a sniff of success in America, and throughout his huge career Weller's only sold just over a combined 300,000 singles and albums in America.

Oasis

Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher

As one of the most influential bands the UK has ever seen, they sold huge amounts of units back in the nineties but were never to take their success to America after attempting to cross the Atlantic.

Though they did go on to get two top five albums and six platinum records in America during the nineties, Oasis never managed to quite emulate their UK success abroad, and Noel Gallagher has famously shifted blame onto his brother Liam for this, saying it was he who decided to cancel their stadium tour to instead go house hunting with his partner at the time Patsy Kensit.

Girls Aloud

Girls Aloud
Girls Aloud

Alongside the likes of the Spice Girls as one of the biggest and best girl bands the UK has produced, the Spice Girls have one up on Girls Aloud in that they managed to add the US to their legions of fans.

Nicola Roberts has said in the past that she thinks that their not going to America was simply because they were too busy to do so, but with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini being fired from The X Factor USA when she tried to make the leap during her solo career, perhaps it was never written in the stars for these ladies to make it in the US.

Blur

Blur
Blur

With the Cool Britannia phase sweeping over the world, Blur were unfortunately left behind and didn't make it across the ocean into America despite their huge British success.

With every original album released since 1993 hitting the top of the British charts, perhaps it was Blur's lyrics directly critical of American culture that saw them fail.

Sugababes

The Sugababes before a performance
The Sugababes before a performance

With an ever-changing line-up of female faces, Sugababes did become some big rivals for Girls Aloud throughout the years, but suffered huge defeat when they tried to get our American cousins on-board.

Signing onto Jay-Z's record label for a three album deal, they soon found themselves out of the deal and quietly kicked out of Jay-Z's books.

Stereophonics

Kelly Jones of Stereophonics
Kelly Jones of Stereophonics

Enjoying a big status as one of the most successful rock and roll bands the UK has ever seen, it seems as if these Welsh rockers never had an impact outisde of the British Isles, even after a collection that saw them gain 15 platinum UK records and a BRIT Award.

Five albums in a row went to number one between 1999 and 2007 in the UK, but their best position on the Billboard 200 chart in America is unfortunately 127.


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