Happy One-Hit Wonder Day!

Did you know One-Hit Wonder Day was a thing? Music journalist Steve Rosen created it in 1990 to celebrate the bands that became famous for only one Top 40 single. Check out some of my favorites.

1234 - Feist

99 Luftballons - Nena

A Girl Like You - Edwin Collins

Bad Touch - Bloodhound Gang

Barbie Girl - Aqua

Bitch - Meredith Brooks

Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve

Blowin' Me Up (With Her Love) - JC Chasez

Breakfast at Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something

Collide - Howie Day

Come on Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners

Criminal - Fiona Apple

Don't Wanna Fall In Love - Jane Child

Don't Worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin

Faded - soulDecision

Flagpole Sitta - Harvey Danger

How Do You Talk To An Angel - The Heights

I Touch Myself - Divinyls

Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice

If You Could Only See - Tonic

I'm Gonna Be (500) Miles - The Proclaimers

I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred

In The Meantime - Spacehog

Jump Around - House of Pain

Just A Friend - Biz Markie

Kiss The Rain - Billie Myers

Lovefool - The Cardigans

Mickey - Toni Basil

Natural One - Folk Implosion

No Rain - Blind Melon

Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor

Novocain for the Soul - Eels

One of Us - Joan Osborne

Pepper - Butthole Surfers

Praise You - Fatboy Slim

Rapper's Delight - Sugarhill Gang

Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm

So Alive - Love and Rockets

Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell

Steal My Sunshine - Len

Tainted Love - Soft Cell

Take On Me - A-ha

Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus

The Freshman - The Verve Pipe

To Be With You - Mr. Big

True - Spandau Ballet

Tubthumping - Chumbawamba

Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles

What I Am - Edie Brickell

What's Up - 4 Non Blondes

Ahh, so many memories!
What are your favorite one-hit wonders?


Corrin said...

Yes to JC Chasez and Soul Dicision.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I love so many of these!!! If I hear them, I belt them out at the top of my lungs. It's hard to think of Fiona Apple as being a one-hit wonder.

My faves:
Mr. Big
Edie Brickell
Biz Markie
Cypress Hill
Soft Cell
Joan Osborne
Butthole Surfer
Right Said Fred
The Cardigans
Blind Melon
Vanilla Ice
The Divinyls - heard that song this morning
The Proclaimers
Meredith Brooks

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

"I want you smothered, want you covered like my waffle house hash browns." Oddly enough I loved Bloodhound Gang before this single came out - their first album is the best! :)

I was OBSESSED with Aqua back in the 90's/2000s.

Come on Eileen, FAVORITE!

I always, always want to sing "I touch myself" at karaoke but then I scan the room and realize it's a BAD idea, and figured it's better to sing in the privacy of my own home. I loved that song.

Tonic, ZOMG I adore that song. I still get nostalgic when I hear it.

BEST LOVE SONG EVER WRITTEN: I'm Gonna Be (500) Miles!!! SUCH a sweet song! I adore it.

NO RAIN - BLIND MELON, adore! Still love it as much as the FIRST time I heard it.

I love that you listed the Butthole Surfers!!! So underrated IMO.

Oddly enough The Verve Pipe had a 2nd song, that wasn't a hit on the radio, called "Colorful" from the movie Rock Star with Mark Walhberg and I LOVE it.

Mr. Big, TO BE WITH YOU, makes me think of middle school and I love it! I Played the video twice before I typed this :)

Tubthumping makes me instantly think of clubbing when I was 18! ha!

What I am - that's another karaoke song I love to sing!

I just belted out What's Up the other day when it came on the radio... love :)

Thanks for all the fun memories!!!!

My favorite One Hit Wonder, which I won't say it was really a one hit, I feel like Tesla had two (with Signs) but my all time favorite song of ever... "Love Song" by Tesla, and or "Ballad of Jane" by LA Guns. Toss up :)

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

hahaha i LOVED faded by soul decision. it may or may not be on my running playlist.

Aqua was SO big at home, definitely not a one hit wonder!

Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand said...

From your list, I give a big amen to:
A Girl Like You
Bitter Sweet Symphony
Flagpole Sitta
If You Could Only See (but I also like their song You Wanted More)
No Rain
Rapper's Delight
So Alive
What's Up

I would add because I had this conversation with a friend the other day, and those were the two that I remember from that discussion:
She's Like the Wind by Patrick Swayze
Far Behind by Candlebox

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Some of these songs I know some I don't know

Abby Abby said...

Totally loved Collide! I still listen to it sometimes!


Karen Peterson said...

I love so many of these songs and it's so funny to think that they were one-hit wonders. What ever happened to these folks??

Cole said...

Such a great list! I think I need a one hit wonder playlist now!

Kristen said...

I was really surprised (and maybe a little sad) to see Fiona Apple on this list. While it's true that none of her singles did as well as "Criminal," she has such a huge fan base (myself included, obviously!) that it's really hard to think of her as just a "one hit wonder." If you liked "Criminal" and haven't listened to any of her other stuff, I'd be happy to give you some recommendations! She's one of my absolute favorite artists, so I love talking about her and sharing her music with others.