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VH1’s 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the ’90s

VH1 LogoVh1 has created a cottage industry around lists. Everything from the “100 Most Shocking Music Moments” to “The 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 90s.” People tune in and remember those single great songs and moments from artists they may have forgotten.

My criteria for a one-hit wonder is described in the article “What’s a One-Hit Wonder” and differs from VH1 in one big way: I only count artists who hit the Billboard Top 40 once. A quick scan of the Vh1 list below reveals a much more liberal approach that allows two-hit wonder artists like Vanilla Ice (“Ice Ice Baby” and “Play That Funky Music”), EMF (“Unbelievable” and “Lies”) and Gerardo (“Rico Suave” and “We Want the Funk”).

But you’re not here for some long-winded diatribe on what is and isn’t a one-hit wonder. You’re here for the songs and there are plenty of cherry, happy, silly, awesome songs listed below. So forget semantics and long live the ’90s.

For the record, my favorite one-hit wonder of the 1990s is “You Get What You Give” by New Radicals. Love it!

You may also enjoy VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s.

VH1’s 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the ’90s

40. Whoomp There It Is – Tag Team
39. I Touch Myself – Divinyls
38. How Do You Talk To An Angel – The Heights
37. Bitch – Meredith Brooks
36. Bad Boys- Inner Circle
35. Sex & Candy – Marcy Playground
34. You Gotta Be – Des’ree
33. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – Proclaimers
32. MyBabyDaddy – B-Rock & The Bizz
31. Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm – Crash Test Dummies
30. Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve
29. Lullaby – Shawn Mullins
28. Flava In Ya Ear – Craig Mack
27. Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus
26. Mambo #5 (A Little Bit Of….) – Lou Bega
25. The Impression That I Get – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
24. Feed The Tree – Belly
23. What Is Love – Haddaway
22. Walking In Memphis – Marc Cohn
21. Legend Of A Cowgirl – Imani Coppola
20. Good Vibrations – Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch
19. Steal My Sunshine – Len
18. Unbelievable – EMF
17. Informer – Snow
16. Jump – Kris Kross
15. No Rain – Blind Melon
14. Rump Shaker – Wreckx-N-Effect
13. Cotton Eye Joe – Red-Nex
12. The Humpty Dance – Digital Underground
11. You Get What You Give – New Radicals
11. One Of Us – Joan Osborne
9. Jump Around – House Of Pain
8. Barely Breathing – Duncan Sheik
7. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
6. Closing Time – Semisonic
5. Tubthumping – Chumbawamba
4. Macarena – Los Del Rio
3. Rico Suave – Gerardo
2. I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred
1. Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot

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I'm an obsessive music collector, cataloger, commenter and trivia nut. Sometimes I'm even a listener. One-hit wonders have always been a guilty pleasure.

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51 Responses to "VH1’s 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the ’90s"

  1. Antwuan LaMont says:

    Wow……who did this list…..hopefully not someone who actually works or is directly associated with VH1…….some of the names on this list (Vanilla Ice, Kriss Kross, Digital Underground…etc) clearly had more than one hit…….in the case of Digital Underground, Humpty Dance wasn’t even their biggest hit, it was just a club song.

    VH1 needs to find the employee(s) responsible for this list, and fire them…….via a text message to their first born to relay the message…..if the kid is too young, send an email to their mother……if she forgot her email password……just change the locks on the office doors…..and while they are complaining about their key not working………tow their car away…………..

    Reading this list showcased a lack of knowledge of not only 90s music but music in general because a couple of those names are still active in some way…………I’ll question the credibility of VH1…..until they choose to fire Frank and Gerald…………I don’t know if that’s the names of the guy(s) who made the list….but there’s always 2 guys in the office named Frank & Gerald and they are normally best friends and share the same opinions………..that NO ONE else agree’s with, because they sniffed too much Elmer’s Glue in Pre-K……

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