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Youth of the Nation – P.O.D.

Youth of the Nation – P.O.D.

Today’s one-hit wonder is a request from toponehitwonders.com reader Robert van Peer who calls “Youth of the Nation” by P.O.D. “the best one-hit wonder quality-wise in the 2000′s.” You may disagree. I still contend that one of the greatest one-hit wonders of the 2000s is “You Get What You Give” by New Radicals. Two very different songs there. But regardless of opinions, “Youth of the Nation” was a compelling and arresting song when it was released in 2001 … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s, Rock

No Excuses – Alice in Chains

No Excuses – Alice in Chains

Mike Starr died today from an apparent drug overdose. Don’t know Mike? Perhaps you know the band he helped found back in 1987. A little outfit from Seattle, Washington known as Alice in Chains. By far one of the most melodic and musical of all metal/grunge bands. Starr was there for the recording of the band’s first records and it’s biggest-selling record of all, the four-times Platinum release, Dirt that featured the songs “Them Bones,” … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

Icky Thump – The White Stripes

Icky Thump – The White Stripes

So The White Stripes are history. At least that’s what the news on The White Stripes website says when it reads: The White Stripes would like to announce that today, February 2nd, 2011, their band has officially ended and will make no further new recordings or perform live. The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s

So Alive – Love and Rockets

So Alive – Love and Rockets

Twenty-one years ago today (August 5, 1989), the biggest hit by Love and Rockets peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. That song was the classic alternative pop song titled “So Alive.” If you followed Love and Rockets (and their preceding band Bauhaus) in the 1980s, the last place you expected them to appear was the Top 40. But the planets aligned and songwriter Daniel Ash finally nailed his one and only top … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Top 3 Love Songs Called “Love Song”

Top 3 Love Songs Called “Love Song”

Editor’s Note: These songs are not one-hit wonders. Sometimes I’m simply compelled to write oddball lists that catalog silly things like the Top 3 Love Songs Called “Love Song.” It’s Valentine’s Day and time to bring out the chocolates, candy, Hallmark cards, candles, romantic dinners, etc. It’s also time to pull out your old mix tape of play list of love songs and listen to it with your significant other. And if you’re alone, it’s time … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, 1990s, Lists, Pop, Rock

Power and the Passion – Midnight Oil

Power and the Passion – Midnight Oil

Long before they tasted any touch of success in these United States, Aussie band Midnight Oil was a big thing down under. My first exposure was “Power and the Passion” in 1982. The creepy, hypnotic dancing of freakishly tall and bald lead singer Peter Garrett draws you in and makes this video worth watching at least once (I watched it many times as a kid). Is this guy a rock star or Mr. Clean? Or possibly … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock