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New World Man by Rush

New World Man by Rush

Editors note: Here is Jim Barton’s take on “New World Man” by Rush. You can also read Michael Waterman’s thoughts on the one song that made Rush a one-hit wonder. Featuring three of the most amazing musicians ever to walk the planet, Rush have been a fixture on the album chart and concert stage for more than 35 years, selling millions and millions of albums and tickets. Their specialty is highly intellectual lyrics set to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

Fantasy – Aldo Nova

Fantasy – Aldo Nova

A quick joke for you… Q: There were 10 copycats sitting on a fence, and one jumped off. How many were left? A: None. They were all copycats. That basic joke leads us to this very marginal entry in our look at heavy metal one-hit wonders, but “Fantasy” by Aldo Nova deserves a quick mention because the first time I heard it in 1982, my jaw dropped to the floor: It was such a blatant ripoff of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

Hot Child in the City – Nick Gilder

Hot Child in the City – Nick Gilder

Let’s try a quick test. Question #1: Can you name a Canadian one-hit wonder song about child prostitution? Question #2: Can you sing “Hot Child in the City” by Nick Gilder? Question #3: Have you heard “Hot Child in the City” on any radio station in at least 25 years? If you’ve made it to this page, there’s a very good chance you actually do remember “Hot Child in the City” and can belt out the chorus loud … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Wondering Where the Lions Are – Bruce Cockburn

Wondering Where the Lions Are – Bruce Cockburn

While many artists hit the Billboard Top 40 with their first release and just as quickly disappear into one-hit wonder oblivion, some artists have long distinguished careers that lead to critical acclaim, cult fame and even a small fortune. And yes, those artists can also notch their own one-hit wonders in the process. Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn’s songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Barenaked Ladies, Jimmy Buffett, Ani DiFranco, Michael Hedges and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

On the Loose Lyrics – Saga

On the Loose Lyrics – Saga

Click to read how “On the Loose” became a one-hit wonder On the Loose Lyrics – Saga One day you feel quite stable The next you’re comin’ off the wall But I think that you should warn me If you start heading for a fall I see the problem start I watch the tension grow I see you keeping it to yourself And then instead of reaching conclusions I see you reaching for something else No one can stop you now Tonight you’re on the loose No one … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

Last Kiss – Wednesday

Last Kiss – Wednesday

I expect you know “Last Kiss” by Pearl Jam. Virtually everyone has heard Pearl Jam’s version of the song, yet almost no one has heard the original one-hit wonder versions by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers and Wednesday. That’s right: two bands are one-hit wonders for the same song. This is what makes one-hit wonders so amazing and why they’re so endearing for their simple, bizarre charms. If you know “Last Kiss” by J. Frank … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop