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Puttin’ on the Ritz – Taco

Puttin’ on the Ritz – Taco

Yet another Dutch one-hit wonder has come to our attention. Who would have guessed the Netherlands has given the world four American one-hit wonders? See our list of the Best Dutch One-Hit Wonder Songs Today’s wooden-shoe-wearing wonder is none other than the artist with the Mexican food namesake, Taco. Don’t remember Taco? We can understand if you’ve forgotten his name. But we’re certain you remember his hit “Puttin’ on the Ritz” from 1983. It’s his nod … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Best Dutch One-Hit Wonder Songs

Best Dutch One-Hit Wonder Songs

I love the Dutch for four big reasons: Ridiculously long words: Kindercarnavalsoptochtvoorbereidingswerkzaamheden (means “preparation activities for a children’s carnival procession”) Dutch Boy paints: We used them to choose the colors on this website Wooden shoes: Nothing builds bunions quite like traditional wooden shoes Dutch one-hit wonders Today, I’m celebrating the “Best Dutch One-Hit Wonder Songs.” It’s a list you could also title, not surprisingly, the “Only Dutch One-Hit Wonder Songs.” I wish it could be a Top 6 list and I … Read entire article »

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Sausalito Summernight – Diesel

Sausalito Summernight – Diesel

Another Dutch one-hit wonder. I have to admit a curious fascination with these bands from the Netherlands that manage to crossover and reach the Billboard Top 40 with their subversive hits. Subversive, you ask? What’s so subversive about a Dutch band crossing over? Nothing I say, except these bands sound more American than most American bands in their era. Take “Sausalito Summernight” by Diesel as a case study. I’ve checked a map and Sausalito is nowhere to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Venus – Shocking Blue

Venus – Shocking Blue

We love a good Dutch one-hit wonder. As far as we know, the first band from the Netherlands to break into the American Billboard Top 10 was Shocking Blue, a Dutch rock band that formed in 1967. Their biggest hit? Lets be honest: Shocking Blue only had this one hit. But what a great hit the seminal “Venus” was. It hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970 and was a great … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock