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Change – A Lover’s Holiday

Change – A Lover’s Holiday

The last dying breaths of disco are clearly heard in “A Lover’s Holiday” by Change. There is nothing wrong with the song. In fact, it’s a wonderfully produced disco gem that features all the disco trademarks including: Dual-tracked female singers A consistent disco beat Vocal references to roller skates Soaring strings at all the right moments “A Lover’s Holiday” should have been a hit. Instead it only reached number 40 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1980. Here’s the problem: the song … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Everything But the Girl – Missing

Everything But the Girl – Missing

“Missing” by Everything But the Girl is a tremendous pop song. One of the best of the 1990s. In fact, I would place it in the same company as “You Get What You Give” by New Radicals as a nearly perfect pop song. Great chorus Great musical hook. Great vocal performance. If you’ve paid attention to Everything But the Girl since the band’s founding in the early 1980s, you realize “Missing” sounds nothing like their early … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

24 Number One Songs That Are 1970s One-Hit Wonders

24 Number One Songs That Are 1970s One-Hit Wonders

The 1970s were huge for one-hit wonders. But like all decades, only a tiny percentage of songs released during the 10 years between 1970 and 1980 reached #1 on the Billboard Top 40. It’s these elite few that became the top songs of the 70s. Eight of the ten years in the 1970s saw one-hit wonders hit #1 on the Billboard Top 40. There were two songs in 1970, two in 1973, five in … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Featured, Lists

General Hospi-Tale – The Afternoon Delights

General Hospi-Tale – The Afternoon Delights

There is a certain charm in novelty songs, those quirky little musical nuggets that capture a moment in time with a popular song based on a pop cultural event. How else can you explain “Pac-Man Fever” by Buckner and Garcia or “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees? They’re silly, stupid, disposable but certainly charming in small doses. Very small doses. “General Hospi-Tale” by The Afternoon Delights is exceedingly stupid, anachronistic and disposable since it manages to name-check key … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Macarena – Los del Rio (Bayside Boys Mix)

Macarena – Los del Rio (Bayside Boys Mix)

This is it: the biggest, the greatest, the worst, the most annoying and most beloved one-hit wonder of all time. It could only be “Macarena” by Los del Rio (although some might make a strong argument for “Who Let the Dogs Out” by Baja Men. The great thing about “Macarena” is that it represents nearly everything that is so compelling about one-hit wonders. It’s a novelty song…just like “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees. It’s a dance craze…just … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

What the World Needs Now Is Love/Abraham, Martin and John – Tom Clay

What the World Needs Now Is Love/Abraham, Martin and John – Tom Clay

Novelty songs are fascinating items. They can be pure fluff like “Pac-Man Fever” or “Disco Duck.” They can be protest songs and anti-protest protest songs like “Eve of Destruction” and “Dawn of Correction.” Sometimes they can even be the most unlikely of hits like “Amazing Grace” by The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. They all are unlikely pop songs that become hit songs against all good sense, reason and sometimes, taste. Click to hear more novelty song one-hit wonders. Then … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop