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Ma Belle Amie – Tee Set

Ma Belle Amie – Tee Set

This article was inspired when I heard this song on the car radio–for the first time in over 40 years! Despite the long gap since I had heard this tune, the “Ma Belle Amie” refrain still rang a bell, so to speak, and I decided to look it up in my old 1994 “car copy” of Joel Whitburn’s “Top Pop Singles” book when I got home. But the kicker was yet to come: Less than ten … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

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

Hooked on Swing – Larry Elgart and His Manhattan Swing Orchestra

Hooked on Swing – Larry Elgart and His Manhattan Swing Orchestra

Sometimes one-hit wonders are such brilliant songs, they deserve to rocket to the top of the charts and live a long, fruitful life forever on the charts. Other songs, not so much. In fact, some you listen to nearly 20 years after they charted on the Billboard Top 40 and you wonder aloud “What were people thinking or drinking to push this into the Top 40?” The 1980s were an era of excess (cocaine, big hair, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

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

The Curly Shuffle – Jump ‘N the Saddle Band

The Curly Shuffle – Jump ‘N the Saddle Band

There are lots of novelty one-hit wonders. Songs like “Pac-Man Fever” by Buckner and Garcia, “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees and non-one-hit wonder “The Streak” by Ray Stevens and “Hocus Pocus” by Focus are just a few examples. You can add “The Curly Shuffle” by Jump ‘N the Saddle Band to that list. It’s a tribute to the Three Stooges. It’s also a tribute to songwriters who are savvy enough to borrow a little interest from … 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 »

Filed under: Lists