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What is Love – Haddaway

What is Love – Haddaway

If you were Haddaway, do you think you would be embarassed that your song became the centerpiece to a Saturday Night Live sketch that was so popular that it was expanded into a nearly unwatchable movie titled Night at the Roxbury? Or would you be proud? If I’m Haddaway, I’m completely content to have unleashed a pop song that is so relentless, it enters your brain, sits down on the couch, makes a ham sandwich, orders … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

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

VH1’s 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the ’90s

VH1’s 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the ’90s

Vh1 has created a cottage industry around lists. Everything from the “100 Most Shocking Music Moments” to “The 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 90s.” People tune in and remember those single great songs and moments from artists they may have forgotten. My criteria for a one-hit wonder is described in the article “What’s a One-Hit Wonder” and differs from VH1 in one big way: I only count artists who hit the Billboard Top 40 once. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Featured, Lists

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

Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

This is a one-hit wonder so tremendous, so momentous, we’ve put off writing about it for weeks. But today is the day to remember “Come on Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners. While some bands we follow at Top One-Hit Wonders.com have long years of chart and popular success, the Dexy’s Midnight Runners story is the more common story: here today and gone tomorrow. That story holds true for Right Said Fred with “I’m … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred

I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred

Some bands are one-hit wonders in America but multi-hit wonders in other countries. Take Right Said Fred, for example. I’m pretty sure that every man, woman or child born after 1988 has either heard someone sing or say these lines: “I’m too sexy for my shirt/too sexy for my shirt/so bad it hurts.” That’s the chorus from their 1992 #1 Billboard top 100 hit called “I’m Too Sexy.” Click to hear other Billboard number-one hit one-hit wonders I’m … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop