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You Get What You Give – New Radicals

You Get What You Give – New Radicals

I don’t care what anyone says: “You Get What You Give” is the single greatest pop song of the 1990s. For sure it’s the greatest pop song of 1990. It’s that good. And that timeless. To my ears, it sounds like it was released in 1974 by Todd Rundgren. Or 1980 and “Set Me Free” by Utopia. Or 1984 by World Party, owners of a one-hit wonder in “Ship of Fools.” Or 1998 by New … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

One-Hit Wonders of 1980

One-Hit Wonders of 1980

The 1980s begins with Ronald Reagan taking office and Time Magazine naming him “Man of the Year.” Seems Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh have anointed Reagan “Man of All-Time.” You may disagree. But let’s focus on the music. When it comes to one-hit wonders, the 1980s are a great era full of fun, silliness and even a few bona fide classic moments. Kind of like Reagan’s tenure as president. 1980 kicks off the decade with 30 one-hit … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Lists

Set Me Free – Utopia

Set Me Free – Utopia

“Set Me Free” is one of those songs that sounds like a hundred early ’80s bands. But if you asked 100 people, 99 of them would never guess that the band with the #27 Billboard hit in 1980 is Utopia, the brainchild of wunderkind producer, Todd Rundgren. Rundgren himself is no one-hit wonder. In fact, he’s hit the top 40 five times as a solo artist. The song you likely know is “Hello It’s Me” from … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s