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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

That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings

That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings

Great pop songs have killer hooks. They might be lyrical (see “Whoomp There It Is” by Tag Team). They might be musical (see “Groove is in the Heart” by Deee-Lite). They might be so simple they’re literally a chant (see “Mickey” by Toni Basil). But whatever it is, the song gets in your head and won’t leave. “That’s Not My Name” by The Ting Tings covers all the bases. A killer but basic instrumental hook conjures up … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s

Gangsta Lean – DRS

Gangsta Lean – DRS

Hip hop has a grundle of one-hit wonders. Many of them are novelty tunes that are based on nothing more than a clever phrase (“Baby Got Back” and “Rump Shaker”) or even the same phrase (“Whoot There It Is” and “Whoomp There It Is”). But sometimes hip-hop one hit wonders are also based on substance. And sentimentality. And dare we say it, goodness? “Gangsta Lean” by DRS (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) falls squarely in the sentimental camp. This … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Hip Hop

Whoomp! (There It Is) – Tag Team

Whoomp! (There It Is) – Tag Team

For the whole history of how two songs with the same idea and chorus become top 20 Billboard hits in the same year, please read our academic analysis of the vicissitudes of life that made “Whoomp There It Is” or the slightly different “Whoot There It Is” the catchphrase of 1993. But to keep it short and simple, we’re absolutely convinced that at least half the people who bought “Whoomp There It Is” by … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Hip Hop

Whoot There It Is – 95 South

Whoot There It Is – 95 South

How does this happen? Two songs in one year both hit the top 40 with the exact same chorus: Whoot There It Is (or Whoomp There It Is). Popular music is a strange, strange thing. Whoot There It Is (or variants of the phrase) was so popular in 1993 that two bands could essentially write the same song and both make short-lived careers out of it. Were American listeners so desperately wondering where it was that they … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Hip Hop