The sweetest revenge.

The sweetest revenge.

One Hit Wonder Day was established by music journalist Steve Rosen in 1990 to pay tribute to those who technically didn’t even have their five minutes of fame, because most one hit wonders are less time than that.  Celebrate by listening to an artist that contributed one enormously successful song, and not much else, to humanity. Or go to a karaoke bar and show your love by singing a painfully heartfelt rendition of “I Touch Myself.”  People will either sing along with you, or leave.  Good luck!  

Everyone knows what song this happened to!

Everyone knows what song this happened to!

I totally thought I was up on my one hit wonder knowledge.  I thought I would know all the bands and songs.  As it turns out...I do not.  I failed miserably, aside from the few songs on mix CD’s expertly curated by my brother in the early 2000s.  I played those CD’s from middle school well into my high school days on my Sony Walkman and it baffles me that I have to look up the artists, but I remember the song lyrics by heart.  Because they are just that catchy and memorable.  

Oh yes...this was the one.   So sleek.

Oh yes...this was the one. So sleek.

And all those arguments about whether or not ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ was sung by Bob Marley can finally be put to rest; it wasn’t.  And did you know that Chumbawamba was originally an anarchist band?  They were actually quite good before they sold out.  Seriously check out “Timebomb,” their talent was wasted on early 1990’s ravers, so sad.  They fed into the system they wanted so deeply to change.  It’s the nature of the beast.  But let’s not be angsty, we love all music!!!!  So let’s celebrate all the bands, decades, and one hit wonders to grace us with their presence, however fleeting.  

Yep, that's a pretty anarchist song title.

Yep, that's a pretty anarchist song title.

And here's a list of One Hit Wonders!  Enjoy!

 

-Los Del Rio--’Macarena’  (Calling all 90's kids!  Watch this!)
-Lou Bega--’Mambo #5’
-Soft Cell--’Tainted Love’
-Sir Mix A Lot--’I like big butts’
-Vanilla Ice--’Ice Ice Baby’
-Blind Melon--’No Rain’
-Tag Team--’Whoomp! (There it is)’
-4 Non Blondes--’What’s Up?’
-Eddy Grant--'Electric Avenue'
-Aqua--’Barbie Girl’
-Billy Ray Cyrus--’Achy Breaky Heart’
-The Waitresses--’I Know What Boys Like’
-House of Pain--’Jump Around’
-Minnie Ripperton--’Lovin’ You’
-The Weather Girls--’It’s Raining Men’
-Falco--’Rock Me Amadeus’
-The Cardigans--’Lovefool’
-Frankie Goes to Hollywood--’Relax’
-The Verve--’Bittersweet Symphony’
-Modern English--’I Melt with You’
-Meredith Brooks--’Bitch’
-Starland Vocal Band--’Afternoon Delight’
-Buster Poindexter--’Hot Hot Hot’
-EMF--’Unbelievable’
-Devo--’Whip it’
-Wild Cherry--’Play that Funky Music’
-Sugarhill Gang--’Rapper’s Delight’
-Deee-Lite--’Groove is in the Heart’
-Lita Ford--’Kiss Me Deadly’
-Norman Greenbaum--’Spirit in the Sky’
-Baha Men--’Who Let the Dogs Out?’
-Men Without Hats--’The Safety Dance’
-The Knack--’My Sharona’
-DiVinyls--’I Touch Myself’
-Psy--’Gangam Style’
-Bobby McFerrin--’Don’t Worry Be Happy’
-LEN--’Steal My Sunshine’
-Chumbawamba--’Tubthumping’
-Wheatus--’Teenage Dirtbag’
-The Buggles--’Video Killed the Radio Star’
-Afroman--’Because I Got High’
-The Vapors--’Turning Japanese’
-Lipps Inc--’Funkytown’
-Bobby Day--’Rockin’ Robin’
-Nena--’99 Luftballoons’
-Toni Basil--’Mickey’
-The Archies--’Sugar, Sugar’
-Dexys Midnight Runners--’Come on Eileen’
-Right Said Fred--’I’m Too Sexy’

So, what do you think?