One Hit Wonders?

A "one hit wonder" is a singer/band who had only one song top the charts -- but that one song was a great one! I'm interested in hearing some of your favorite OHW's.

Here are a few of mine to get us started:

Tobacco Road ~~ Nashville Teens

Dirty Water ~~ The Standells

Montego Bay ~~ Bobby Bloom

Spirit in the Sky ~~ Norman Greenbaum

In the Summertime ~~ Mungo Jerry

I'd like to teach the world to sing ~~ Hillside Singers

Hot Rod Lincoln ~~ Commander Cody & his lost planet airmen

The night the lights went out in Georgia ~~ Vikki Lawrence

Never been any reason ~~ Head East

Play that funky music ~~ Wild Cherry

Black Betty ~~ Ram Jam

Funkytown ~~ Lipps Inc

Whip It ~~ Devo

Tainted Love ~~ Soft Cell

Mickey ~~ Toni Basil

Miami Vice Theme ~~ Jan Hammer

Keep your hands to yourself ~~ Georgia Satellites

Walkin in Memphis ~~ Mark Cohn

Life is a highway ~~ Tom Cochrane

I'm too sexy ~~ Right Said Fred

Baby Got Back ~~ Sir Mix-a-Lot

Mambo #5 ~~ Lou Bega

Update:

Devo wasn't a One Hit Wonder?!?!

Well I'll be..........

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  • 1 decade ago
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    a-ha- Take on Me

    Aaliya-Try Again

    Ace of Base- The Sign

    Atlantic Starr- Always

    The Archies- Sugar,Sugar

    Bachman -Turner Overdrive- You Aint Seen Nothing Yet

    Bay City Rollers-Saturday Night

    The Champs- Tequilla

    Gene Chandler- Duke Of Earl

    Jimmy Dean- Big Bad John

    Robert John- Sad Eyes

    Andy Kim- Rock Me Gently

    The Knack- My Sherona

    Buddy Knox- Party Doll

    Kris Kross- Jump

    Lemon Pipers- Green Tambourine

    Little Eva-The Loco-Motion

    London Beat-I've Been Thinking About You

    Looking Glass- Brandy(You're A Fine Girl)

    Los Del Rio- Macarena(Bayside Boys Mix)

    Love Unlimited Orchestra- Love's Theme

    M- Pop Muzik

    C.W. McCall- Convoy

    The McCoys- Hang On Sloopy

    George McCrae-Rock Your Baby

    Mitch Miller- The Yellow Rose Of Texas

    Johnny Nash- I Can See Clearly Now

    The New Vaudeville Band-Winchester Cathedral

  • 1 decade ago

    Zorak says, "My Sharona"--the Knack

    "Cars"--Gary Numan

    "Mexican Radio"--Wall of Voodoo

    "Pop Music"--M

    "Oh, Yeah"--Yello

    "Big Country"--Big Country

    "Turning Japanese"--the Vapors

    "There She Goes"--the Las

    "Under the Mily Way"--the Church

    "Obsession"--Animotion

    "Electric Avenue"--Eddie Grant

    "99 Luftballons"--Nena

    "Love Plus One"--Haircut 100

    "2-4-6-8 Motorway"-Tom Robinson Band

    "Pure Energy"--Information Society

    "I Know What Boys Like"--the Waitresses

    (no, I am not gay--it's a good song)

    "Talk Talk"--Talk Talk

    "Too Shy"--Kajagoogoo

    "88 Lines about 44 women"--the Nails

    "So Alive"--Love and Rockets

    "Let's Go All the Way"--Sly Fox

    "Send Me an Angel"--Real Life

    "Harden my Heart"--Quarterflash

    "I Could Be Happy"--Altered Images

    "Cruel to be Kind"--Nick Lowe

    There are more, but the criteria I used was that the song was the only song to ever chart by the musician or band. Groups like Devo had more than one charting hit, but they weren't in the top 5. All the ones I listed charted but never made it to #1 that I know.

    As you can tell, they are all from the 80's.

  • 1 decade ago

    A few favorites of mine:

    The La's - There She Goes

    Flock of Seagulls - I Ran

    Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen

    Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U

    Blind Melon - No Rain

    Veruca Salt - Seether

    Skee-Lo - I Wish

    The Cardigans - Lovefool

    Craig Mack - Flava in Your Ear

    Spacehog - In the Meantime

    Mazzy Star - Fade Into You

    White Town - Your Woman

  • 1 decade ago

    I would add

    Cars ~~ Gary Neuman

    and delete

    Whip IT ~~ Devo

    Devo Had a number of top 40 hits, including the titular We are Devo, Coalmine, a cover of Satisfaction, Whip It, and Going Under. They have a number of successful albums spanning over a decade.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Stacey's mom - Fountains of Wayne

    How Bizzare - OMC

    Blue - Eiffel 65

    Who Let the Dogs Out - Baha Men

    Barbie Girl - Aqua

  • 1 decade ago

    Unbelievable-EMF

    Whoomp there it is - Tag Team

    Video Killed The Radio Star - ?

    The Freshman - The Verve

    Save Tonight - Eagle Eye Cherry

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Magic~~Pilot

    What Would You Say~~Hurricane Smith

    I Can Help~~Billy Swan

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i love

    kung fu fighting

    ymca

    tainted love

    im too sexy

    mambo 5

    in the summertime

    mickey

    my fave though is probably mickey though

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  • 1 decade ago

    Ice, ice, baby! ~~ Vanilla Ice

    Funky Cold Madina ~~ Tone Loc

  • 4 years ago

    blind melon, mudhoney, fastball, loads of ninety's bands. some bands categorized one hit ask your self are not it relatively is gloomy. like blur. they seem to be a one hit ask your self in u.s. yet like legends in england. so it adjustments from the place you're too. reliable question.

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