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joebuck20
11-27-2009, 10:55 AM
Inspired by the thread about one-hit wonders from the '80s.
I liked "MMM MMM MMM MMM" by the Crash Test Dummies and "Peaches" by the Presidents of the United States of America. Both were iconic in their right, but as far as I know neither group went on to great things afterward.

Student Driver
11-27-2009, 11:12 AM
Hobo Humpin Slobo Babe (http://youtube.com/watch?v=PTqCwlQODxo) by Whale (1994).
Ready to Go (http://youtube.com/watch?v=Y5pmwhd_MfA) by Republica (1995).
Guilty (http://youtube.com/watch?v=Z8S0_DppB14) by Gravity Kills (1996).
Tiny Meat (http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ri2x6VAymLU) by Ruby (1996).
Seether (http://youtube.com/watch?v=Y5_59Gh04xY) by Veruca Salt (1994).
Connection (http://youtube.com/watch?v=HtAwWQzJlUw) by Elastica (1995).

Tons more as I start reminiscing over the stuff... and certainly to not take anything away from most/all of the bands above by calling them one-hit wonders-- I really like most of the above bands and think they had many other songs deserving of hit status.

crazyjoe
11-27-2009, 11:18 AM
Didn't "Presidents of the Unites States" also do "Lump"

So, a 2-hit wonder....?

HISSNLISSN
11-27-2009, 11:20 AM
"In the Meantime" by Spacehog is one of the finest songs of the decade, but unfortunately they didn't have much of a career beyond that.

"California" by Wax was a memorable song with a memorable video (directed by Spike Jonze), but I can't say for certain that the band's career was all that memorable as that's all I really know them for.

Just missing the cut (as the song was released in 2000, but I'm young and for subjective purposes it might as well have been the 90's) is Wheatus and "Teenage Dirtbag."

Alessan
11-27-2009, 11:21 AM
How do you say... de-groovy? (http://youtube.com/watch?v=C4D1HSL7P98)

Sloane Cabot
11-27-2009, 11:28 AM
I got hit in the face and knocked out sometime during the nineties. I'm still wondering what the hell happened...

The music video for peaches was hecka weird. Wasn't there ninjas in the trees?

Alessan
11-27-2009, 11:35 AM
The music video for peaches was hecka weird. Wasn't there ninjas in the trees?

Yep (http://youtube.com/watch?v=VvcohzJvviQ).

The Presidents also sang "Cleveland Rocks", the theme song from the Drew Carrey Show. They count as more than one-hit wonders, IMHO.

Sloane Cabot
11-27-2009, 11:39 AM
Had to answer my own question and yes. There are ninjas in the trees. Around 2:00
http://youtube.com/watch?v=VvcohzJvviQ

KneadToKnow
11-27-2009, 11:40 AM
Did Jamiroquai ever do anything else besides that song with the head-trip video?

It's Not Rocket Surgery!
11-27-2009, 11:44 AM
Other goodies:

"Steal My Sunshine (http://popup.lala.com/popup/432627056626510056)" by LEN

"Bound For The Floor (http://popup.lala.com/popup/432627052153447462)" by Local H

"You Get What You Give (http://youtube.com/watch?v=91WgM6dNLTE)" by New Radicals

"Sleeping Satellite (http://youtube.com/watch?v=UuhDDx49TTw)" by Tasmin Archer

Lots more:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_1990s_one-hit_wonders_in_the_United_States

koeeoaddi
11-27-2009, 12:14 PM
Thing of Beauty - Hothouse Flowers

Do Not Disturb -Patty Larkin

Sleepy Maggie (http://youtube.com/watch?v=aoApELfgWcg) - Ashley MacIsaac

When Two and Two are Five (http://youtube.com/watch?v=RXdFbm6GWa8) - The Story

Justin_Bailey
11-27-2009, 12:47 PM
I love 90s one hit wonders. I could probably sit here all day listing songs. But a few favorites...

"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" - The Proclaimers
"No Rain" - Blind Melon
"Flagpole Sitta" - Harvy Danger
"The Freshmen" - Verve Pipe
"Sex and Candy" - Marcy Playground
"Possum Kingdom" - Toadies
"Cumbersome" - Seven Mary Three
"Got You Where I Want You" - The Flys

Lucky 13
11-27-2009, 01:11 PM
This thread is bringing back memories of my college days. Let me go look at my old CDs. Ah, here's a couple:

"Brimful of Asha (http://youtube.com/watch?v=cDe6regyJnU)" by Cornershop. Warning: couldn't find the original video, so I used this one with random pictures. All the others had the Fatboy Slim remix.

"Blue (http://youtube.com/watch?v=O9rFR2Jll1I)" by the Jayhawks. I don't know if they were famous in the area where the band came from, but this song got the most airplay in LA out of anything they did.

"Legend of a Cowgirl (http://youtube.com/watch?v=eVqeSfGXIwA)" by Imani Coppola

"Stars (http://youtube.com/watch?v=Rfbn3ieVUYU&feature=related)" by Hum - don't own the CD, but found on YouTube and realized this got played on KROQ a lot


"Are You Jimmy Ray (http://http://youtube.com/watch?v=skoPxPZmySs&feature=related)?" by Jimmy Ray - heard the other day while eating at IHOP. I hadn't seen the video, so when I found it, I was surprised to see it was shot in some of the less glamorous parts of LA (near the river, on and around the older bridges).

I was going to say "Plowed (http://youtube.com/watch?v=XHjdmNLs0go)" by Sponge, but then I remembered they also did "Molly (Sixteen Candles Down the Drain,)" which I hated so I'm not linking to it.

Alan Bird
11-27-2009, 01:29 PM
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You Get What You Give by New Radicals
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This is what I came in to nominate. Still probably one of my top 5 Desert Island Discs (and yes I know it should be Deserted Island but that just doesn't ring as well coming out of the mouth.)

Thanks for that Wiki link, and I'll throw in "Groove is in the Heart" (don't know how to do a youtube link.)

ETA: And apparently I'm also not well-versed in the quote function.

snailboy
11-27-2009, 01:44 PM
A lot of the previously mentioned bands had more than one hit, or at least had singles that played often on the radio here.

I was just listening to Breathe by Seven Channels. Here are some others looking through my music. I may be mistaken and some of these are from the early 00's.

Custom - Hey Mister
Dig - Believe
Green Jelly - Three Little Pigs
Hed PE - Bartender
Pist-on - Grey Flap
Prick - Animal
Prong - Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck
Sublime - Santeria
Systematic - Beginning of the End

Some of these weren't really big hits, but they were the only songs by those bands that I ever heard on the radio. Pity too.

Leaffan
11-27-2009, 01:49 PM
This thread is making me realize that I must have completely stopped paying attention to music after the 80s. :confused:

BigBertha
11-27-2009, 01:50 PM
Same here. The only song i recognize is No Rain.

Alessan
11-27-2009, 01:54 PM
The three great chick songs of the decade:

Bitch (http://youtube.com/watch?v=M60cl7bKCMw)- Meredeth Brooks.

Cannonball (http://youtube.com/watch?v=OKhBgMVNFDM)- the Breeders.

And of course:

What's Up (http://youtube.com/watch?v=mXcQGsoDkDk&feature=fvste3)- 4 Non Blondes.

mshar253
11-27-2009, 01:59 PM
Sublime - Santeria

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Justin_Bailey
11-27-2009, 02:11 PM
Sublime - Santeria

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Agreed. Sublime had at least four other hits in addition to "Santeria". There was "What I Got", "Wrong Way", "Summertime" and "40oz. to Freedom".

They may not have all been major songs, but Sublime is no one hit wonder.

An Gadaí
11-27-2009, 02:22 PM
Did Jamiroquai ever do anything else besides that song with the head-trip video?

In the UK at least Jamiroquai have had a string of successful albums and singles.

KneadToKnow
11-27-2009, 02:28 PM
In the UK at least Jamiroquai have had a string of successful albums and singles.

Interesting to know, thanks!

snailboy
11-27-2009, 04:34 PM
Agreed. Sublime had at least four other hits in addition to "Santeria". There was "What I Got", "Wrong Way", "Summertime" and "40oz. to Freedom".

Guess I dropped the ball on that one. I've never heard of the last two, but indeed the first two were hits. I just forgot about them. I'm not the first though.

TheBoltEater
11-27-2009, 04:46 PM
One of my favorite bands, and they've been around for 20 years+ now, but as far as American radio is concerned, they're definitely a 1 Hit Wonder

Dream Theater - Pull Me Under (youtube.com/watch?v=KDGElJSXqwU&feature=player_embedded)

They even had a little fun with their status by naming their greatest hits album Greatest Hit (...and 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greatest_Hit_(...and_21_Other_Pretty_Cool_Songs))

Critical1
11-27-2009, 04:49 PM
Guess I dropped the ball on that one. I've never heard of the last two, but indeed the first two were hits. I just forgot about them. I'm not the first though.

also Date Rape

dnooman
11-27-2009, 04:54 PM
In the UK at least Jamiroquai have had a string of successful albums and singles.

And the infamous dance scene in Napoleon Dynamite was Canned Heat (http://youtube.com/watch?v=hGjC0wbUXzk) by them. Not a hit, but they put out 6 albums all together which is more than most one hit wonders can say.

Cardinal
11-27-2009, 05:12 PM
In the UK at least Jamiroquai have had a string of successful albums and singles.Lead singer Jay Kay is still famous enough to be asked onto Top Gear, and he's a total gearhead (petrolhead, they say). He's rich enough to have a stable of fast cars. Look at that list of charting albums: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamiriqui#Discography, or these singles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamiroquai_discography#Singles

Drain Bead
11-27-2009, 05:50 PM
Female of the Species -- Space (http://youtube.com/watch?v=N-wIvsZBFhQ)

Flagpole Sitta -- Harvey Danger (http://youtube.com/watch?v=nBgmC_USeoM). Actually, another song off of this album, Carlotta Valdez (http://youtube.com/watch?v=9UrdY6AwSUQ), is one of my favorite songs of that decade. But it never got radio airplay.

And this song is a total guilty pleasure. (http://youtube.com/watch?v=Nx64_N4AA04) Seriously, try watching that video without at least smiling. I dare you.

dnooman
11-27-2009, 06:13 PM
And this song is a total guilty pleasure. (http://youtube.com/watch?v=Nx64_N4AA04) Seriously, try watching that video without at least smiling. I dare you.

He has actually been in several movies (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0577226/). I knew about "Can't buy me love", but was surprised to see the rest.

Ponch8
11-27-2009, 06:24 PM
(Searching through a list on Wikipedia)

"No Myth"--Michael Penn
"Kiss Them for Me"--Siouxsie and the Banshees
"Baby Got Back"--Sir Mix-a-Lot
"Whoomp! There It Is"--Tag Team
"Naked Eye"--Luscious Jackson

rolandgunslinger
11-27-2009, 06:26 PM
The Men Church of logic, sin, and love. (http://youtube.com/watch?v=S_hC_433Hs4)

psychonaut
11-27-2009, 07:40 PM
I'm surprised at the number of artists listed here who aren't one-hit wonders. Neither of the two bands the OP mentioned are—the Crash Test Dummies had top-ten hits before and after "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm", and as someone already pointed out, the Presidents had "Lump" in addition to "Peaches". Veruca Salt had "Volcano Girls" in addition to "Seether", plus a few more minor charting singles. Elastica had a string of hits in the UK, and two top-ten hits in the US. Blind Melon's "Tones of Home" hit the top ten before "No Rain" reached number one.

I'm sure there are more examples but I'm not familiar with most of the artists mentioned.

Asimovian
11-27-2009, 07:57 PM
Baby Got Back"--Sir Mix-a-Lot"Baby Got Back" may have been his only crossover hit, but for those of us who grew up as fans of rap music, that song came rather late in his career. "My Posse's On Broadway" and the even more popular "My Hooptie" were big hits for him long before. I also vaguely recall him doing a song called "Put 'Em On The Glass" that came out around the same time as "Baby Got Back" which also received airplay.

Cat Whisperer
11-27-2009, 08:32 PM
This is a great listing of one-hit-wonders from the 90's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_1990s_one-hit_wonders_in_the_United_States), but it does include a lot of non-one-hit-wonders (Chris Isaak? kd lang? Tom Cochrane? Vince Gill? Seriously?).

Wow, blast from the past - Primitive Radio Gods - "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand." (http://youtube.com/watch?v=0LKVZ4NTfUc)

kidneyfailure
11-27-2009, 08:49 PM
One word: Macarena. I can't believe no one has said that yet (or did I miss it?).

How about:

The Spin Doctors-Two Princes

Nada Surf- Popular

Soul Asylum- Runaway Train

Skee-Lo- I wish

Lisa Loeb-Stay

Also, that song from that FOX show The Heights "How Do You Talk to an Angel?"

Joan Osborne- One of Us

Deep Blue Something- Breakfast at Tiffany's

Cake- The Distance

Lou Bega- Mambo (ugh) No. 5

Poe- Angry Johnny

Divinyls- I Touch Myself

And The Rembrandts, of course.

Ah, the 90's. I remember coming home from school in the afternoons and watching that hour of MTV2 they'd show on MTV back then. They showed some good shit on there...and then they'd follow it up with two hours of crap like House of Style or Singled Out.

That Wiki list was pretty good but, seriously, how could anyone call Oasis a "one-hit-wonder?" They certainly didn't become as popular in the US as they were in Britain or Asia, but "Champage Supernova" and "Don't Look Back in Anger" were both hits in the US.

Drain Bead
11-27-2009, 09:03 PM
Spin Doctors had Little Miss Can't Be Wrong, Soul Asylum had Somebody to Shove and Black Gold, and Cake had about a billion other singles (No Phone, Short Skirt Long Jacket, Sheep Go To Heaven, a fantastic cover of I Will Survive, and several others I'm forgetting).

Drain Bead
11-27-2009, 09:05 PM
Also, I forgot Lovefool (http://youtube.com/watch?v=MuQ0AQ7YWS8).

dnooman
11-27-2009, 09:37 PM
If defining what a one hit wonder is is throwing people off, the wikipedia article cited here explains it thusly:

The list contains recording artists who reached the Top 40 of the U.S. pop chart (the Billboard Hot 100) with just one single. Those in italics are artists with only one Top 40 hit, but either

* had other songs chart on genre-specific charts
* have had success and influence within their genre or the annals of popular music and/or
o a long-lasting and devoted cult following and/or
o wider success in other fields of the music industry
* if non-American have had wider success in their homeland
* are a supergroup made up of artists who were successful and influential in other bands or as solo artists.

I saw numerous acts throughout the decades that I would never label as a one hit wonder, but you have to draw the line somewhere, and groups have their whole lives to come up with that second hit too. I thought it was funny to see 5 time Grammy winner Norah Jones on one of those lists.

Speaking of those lists (sorry to hijack), I was looking at the 1979 one hit wonder list and saw 2 songs which are almost icons in 80's music history. Pop Muzik, and Video Killed the Radio Star, commonly known as the first video ever on MTV. Technically they are late 70's songs, so much for labels.

kidneyfailure
11-27-2009, 10:06 PM
Also, I forgot Lovefool (http://youtube.com/watch?v=MuQ0AQ7YWS8).

Certainly not a one-hit wonder in Europe. They also had "Carnival," which was vastly superior to "Lovefool," and a cover of "Iron Man."

Ah, yep, I forgot about "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong," one of the most annoying songs I've ever heard. I never cared much for The Spin Doctors.

Yeah, now I remember that Cake Gloria Gaynor cover, it wasn't bad at all and was practically a staple of that hour of MTV2 that I mentioned. That and "Mmmmbop" got played every day.

Spoke
11-27-2009, 10:20 PM
OK, assuming the Wikipedia list (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_1990s_one-hit_wonders_in_the_United_States) is authoritative, here are my (arbitrary number) 20 favorite one-hit wonders (US charts) from the 90s:

Jump Around - House of Pain (The opening strains are guaranteed to pack any dance floor)
Insane in the Brain - Cypress Hill
I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred (Shut up. I find this song and video hilarious.)
Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor
Just a Friend - Biz Markie
Joey - Concrete Blonde
Wicked Game - Chris Isaak
Rush - Big Audio Dynamite
Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-a-Lot
Stay - Shakespeare's Sister
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
No Rain - Blind Melon
What Is Love - Haddaway
Wonderwall - Oasis
Possum Kingdom - Toadies
Counting Blue Cars - Dishwalla
Novocaine for the Soul - Eels
The Impression That I Get - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Sex and Candy - Marcy Playground
Lullaby - Shawn Mullins

Asimovian
11-27-2009, 10:24 PM
Rush? Seriously?

mshar253
11-27-2009, 10:38 PM
Soul Asylum- Runaway Train

Cake- The Distance

Soul Asylum also had "Black Gold" and "Somebody to Shove," which were moderate hits.

As for Cake, you mustn't be a fan of the TV show "Chuck."

Rush? Seriously?

The name of the song is "Rush"; they aren't referring to the Canadian prog-band.

joebuck20
11-27-2009, 10:39 PM
I should also throw out an honorable mention to Ugly Kid Joe (http://youtube.com/watch?v=T3bht7S-3vI) whose cover of "Cat's in the Cradle" kicked ass.

Asimovian
11-27-2009, 10:41 PM
The name of the song is "Rush"; they aren't referring to the Canadian prog-band.Heh. My bad. :o

ultrafilter
11-27-2009, 10:45 PM
White Town, "Your Woman" (http://youtube.com/watch?v=cIQWt3oMids)

Hippy Hollow
11-27-2009, 10:56 PM
This list is going better than the 80s one, but there are some glaring oversights. If we use the definition proffered upthread, then Big Audio Dynamite can't be considered a one-hit wonder. "The Globe" was a minor hit (#3 Modern Rock), and the band was Mick Jones of The Clash, Don Letts, and whoever was hanging out with them at the moment.

I hated that Primitive Radio Gods song, but it was everywhere that summer it came out... and thankfully that band (person?) was never heard from again.

I would second "In the Meantime" by Spacehog. British band, has a huge hit in America, I think relatively unheard of in their native land, and limped away into obscurity. That bass line is one of the greatest of all time.

An Gadaí
11-27-2009, 10:57 PM
These threads always annoy me quite a bit for their presumed US-centric nature. Several of the bands cited above may only have had one US hit but were not one-hit-wonders elsewhere in the world. Space, for example had 6 top 20 hits in the UK.

Hippy Hollow
11-27-2009, 10:59 PM
Looking upthread... cor, there were a lot of horrible novelty hits in the 90s. Just seeing some of the titles of these songs makes me want to hit somebody in the face.

joebuck20
11-27-2009, 11:17 PM
I agree with some of the posters that to call Oasis or Chris Isaak one-hit-wonders is a bit of a stretch. They may only have had one song that charted really high, but it's not like faded into obscurity like the Crash Test Dummies or Primitive Radio Gods. They still have pretty big followings, but the way the music industry is set up these days makes it hard for them, and really any artist of a certain age, to regain their chart-topping status.

kidneyfailure
11-27-2009, 11:21 PM
I hereby posit this definition for "one-hit wonder":

An artist or group who had one single that reached mainstream success and then never had another single that did so or whose other singles were not generally accepted to have done so.

"Mainstream" means it was played on the radio and/or entered heavy rotation on a music video channel. "Success" means either a #1, top 10, or top 40 single, or a single that was generally accepted as a "hit" by most music consumers in your area. This includes artists or bands that had a considerable underground following before their mainstream success (Bosstones would count, for example, since they never had a "hit" before "The Impression That I Get" despite their large body of work and fanbase), since we're judging by mainstream success.

joebuck20
11-27-2009, 11:22 PM
Certainly not a one-hit wonder in Europe. They also had "Carnival," which was vastly superior to "Lovefool," and a cover of "Iron Man."

Ah, yep, I forgot about "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong," one of the most annoying songs I've ever heard. I never cared much for The Spin Doctors.



I never cared much for the the Spin Doctors either, but I do have fond memories of listening to that song on the bus in middle school. When the lyric "I hope you hear this song and it pisses you off" came up, everyone would shout along to it in unison.

An Gadaí
11-27-2009, 11:24 PM
I hereby posit this definition for "one-hit wonder":

An artist or group who had one single that reached mainstream success and then never had another single that did so or whose other singles were not generally accepted to have done so..

By mainstream do you mean US, UK, either, neither, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America? How do you tally whether a song was a mainstream success? Top 75, Top 50, Top 40, Top 10 etc?

bouv
11-27-2009, 11:27 PM
Looking upthread... cor, there were a lot of horrible novelty hits in the 90s. Just seeing some of the titles of these songs makes me want to hit somebody in the face.

I dunno, I think it's about on par for most decades, the 90's were just more recent so we're more likely to remember the novelty ones.

kidneyfailure
11-27-2009, 11:35 PM
By mainstream do you mean US, UK, either, neither, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America? How do you tally whether a song was a mainstream success? Top 75, Top 50, Top 40, Top 10 etc?

I said it would constitute something that was "generally accepted as a 'hit' by most music consumers in your area," feel free to list some that may apply where you grew up (but may not apply in other areas). It should make for interesting discussion.

As for "success" I said:

"Success" means either a #1, top 10, or top 40 single, or a single that was generally accepted as a "hit" by most music consumers in your area

Blank Slate
11-27-2009, 11:44 PM
About half of the songs in this thread weren't hits.

kidneyfailure
11-27-2009, 11:45 PM
Sorry, edit time passed (I copy-and-pasted the wrong part).

I'll repeat: Mainstream "means it was played on the radio and/or entered heavy rotation on a music video channel," in your area, without prejudice to any geographic location. So, if something did so in Ireland or Zimbabwe, where you may have grown up, but didn't in America or Canada, but still fits the other criteria, it counts.

pompeybear
11-27-2009, 11:53 PM
"Do Anything" by Natural Selection featuring Niki Haris (1991); (reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100) (http://youtube.com/watch?v=KLZOyRC5WcI)

dnooman
11-28-2009, 12:21 AM
I hereby posit this definition for "one-hit wonder":

An artist or group who had one single that reached mainstream success and then never had another single that did so or whose other singles were not generally accepted to have done so.

"Mainstream" means it was played on the radio and/or entered heavy rotation on a music video channel. "Success" means either a #1, top 10, or top 40 single, or a single that was generally accepted as a "hit" by most music consumers in your area. This includes artists or bands that had a considerable underground following before their mainstream success (Bosstones would count, for example, since they never had a "hit" before "The Impression That I Get" despite their large body of work and fanbase), since we're judging by mainstream success.

Ok, are you defining that for the OP per their request, or just because? That definition is pretty awful if you ask me. The Bosstones were your example? That's as dated as the band I was in that sounded like 'em. Late 90's.

As far as "one hit" bands go... Aerosmith has had only one number one single, ever. Seems like there should have been at least a couple right? No, "Don't want to miss a thing" was it.

joebuck20
11-28-2009, 01:21 AM
This is the OP. Per Kidneyfailure, I'll accept a hit as a "#1, top 10, or top 40 single, or a single that was generally accepted as a "hit" by most music consumers in your area."
But to me a one-hit-wonder would be someone that had their hit, or possibly two or even three within a short period, but then faded into obscurity. So I wouldn't count a group like Oasis, which, even though it isn't topping the charts these days, is still pretty popular.
A group like the Verve, however, falls into something of a gray area. In the U.S. their one bonafide hit was "Bittersweet Symphony." But then they broke up, only to come back together again. And they had a pretty bit following through it all. However (at least in the U.S.) they don't have anything approaching the name recognition of Oasis.

kidneyfailure
11-28-2009, 01:24 AM
Well, we all can use whatever criteria we want, I guess. I was just trying to streamline the conversation a bit.

FAIL for kidneyfailure!

Anyone else is free to give their definition if they'd like. I was just trying to help.

kidneyfailure
11-28-2009, 01:30 AM
At least working under my own definition, I wouldn't consider Aerosmith a one-hit wonder since "Janie's Got a Gun" and "Love in an Elevator" both charted, although people in other places might not think so.

As a music fan, I wasn't too in to Aerosmith. But who ever said I had good taste?

The Bosstones were your example?

They were my example of a band that had a mainstream "hit" but had a large body of work and a huge fanbase before their "hit."

kidneyfailure
11-28-2009, 01:46 AM
But to me a one-hit-wonder would be someone that had their hit, or possibly two or even three within a short period, but then faded into obscurity.

But why would a "one-hit wonder" have two or three hits?

Oasis had "Champagne Supernova," a #1 in the US, and "Don't Look Back in Anger," also a top-ten single (Billboard Modern Rock #10 95/96), so they wouldn't be a "one-hit wonder" as you said. But others? If someone had two charting singles why would they still be a "ONE-hit wonder?"

mshar253
11-28-2009, 03:38 AM
But why would a "one-hit wonder" have two or three hits?

Oasis had "Champagne Supernova," a #1 in the US, and "Don't Look Back in Anger," also a top-ten single (Billboard Modern Rock #10 95/96), so they wouldn't be a "one-hit wonder" as you said. But others? If someone had two charting singles why would they still be a "ONE-hit wonder?"

I'm not even sure I know what's being argued anymore, but, uh, Oasis wouldn't be considered a one-hit wonder because ... wait for it ... they had more than one hit! (I'm a little surprised, too, that "Wonderwall" hasn't come up yet; if I were asked to name the most popular Oasis song, that's what I would have picked. "Live Forever" is another one.)

I think the band "Lit" is a one-hit wonder. They had that, "Can we forget about the things I said when I was drunk" song, then they had another single (that featured a video with Pamela Anderson, IIRC), but that other song didn't succeed at all compared to the "drunk" song (which still gets played today on the rock stations in my area -- entirely too much, actually).

I will kindly wait for someone to tell me I was wrong, though, since technically Lit did have two singles.

ETA: Nevermind about the Oasis stuff -- I misread what you had said. My fault. It's too late to be trying to do this.

joebuck20
11-28-2009, 10:37 AM
But why would a "one-hit wonder" have two or three hits?

Oasis had "Champagne Supernova," a #1 in the US, and "Don't Look Back in Anger," also a top-ten single (Billboard Modern Rock #10 95/96), so they wouldn't be a "one-hit wonder" as you said. But others? If someone had two charting singles why would they still be a "ONE-hit wonder?"


There are groups that had a massive hit like MMM MMM MMM MMM and then right after were lucky enough to score another minor hit or two that nobody today remembers. Yes, technically they had more than one hit, but most people only remember them for one song. The same could be said of a lot of the groups listed in the '80s thread.

I'm not saying I would consider Oasis a one-hit wonder (though I don't know their chart history), but some people on this thread have listed them as such, that's why I used them as an example

Justin_Bailey
11-28-2009, 11:23 AM
I think the band "Lit" is a one-hit wonder. They had that, "Can we forget about the things I said when I was drunk" song, then they had another single (that featured a video with Pamela Anderson, IIRC), but that other song didn't succeed at all compared to the "drunk" song (which still gets played today on the rock stations in my area -- entirely too much, actually).

"Miserable". They also had "Zip-Lock", which just missed making the top ten of the Modern Rock chart (topping out at #11). I won't argue with Lit's one hit wonderdom, but they might qualify for 1.5 or 2 hit wonder status.

They also put on a hell of a live show by the way.

HelloKitty
11-28-2009, 02:23 PM
I was likin' this thread until the debate about the definition of a one-hit wonder took over.

How about just "Cool songs from the '90's where the band/singer didn't have many other notable hits"??

For example:

Jude Cole "Baby, It's Tonight"
Chris Whitley "Blue Sky Country"
The KLF "3 AM, Eternal", and "Justified and Ancient"
Jesus Jones "Right Here, Right Now"

Maybe these songs weren't "hits" but they are memorable and cool and these are primarily 90's artists.

kidneyfailure
11-28-2009, 07:06 PM
How about just "Cool songs from the '90's where the band/singer didn't have many other notable hits"??


Works for me

joebuck20
11-28-2009, 09:09 PM
How about just "Cool songs from the '90's where the band/singer didn't have many other notable hits"??

Seconded.

Argent Towers
11-28-2009, 09:23 PM
There is, in my mind, a big difference between the pop music styles of the first half of the '90s and the second half. Since I was 11 in 1997 and just starting to listen to the radio and appreciate music in my own, the songs from that period are my favorites.

I Am Barely Breathing by Duncan Sheik

Lovefool by The Cardigans

How Bizarre by OMC

Summertime by The Sundays

Tubthumping by Chumbawamba

Definitely Your Woman by White Town, even though it struck me as totally bizarre and even a little scary

kidneyfailure
11-28-2009, 10:49 PM
How Bizarre by OMC

Summertime by The Sundays

I completely and totally (as in completely and totally) forgot about those two songs until this very second. Usually a "one-hit wonder" single will come along and I'll have a vague recollection of the lyrics or part of the tune, but those two disappeared from my brain until I read your list. That Sundays song wasn't so bad, but I could never stomach that OMC tune. I wanted to kill someone whenever I'd hear it: "EVERY TIME I LOOK AROUND...IT'S IN MY FACE!"

:::urge to kill rising:::

Erdosain
11-28-2009, 11:20 PM
Wow, I totally had forgotten "Your Woman" by White Town. I really like that one, but I have no actual recollection of hearing it. It was just in the air I guess.

I moved around a lot during the 90s, so a lot of these were only popular in Europe (they may have made it to the States, but I'm not sure):

Scatman John - Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)
Rednex - Cotton Eye Joe
Shampoo - Trouble
20 Fingers - Short Dick Man
Aqua - Barbie Girl
Baz Luhrmann - Everyone's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)
Whigfield - Saturday Night

You don't know pain until you've listened to Europop for hours straight.

ETA: I didn't realize this thread was for FAVORITE one-hit wonders. I was going for most annoying. Oh well.

jasonh300
11-29-2009, 12:48 AM
Inspired by the thread about one-hit wonders from the '80s.
I liked "MMM MMM MMM MMM" by the Crash Test Dummies and "Peaches" by the Presidents of the United States of America. Both were iconic in their right, but as far as I know neither group went on to great things afterward.

I've always felt that in order to qualify as a "One Hit Wonder", the group pretty much has to produce a song that charts, and nothing else that any significant portion of the population has ever heard.

Therefore, I have to disagree with Crash Test Dummies being a one-hit-wonder. They had a song called "Afternoons and Coffeespoons" that got a lot of airplay here, and I remember seeing a video on MTV or VH1 for that song. They also did a cover of "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" (XTC) for some movie about 10 years ago.

Also, I just checked Billboard.com and none of these songs ever charted, so if anything, they're a no-hit-wonder.

jasonh300
11-29-2009, 12:54 AM
The Men Church of logic, sin, and love. (http://youtube.com/watch?v=S_hC_433Hs4)

WOW! As soon as I saw the title, it rang a bell, and now that I've seen the video, I remember this song. I had totally forgotten about this!

ETA: I always thought this was by Soul Asylum for some reason.

joebuck20
11-29-2009, 01:02 AM
I've always felt that in order to qualify as a "One Hit Wonder", the group pretty much has to produce a song that charts, and nothing else that any significant portion of the population has ever heard.

Therefore, I have to disagree with Crash Test Dummies being a one-hit-wonder. They had a song called "Afternoons and Coffeespoons" that got a lot of airplay here, and I remember seeing a video on MTV or VH1 for that song. They also did a cover of "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" (XTC) for some movie about 10 years ago.

Also, I just checked Billboard.com and none of these songs ever charted, so if anything, they're a no-hit-wonder.

Well, I don't know about the other CTD songs you mentioned, but MMM MMM MMM MMM was at least a Top 10, if not a No. 1 single.



In fact just checked, it was No. 4 on the Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart.

jasonh300
11-29-2009, 01:13 AM
Well, I don't know about the other CTD songs you mentioned, but MMM MMM MMM MMM was at least a Top 10, if not a No. 1 single.

In fact just checked, it was No. 4 on the Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart.

How are you finding this info? I searched the song on billboard.com and clicked on it and it said "Chart HistoryThis Song has never charted. "

Now it seems that every song I click on says that. I'm obviously doing something wrong.

ETA: Okay, found it elsewhere. Afternoons and Coffeespoons peaked at #66 on the Hot 100.

Jinx
11-29-2009, 10:01 AM
Gee, I thought by the 1990's, there was nothing BUT one-hit wonders! In fact, it was a wonder they even had one hit! ;)

Bradjam
11-29-2009, 03:14 PM
Here's a few that haven't been mentioned (I don't think):

One Hit:

K's Choice - "Addict"
Shudder to Think - "Redhouse"

Two Hits:

The Posies - "Please Return It" and "Dream all Day"
The Refreshments - "Banditos" and "Down Together"

And, even though not a one hit wonder, I have to give props to Matthew Sweet for "Sick of Myself," which is probably in my personal top ten list of nineties songs.

enomaj
11-29-2009, 05:51 PM
Sixpence None the Richer (2 hits) - Kiss Me, There She Goes

On the rap front

Ahmad - Back In The Day (http://youtube.com/watch?v=SVgTeHhpsYM)
Positive K - I Got A Man (http://youtube.com/watch?v=EJZMu0rTAgs)
Skee-Lo - I Wish (http://youtube.com/watch?v=_yGEKcAFIcc)

BKReporter
11-30-2009, 09:39 AM
What's wrong with you people? Nearly 80 posts and no mention of EMF's Unbelievable.

But this list does make me nostalgic. I think I'll go download some of these songs off iTunes and make my own 90s mix CD.

Lightnin'
11-30-2009, 09:50 AM
I think the ultimate one-hit wonder would have to be That Thing You Do! by the Oneders.


I guess that's kinda the point, but still...

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