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Favorite "One Hit Wonder"

Discussion in 'Music' started by jmt, Oct 1, 2004.
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  1. umcloud
    "Rico Suave" - Gerardo


    booya
     
  2. Afrikane Contributor
    I'm Sorry - Hothouse Flowers
    Groove is in the Heart - Deee-Lite
     
  3. xenithon
    Not sure if it is my favorite, but it is one of them....

    "You're the Voice" by John Farnham
     
  4. Denim
    A thread resurrected after 2.5 years - NICE!

    Quite a list so far, have to add - -

    "Black Velvet" - Alannah Myles

    (If she had any other hits, please let me know!)
     
  5. Happy Camper
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    Billy Thorpe was one of Australia's most successful Pop and Rock artists of the 1960's and 70's.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Thorpe




    In the States, Children of the Sun and In My Room was about it.
     
  6. GlendaleViper
    96 Tears - ? and the Mysterions
     
  7. bong
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    Soft Cell, "Tainted Love" (and it's even a cover)
    Human League, "Don't You Want Me"




    in terms of the US charts, "Tainted Love" was definitely a one hit wonder. American never saw the appeal to the sly, clever, and sleazy synth-pop they delivered... shame. "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye," "Bedsitter," and "Numbers" are equally good.

    as for The Human League, i'm a hardcore League fan so i get pretty defensive when i see them labeled as a one hit wonder, even in the US! [​IMG] besides "Don't You Want Me" in 1982 (it hit #1 in the UK late 1981) they had another #1 Billboard smash with "Human" in 1986, and a #9 hit with "(Keep Feeling) Fascination!" in 1983.

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    damn, I can't believe no one has mentioned "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer. That song always does it for me! gotta love the parachute pants!!![​IMG]



    regrettably, MC Hammer was not a one hit wonder either! [​IMG]

    my favourite one hit wonder (at least in the US) is "Cars" by Gary Numan. he's got tons of hits in the UK and two #1 singles ("Cars" and Tubeway Army's "Are 'Friends' Electric?") but can only manage one US top ten hit.
     
  8. terriblepaulz
    I'm really old. Like, 38 years old. As a kid, I drove around in a station wagon listening to AM radio. A lot. When I think of one hit wonders, I think of:

    "Seasons In The Sun" - Terry Jacks
    "The Night Chicago Dies" - Paper Lace
    "Brother Louie" - Stories
    "Venus" - Shocking Blue (later covered by almost 1hw Bananarama)
    "In The Summertime" - Mungo Jerry
    "One Tin Soldier (The Legend of Billy Jack)" - Coven
    "Smokin' In The Boy's Room" - Brownsville Station
    "Midnight At The Oasis" - Maria Muldaur
    "Hooked On A Feeling" - Blue Swede (which I still hear often thanks to the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack, which leads me to...
    "Stuck In The Middle With You" - Stealers Wheel

    Oh there are more, but my memory's not what it used to be.
     
  9. fordgtlover Contributor
    Amazing isn't it. Those songs got very little exposure in Australia.

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    Originally Posted by Happy Camper /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    In the States, Chilren of the Sun and In My Room was about it.



     
  10. Pm@c
    Aldo Nova-Fantasy
     
  11. Rubber_Soul
    Turning Japanese - The Vapors
     
  12. beernutz
    Frank Zappa - Please Don't Eat the Yellow Snow
    Derek and the Dominoes - Layla
    Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee
    Johann Pachelbel - Canon in D
    [​IMG]
     
  13. bloodydoorknob
    Flock of Seagulls: "I ran"
     
  14. kontai69
    Dexy's Midnight Runner's Come on Eileen, the quintessential one hit wonder.
    I actually saw a DMR's Greatest Hits CD in a used bin once!

    A more recent favorite would be New Radicals' You Get What You Give.

    To be nitpicky, two artists mentioned in the other posts, Corey Hart and Berlin, are not one hits wonders.
    Berlin also had No More Words in addition to Take My Breath Away and Corey Hart had Never Surrender in addition to Sunglasses At Night.

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    Not sure if it is my favorite, but it is one of them....

    "You're the Voice" by John Farnham



    Great song! I actually have it on one of my comp CDs.
     
  15. Happy Camper
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    Originally Posted by fordgtlover /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    Amazing isn't it. Those songs got very little exposure in Australia.



    Sorry to see he died like 2 weeks ago. Another rocker in the circle above.
     
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