One Hit Wonders... V.2


13 Feb 2009, 18:36

To celebrate the return of well formatted lists to the journals, I made a list of One Hit Wonders with a little help of my friend Knirrie and's tags. Don't bother if you find your favorite artist here, some of mine are as also on this list. "A one-hit wonder is a music industry term to describe an artist generally known for only one hit single." says Wikipedia.

One Hit Wonders

  1. Wild Thing - The Troggs
  2. Sugar, Sugar - The Archies
  3. Je t'aime... moi non plus - Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg
  4. Where Do You Go To My Lovely - Peter Sarstedt
  5. In The Year 2525 - Zager & Evans
  6. Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum
  7. Popcorn - Hot Butter
  8. Mouldy Old Dough - Lieutenant Pigeon
  9. Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas
  10. I Can Help - Billy Swan
  11. All by Myself - Eric Carmen
  12. In Zaire - Johnny Wakelin
  13. Ring My Bell - Anita Ward
  14. Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles
  15. Louie Louie - The Kingsmen
  16. My Sharona - The Knack
  17. Pop Muzik - M
  18. Funkytown - Lipps, Inc.
  19. Tainted Love - Soft Cell
  20. Come on Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
  21. I Ran - A Flock of Seagulls
  22. Too Shy - Kajagoogoo
  23. Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
  24. Only You - Flying Pickets
  25. Break My Stride - Matthew Wilder
  26. Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell
  27. It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
  28. Take on Me - a-ha
  29. Tarzan Boy - Baltimora
  30. Axel F. - Harold Faltermeyer
  31. Life Is Life - Opus
  32. (I Just) Died in Your Arms - Cutting Crew
  33. I Can't Wait - Nu Shooz
  34. Two of Hearts - Stacey Q
  35. Pump Up the Volume - M/A/R/R/S
  36. Beds Are Burning - Midnight Oil
  37. Wonderful Life - Black
  38. Waiting for a Star to Fall - Boy Meets Girl
  39. What I Am - Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
  40. I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
  41. Walking On Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves
  42. Twist In My Sobriety - Tanita Tikaram
  43. Killer - Adamski
  44. I Touch Myself - Divinyls
  45. There She Goes - The La's
  46. U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer
  47. The One and Only - Chesney Hawkes
  48. Unbelievable - EMF
  49. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life - Monty Python
  50. Achy Breaky Heart - Billy Ray Cyrus
  51. What's Up - 4 Non Blondes
  52. Life in a Northern Town - The Dream Academy
  53. What Is Love - Haddaway
  54. Informer - Snow
  55. Runaway Train - Soul Asylum
  56. Two Princes - Spin Doctors
  57. Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm - Crash Test Dummies
  58. You Gotta Be - Des'ree
  59. Trouble - Shampoo
  60. Inside - Stiltskin
  61. Roll To Me - Del Amitri
  62. One of Us - Joan Osborne
  63. You're Gorgeous - Babybird
  64. Spaceman - Babylon Zoo
  65. Eve Of Destruction - Barry McGuire
  66. No Rain - Blind Melon
  67. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something
  68. Lemon Tree - Fool's Garden
  69. How Bizarre - OMC
  70. Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes
  71. Kiss The Rain - Billie Myers
  72. Tubthumping - Chumbawamba
  73. Bitch - Meredith Brooks
  74. Torn - Natalie Imbruglia
  75. Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
  76. Your Woman - White Town
  77. Save Tonight - Eagle-Eye Cherry
  78. Inside Out - EVE 6
  79. Sex and Candy - Marcy Playground
  80. Jeans On - David Dundas
  81. Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...) - Lou Bega
  82. You Get What You Give - New Radicals
  83. Driver's Seat - Sniff 'n' the Tears
  84. Drops of Jupiter - Train
  85. Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus
  86. Bad Day - Daniel Powter
  87. Lovefool - The Cardigans
  88. Wherever You Will Go - The Calling
  89. F.U.R.B. (F U Right Back) - Frankee
  90. The Reason - Hoobastank
  91. Closing Time - Semisonic
  92. Toy Soldiers - Martika
  93. Lovin' You - Minnie Riperton
  94. Sunny Came Home - Shawn Colvin
  95. Stay (I Missed You) - Lisa Loeb
  96. Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
  97. Would I Lie to You - Charles & Eddie
  98. Lullaby - Shawn Mullins
  99. If You Could Only See - Tonic
  100. Stuck in the Middle With You - Stealers Wheel
(The song order is no ranking, it's just the release date of my discs)

The Bitter Sweet Symphony of The Verve is misspelled to refer to the 'full track' on

Well, it's so much fun to meet them all again, I continue seeking for more OHWs, today... One Hit Wonders ...episode 2:

  1. In the Still of the Night - The Five Satins
  2. Why Do Fools Fall in Love - Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
  3. Be Bop a Lula - Gene Vincent
  4. The Loco-Motion - Little Eva
  5. Wooly Bully - Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
  6. I Fought the Law - Bobby Fuller Four
  7. You Keep Me Hangin' On - Vanilla Fudge
  8. Fire - Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
  9. Venus - Shocking Blue
  10. All Right Now - Free
  11. All the Young Dudes - Mott the Hoople
  12. How do you do - Mouth & McNeal
  13. The Hustle - Van McCoy
  14. The Boys Are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy
  15. Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
  16. Because the Night - Patti Smith Group
  17. Rapper's Delight - Sugarhill Gang
  18. Fade to Grey - Visage
  19. The Message - Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five
  20. 99 Luftballons - Nena
  21. Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  22. Miami Vice Theme - Jan Hammer
  23. Voyage, voyage - Desireless
  24. Living in a Box - Living in a Box
  25. Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
  26. Stay - Shakespear's Sister
  27. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
  28. Turning Japanese - The Vapors
  29. Hocus Pocus - Focus
  30. Love Is All Around - Wet Wet Wet
  31. Invisible - Alison Moyet
  32. Boom Boom Boom - The Outhere Brothers
  33. Cotton Eye Joe - Rednex
  34. I Love You Always Forever - Donna Lewis
  35. Mmmbop - Hanson
  36. Brimful of Asha (Norman Cook Remix) - Cornershop
  37. Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
  38. Midnight At The Oasis - Maria Muldaur
  39. I Don't Like Mondays - The Boomtown Rats
  40. Drinking in L.A. - Bran Van 3000
  41. Blue (Da Ba Dee) - Eiffel 65
  42. Better Off Alone - Alice Deejay
  43. It Feels So Good - Sonique
  44. Something - Lasgo
  45. Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne
  46. Mundian to Bach Ke - Panjabi MC
  47. F**k It (I Don't Want You Back) - Eamon
  48. Turn Me On - Kevin Lyttle
  49. Funky Nassau - The Beginning Of The End
  50. No No Never - Texas Lightning

...and it's not finished yet, thx Bayou16!
Here we go: One Hit Wonders ...what's left:

  1. Sh-Boom - The Chords
  2. For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
  3. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Single Version) - Iron Butterfly
  4. In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry
  5. Low Rider - War
  6. Born to Be Alive - Patrick Hernandez
  7. Down Under - Men at Work
  8. Glory of Love - Peter Cetera
  9. Luka - Suzanne Vega
  10. Groove Is in the Heart - Deee-Lite
  11. Step by Step - New Kids on the Block
  12. Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinéad O'Connor
  13. It's My Life - Dr. Alban
  14. I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred
  15. Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio
  16. Zombie - The Cranberries
  17. The Living Years - Mike & The Mechanics
  18. The Boy Is Mine - Brandy & Monica
  19. Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden
  20. Bye Bye Bye - *NSYNC
  21. Who Let the Dogs Out - Baha Men
  22. Don't Leave Me This Way - The Communards
  23. Breathe - Blu Cantrell
  24. Mad World - Gary Jules
  25. Mississippi Queen - Mountain
  26. Touch Me (I Want Your Body) - Samantha Fox
  27. Kiss Me - Sixpence None the Richer
  28. D.I.S.C.O. - Ottawan
  29. Heaven Is a Halfpipe - OPM
  30. Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
  31. '74-'75 - The Connells
  32. Barely Breathing - Duncan Sheik
  33. Steal My Sunshine - Len
  34. Simarik - Tarkan
  35. Dancing in the Moonlight - Toloader
  36. Macarena - Los Del Rio
to be continued...

listen to the One Hit Wonder tag radio

Beside from the "official" list, my favorite German One Hit Wonder, the highlight of every party:

Accounting vehement protests I'll strikeout the artists with at least 3 votes against mentioning them here. ;)
Envíos aceptados
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  • Bayou16

    Haha awesome list! I'd add as well: Luka Bye Bye Bye Step by Step Nothing Compares 2 U Zombie Don't Speak Truly Madle Deeply One Sweet Day The Boy Is Mine Gangsta's Paradise XD

    13 Feb 2009, 21:31
  • hdsander

    Oh, thank you so much. Sinéad O'Connor got somehow lost from my first collection. Suzanne Vega's Tom's Diner was a #1 too, but I like to add Luka. No Doubt? They had at least 3 #1 hits: Don't Speak, Underneath It All, and Hey Baby. Gangsta's Paradise has to be added, indeed! Heehee, I tried to ignore the Boy-Bands, but as we have Hanson, *NSYNC may be included too. ;) Ms. Carey has more #1 hits than she can count! Brandi & Monica is a funny addition, I like that.

    13 Feb 2009, 22:08
  • hdsander

    Hehe, The Cranberries' Zombie was in fact #1 in Australia, added!

    13 Feb 2009, 22:52
  • hdsander

    Updated again! Thx bisa for contributing! :)

    14 Feb 2009, 16:43
  • bisa

    Listening to this One Hit Wonder tag is really great! Thanks Dieter for tagged the songs!

    14 Feb 2009, 17:07
  • hdsander

    This list shall not put down the artists! It is a collection of successful artists who are commonly known to the majority of people for one hit single. That is not meant in an unpleasant way! Some of my favorite artists are on this list (Joan Osborne, Meredith Brooks, Natalie Imbruglia, Suzanne Vega, Sinéad O'Connor, Sonique, Billie Myers, ...), I love them, own all their albums and cherish their music, but to the majority of people they are known just for one chart hit. I appreciate that, at least they are somewhat known to all those people. I listen to this playlist, I love to listen to this playlist because of all those artists' hit singles. I tagged all tracks, so you can listen to the tag radio and enjoy the songs including The Cranberries' only hit single "Zombie" (1994, #1 in Australia, France, and Germany).

    14 Feb 2009, 22:03
  • krycor

    New Young Pony Club-Ice Cream War-Low Rider The Flying Lizards-Money (That's What I Want) Steve Winwood - Valerie (tho he had 'higher love' too i guess) The Verve Pipe-The Freshman Lustra - Scotty doesn't know Tom Petty-Free Fallin' Shooter-Life's a Bitch Paula Cole-I Don't Want to Wait Peter Cetera-Glory of Love [Theme from The Karate Kid] (tho he was part of Chicago prior to trying to go solo) Gary Jules - Mad world ..there are more..

    15 Feb 2009, 1:17
  • hdsander

    Steve Winwood: he had 5 #1's but curiously Valerie was none. :O Thx for participating, I'll check the other songs asap. :)

    15 Feb 2009, 1:39
  • hdsander

    Added Low Rider, Glory of Love and Mad World. Paula Cole sadly never had any #1, Tom Petty a lot more than one. As the other artists are unknown to me, it will take a bit longer to check them.

    15 Feb 2009, 2:29
  • hdsander

    Updated once again! Thank you bisa for all the additions. :)

    15 Feb 2009, 15:51
  • MackTheKnifeAU2

    Sixpence none the richer hit #1 in Australia with Kiss Me.

    16 Feb 2009, 7:47
  • MackTheKnifeAU2

    Also, Savage Garden are not one-hit wonders. Truly Madly Deeply _and_ I Knew I Loved You both hit #1 in the US. Truly Madly Deeply might be their signature song, but it's not a one hit wonder.

    16 Feb 2009, 7:54
  • hdsander

    Sixpence none the richer will be added with the next update. :)

    16 Feb 2009, 9:34
  • thafranz

    Sorry Dieter, but I gotta disagree. Not only because I lovelovelove Suzanne Vega and not only because she had at least two #1 hits. But chart position just doesn't make a OHW for me! Take Suzanne, she's in the business for more than 20 years and besides the two "hits" [i]Marlene on the wall[/i] is common musical heritag to any1 burn in the 70 or 80s. Not to mention her soundtrack contributions and the things she did for 80s female singer/songwriters. Come on... no One Hit Wonder!

    16 Feb 2009, 10:36
  • hdsander

    What a poor list would remain if I remove all artists that had overall a successful career with lots of fans that don't like to see their beloved artist to be named a One Hit Wonder? I like Suzanne Vega a lot (see my comment above) and the discrepancy between the number of listeners to Luka and the rest of her work is definitely not that dramatic as at the other artists profile. I'll strike her out. I was tempted to include Janis Joplin (for "Me and Bobby McGee") or Jimi Hendrix (for "All Along the Watchtower") here, I can hear the scream! LOL

    16 Feb 2009, 11:19
  • thafranz

    Well, this isn't about Suzanne Vega (ok, in the beginning it really was) but rather a question of definition. I think you included many artists who had just one #1, leaving other aspects of musical success (or quality) aside. For me, OHWs are those poor guys like Harpo or Mungo Jerry that have to sing their one song over and over again for years and decades. Of course that would considerably shorten your list. Quite impressive tho, are you a walking encyclopedia or do you have a house-elf who did the chart counting for you? ;)

    16 Feb 2009, 12:20
  • hdsander

    It is very interesting to me to find out how many of my appreciated artist had just one #1 chart hit or, more surprising, none. Another indication how unpredictable the common taste or how influential the "chart-makers" are, like music TV, magazines and those horrible radio stations with their 40 songs repeated all day. I started with a playlist created from's existing tag and as I got more and more recommendations for new additions, I searched the wikipedia and OHW websites. There are many definitions of the OHW term, mine was having fun while gathering the songs, listening to the candidates and at last having an iTunes playlist for hearing all tracks again when I'm in the mood. Whenever the charts at an artist's profile look like this: ############################# ## # # ...I check if this might be an OHW. Wikipedia mostly reports the chart positions of the singles. May be that some people take the OWH-tag for an affront against their favorite artists. Finally it's all about the music, listening and having fun with this. :)

    16 Feb 2009, 12:45
  • sassyblue3

    I sooo don't agree Wet Wet Wet having Love is All Around as a signature tune, they have been around since the 80's and have done tons of concerts and i certainly don't associate that song with them, theres too many to state that they were a 'one hit wonder' with Love is all around!!

    16 Feb 2009, 14:21
  • hdsander

    I agree that Wet Wet Wet definitely had much more #1 hits (the songs is already [s]strikeout[/s]), but look at the number of scrobbles on their profile, Love is All Around is definitely the songs they are commonly known for.

    16 Feb 2009, 14:35
  • FuMu

    Heaven Is a Halfpipe by OPM

    17 Feb 2009, 23:43
  • hdsander

    I can't find any chart positions for this song, but it's a nice song, has far more scrobbles than the other songs of this band and it's featured on the UK edition of Now! That's what I call music. Vol.50. Let's add it. :)

    18 Feb 2009, 0:00
  • Skuzzie

    The Connells - '74-'75 Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street

    19 Feb 2009, 18:36
  • hdsander

    Both tunes are signature songs for the artists, but they never were #1 chart hits, even if Baker Street was very close to it.

    19 Feb 2009, 18:50
  • Skuzzie

    Well, do they have to be? The Wikipedia-definition doesn't say anything about having a number one hit, it just has the be a hit.

    20 Feb 2009, 10:26
  • xBlackxMoonx

    "In the United States, "My Favourite Game" was the most commercially successful single from Gran Turismo. Peaking at number sixteen, it became the album's only single to enter the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks. In Sweden, it debuted at number twenty-one on the Swedish Top 100 Singles Chart and peaked at number three in November 1998. It spent at total of eighteen weeks in the chart.[5] In the United Kingdom, it debuted and peaked at number fourteen on the singles chart." The Cardigans are not a one hit wonder, and this proves it.

    22 Feb 2009, 23:48
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