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November 28, 2004

1 Hit Wonders

Filed under: Misc — mlah @ 9:13 pm

I always thought this chick was hot

the new year is coming.

and with the new year comes those lists.

i was just flipping through my satelite channels and noticed that vh1 has the greatest 1 hit wonders.

Man, there were some good tunes in here. made me laugh too, there were some songs i had completely forgotten about.

here is the complete list with some of my comments.

100. “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas (1974) – those damn little hamsters that sing this. i think of this song and all i think of is jeanna beard singing along with the hamsters.

99. “No Rain” by Blind Melon (1993) – great tune

98. “Two Of Hearts” by Stacey Q (1986) – don’t remeber this one.

97. “Whoomp! There It Is” by Tag Team (1993) – beavis and butthead danced to this

96. “I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow (1982) – great 80’s punk tune

95. “Harper Valley P.T.A.” by Jeannie C. Riley (1968) – couldn’t care less

94. “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes (1993) – pissing off linda (irish) in rota by playing this over and over in the jukebox

93. “Don’t Give Up On Us Baby” by David Soul (1977) – don’t remember this one either

92. “Heart & Soul” by T’Pau (1987) – great tune. i watched enterprise tonight, and t’pau was a character, not to be confused with t’pol.

91. “Electric Avenue” by Eddie Grant (1983) – oy! i’m going to rock down to……

90. “Don’t Want To Fall In Love” by Jane Child (1990) – ???

Punk Rock

89. “Achy, Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus (1992) – ok, good tune. played to death. but it was a catchy tune. billy ray was in mulholland drive too. bit role

88. “Barbie Girl” by Aqua (1987) – annoying

87. “Don’t Leave Me This Way” by Thelma Houston (1977) – don’t remember this one either

86. “Bust A Move” by Young MC (1989) – one of the few rap tunes i will admit to liking

85. “Spirit In The Sky” by Norman Greenbaum (1970) – great tune

84. “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree (1994) – ???

83. “The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats (1983) – one of my all time favorites!

82. “I Know What Boys Like” by The Waitresses (1982) – annoying and funny as hell! i might let you, i might let you…… suckers!

81. “Just A Friend” by Biz Markie (1990) – nope, i’m registering nothing

80. “Cum On Feel The Noize” by Quiet Riot (1983) – drinking everclear and hawaiian punch ay tarleton state with troy cook, marianne farquhar, and shelley mccormack.

79. “Puttin’ On The Ritz” by Taco (1983) – awesome tune!

78. “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” by Crash Test Dummies (1994) – yeah, whatever

77. “What I Am” by Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians (1989) – they came they went they were. being in san antonio, where radio is stuck in the 80’s, i get treated to this tune fairly regularly

76. “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” by Jermaine Stewart (1986) – hated it for the obvious reason.

75. “I’ve Never Been To Me” by Charlene (1982) – what?

74. “Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)” by Digable Planets (1993) – don’t remember this one either

73. “Convoy” by C.W. McCall (1975) – what’s your 10-20 rubber duckey?

72. “Maniac” by Michael Sembello (1983) – ah, jennifer beals

71. “How Bizarre” by OMC (1997) – ???

70. “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” by Vicki Lawrence (1973) – wow, now that’s shaking loose some really old memories

69. “Funkytown” by Lipps, Inc. (1980) – 9th grade shop class. roberto sanchez singing along in a bad mexican accent, won’t choo take me tooo …..

68. “A Girl Like You” by Edwyn Collins (1995) – great tune

67. “Epic” by Faith No More (1999) – i probably should, but don’t remember this one

66. “Mambo No. 5” by Lou Bega (1999) – just for darryl thomas. he liked this one sooooo much

65. “In My House” by The Mary Jane Girls (1985) – i have this one! good tune.

64. “You Get What You Give” by New Radicals (1998) – good tune

63. “Jump Around” by House Of Pain (1992) – overplayed

62. “Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” by Timbuk 3 (1986) – steve trimuar, are you there?

61. “Round And Round” by Ratt (1984) – oh yeah, ratt. i remember them

60. “More, More, More” by Andrea True Connection (1976) – disco

59. “867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone (1982) – i always hated this tune. i even hate that girl who dances to it in the cell phone commercial. just because of this song. i don’t know why. i just can’t stand this song

58. “What Is Love?” by Haddaway (1993) – hated this one too

57. “Smokin’ In The Boys Room” by Brownsville Station (1973) – motley crue remake is the ultimate stripper song

56. “Lovin’ You” by Minnie Riperton (1975) – ???

55. “It’s Raining Men” by Weather Girls (1982) – ???

54. “Makin’ It” by David Naughton (1977) – ???

53. “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell (1984) – ah, i remember this one. i like it. early days of video

52. “Genius Of Love” by Tom Tom Club (1982) – ???

51. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers (1995) – – don’t remember this one either

50. “I Touch Myself” by The Divinyls (1991) – i remember watching all the weirdos at the paladium in san fran dance to this. and THEY thought I was the weirdo. there are some stories there. some really wild stories.

49. “Turn The Beat Around” by Vicki Sue Robinson (1976) – gloria estefan did it better

48. “True” by Spandau Ballet (1983) – everyone hated this when it was out. except me. and i still think it is a good tune

47. “Rock & Roll, Pt. 2” by Gary Glitter (1972) – ultimate sports rock

46. “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin (1988) – annoying

45. “Lovefool” by The Cardigans (1996) – what? one hit wonder? what about ‘favorite game’? i think this is a two hit wonder group

44. “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco (1986) – dancing to this and freeze rock at fraternity parties

43. “How Do You Talk To An Angel” by The Heights (1992) – smarmy

42. “Hot Child In The City” by Nick Gilder (1978) – billy idol remake is awesome

41. “Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1985) – awesome tune….. ahmmmhmmm, how bout them cowboys?did y’all see the game last night?

40. “In A Big Country” by Big Country (1983) – annoying

39. “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve (1998) – awesome tune. pub crawls in rota

38. “Me & Mrs. Jones” by Billy Paul (1972) – i’m drawing a blank

37. “I Melt With You” by Modern English (1982) – the epitome of punk. yeah, i like it

Gabrielle Kerner I think

36. “Turning Japanese” by The Vapors (1980) – sam foose used to sing this in trig. he. this song was annoying, he was funny

35. “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks (1997) – couldn’t care less

34. “Afternoon Delight” by Starland Vocal Band (1976) – john denver wrote this, God rest his soul

33. Got To Be Real” by Cheryl Lynn (1979) – ???

32. “Hot Hot Hot” by Buster Poindexter (1987) – winfield mcelroy taylor used to play this all the time at fraternity parties. we called him mac. any party we threw wound up being a mac dj event led by buster doing hot hot hot! i still hate this song.

31. “Unbelievable” by EMF (1983) – stuart everson. aka snooter. used to play this song in monterey

30. “Seasons In The Sun” by Terry Jacks (1974) – depressing song

29. “Pass The Dutchie” by Musical Youth (1983) – ???

28. “It Takes Two” by Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock (1988) – don’t remember this one either

27. “Pop Musik” by M (1979) – oh yeah! i like this tune

26. “Stumblin’ In” by Suzi Quatro (1979) – nope, i got nothin

25. “Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo (1983) – can you sing the chorus? i can. there really are words.

24. “Whip It” by Devo (1980) – flower pots on their heads and all

23. “Tubthumping” by Chumbawumba (1997) – ok, another 2 hit wonder. what ‘i get knocked down’? i’ve never even heard of this song.

22. “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry (1976) – i just started laughing when i saw this one. great great great awesome tune.

21. “Cars” by Gary Numan (1980) – another great tune. this guy went on to be an electrical engineer.

20. “She Blinded Me With Science” by Thomas Dolby (1983) – good heavens miss santa monica, you’re beautiful!

19. “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida ” by Iron Butterfly (1968) – it has it’s place. have you read the jacket sleeve? they were OUT THERE!

18. “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sin‚ad O’Connor (1990) – psycho wench. nice looking with hair. plus, she’s irish. but this girl is even more psycho than angelina jolie. prince wrote it. then i heard he kicked her butt. pope pic rippin chick she is. nice tune, but i’ll let her pass me by.

17. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister (1984) – annoying

16. “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugarhill Gang (1980) – i’ve only ever heard it on vh1

15. “96 Tears” by ? And The Mysterians (1966) – good tune

14. “Groove Is In The Heart” by Deee-Lite (1990) – in monterey, this dude used to cruise down to the showers on saturdays with his boom box for the 45 minute hollywood shower and just put this tune on repeat. he was weird. the video was cool. virtually ever guy i know who has seen it has been strangely entranced by the chick. she just does that to us. she’s very oddly sensual. weird clothes and all.

13. “The Hustle” by Van McCoy (1975) – my sisters used to try and make me dance to this.

12. “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot (1994) – i like big butts! i’m glad he does. i like the skinny ones.

11. “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone (1977) – my sister’s ealry music dicovery. smarmy, but clean. kind of like abba.

Sienad, the original psycho chick

10. “99 Luftballoons” by Nena (1984) – i used to love this chick soooooo badly

9. “Rico Suave” by Gerardo (1991) – hahahahahaha, there was a petty officer rico in monterey. he was a seal. we couldn’t tease him, but man, the other seals were just relentless with the rico suave jokes. this poor guy probably snapped somewhere, like a twig, and killed 100 people.

8. “Take On Me” by A-Ha (1985) – ok tune the first 1000 times. tired of it now.

7. “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice (1991) – ok, y’all caught me. this is another one of the few rap tunes i will admit to liking

6. “Who Let The Dogs Out” by Baha Men (2000) – pheh

5. “Mickey” by Toni Basil (1982) – i love the way you can morph this into anybody’s name to make fun of them. plus, well, there were cheerleaders in the video.

4. “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred (1992) – all time classic tune. ahem, how bout them cowboys! did y’all see the game last night?

3. “Come On Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1983) – never liked this tune.

2. “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell (1982) – great tune

1. “The Macarena” by Los Del Rio (1996) – hahahahahaha. me and 30 other drunk sailors in pub triana’s in rota, trying to sing the chorus, which always just came out as ‘hey, macaroni!’ did we ever piss off some spanish dudes. something about enebriated amrican sailors that attracts spanish girls….. and we always has a good time when they played this song. oh, and i was singing this before it hit in the US. spanish version of course.

a few of my favorites that didn’t make vh1’s list?

major tom by peter schilling
moonlight feels right by starbuck
wish i was your lover by sophie b hawkins
i’m not in love by 10cc
love is like oxygen by sweet
lunatic fringe by red rider
one night in bangkok by murray head
i wanna be a cowboy by boys don’t cry
fantasy by aldo nova

so what’re y’all favorites?


  1. “37. “I Melt With You” by Modern English (1982) – the epitome of punk. yeah, i like it”
    Punk?! Are you high?! You mean New Wave, right?

    I must take serious issue with your endorsement of “One Night in Bangkok”, “The Safety Dance” & “Puttin’ on the Ritz”. Those are the worst kind of revolting dreck. They are manifestations of The Devil himself! I vomit in your general direction.

    Comment by f-in_cheney — November 29, 2004 @ 12:48 am

  2. I thought 1 hit wonders meant that the group or singer only had 1 hit, literally. A lot of these songs I can remember being their one big hit, but not necessarily the only hit…
    Like Billy Ray Cyrus…no matter how irritating his music turned out to be, he had more than one hit.

    Macarena was annoying after a while, but I gotta admit when I was in Spain, I was all about the Macarena.

    Tainted Love-One of my ALL TIME FAVORITES!! I heard it on Freedom Radio (our one radio station with American music) last night.

    Bitter Sweet Symphony is a good one too…

    And you don’t know “It’s Raining Men”?? …it’s raining men, hallelujah, it’s raining men, amen…good chick song for when you walk into a bar or something.

    Just a Friend by Bizmarkie…that was a rap type song… oh baby…you……got what I need….but you say he’s just a friend….but you say he’s just a friend….

    Yeah, this stuff is bringing back memories…

    Thanks for the post, MLAH!


    Comment by blondie — November 29, 2004 @ 1:04 am

  3. punk – new wave. i can’t really hear the difference.

    i have an orchestral version of one night in bangkok. it rocks.!

    blondie, just a friend sounds good! i remember that one. i think vh1 used some criteria of an artist having a ‘hit’ in billboards top 10, and no others or something like that. they kept talking about how high a hit would go, how long it stayed there…. blah blah.

    i’m still amazed at lovefull by the cradigans. i could go with one hit wonder, just i would have said favorite game was the hit.

    Comment by mlah — November 29, 2004 @ 1:35 am

  4. They have missed some of the county and 60 pop one hit wonders, but it still a great list

    Comment by voicefromthelake — November 29, 2004 @ 1:01 pm

  5. billy ray cyrus had more than one hit? News to me!

    Comment by mark — December 11, 2004 @ 1:48 am

  6. Damn, I Want To Be You Lover by Sophie B. Hawkins did make the list! It is somewhere in the middle.

    Comment by terri — December 17, 2007 @ 6:20 pm

  7. nope. give me a number. i searched and it is not there.

    Comment by mlah — December 17, 2007 @ 7:39 pm

  8. How about Kennedy Gordy [RockWell]’s “Somebody’s Watching Me” [with MJ and Jermaine on backing vocals]. Now used in a GIECO commercial.


    Comment by B-Man — April 3, 2009 @ 2:13 am

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