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Junk Drawer July 6th - One hit wonders

Since there is no junk drawer so far I though I would make one. No, I don't mean teams that only win one title in the NBA and then disintegrate although that's also a nice discussion. I was just going through some lists to look for artists that only had one major (international) hit. Some might have been successful in their home country or as a touring artist later, but never achieved that level of attention on TV and the radio again. At least so far, since some people labeled one hit wonders are still young enough to produce many songs and records in the future.

Some I could come up with in no particular order:

  • Los del Rio - Macarena (hey, Macarena)
  • Baha Men - Who let the dogs out (who who woof woof)
  • Afroman - Because I got high (he probably still is, hence no new material)
  • Tatu - All the things she said (translated version from their original Russian title)
  • Soft Cell - Tainted Love (successfully covered several times, so the song itself was a multi-hit)
  • Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby (the prototypical one hit wonder)
  • Mary Mary - Shackles (both singers with success individually, but never again in that collaboration)
  • Samantha Mumba - Gotta Tell You (is she still active? Probably)
  • Crazy Town - Butterfly (I think I have seen the lead singer on some detox show)
  • The Knack - My Sharona (took me a while to understand what they were singing)
  • Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal (probably still touring with that MJ sample)
  • Truth Hurts - Addictive (she was someone's protege and then disappeared)
  • Stacie Orrico - There's gotta be more to life (I liked her, what happened?)
  • Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting (still popular for comedy film scenes and TV clips)
  • Babylon Zoo - Spaceman (some British guy on an Atari)
  • Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite (that was huge, but later she didn't seem to get much published)
  • House of Pain - Jump Around
  • Meredith Brooks - Bitch (She was already pretty old for a pop/rock singer when that came out)
  • Deep Blue Something - Breakfast At Tiffany's (nice video)
  • Rednex - Cotton-eyed Joe (Sweden's worst music export ever)
  • US3 - Cantaloop (interesting melody, not much more)
  • OMC - How Bizarre (indeed)
  • 4 Non Blondes - What's Up (also known as 'What's going on' I guess. The leader singer last I heard wrote "Fighter" and a few other songs for Christina Aguilera)
  • Tag Team - Whoomp There It Is (still blasting through sports arenas worldwide)
I only own three or four of those. Really.
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