Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Your Turn

Your favorite one hit wonder song.

120 comments:

jimicapone said...

Safety Dance by Men Without Hats.

Alf Landon said...

Moonlight Feels Right
or Midnight at the Oasis

sandybrook said...

+1 I came to say that.

sandybrook said...

*safety dance*

zemonstaaa said...

Ah Leah by Donnie Iris

Lurky McLurkster said...

House of Pain - Jump Around

Jon said...

Mickey by Toni Basil.

Little Miss Sunshine said...

Ice ice baby

MontanaMarriott said...

True by Spandau Ballet

The Moderate said...

Steal My Sunshine...Len.

Lurky McLurkster said...

I though for sure sandybrook was going to say Sandy by Larry Hall

Farmgirl said...

I'm too sexy
Right Said Fred

LEANNE NORMAN said...

99 red balloons by Nena

Brayson87 said...

Oh but I love them all! :)

Lurky McLurkster said...

I don't think Vanilla Ice is a one hit wonder. Play that Funky Music hit #4 on Billboard's Hot 100

MDAnderson said...

Not sure if sinead’s Nothing compares to U counts. Also Just bust a move by young MC.

Desi Derium said...

I Melt With You.

LooksLikeCRicci said...

Tubthumping by Chumbawumba. The song is terrible, but catchy as all hell...

"I get knocked down, but I get up again...."

LooksLikeCRicci said...

Seriously, though?

Torn--Natalie Imbruglia

Unknown said...

Sweet
Fox On the Run

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBdFA6sI6-8

HeatherBee said...

Tangerine Speedo- Caviar

sandybrook said...

I dont know that song Lurky the only Sandy song I know is Springsteens and its not really the title

Layla said...

I am also going to go with "Mickey" by Toni Basil. Saw her on TV last night and she looked amazing for someone in her 70s.

Also, Donny Iris wouldn't be considered a one hit wonder. Off the top of my head, there was "Love Is Like A Rock," and "Sweet Merilee" that charted. He had enough songs to have a "Best Of Donny Iris" album and still tours a little. He is also in his 70s and his voice still sounds great. (Saw him a couple of years ago.) But yeah, "Ah Lea" was good. So many little girls were named "Aleaah" because of it.

kelli grrrl said...

Somebody I Used to Know by Gotye .... just try not to sing along with that mofo!! It’s a shame tho, because the album it’s on is great & I expected more good stuff from him.

lynn said...

Same, listening to it right now at work 😅

kelli grrrl said...

And is it just me, or did Donnie Iris remind anyone else of a rock n roll version of Eugene Levy?

totaji said...

They had a couple of minor hits but Walk Away Renee by the Left Banks is an all time favorite.

Neil said...

Driver's Seat by Sniff 'n the Tears

Neal M said...

Come on Eileen - Dexy and the midnight runners.

hothotheat said...

She Sheila by the Producers.

M said...

"Turn Up the Radio" by Autograph

notthisagain said...

she drives me crazy by fine young cannibals

Dena said...

Fade Into You by Mazzy Star

pwal said...

The Groove is in the Heart by Deelite.

Unknown said...

At last...I have found my people!! 😂😂😂

Sarton Bander said...

Groove is in the heart Dee-Lite

Spitbite said...

Crash by The Primitives - I love that song. The Paris Jackson blinds on here always make me think of it.

Steal my Sunshine by Len - as mentioned above. Back when hair in two little buns was cuuuuuuuute!

Suspicious Minds by some guy called Presley. Can't remember his first name...

Spitbite said...

oh1 Yes!

Hot by Sara Ozelle - from the EuroTruck Simulator 2 trailer. Does that count as a Hit? Maybe not but the song and the trailer both tickle the hell out of me and leave me smiling. Love it.

Low Key said...

"Flagpole Sitta", Harvey Danger.
Along with many of the ones mentioned above... Autograph, Donny Iris, Sweet...

Spitbite said...

Sailing up to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys - from The Departed soundtrack. Was it released? Was it a hit? dunno, but brilliant song.

Low Key said...

Men without Hats had at least 2 hits, did they not? Safety Dance and Land Down Under.
Still a good answer. :)

Low Key said...

My first response was to say that Dropkick Murphy is NOT a one hit wonder but then I thought... do they get airplay? I know they have a large fan base but have no idea if they've ever had a "hit"
Anyways, yeah, brilliant song.

Low Key said...

*I'm Shipping up to Boston

Neil said...

@Low Key Yes, Men Without Hats had another hit, Pop Goes the World.

Land Down Under was by Men at Work. Close!

Spitbite said...

Stop the Cavalry by Jona Lewie - because it will soon be that time of year again...


And Happy Birthday! - was that ever released? Surely a hit and most of us love it...


Shipping up to Boston then! Ta!

Satan 666 said...

@Low Key: Land Down Under was by Men at Work 😋

Crowded House with Don’t Dream it’s Over

Satan 666 said...

Also, Katrina Nd the Waves with Walking on Sunshine!

LEANNE NORMAN said...

@Satan 666 Crowded house had a bigger hit with Weather with you.I

LEANNE NORMAN said...

Any of the hits by Iggy Azaelia 😉

Sara, Making It Work said...

No Myth by Michael Penn

Or

Life in a Northern Town by Dream Academy.

Jennifer said...

Most of the songs mentioned here!
T'Pau Heart and Soul
Stacy Q Two Of Hearts
Animotion Obsession

MichiganMama59 said...

Timothy

2525

Sara, Making It Work said...

+3 @Jennifer!

Sara, Making It Work said...

Everything Everything by Dramarama

just sayin' said...

Spirit in the Sky, Norman Greenbaum.

just sayin' said...

Pictures of Matchstick Men, Status Quo.

just sayin' said...

Incense and Peppermints, Strawberry Alarm Clock. (RIP Ed King.)

Mistress T. said...

Climax Blues Band, "I love you" and this band certainly not one hit wonder, but "Rainbow" by the Stones.

Moose said...

Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting
Looking Glass - Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)
Miguel Brown - So Many Men (So Little Time)

gauloise said...

Turning Japanese, the vapors
Mexican Radio Wall of Voodoo

There are a lot of bands that were one hit wonders in the states, but had lots of hits in the UK, like Soft Cell with Tainted Love, so not sure if they can be named or not!

gauloise said...

I want you to want me - Cheap Trick
And a cheesy one - Every Time I think of you - the Babys

Pop Muzik - M
Cars - Gary Numan
Funky Town - Lipps Inc
Am I the Same Girl - Barbara ACklin

There are so many I could go on forever!

Green Tea said...

Signs by Tesla

1990

MSAB09 said...

Groove is in the heart Dee-lite

Jennifer said...

My Shooz I Can't Wait

There were soooooooo many good ones in the 80's!!

Jennifer said...

*Nu Shooz

Mistress T. said...

A song called Redlight, from the original Fame soundtrack, not sure who the artist is.Also, Kayleah by Marillion. Ok, now I am done.

Kimberley said...

The Passions 'I'm in Love (With a German Film Star.) Also, @Mistress T - I saw The Climax Blues Band in concert at what was then Liverpool Polytechnic. They were so good! I had their album as well.

VeeBee said...

Goodbye Horses by Q Lazzarus

Low Key said...

Thanks for the clarification, Neil!

Low Key said...

Oh I love that song (Kayleah)!

Jennifer Low Rents said...

My Sharona - The Knack.

Low Key said...

Life in a Northern Town... damn, guess who's gonna be listening to the 80s channel on Sirius tomorrow?
So many good songs being mentioned today, I can't keep track!

Low Key said...

My bad, Satan!

Low Key said...

Kim Wilde "You Keep Me Hanging On"

Happygardener42 said...

Life in a Northern Town- Dream Academy

malcam66 said...

Sugar Sugar

Jennifer said...

867-5309 Tommy TuTone

Jennifer said...

Pretty Poison - Catch Me I'm Falling

Gator said...

I'm Digging Your Scene by the Blow Monkeys

Kathryn Johnson said...

867-5309/Jenny by Tommy Tu-tone

They Don’t Know by Tracey Ullman

sandybrook said...

Kim Wilde also had Kids In America bigger than Keep Me....Hanging On.

rinaisrad said...

Down Under is by Men at Work. I used to get them confused all the time because of the names

bunny honey said...

Somebody's watching me

Rockwell

DDonna Tarttty said...

I've got the classic "One Hit Wonder," late '80s, #1 song, only song to ever chart from the band:

"Right Here, Right Now," by Jesus Jones. Monster one-hit wonder. A song that totally captured its moment, as the Berlin wall had recently come down and everything seemed full of promise.

It's a huge song from my early 20s, when I was most involved in the music scene, my BF was a rock critic, and everybody in my circle had that album and played it all the time and the single was everywhere on the radio. Then we all got sick of it, but for about a month Jesus Jones was everything--that album's a scorcher.

Runner up would be "Beach Baby" or "Brandy." My parents even had that album and there was a second very good song on it, not as good as "Brandy" (what is?) but still a very catchy song with good harmonies. I tried to find it a while back, couldn't figure out which song it was.

Cee Kay said...

I object. SO many of those named here had more than one hit! As for me, I could never pick just one.

Brooklyn Girl said...

Nothing Compares to You

a beautiful virago named hope said...

Another Groove Is in the Heart can here.

GentleBreeze said...

Radar Love - Golden Earring

mercyprosperity said...


"The Rain, the Park and Other Things"
- The Cowsills

(Rest well, Bill and Barry)

Fairylights said...

Afternoon Delight by Starland Vocal Band.

Sara, Making It Work said...

I adored that Jesus Jones album. "I'm Burning" is a great song.

Tricia13 said...

Too Shy/Kajagoogoo

zerooptions said...

Hey little girl / syndicate of sound

Junebug said...

Too many to choose from. Lies by Knickerbockers.

ringleader t said...

making my way downtown

Sd Auntie said...

Signs by five man electrical band, I'm not in love-10cc, and Ride Captain Ride-blues image, and Tighter and Tighter by Alive and Kicking . Good picks @unknown, neal and bunny bunny. Cheap tricks whole album was a hit to me. 💖

Sd Auntie said...

One more- hey DJ-world famous supreme team!!!

Paul Saint John said...

"A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procul Harum.

ron hobbs said...

Green Tambourine by the Lemon Pipers.

Mrs Meat said...

I'm late to the party. Sick. Cough, sniff, limp-wristed hand clasped to forehead

DJ can you play the following for me?

They're Coming To Take Me Away: Napoleon XIV
Video Killed The Radio Star: Buggles
Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick: Ian Dury & The Blockheads (not quite a one-hit, but humour me, I'm poorly)

Kit Fawkes said...

Two Princes by the Spin Doctors

La La Lady said...

Yup yup yup! Came here to say this one too!!

La La Lady said...

LOVE this one too! Great pick!

Doug said...

@mercyprosperity, the Cowsills had two singles that reached #2 on the Billboard chart. Their second one was "Hair" in 1969. I love the moment in "Hair" when the little kid sings "and spaghetti". Check it out.

Doug said...

Good one. The instrumental bridge part of that song is nice.

Doug said...

Those are great ones. All recorded in 1970 except 10cc. Others from around then (with recording dates):

Baby, It's You by Smith (1969)
Ooh Child by the Five Stairsteps (1970)
I'd Love to Change the World by Ten Years After (1971)
Thunder and Lightning by Chi Coltrane (1972)
So Very Hard to Go by Tower of Power (1972)

Doug said...

Procul Harum also had "Conquistador" in 1972, #16 in the U.S.

Doug said...

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SarcasticBimbo said...

Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes, Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry (I would ask to be put back on hold if that was the hold music), 500 Miles by The Proclaimers, Tainted Love by Soft Cell, Take On Me by A-ha, Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-A-Lot, Possum Kingdom by The Toadies, I Want Candy by Bow-wow-wow, What's Going On by 4 Non-Blondes, Sex and Candy by Marcy Playground, In The Meantime by Spacehog, Epic by Faith No More, In A Big Country by Big Country, No Rain by Blind Melon, Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve, What I Am by Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, Knock On Wood by Lipps Inc., Rapper's Delight by The Sugarhill Gang

There, I think I named a bunch of forgotten but awesome one hit wonders. :-)

anne mott said...

10cc had at least one other hit called Things we do for love. Rupert Holmes had a song called Him that must charted because I can sing it to you.

I'd choose Brandy (you're a fine girl) or Moonlight Feels Right or City of New Orleans

Thot Crimes said...

Fancy by Iggy Azaelia

arbfuldodger said...

sorry ao late ..I got 3

1. Putting On The Ritz - Taco
2. Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) - Looking Glass
3. Mexican Radio - Wall of Voodoo

Doug said...

@anne mott, good point about 10cc. They were a two-hit wonder.

Doug said...

Here are some others from the 1969-1972 period, with recording dates:

Take a Letter, Maria by R.B. Greaves (1969)
The Rapper by the Jaggerz (1969, probably)
All Right Now by Free (1970)
Me and Mrs. Jones by Billy Paul (1972)
Why Can't We Live Together by Timmy Thomas (1972)
If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right by Luther Ingram (1972)

Sd Auntie said...

Thanks for info on 10cc. Good picks Doug. How about Time has come th change by the Chambers Brothers

just sayin' said...

OMG a fun "Your Turn" with lots of great comments and camaraderie and not a single political or religious slur! So Nice!

Doug said...

@Sd Anntie, good one by the Chambers Brothers. Recorded in 1967, a bit earlier than I had thought.

Reminded me of another good one, "Get Together" by the Youngbloods, which I didn't realize was recorded in 1966! It was released first in 1967 and didn't get much airplay, but was then used in a public service announcement, was re-released in 1969, and went to #5 on Billboard. I knew about the 1967 release, but I didn't know it was recorded in 1966. Wow.

Another act that recorded the song, originally titled "Let's Get Together", was We Five. Although their version charted, that success was based on the momentum created by their one true hit, "You Were on My Mind", recorded and released in 1965. A great song and performance.

Sd Auntie said...

Get Together is another favorite.I thought they had more hits and I do remember that public service announcement! Excellent memory Doug. I have all a mish mash of 60 70 80 and 90 on my spotify faborites.

Sd Auntie said...

favorites. The midspellings.

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