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Favorite one-hit wonders

  1. Dec 23, 2005 #1
    What songs played by groups topping the rock charts only once send you on a "natural" rush?
     
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  3. Dec 23, 2005 #2

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    "Keep Our Love Alive" by Patricia Dahlquist

    That's the only one that comes to mind right now, but I'll think on it a while.

    edit: Nuts! I just realized that she had another hit, so that doesn't count.
     
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  4. Dec 23, 2005 #3
    Flock of seagulls "and I ran", Dexy and the Midnight runners' "come on eileen", or Nena and "99 Red Balloons"
     
  5. Dec 23, 2005 #4

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    I have a list of one hit wonders, but it will take me awhile to type it up.

    How about:

    God Spell - Day by Day
    Jo Jo Gunne - Run, Run, Run
    The Impressions - People Get Ready
    Mountain - Mississippi Queen
    Ides of March - Vehicle
    Lighthouse - One Fine Morning (Fred Garvin knows this one)
    Sweathog - Hallelujah
    Mocedades - Eres Tu
    Chambers Brothers - Time Has Come Today
    Cliff Nobles & Co - Horse
    Shocking Blue - Venus
    Edwin Star - War
    Vanity Faire - Hitchin' A Ride
    Blues Magoos - We Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
    Mike Curb Congregation - Burning Bridges (remember Kelly's Heroes)
    Armageddon - Silver Tightrope
    Argent - Hold Your Head Up

    and a really big one

    Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vita (and the whole ablum is excellent)

    if you want obscure - it probably wasn't a big hit but

    Crawler - Stone Cold Sober
     
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  6. Dec 23, 2005 #5

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    I am the one and only!
    Doo duh, duh duh duh doo doo doo....
     
  7. Dec 23, 2005 #6

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    Mate, were any of these actually any hit wonders, or was I born 20 years too late on the wrong continent?
     
  8. Dec 23, 2005 #7

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    One Tin Soldier by The Original Caste (Coven's version for 'Billy Jack' was a remake)
    Olive by Tokan
     
  9. Dec 23, 2005 #8

    Astronuc

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    Yeah brewnog, they were before your time.

    Free (1968-1973) - All Right Now (1970)
    Godspell - Day by Day (1972)
    Jo Jo Gunne (1971-1975) - Run, Run, Run (1972)
    The Impressions (1958-1983) - People Get Ready (1965)
    Mountain (1969-1972) - Mississippi Queen (1970)
    The Ides of March (1965-70's) - Vehicle (1970)
    Lighthouse (1968-1974) - One Fine Morning (1971) (Fred Garvin knows this one)
    Sweathog - Hallelujah (1972)
    Mocedades (1967-1990's) - Eres Tu (1967)
    Chambers Brothers (1954-1972) - Time Has Come Today (1968)
    Cliff Nobles & Co - The Horse (1968)
    Shocking Blue (1967-1974) - Venus (1969)
    Edwin Starr - War (1970)
    Vanity Faire - Hitchin' A Ride (1969)
    Blues Magoos (1964-1969) - We Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet (1967)
    Mike Curb Congregation - Burning Bridges (1970) (remember Kelly's Heroes)
    Armageddon (1974-1976) - Silver Tightrope (1975)
    Argent (1969-1976) - Hold Your Head Up (1973)

    Golden Earring (1964-1982) - Radar Love (1974) - group comeback with Twighlight Zone (1982)

    Iron Butterfly (1966-1971) - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vita (1968) (and the whole ablum is excellent)


    Crawler (1977-1980) - Stone Cold Sober (1977)

    and Coven's single "One Tin Soldier (The Legend of Billy Jack)" was in 1971.
     
  10. Dec 24, 2005 #9
    Flock of Seagulls also did the spaceage love song. So they don't count.

    Many people think that Men Without Hats had only one hit which would be Safety Dance. But they had one other. I know what it was, does anyone else?

    People also think The Other Ones had just one hit being Holiday. But once again, there is another that no one ever remembers.

    Yet another is Dead or Alive, but I think most people who remember them at all can tell you both of their hits.

    Does anyone remember Tim Buck 3? Sly Fox? When in Rome? The Underworld? Billie Meyers? How about Chumbawamba? They aren't very big here in the U.S., but do well in Europe and the U.K. if I recall correctly.



    I can't believe Funkytown hasn't been mentioned!
     
  11. Dec 24, 2005 #10
    fourier jr's list:
    kung fu fighting -- carl douglas
    what's up -- 4 non blondes
    barbie girl -- aqua
    bust a move -- young mc
    puttin on the ritz -- taco
    maniac -- michael sembello
    mambo #5 -- lou bega
    i'm gonna be (500 miles) -- the proclaimers
    rock & roll pt 2 -- gary glitter
    don't worry be happy -- bobby mcferrin
    lovefool -- the cardigans
    big country -- big country
    turning japanese -- the vapors
    b!tch -- meredith brooks
    whip it -- devo
    tubthumping -- chumbawumba
    play that funky music -- wild cherry
    in-a-gadda-da-vida -- iron butterfly, already mentioned
    i like big butts -- sir mixalot
    99 luftballons -- nena/goldfinger
    ice ice baby -- vanilla ice
    mickey -- ton basil
    i'm too sexy -- right said fred
    the macarena -- los del rio
     
  12. Dec 24, 2005 #11
    a few more:
    i want candy -- bow wow wow
    whoomp there it is -- tag team
    informer -- snow
    born slippy -- underworld
    harmour love -- syreeta (not really a hit i don't think)
    mmm mmm mmm mmm -- crash test dummies
    convoy -- cw mccall
    a girl like you -- edwin collins
    loving you -- minnie riperton
    somebody's watching me -- rockwell
    i touch myself -- the divinyls
    bittersweet symphony -- the verve
    i melt with you -- modern english
     
  13. Dec 24, 2005 #12

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    Abracadabra-Steve Miller Band
    In the Eye of the Tiger-The Survivors(?)
     
  14. Dec 24, 2005 #13

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    Devo was not a one hit wonder. Maybe for the pop charts they were, but definitely not one hitters.
     
  15. Dec 24, 2005 #14

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    Some from my era...
    Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love (They were nothing without Byrne!)
    Kajagoogoo - Too Shy
    Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come on Eileen
    Juice Newton - Queen of Hearts (ugh)
    Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians - What I Am
    Baltimora - Tarzan Boy (That one always makes me laugh)

    I'm not sure about this one, but my all time musical nemesis...
    Starland Vocal Band - Afternoon Delight
     
  16. Dec 24, 2005 #15

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    I was going to call that one. Good catch.

    I couldn't make it through Safety Dance. I can't think of any others off the top of my head.

    You spin me right round baby right round like a record baby right round round round....gack! Also Brand New Lover. Those are the only two I can think of.

    Timbuck 3 and When in Rome were pretty big. The promise is a pretty well known tune.That Chumbawumba song needs to be obliterated from the planet. I put the Macarena ahead of that one.
     
  17. Dec 24, 2005 #16
    Wow. How old are you? Steve Miller had LOTS of hits. Survivor didn't have lots but they certainly had more than one.
     
  18. Dec 24, 2005 #17
    I'm pretty sure Kajagoogoo had more than one. I can't think of it at the moment. It will come to me in a couple of hours. Juice Newton also did Loves Been a Little Bit Hard On Me.
     
  19. Dec 24, 2005 #18
    Because I Got High - Afroman
     
  20. Dec 24, 2005 #19

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    They never reached Norway. Hence, they weren't hits.
     
  21. Dec 24, 2005 #20

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    :rofl: That's often the case. A popular artist may have multiple hits in one country, while only one hit overseas.

    Most of the music I really enjoy was produced 1975 and before. :cool:

    I am not old - just experienced. :biggrin:

    Probably another one hit wonder is John Butcher's "Holy War" (1987), which is a unique tune if you've ever heard it.

    And another tune I really liked back in my early teens was "Tighter, Tighter" by Alive n' Kickin' (~1970).
     
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