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One and Done

I don’t know where my head was on Friday.

It was One Hit Wonder Day! I already missed International Bacon Day (September 8th). And National Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th). I simply cannot overlook ANOTHER September holiday, even if I am 3 days late.

So here’s my list of one-hit faves from the past 3 decades. And these aren’t remakes (sorry The Ataris and your “The Boys of Summer”), or celebs turned musicians (that means YOU, Eddie Murphy, AND your girl who wants to “Party All the Time”). These are actual songs from artists who hit Billboard’s Top 40 once, and that was it.

One and done.

Oh, and I decided to cut the 2000’s off at 2002, figuring if they haven’t recorded a second hit in the last 7 years, they probably don’t have another one left in them…

1970: The Five Stairsteps, “O-o-h Child”
1971: Jean Knight, “Mr. Big Stuff”
1972: Looking Glass, “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)”
1973: King Harvest, “Dancin’ in the Moonlight”
1974: Blue Swede, “Hooked on a Feeling”
1975: Morris Albert, “Feelings” (totally kidding, 1975, it seems was TOTAL crap for OHWs)
1976: Vicki Sue Robinson, “Turn the Beat Around”
1977: Thelma Houston, “Don’t Leave Me this Way”
1978: Alicia Bridges, “I Love the Nightlife (Disco ‘Round)"
1979: TIE -- The Knack, “My Sharona” and Kermit the Frog, “Rainbow Connection”

1980: The Sugarhill Gang, “Rapper’s Delight”
1981: Tommy Tutone, “867-5309/Jenny” (for obvious reasons)
1982: Soft Cell, “Tainted Love”
1983: TIE -- Dexy’s Midnight Runners, “Come on Eileen” and Taco, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”
1984: TIE -- Nena, “99 Luftballons” and Shannon, “Let the Music Play”
1985: TIE -- Falco, “Rock Me Amadeus” and Murray Head, “One Night in Bangkok”
1986: Timbuk 3, “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”
1987: TIE -- Breakfast Club, “Right on Track” and Bill Medley, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”
1988: TIE -- The Church, “Under the Milky Way” and Midnight Oil, “Beds Are Burning”
1989: Jeff Healey Band, “Angel Eyes”

1990: Michael Penn, “No Myth”
1991: Divinyls, “I Touch Myself”
1992: Sir Mix-a-Lot, “Baby Got Back”
1993: 4 Non Blondes, “What’s Up?”
1994: Nothing good happened in '94, unless you count the Crash Test Dummies (which I do not)
1995: Edwin Collins, “A Girl Like You”
1996: Seven Mary Three, “Cumbersome”
1997: Chumbawamba, “Tubthumping”
1998: TIE -- The Verve, “Bittersweet Symphony” and Semisonic, “Closing Time”
1999: TIE -- Eagle Eye Cherry, “Save Tonight” and Shawn Mullins, “Lullaby”

2000: Nine Days, “Absolutely (Story of a Girl)”
2001: TIE – Fuel, “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” and Willa Ford, “I Wanna Be Bad”
2002: Jimmy Eat World, "The Middle"

So that's my list, for better or worse. Am I missing YOUR favorite ditty? Too bad.

Jokes, jokes... add them below.


Anonymous said...

Wow..... How do you put Fuel and Sir-Mix-A-Lot on the same list?

Anonymous said...

Ever heard of a little song called, "Mickey," by Toni Basil?

How is this not on your list???? :)

Jenny From The 'Brook said...

Anon #1: My music tastes are ecclectic. If you think Fuel and Sir Mix a Lot is bad, check this out:

Anon #2: I struggled with that one, but ultimately decided it was annoying. Tainted Love is a much better choice for 1982.

Anonymous said...

“Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” is not even Fuel's best song..."Shimmer!" How can Shimmer not be top 40???

Anonymous said...

Also...good point...How about Paperboy and the Ditty!!

Jenny From The 'Brook said...

Anon #3: You got me. LOVE Shimmer.

Anon #4: Don't remember those two. Will check them out!