It's One-Hit Wonder Day!

Todd-Spence by Todd-Spence on Sep. 25, 2013

One-Hit Wonders are grossly under-appreciated and left by the way side, never to be remembered again by any other song than that ONE hit they once had.  Today is National One-Hit Wonder Day and instead of celebrating the songs that we have heard our friends sing at karaoke numerous times, let's celebrate those OTHER great songs by those particular bands and artists.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones never had to knock on wood, but maybe they should've after releasing that one great ska-rock song.  Here's another great track from the Bosstones that not many people outside of the Boston area realize exists.




"My Sharona" is a personal favorite.  One of the best driving drum beats, as well as one of the most memorable guitar riffs ever created.  But The Knack had another great song from their first record Get The Knack alongside Sharona called "Siamese Twins (The Monkey and Me)".



It was closing time for Semisonic after they reached their peak with "Closing Time" from the album Feeling Strangely Fine.  What a great music video.  But little do people remember their other great song "Chemistry".  This song makes me want to wear shorts for some reason.



Filter is a band many people either like or dislike, so I'm sure some of you readers will think I'm in the wrong for calling them a One-Hit Wonder but no one can argue that "Take A Picture" was their biggest and singularly memorable hit by most people.  I for one dig the less appreciated "Hey Man, Nice Shot", especially when it appears in the also underappreciated film The Cable Guy.



It's a shame most of you only remember Devo for their energy dome hats and their hit "Whip It", because Devo has an incredible amount of other great songs.  Sure, they're not radio hits, but that's also what makes them great, the fact that you have to dig for them.  This song, "Girl U Want" was the first single from the album Freedom of Choice, which also held "Whip It" as the 3rd track.



The Darkness is amazing.  They really are.  Their song "I Believe In a Thing Called Love" allowed us to hear what heaven sounds like embodied in a human voice, so it's a crime most people don't know them for any other song.  This is the title track from their fantastic follow up album "One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back".


Fastball's "The Way" is about as catchy as it gets.  I still can sing the chorus verbatim, but let's take a moment today to remember their OTHER great tune, Out of My Head. Gotta love a good organ riff, even at funerals.


Blur's "Song 2" is hard to beat.  It's a great song, with a simple but memorable music video to accompany it.  But for my money, Blur's "Coffee and TV" is a much better song (and a great music video).

 

Okay, Eddie Money is more of a two hit wonder with "Take Me Home Tonight" and "Two Tickets to Paradise", but it's his song (that doesn't begin with a T) No Control from his 1982 album No Control, a biographical song about Eddie Money's loss of control with drugs, relationships and his temper, that deserves a hug too.

 

Despite Bobby Brown being most known for his song "My Prerogative" (I thought it was spelled Perogative, thanks Google!), his other much better song in my humbled opinion was his track from the Ghostbusters II soundtrack, "On Our Own".  Am I on my own with this one?

 

Did I miss anything?  Wish I put something on the list?  Write below in the comment section your favorite rarity from a "One-Hit Wonder"!

- Todd (follow me on twitter)

12 comments
cystic850
cystic850 User

I think the editor was trolling with this list

Rob-Main-516
Rob-Main-516 User

Ridiculous list, just... I don't know where to start.....

jbart321
jbart321 User

So glad The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are history.  What a shitty band.

SnaFubar2
SnaFubar2 User

For the Knack, instead of “Siamese Twins (The Monkey and Me)", I’d have gone with “Good Girls Don’t”.  For Devo, instead of “Girl U Want”, I’d have gone with either “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction” (a Rolling Stones cover) or “Working In The Coalmine” (a Lee Dorsey cover).  And though you are right on money with your choices for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Fastball, you are all wet about Eddie Money being a two-hit wonder.  Forget your suggestion “No Control” and look up “Baby Hold On”, “I Think I’m In Love”, “I Wanna Go Back” and “Walk On Water”.  Eddie Money had eleven Top-40 hits between 1978 and 1991!

Ebenwolfe
Ebenwolfe

@Todd_Spence He's listed a song by Blur,1 of the most influential Brit-pop bands of 80/90s.The writer's an idiot who knows nothing of music

Ebenwolfe
Ebenwolfe

@Todd_Spence He's listed a song by Blur,1 of the most influential Brit-pop bands of the 80s.The writer's an idiot who knows nothing of music

S31FER
S31FER User

Filter isn't a "one hit wonder", they had several hits throughout the 90's and their music has been used a lot in movie sound tracks.  I also love "Hey man nice shot".  Another good one is "Take my picture" (or whatever that track is called.)


Devo is also awesome, they released a new album a couple of years ago. 

kingadjon
kingadjon User

Squirrel nut zippers suck!

jbart321
jbart321 User

@Ebenwolfe @Todd_Spence Just because a band has longevity doesn't make their songs hits.  Blur had one song that was a hit.  So, one hit wonder fits them perfectly.

Matt-Kim-806
Matt-Kim-806 User

@Ebenwolfe @Todd_Spence yeah... i thought a one hit wonder was the one moment a less skilled band out of desperate luck brought forth a hit

I at least know that Blur, Eddie money, and Fastball measurably accomplished too much to be on a list like this