If you hear the phrase ‘one hit wonders’ what do you think of?
The world of music is littered with artists and bands who have tasted brief success but who never went on to sell album after album.
Here, we’ve picked some of the finest examples of these hits. Some will be instantly memorable from 90s school discos while others just scream’ cheese’!
As part of #OneHitWonderDay, here’s a chance to reminisce and to wonder what part of obscurity these artists ended up in…
The very best one hit wonders…
Chesney Hawkes – One And Lonely
Possibly the song with the most ironic name given it was Chesney’s one and only hit, it still gave him enough success to mean he can still regularly turn up to Freshers parties and graduation balls…
Nizlopi – JCB
I’m Luke, I’m 5 and my Dad’s Bruce Lee – that’s enough for us, we’ll back away slowly! It’s hard to believe this tune only just missed out on being a Christmas Number 1 – beaten by X factor winner Shayne Ward of all people!
The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star
The song of retro dance clubs everywhere, Video Killed The Radio Star topped an incredible 16 international charts, although success in the USA was limited.
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
One of many songs that you’ll find in a wedding DJ’s collection (many of the others are in this list too), this is a classic that everyone knows regardless of age!
Baha Men – Who Let The Dogs Out
Do you remember this classic? If you don’t just watch the video as we’re sure it will jog your memory!
Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe
Another wedding or barn dance cracker – it’s just a shame that Rednex disappeared as quickly as they found fame!
Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby
Stop, collaborate and listen, Ice is back with my brand new invention… It’s hard to believe it’s now 25 years old, but we guarantee that there will be very few people out there who don’t recognise the catchy lyrics of this one…
Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
One of the biggest rock staples of the 90’s, the huge success of Iris transformed the fortunes of the band – well for a short time anyway! Amazingly, it peaked at 50 in the UK singles chart!
Charles and Eddie – Would I Lie To You
The debut song from American R&B duo Charles and Eddie hit number 1 in the UK and a handful of other countries and scooped several awards, yet the pair never failed to build on its success!
The Cheeky Girls – Cheeky Song
Yes we included it. No we don’t really know why. (Who doesn’t secretly love this song?)
Chumbawumba – Tubthumping
A nomination for Best British Single at the 1998 Brits, the song’s tagline “I get knocked down, but i get up again” is a go to for anyone trying to think of anything even remotely inspiring to say…
Los del Rio – Macarena
Know the moves? No? Never mind, because there’s a video to help you get it just perfect at 3AM on a Saturday night…
Eiffel 65 -Blue (Da Ba Dee)
I’m Blue da ba dee dabba da – the character is blue and the lyrics really are that simple! It’s catchy and memorable but Eiffel 65 went very quiet after this…
New Radicals – You Get What You Give
Despite only being together for two years, the New Radicals did have time to release this classic – now found in ‘cheese’ rooms up and down the country!
Babylon Zoo – Spaceman
Remembered mainly for its part in a jeans ad in the mid 90’s, Babylon Zoo’s hit spent five weeks at number one and became the fastest selling single since the Beetles in the first week after release. That was as good as it got got the band though…
3 Of A Kind – Baby Cakes
Baby Cakes was the song that kept the Libertines hit “Can’t Stand Me Now” from top spot in the singles chart in 2004. But efforts to record a follow-up failed miserably and the trio never had another hit!
Deep Blue Something – Breakfast At Tiffany’s
The band’s biggest and only hit, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is ridiculously catchy. Unfortunately one song wasn’t enough to keep the band at the forefront of musical stardom.
Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
Because nothing compares to this song – obviously!
Are any of these your favourite one hit wonders? Or have we missed your one off the list?