One-hit wonders

Stworzone przez Alma Barroca dnia 17 li. 2018 | Ostatnio edytowano przez Alma Barroca dnia 06 gru. 2018

Collection that will feature artists known for a song only, usually disappearing from the public eye after sometime, without releasing other songs as successful.

Artysta | Brazil MPB

Only hit: Palpite.

Artysta | Brazil Pop

Only hit: Feelings.

Top song:  Feelings

Only hit: Come On Eileen.

Top song:  Come On Eileen
Artysta | Germany Latino

Only hit: Mambo Nº 5.

Artysta | Belgium Pop

Only hit: Born to be Alive.

Top song:  Born to Be Alive

Only hit: The Eye of the Tiger.

Only hit: My Sharona.

Top song:  My Sharona

Only hit: Words.

Artysta | Canada Rock

Only hit: Mmmh Mmmh Mmmh Mmmh.

12. Haddaway

Only hit: What is Love.

Artysta | United States Pop

Only hit: Tell Him.

Top song:  Tell Him

Only hit: Maniac.

Top song:  Maniac
15. Baltimora
Artysta | Italy Dance

Only hit: Tarzan Boy.


Only hit: (I Just) Died in Your Arms.

17. Deee-Lite
Artysta | United States Pop

Only hit: Groove Is In The Heart.

Only hit: I'm Too Sexy.

Only hit: What's Up.

20. Century
Artysta | France Pop

Only hit: Lover Why.

Artysta | Spain Flamenco Pop

Only hit: Aserejé.

Artysta | Jamaica Pop

Only hit: Kung Fu Fighting.

Top song:  Kung Fu Fighting
23. Nazareth

Only hit: Love Hurts.

Artysta | Spain Latino

Only hit: Macarena.

25. O-Zone

Only hit: Dragostea din tei.

26. Visage

Only hit: Fade to Grey.

27. Gazebo
Artysta | Italy Rock

Only hit: I Like Chopin.

Artysta | France

Only hit: Chacun fait c'qui lui plaît.

30. Nena
Artysta | Germany Pop

Only hit: 99 Luftballons.

Only hit: Nothing Compares 2 U.

32. Baha Men

Only hit: Who Let The Dogs Out.

Artysta | Australia Pop

Only hit: Torn (Ednaswap cover).

Only hit: Do You Love Me.

Top song:  Do You Love Me

Only hit: Fight Song.

Only hit: When The Rain Begins To Fall.

Only hit: I'll Be There For You.

Only hit: Surfin' Bird.

Top song:  Surfin' Bird
Artysta | Ireland Rock

Only hit: The days of Pearly Spencer.

40. Extreme

Only hit: More Than Words.

41. Texas

Only hit: Summer Son.

Only hit: Tô Nem Aí.

Only hit: First Time.

Only hit: Reality.

Top 3 songs:  Reality Sun Go On Forever
45. Opus
Artysta | Austria Pop

Only hit: Live is Life.

Top song:  Live Is Life
Artysta | France Pop New Wave

Only hit: Voyage, Voyage.

Only hit: In the Year 2525.

Top song:  In the Year 2525

Only hit: Would I Lie To You?.

Only hit: Runaway Train.

Only hit: Missing.

Top 3 songs:  Missing Driving Take Me
Artysta | France Folk

Only hit: Prayer in C.

Artysta | Honduras Dance

Only hit: Sopa de Caracol.

Top song:  Sopa de Caracol
54. Des'ree

Only hit: Life.

56. Sarajane
Artysta | Brazil

Only hit: A Roda.

Top song:  A Roda
Moje komentarze
Alma Barroca    niedz., 18/11/2018 - 18:24

Hi! Thanks for these. I'll add them, but as I'm a detail oriented person, which is their one and only hit?

Diazepan Medina    niedz., 18/11/2018 - 20:06

Morris Albert - Feelings
Dexys Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
The Archies - Sugar Sugar
Lou Bega - Mambo nº 5
Shocking Blue - Venus
Patrick Hernandez - Born to be alive
Survivor - The eye of the tiger
The Knack - My Sharona
F.R. David - Words
Crash Test Dummies - Mmmh Mmmh Mmmh Mmmh
Haddaway - What is love
The Exciters - Tell him
Michael Sembello - Maniac
Baltimora - Tarzan Boy
Cutting Crew - (I Just) Died In Your Arms
Deee-Lite - Groove is in the heart
Right Said Fred - I'm too sexy

BreezyDay    niedz., 18/11/2018 - 22:15

Oh it's so much fun to read this list. Thanks Diazepan Medina and Alma Barroca!!

Achampnator    niedz., 18/11/2018 - 18:28

From Lou Bega would I say is it Mambo No. 5

BreezyDay    sob., 24/11/2018 - 01:27

The USA never appreciated Big Country. I've read that a lot of their music is great. I'm going to check out their UK hits. . .I love their guitars which are "evocative" of Scottish instruments and also the Scottish accent of the lead singer.

Some bands may have only had one hit but that doesn't mean their other music wasn't good. I wonder if Rickie Lee Jones' Chuck E's in Love is considered a OHW. The entire album was good, although a bit depressing and high in estrogen. (I love Night Train and Young Blood.)

Thanks for the links to these lists. It helped me to find some fun music that I had forgotten about. I will go through the lists more carefully when I have time. . .

Sailor PokeMoon2    sob., 24/11/2018 - 02:01

What's Up did make somewhat of a comeback thanks to a He-Man YouTube video parody but the comeback may have been a bad thing too ha ha

Diazepan Medina    sob., 24/11/2018 - 01:45

Not precisely a one hit wonder. Her version of "Never can say goodbye" was in fact her first hit.

maluca    sob., 24/11/2018 - 02:08

I think a real One-Hit-Wonder would have only one song entry here on lyricstranslate with lots of translations added to it... Wink smile

Sailor PokeMoon2    sob., 24/11/2018 - 02:09

Yeah I noticed that after I checked to see if "Where'd You Go?" was on lyricstranslate

Sailor PokeMoon2    sob., 24/11/2018 - 02:34

Yeah I know but maybe they are considered one hit wonders because of who they collaborated with for that particular song?

Sailor PokeMoon2    sob., 24/11/2018 - 02:42

Well many people consider them a one hit wonder but I don't because I have seen on YouTube people using other songs by them but it's called Where'd You Go? by Fort Minor

I forgot who sung this one but it's an annoying cheerleadering song: Hey Mickey!

(Now You're Just) Somebody I Used To Know

(I'm a) Bitch!

Born to be wild (I think that was a one hit wonder)

The Buggles - "Video Killed the Radio Star" (1980)

I'm Blue

Bow Wow Wow: I Want Candy

Anita Ward – "Ring My Bell" (1979) (I HATE that song! She sounds so annoying)

Willow Smith: Whip My Hair

Devo: Whip It!

Don't You Forget About Me (known for playing in the movie The Breakfast Club)

The Weathergirls: It's Raining Men!

Spirit in the Sky

She Blinded me with Science!

a-Ha: Take on me (even though Deadpool helped the song comeback)

Jump 'n the Saddle Band – "The Curly Shuffle" (1984)

Twisted Sister - "We're Not Gonna Take It" (1984) (I disagree with this one as well)

Nena – "99 Luftballons" (1984) and also the English version 99 Red balloons
John Waite - "Missing You" (1984)

Rockwell - "Somebody's Watching Me" (1984) (Michael Jackson has a small part in this song)

Harold Faltermeyer - "Axel F" (1985) better known as Crazy Frog

The Hamster Dance

The Safety Dance

Pretty Poison: Catch Me (I'm Falling)

Don't Worry Be Happy (NOT by Bob Marley!)

EMF: Unbelievable

Sinead O'Connor – "Nothing Compares 2 U" (1990)

Mellow Man Ace – "Mentirosa" (1990)

Candyman – "Knockin' Boots" (1990)
Deee-Lite – "Groove Is in the Heart" (1991)

Tom Cochrane – "Life Is a Highway" (1992) (The Rascal Flats later covered this song which made it's way into the first Disney Cars movie.)

Sir Mix-A-Lot – "Baby Got Back" (1992)

Kris Kross – "Jump" (1992)

Billy Ray Cyrus – "Achy Breaky Heart" (1992)

House of Pain – "Jump Around" (1992)

Aqua: Barbie Girl

95 South – "Whoot, There It Is" (1993) (no basketball game was complete without this song)

Tag Team – "Whoomp! (There It Is)" (1993)

Blind Melon – "No Rain" (1993)

The Proclaimers – "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" (1993)

Lit: My Own Worst Enemy

Tal Bachman – "She's So High" (1999)

The Calling – "Wherever You Will Go" (2002)

James Blunt – "You're Beautiful" (2006)

Bad Day

Metro Station: Shake It

tatu: All the things she said (I also disagree with this one.)

Cali Swag District – "Teach Me How to Dougie" (2010)

Gotye and Kimbra – "Somebody That I Used to Know" (2011)

Magic! – "Rude" (2013)

Tinashe – "2 On" (2014)

Fountains of Wayne – "Stacy's Mom" (2003)

Teenage Dirtbag

Nine Days – "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)" (2000) (this is the story of a girl, who cried a river and drowned the whole world...)

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT? (appeared in The Rugrats Movie)

Natalie Imbruglia – "Torn" (1997)

Tommy Tutone – "867-5309/Jenny" (1981)

Soft Cell – "Tainted Love" (1981)

King Harvest – "Dancing in the Moonlight" (1972)

Billy Paul – "Me and Mrs. Jones" (1972)

Mungo Jerry – "In the Summertime" (1970)

Edison Lighthouse – "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" (1970)

The Surfaris – "Wipe Out" (1963) (not very many words to that song)

Ronald & Ruby – "Lollipop" (1958)

Bobby Day – "Rockin' Robin" (1958)

The Monotones – "The Book of Love" (1958)

Laurie London – "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" (1958)

Diazepan Medina    sob., 24/11/2018 - 02:45

1) Toni Basil sang Hey Mickey

2) Simple Minds besides "Don't you forget about me" also had a couple hits more like "Alive and Kicking" (nº 3 in USA and nº 7 in UK) and "Belfast Child" (nº 1 in UK)

3) A-ha is a one-hit wonder ONLY IN USA. In the UK they had 6 singles on the top 5

Sailor PokeMoon2    sob., 24/11/2018 - 02:50

1) yes I know that but my spell check would not let me keep her name!

2) and yet they are still considered one hit wonders -.-

Diazepan Medina    sob., 24/11/2018 - 02:53

I know

Another thing. It aches me to consider Men without hats as a one hit wonder. Maybe because "Pop goes the world" was so underrated, and still a soccer fans classic

Sailor PokeMoon2    sob., 24/11/2018 - 03:16

Yeah maybe so. I know I left many "I disagree with this one" comments but too many people consider them one hit wonders. It pains me to consider Fort Minor as one hit wonders too!

maluca    sob., 24/11/2018 - 14:50

Nena was also no one-hit-wonder, she had several hits and is still popular in Germany.

Sailor PokeMoon2    sob., 24/11/2018 - 02:48

The Contours – "Do You Love Me" (1962)

The MASH "Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)" (it actuality has words to it)

Michael Andrews and Gary Jules "Mad World"

Rachel Platten "Fight Song" (the UK considers it an one hit wonder)

Sailor PokeMoon2    sob., 24/11/2018 - 03:18

Here are some well known songs but they are considered one hit wonder collaborations

Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, "Ebony and Ivory" (1982)
Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson, "I Know Him So Well" (1985)
David Bowie and Mick Jagger, "Dancing in the Street" (1985)

maluca    sob., 24/11/2018 - 14:54

Jermaine Jackson & Pia Zadora - When The Rain Begins To Fall

Sailor PokeMoon2    sob., 24/11/2018 - 03:43

Do the Bartman

Turtle Power

Eh-Oh! (From the Teletubbies... I have no clue how that song charted in the UK -.-)

Oochie Coochie (1991) I'm sure I misspelled that)

M People: Moving on up

Rednex: Cotton Eyed Joe (where did this group come from and where did they go?)

The Rembrandts: I'll Be There For You (better known as the opening theme song from Friends)

Des'ree: You Gatta Be

Soul Asylum: Runway Train

Snow Patrol: Chasing Cars

The Party of Five theme song

Sailor PokeMoon2    sob., 24/11/2018 - 08:21

This group seems to be one hit wonders as well 🤔 because I've only heard of 2 of their songs but I've heard this song the most:

Yakety Yak is a song written, produced, and arranged by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller for The Coasters and released on Atco Records in 1958, spending seven weeks as #1 on the R&B charts and a week as number one on the Top 100 pop list. This song was one of a string of singles released by The Coasters between 1957 and 1959 that dominated the charts, one of the biggest performing acts of the rock and roll era.

The song is a "playlet," a word Stoller used for the glimpses into teenage life that characterized the songs Leiber and Stoller wrote and produced. The lyrics describe the listing of household chores to a kid, presumably a teenager, the teenager's response ("yakety yak") and the parents' retort ("don't talk back") — an experience very familiar to a middle-class teenager of the day. Leiber has said the Coasters portrayed "a white kid’s view of a black person’s conception of white society." The serio-comic street-smart “playlets” etched out by the songwriters were sung by the Coasters with a sly clowning humor, while the saxophone of King Curtis filled in, in the up-tempo doo-wop style. The group was openly "theatrical" in style—they were not pretending to be expressing their own experience.

The threatened punishment for not taking out the garbage and sweeping the floor is, in the song's humorous lyrics:

"You ain't gonna rock and roll no more,"
And the refrain is:

"Yakety yak; don't talk back."

Popular culture

Québécois duo Les Jérolas recorded in 1959 a French version "Rouspet' pas"
The sax solo by King Curtis inspired the 1963 Boots Randolph song "Yakety Sax"
Sha Na Na performed this as part of their set at the original Woodstock Festival and recorded 2 live covers of the song in 1971 and 1972
The song was covered by Jan & Dean and was planned to be released on their album Carnival of Sound in 1968. Carnival of Sound was not released until 2010.
Lee Perry released a cover version in 1969 (as Lee Perry and the Upsetters), altering the lyric "You ain't gonna rock and roll no more" to "You ain't gonna reggae reggae reggae no more"
The Pipkins covered their song in 1970, produced by John Burgess.
Electronic/disco group El Coco covered this song in 1975 with some comedy elements, taken from their debut album, Mondo Disco, released on AVI Records.
Vince Vance & The Valiants, one of multiple groups parodying Barbara Ann as "Bomb Iran" in 1980, created a similarly themed 2005 parody called "Yakety Yak (Bomb Iraq)".
Stand by Me, the 1986 classic coming of age drama included "Yakety Yak" on its iconic soundtrack.
The song has also been mixed & recorded by 2 Live Crew for the 1988 movie Twins. In the same film, Julius (Arnold Schwarzenegger) sings along, with hilarious results, as the song plays in his earphones while flying to the United States.
The song is sung by the Coasters in the 1988 horror-comedy Phantom of the Ritz which the four-man group makes a cameo appearance.
It has also served as the theme to Clive Anderson's chat-show Clive Anderson Talks Back during the 1990s, and as the opening theme of the 1988 movie The Great Outdoors.
It was the inspiration and theme song for the 2002-2003 Canadian/Australian animated series, Yakkity Yak.
A modified version, "Yakety Yak, Take it Back", was used in a 1990 all-star PSA for the Take It Back Foundation.
A music video starring Plucky Duck as the kid tasked with chores, and a group of anthropomorphic yaks in police officer suits, aired on the 90th episode of Tiny Toon Adventures and used in The Plucky Duck Show.
The song was parodied for use in adverts for Radox bath soak and McCain Micro Chips in the 1980s and 1990s respectively.
The song name was used for the code name of Ubuntu 16.10, a Linux operating system with its versions all named after animals.
Phantom Planet covered this song for the soundtrack of the 1999 film Mumford.

Sailor PokeMoon2    sob., 24/11/2018 - 16:30

That's because everybody has already heard that the bird is the word

Sailor PokeMoon2    śr., 28/11/2018 - 04:30

Another song that comes to my mind is Mmmmbop by the Hansons as a one hit wonder

BreezyDay    pt., 30/11/2018 - 03:43

Oh I remember hearing Sopa de Caracol twenty years ago at a wedding reception, covered by a little three-man band. What a great memory. It came into my head many times over the years and I knew it was about sopa (soup) but didn't know the name. (Still don't know Spanish though.)

maluca    pt., 30/11/2018 - 03:46

It's mostly in Garifuna.