Who Is Your Favorite One Hit Wonder?

by Britni Danielle

Over the weekend I was flipping through the channels on my radio when I heard a song I hadn’t heard in years: Joe Public’s Live and Learn. As I chair-danced to the song, which was pretty big during my childhood, I began to think of all of the other ditties I loved, but the artists just didn’t quite make it.

In a culture that is known for fleeting success, one hit wonders are the backbone of the music industry because their hit songs generate much-needed cash and buzz, despite their albums possibly becoming utter flops.

From Joe Public and Mad Lion, to Candyman, MC Brains, Positive K, Men At Large, and Wreckx-n-Effect, one hit wonders churned out some of the best music of my youth, despite not being able to follow up on their success.

Which one hit wonders were your favorite? 

  • lady t

    girl don’t make me wait……make love to me.

  • Dalili

    We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off – Jermaine Stewart
    In My House – The Mary Jane Girls
    What Is Love – Haddaway
    Pass the Dutchie – Musical Youth
    I Touch Myself – The Divinyls
    Heart and Soul – T’Pau
    Sinead O’Connor -Nothing Compares 2U
    Filter-Take a Picture
    Sonique- It Feels So Good
    Lucy Pearl -Dance Tonight

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    I suppose if I had to pick just one I’d pick Jimi Hendrix. Despite being a musical legend Jimi Hendrix only had one legitimate hit and that was an album, Electric Ladyland. Which reached number 1 on the album chart. Otherwise amazingly Jimi never had a single to reach number 1 on the charts nor any other album to reach number 1.

  • Naffy

    The Mary Jane Girls weren’t one hit wonders. Besides In My House, they had All Night Long and Candy Man.

  • Naffy

    Shake You Down – Gregory Abbott
    Just Got Paid – Johnny Kemp

    Many more but those sprung to mind first lol.

  • Dalili

    Oh? My mistake. This was the only song I knew of.

  • stellaxo

    sorry, (and yes, I’m biased) but Hendrix is not, NOT a one hit wonder. come onnn.
    i don’t care whether the billboard charts reflect your sentiments or not.
    to further my point, i think one hit wonders are musicians that in order to reference, you’d have to mention the title of the song, and not the name of the artist.
    Hendrix isn’t recognized as the greatest guitarist of all time, nor is he known for revolutionizing the way the guitar is played, nor is he regarded as an icon, simply because of a magical, out-of-nowhere hit.
    idk, to me thats like saying the beatles are a one hit wonder. even though their music may be used and popularized again by commercials, they still don’t fit the category.

    To answer the question though, i have a few, but one i can think of off the top of my head would be Hang on Sloopy by the McCoys.

  • Hushpuppies

    Right Said Fred.

  • http://theposhbrownboutique.bigcartel.com/ jenna pearle

    loved the gregory abbott album “shake you down.”

    the heights “how do you talk to an angel”
    laurnea “infatuation” album
    billy lawrence “happiness”
    bush babees
    cha-cha “dear diary”

    any many other forgettable names with memorable songs from the 80s.
    p.s- some consider digable planets one hit wonders (not me). if so, they’re my faves.

  • Jinx Moneypenny

    Jimmy Ray – Who Is Jimmy Ray?
    Deee-Lite – Groove Is In the Heart
    M2M – Don’t Say You Love Me
    Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee)
    Hoku – Another Dumb Blonde
    Alice Deejay – Better Off Alone
    Samantha Mumba – Gotta Tell You

    and the list goes on and on and on, lol.

  • Roberta

    Heaven Help Me – Deon Estus with George Michael

  • Whatever

    Wow, I loved that Joe Public song!

    Koffee Brown – After Party

    Souls of Mischief – ’93 til Infinity

    Portrait – Here We Go

    Az Yet – Last Night

    Blind Melon – No Rain

    Jeff Redd – You Called and Told Me

    Mona Lisa – You Can’t Be Wasting My Time

    Gina Thompson – The Things You Do

  • Mimzi

    Maaaaaannnn Lucy Pearl Dance Tonight is IT!!!!
    My favorite game is to go on youtube, play dance tonight, and then click on related videos until i get a crappy song and start all over. I find so many throw backs that way! Koffee Brown After Party anyone???

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val


    “i think one hit wonders are musicians that in order to reference, you’d have to mention the title of the song, and not the name of the artist.”

    Logic is not one of your strong points is it. You are making up your own definition of what a one hit wonder is. Which means it would be impossible to have a conversation about one hit wonders if everyone had a different definition of what it was.

    A legitimate hit is a song that reached number one on a Billboard chart. If you want to expand the conversation a bit then you can include any song that was a top 10 hit.

    You are adding opinion where it’s not needed. Hendrix had no hits and yet he is considered a rock-n-roll great. That puts him at the top of any one hit wonder list.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    I LOVE that song! Perfect one hit wonder choice.

  • rosie

    I consider M2M, Hoku and Sam Mumba 2 hit wonders. :)

  • QCastle

    Souls of Mischief made your list? I cant lie. I only had one of their albums. LOL.

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

    Let’s see what I got here:

    Double XX Posse- Not Gonna Be Able To Do It
    Boy George- Don’t Take My Mind On A Trip
    Indeep- Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (Produced by Gene Griffin, of all people!!!)
    Rhonda Clark- Stay Here, Stay Near
    Jimmy Cozier- She’s All I Got
    Spacehog- In The Meantime
    Glenn Lewis- Don’t You Forget It
    Jane Child- Don’t Wanna Fall In Love
    Crowded House- Don’t Dream It’s Over

  • Roberta

    Ed O.G. and Da Bulldogs – I Gotta Have It
    KMD – Peach Fuzz and Blue Cheese

  • iQgraphics

    Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz

    Shout outs to my home girl baby daddy…
    What up P!

  • iQgraphics


  • iQgraphics

    LoKey – I got a thang for ya (loved the album)
    Lorena – Can’t let go

  • iQgraphics

    that lucy pearl album was sick.
    still gets play at my house

  • c0c0puffz

    “Return of the Mack” Mark Morisson.

  • iQgraphics

    laurena – Can’t let go

    I agree… posted it below but my comments are not sticking

  • stellaxo

    excuse me, you call this a game of logic??
    its an small, fun article asking a question having to do with pop culture…
    maybe i came at you a little harsh, but where does logic come into play in this process?
    why-were you trying to use it in your response?

    “You are making up your own definition of what a one hit wonder is.”
    This is a bad thing? (don’t you have your own definition? didn’t you proceed to state your own definition that helped you come up with your answer?)
    Its a *comments* section, not a research assignment, give me a break.
    Was everyone supposed to follow suit and pick their favorites from a list of 100 one hit wonders? must have missed the memo.
    there are artists who haven’t made #1 and are still regarded as one hit wonders; its a loose term to describe the career of an artist.

    “You are adding opinion where it’s not needed.”
    :) the things people say…
    [where else are my opinions not needed? on the weather? on a ballot for the upcoming election? please tell me more about when i should be silent!]
    but really, aren’t we all? nobody “needs” anyone’s opinion.

    even though my points of view have already been nulled by you :p
    the term “one hit wonder” isn’t necessarily a compliment to an artist, I’m sure you know.
    so by reducing a legendary guitarist to one,(still doesn’t make sense to me, but whatever) or by two people “making up your [their] definition of what _____ is”, a conversation/debate like this was probably bound to happen anyhow; either with you, or with two other people going back & forth over a different topic.

  • iQgraphics

    you are right

    but really, fcku billboard.
    They never get it right with respect to “certain” music.

  • iQgraphics

    is Toshi still making music? The Asian R&B wonder had heavy hitters like the artist formerly known as “Mos Def” and Angie Stone on his project. It was a great effort.

    Also Lo-Key – I don’t remember the name of the album but the song was “I got a Thang for ya”

    and please go download
    4.0′s song “Have a little Mercy”

  • Dalili

    Indeep- Last Night A DJ Saved My Life: Yes!!!

  • Dalili

    @Mimzi: LOL, I do that too!

    @iQgraphics: I loved the Lucy Pearl album too, Don’t Mess With My Man is another of my favorites.

  • Pearlsrevealed


  • Whatever


    That’s my Jam!

  • Whatever

    They sure did lol

    Let me add “Penny With a Hole In It” by Dionne Ferris

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

    “is Toshi still making music? The Asian R&B wonder had heavy hitters like the artist formerly known as “Mos Def” and Angie Stone on his project. It was a great effort.”

    As far as I know Toshi Kubota is still making music, but he made his final English album in 2004 after unsuccessfully trying to break into the American market for a decade. It’s kind of sad, because he was extremely talented and wasn’t promoted enough by Epic Records. But then again, around that time all they cared about was B2K, LMAO!

    Also Lo-Key – I don’t remember the name of the album but the song was “I got a Thang for ya”

    The name of the album was called “Where Dey At?”

    “and please go download
    4.0′s song “Have a little Mercy””

    4.0- like Lo-Key- were signed to Jam & Lewis’ Perspective Records label. That label had a lot of talent- outside of Mint Condition, Sounds Of Blackness and Solo- that should have went far, but didn’t. It’s sad because 4.0 had a great album.

  • http://twitter.com/shethrives11 SheThrives11

    yeah, “Mirror Mirror” was a 2nd hit for M2M, and “Baby Come Over” for Sam Mumba

  • http://twitter.com/shethrives11 SheThrives11


  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

    I honestly wouldn’t classify Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs as one hit wonders, because they also had the other hit singles “Bug-A-Boo” as well as “Be A Father To Your Child”. The only problem they had was suffering the sophomore jinx, but they are far from a one-hit wonder.

    I also wouldn’t classify KMD as a one hit wonder either. While “Peach Fuzz” was a hit, their bigger hit was “Who Me”. As far as I know, the UMC’s made “Blue Cheese”, not KMD.

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

    I showed my age by the mere notion of even mentioning that song, LOL!

  • iQgraphics


  • Dalili

    You and me both I guess. LOL! Loved that song though….still play it!

  • Alexandra

    ‘Uptown’ used to be blasted in my house everyday. My brothers and I loved that song!!
    Wow, I haven’t heard it in years. Thanks for mentioning, now I gotta go listen to it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ThisIsMissRae MissRae

    After Party-Koffee Brown. It is still listed on my Top 25 Most Played on my ipod, lol.

  • Alexandra

    Macarena – Los Del Rio
    Freaks – Lil’ Vicious (?)
    Drop it Low – Ester Dean

  • Dgrrl

    Sonique and Lucy Pearl—->YESSSSS!

  • Dgrrl


  • bongomongo

    lucy pearl was the first album i ever purchased and yes Koffee brown’s album was everything. my favourite albums

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