I completely forgot today was National One Hit Wonder Day. It’s kind of sad actually. Someone created a day where people can remember the fact that so many artists are long forgotten — except for that one song. Anyway, I decided to share some of my favorite one-hit wonders.
Az Yet – Last Night (Peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100)
I asked my Mom to name any one hit wonders she liked and Az Yet was the first artist to pop into her mind. Sorry, Az Yet.
Thomas Dobly – She Blinded Me with Science (Peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100)
I remember they used to play this song in the background of Pantene commercials back in the day.
The Sugar Hill Gang – Rapper’s Delight (Peaked at No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100)
I was stunned when I learned that Sugar Hill Gang never got another Top 40 hit after Rapper’s Delight. Some people just have no taste, even during hip hop’s glory days.
Tinashe – 2 On (feat. Schoolboy Q) (Peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100)
The fact that Tinashe is even on this list depresses me. I still haven’t given up hope on Tinashe scoring another pop hit.
Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting (Peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100)
The song was inspired by the popularity of Chinese martial arts films during the 1970s and became the first by a Jamaican artist to top the Hot 100. It’s also one of my all-time favorite songs from my childhood.
Baha Men – Who Let the Dogs Out (Peaked at No. 40 on the Billboard Hot 100)
I liked the song for about two weeks, maybe three but after a while, the constant airplay made me wish the song would slip into oblivion. I never meant for Baha Men’s career to disappear too.
Lou Bega – Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of…) (Peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100)
Another one of my favorite childhood songs, although I’m more familiar with the Disney version.
Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack (Peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100)
Another awesome jam that really should have had another follow up hit.
The Tings Tings – That’s Not My Name (Peaked at No. 39 on the Billboard Hot 100)
What’s sadder than the fact that this song is a one hit wonder? It’s not even their best song! Shut Up and Let Me Go will always be one of their better singles.
Shirley Murdock – As We Lay (Peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100)
Rounding out the list, my Mom used to play this song for me to encourage me to never be the “other” woman. I won’t Mom…I promise.