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It’s National One Hit Wonder Day! What’s Your Favorite?

By Kate Hudson | Celebrity | September 25, 2018 |

By Kate Hudson | Celebrity | September 25, 2018 |


I don’t make the rules, so when I see that it’s National One Hit Wonder Day, I take that at face value that it is. It’s not entirely clear just who created this “national holiday”, but I have a sneaking suspicion it was various members of Dexy’s Midnight Runners trying to finally get their due.


One Hit Wonder is usually said in a tone of dismissiveness—although how you could EVER be dismissive to Lou Bega, I don’t know. The fact of the matter is, ask any musician and you’ll know how hard it is to get any hit—so to write off an artist or act as a one hit wonder completely undercuts how hard it is to even reach that status.

Some one-hit wonders truly do deserve to go away and never be heard of again. (Looking squarely at you, Right Said Fred) but then there’s others who deserved a little bit more time in the sun (OMC. That first album has some great tracks on it.)

Since this is a made-up holiday with questionable origins, Twitter of course got in on the action with their own picks. Here’s some of the highlights:

Even fictional one hit wonders got some love…

As for the Overlords? Well, we had some spirited discussions over this and our picks…


“We have a love for early 90s dance in my office, so there are plenty of those ready to go. I hereby nominate Ebeneezer Goode, by The Shamen”


“99 Red Balloons in there or I riot. German version only!”:

“Awful tune. Play it when I’m drunk and I will jam the fuck out


“I mean, Harvey Danger shouldn’t really count as a one hit wonder because everyone else also listened to their other songs and loved them unironically just like me, right?”


“I like those one-hit wonders who a few of us continue to follow for the rest of their careers, but who are only popular to most people for that one song. Ben Folds is a little like that with ‘Brick,’ but my favorite is Crowded House, who had only one hit song in America (“Don’t Dream It’s Over,”) but they’re one of my favorite bands and I own all their albums, both pre Crowded House (Split Enz) and post (Finn), plus the five or six CH records.”

“This song does some wicked shit to my subconscious - once every few weeks, I wake up it with it stuck in my head feeling sad and heartbroken, like by 8th grade girlfriend just dumped me.”

“Robin Thicke will never have another hit, we all have weird feelings about the song now, but man it was INESCAPABLE for like six months.”

“Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia. Which is also a stellar cover song.

…and my picks?

Don’t act as if the Friends theme song doesn’t make you wanna get up and dance!

I may or may not have sought out “Cherry wine” in my mid-20s, and it was most definitely a hangover in a bottle.

And obviously the greatest song of all time…

Share your favorite below, but fair warning, anyone who mentions the Macarena is in danger of facing the ban hammer.


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