One Hit Wonders

Every so often, a new hit song comes out by a relatively unknown artist and we find ourselves tapping our feet as it quickly gets stuck in our heads. Whether or not you like the song doesn’t come into it.

These songs climb the charts at supersonic speed and more often than not, we will never hear from the artist again.

These songs will spend time on the charts, be featured in movies, and sometimes, they are even nominated for Grammys. Unfortunately, any follow up singles do poorly on the charts or don’t hit the chart at all.

We’ve put together a list of one hit wonders that will not only take you down memory lane and hopefully make you tap your toes one more time. For those of you with teenagers in the house – prepare yourself for the latest one hit wonder – What did the fox say?

Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles (1979)
Released in 1979, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles found itself at the top of the charts in not one but a few countries.  The song’s about the technological change in the 60’s. 

Come On Eileen- Dexys Midnight Runners (1982)

In 1982, “Come On Eileen” by the English pop group, the Dexys Midnight Runners climbed the charts and made VH1’s 100 Greatest One-hit Wonders of all time list at no.3.


99 Luftballons- Nena (1984)

99 Luftballons was originally sang in German then later re-recorded in English as 99 Red Ballons. It was a protest song that was sang by Nena, a German singer. The song described 99 balloons floating into the air. It was released in 1984 and was number 20 on the US chart and number 1 on the UK charts.

The Macarena-Los Del Rio (1995)

The Macarena by Los Del Rio became a dance sensation in 1995. It remained on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for 60 weeks, breaking the record for being in the No.1 position the longest. The record was  broken in 2010 by Adele’s hit “Rolling in the Deep,” which was then beat by LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem.” In 2002, The Macarena was named the greatest one-hit wonder of all time by VH1.

Mambo No. 5- Lou Bega (1999)

Mambo No. 5 was originally recorded in 1949 but found popularity in 1999 when Lou Bega sampled the original. The song hit number one in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. Later singles of Bega’s appeared on various charts, but he never reached the same success.


Bad Day- Daniel Powter (2005)

In 2005, Daniel Powter was the only solo artist without a previous Hot 100 single to hit No. 1 that year with his song, “Bad Day.” The song became a sensation and even received a Grammy nomination in 2007 for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. His following singles failed to reach the same success.

Gangnam Style

Unless you were living under a rock, bridge or stranded on a remote island, you know all about Gangnam Style. The name of the artist you will probably forget but never this dance. Celebs including One Direction, Madonna, Britney and Hugh Jackman have also been unable to resist getting involved.


What does the fox say?

The latest, in what will probably be a one hit wonder, is an electronic dance number and viral video by Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis. The video was posted on YouTube on the 3rd September this year and already has over 230 million hits to date. It’s the highest ranked song by a Norwegian artist since A-ha’s “Take on Me” in 1985. With over 230 million hits.

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