Ask anybody you meet to name a one hit wonder and they’ll be able to do it. We might not remember who sang it, but the melody is probably an earworm we can’t forget.
Like the Kandi Burruss hit that heads off the slideshow below. Sure, she’s a Grammy winner, but Porsha Williams landed more hits on Kenya Moore than Kandi landed on the charts as a solo artist.
And then there’s Brooke Hogan, Chumbawumba, and American Idol alums Elliott Yamin and Kimberly Locke!
One hit wonders are so ubiquitous Tom Hanks and Liv Tyler made a movie about them. Everybody remember pulling for Tom Everett Scott to get the girl and the gig? I do.
I also remember these 20 one hit wonders which are sure to rock your morning. Or just send you fondly strolling down Nostalgia Lane.
Afroman – Because I Got High
Well if this one hit wonder isn’t PERFECT for 4/20, we just don’t know what is.
Kandi – Don’t Think I’m Not
Before she was a Real Housewife of Atlanta, Kandi Burruss was going by Kandi and recording songs like “Don’t Think I’m Not.”
Norman Greenbaum – Spirit In The Sky
As an oft-featured song on movie soundtracks, it’s hard to believe Spirit In The Sky was Norman Greenbaum’s only hit.
D4L – Laffy Taffy
Hmmm, wonder if this was the inspiration for all of Miley Cyrus’ twerking? Or if maybe they were all just munching on Laffy Taffy and this is what came out of D4L’s jam session.
Brooke Hogan – About Us
Brooke Hogan, daughter of Hulk Hogan, tried to make it in the music business. She failed. It was epic.
Kimberly Locke – Eighth World Wonder
Kimberly Locke, another American Idol finalist, is also another one hit wonder. But hey, she had one, right? That’s more than Taylor Hicks can say, and he WON.
Asher Roth – I Love College
Do you know why Asher Roth loved college? Probably because he knew how to celebrate 4/20.
Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting
Don’t even try to pretend like you haven’t sung this song while ALSO pretending you’re really Kung Fu fighting.
Aqua – Barbie Girl
Barbie Girl. Because life is fantastic when you’re plastic. Or living off of air and light.
Mr. Big – To Be With You
Mr. Big’s “To Be With You” is like many of the 80s big hair ballads: the only one the band made.
Right Said Fred – I’m Too Sexy
Maybe you ARE too sexy for your shirt. If so, there’s a one hit wonder for that.
Nena – 99 Luftballoons
If you don’t know “99 Luftballoons” you should. Watch Wedding Crashers and get educated. Or just watch this video.
Elliott Yamin – Wait For You
Elliott Yamin, and American Idol finalist, has exactly ONE HIT under his post-Idol belt. But hey, it was a decent one?
Yael Naim – New Soul
After Yael Naim’s “New Soul” became the apple theme song, we didn’t hear anything else from her, which is too bad, because this song’s fun!
Baha Men – Who Let The Dogs Out
“Who Let The Dogs Out” was another song of summer that led the Baha Men….nowhere. Oh well.
Tony Basil – Mickey
Oh, Tony, it’s a pity, you don’t understand, that this song featuring you in a cheerleading skirt in your mid-30s was destined to be your only hit.
Chumbawumba – Tubthumping
This song probably became a one hit wonder because NO ONE KNOWS what “Tubthumping” is about! Except alcohol. We got that.
Len – Steal My Sunshine
“Steal My Sunshine” was Len’s ONLY hit, which all too often happens to songs of summer.
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20 One Hit Wonders We Love … or Love to Hate