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A to Z Artists: One Hit Wonders

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I'm sure that you can name a couple of one hit wonders off the top of your head. Maybe that would be because you've seen the VH1's "Top 100 One Hit Wonders" special that they play sometimes, or maybe it's one of your favorite songs. Regardless, some songs can be stamped with a "One Hit Wonder" stamp.

To make sure that we're all on the same page, one hit wonders is the one song that it made by a band that gets a lot of attention, while the rest of the songs are almost completely ignored. In fact, some of your favorite songs could be one hit wonders and you may not even realize it.

I've got four lists of some famous one hit wonders to share with you today and then next week, I'm back with Fallyn on the regular schedule with 'H.'

The Year 2007's One Hit Wonders

- "We Fly High," Jim Jones
- "Here (In Your Arms)," Hellogoodbye
- "The Way I Live," Baby Boy Da Prince
- "Rock Yo Hips," Crime Mob
- "Party Like a Rockstar," Shop Boyz
- "Rehab," Amy Winehouse (This is actually a one hit wonder, since she had a couple of other singles released in 2007 and none of them matched 'Rehab')
- "A Bay Bay," Hurricane Chris
- "Potential Breakup Song," Aly & AJ
- "Duffle Bag Boy," Playaz Circle

The Year 2005's One Hit Wonders

- "Feel Good Inc.," The Gorillaz
- "Kryptonite (I?m On It)," The Purple Ribbon All-Stars (This was one of my favorite songs ever when I was in 8th grade!)
- "Just The Girl," Click Five
- "Summer Nights," Lil Rob
- "Play," David Banner

VH1's Top 100 One Hit Wonders: Top 10

10. "99 Luftballons," Nena
9. "Rico Suave," Gerardo
8. "Take On Me," A-Ha
7. "Ice Ice Baby," Vanilla Ice
6. "Who Let the Dogs Out?," Baha Men
5. "Mickey," Toni Basil
4. "I?m Too Sexy," Right Said Fred
3. "Come On Eileen," Dexys Midnight Runners
2. "Tainted Love," Soft Cell
1. "Macarena," Los Del Rio

Other One Hit Wonders You'll Know

- "It?s Raining Men," The Weather Girls
- "Kung Fu Fighting," Carl Douglas
- "Video Killed the Radio Star," The Buggles
- "Because I Got High," Afroman
- "Tubthumping," Chumbawamba
- "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)," Nine Days
- "Aaron?s Party (Come Get It)," Aaron Carter
- "No More (Baby I?m A Do Right)," 3LW (I remember listening to this on the playground in 4th grade, haha.)
- "Who I Am," Jessica Andrews
- "Bad Day," Daniel Powter
- "What?s Left Of Me," Nick Lachey
- "For You I Will (Confidence)," Teddy Geiger
- "Crazy," Gnarls Barkley
- "Me & U," Cassie
- "Show Stopper," Danity Kane
- "Here It Goes Again," OK Go (I attempted this music video on my treadmill in the basement . . . the results were treacherous.)
- "Chain Hang Low," Jibbs

If you're like me, you've got most of these songs in your music library and you know them by heart. They're the songs that when you hear them, you think of exactly some of the memories that are correlated with the specific song. You might recognize the songs from your favorite TV shows, "Show Stopper," for example, from Making the Band 3 or from commercials.

This is Kaila, going to study for my history test
(You do or you don't, don't; you will or you won't, won't . . .)


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