One-Hit Wonders

Ugh, Monday. I know! But to make the day a little lighter, I have a really fun entertainment post for you guys! Did you know that today’s National One-Hit Wonder day? There have been SO many great ones over the years so I decided to put together some of my favorites from the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s! Time to take a walk down memory lane! And apologies in advance if any of these get stuck in your head, ha!

one-hit wonders

“867-5309 (Jenny)” by Tommy Tutone (1981)

The one phone number nobody can or will ever forget: 867-5309. I’m not sure if this song was based on a true story or not, but if that was Jenny’s real number, I hope she did change it. Ha! I’m sure a lot of businesses would want to scoop that phone number now since everyone knows the number!

“Come on Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners (1982)

You probably could’ve guessed that this one would make the list, considering Friday’s post featured it! This jam by the English group was such a huge success that the group said knew they’d never be able to follow it up with anything better.

“Missing You” by John Waite (1984)

One of my all-time faves, I can’t help but turn the volume all the way up and belt out this classic by John Waite! The song has been featured in many movies and TV shows, but another great hit like this one never came from John Waite.

“Take On Me” by A-ha (1985)

A-ha was the only Norwegian bang to make it big – and it ended up just being with a single song. Interestingly, the original version of the song the group did pretty much flopped, so they decided to beef it up with more instrumentals and energy, which seemed to do the trick! Now you can’t help but bobbing your head and shaking your hips when you hear this one playing!

“Closing Time” by Semisonic (1996)

The ultimate end of a night out song, “Closing Time” is one of the most popular songs to come out of the 90s. But weirdly, the band revealed a couple years ago that it was actually about childbirth. What?? I’ll continue thinking it’s about leaving the bar though, and just enjoying singing along, regardless.

“How Bizarre” by OMC (1996)

The pop duo from New Zealand made international waves with “How Bizarre,” but never had success outside of their home country after. Ironically, this song recently came on the radio when I was in the car with my sisters (who are Gen Z-ers) and they were very puzzled by the song, while on the other hand, I was jamming out, haha. Guess it’s just a song the 90s kids can really appreciate!

“Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba (1997)

The most random song there ever was! Nobody’s really sure where the song name comes from, but you definitely know it from its catchy chorus of “I get knocked down, and I get up again!” I binged the new season of Fuller House over the weekend and totally appreciated when the group started singing this song!

“You Get What You Give” by The Radicals (1998)

This song really became one of my favorite jams in high school. Supposedly the band split right after the song made it big in the late 90s, which is a bummer because I would’ve loved to hear more songs. I love the upbeat tempo of this jam and inspirational lyrics. Plus, it’s fun to shout the celeb “slamming” lines toward the end.

“Right Now” by SR-71 (2000)

One of my faves back in the day, for sure! Members of this group came and went too, after their peak hit, “Right Now” in 2000. Apparently, they were also the originators of “1985,” but Bowling for Soup re-recorded and actually launched their career from it years later!

“Hit ‘Em Up Style” by Blu Cantrell (2001)

My fellow shopping lovers, where you at?! I vividly remember this being one of my faves to listen to growing up, especially when my mom and I were on our way to the mall, which had a Neiman Marcus (which made me feel super cool considering it was referenced in the song – even though we didn’t do our shopping there).

Tell me, what are some of your favorite one-hit wonders? 



  1. September 25, 2017 / 8:17 AM

    SO many good ones here! I love SR-71. My husband got me hooked on them when we were dating :) We have a dog named Lylee (lie-lee) and we sing “Come On Eileen” with her name all the time. Haha!

    • October 20, 2017 / 10:58 PM

      Ha, I love it! Music has such a big impact on our lives!

  2. September 25, 2017 / 10:46 AM

    oh my goodness, SO many good ones that I forgot were one hit wonders. 867-5309 will always be a fun one!

    • October 20, 2017 / 10:58 PM

      Throwback jams are the best though! And that one is for sure a phone number no one will ever forget!

    • October 22, 2017 / 1:19 PM

      That one ALWAYS gets stuck in my head, haha. But at least it’s an instant mood booster!

  3. Adriana
    September 25, 2017 / 3:14 PM

    Sometimes one hit wonders are the BEST ones that we listen to for forever! I’m having fun listening to these!

    • October 21, 2017 / 11:59 PM

      Oh absolutely! What’s your favorite one-hit wonder?

  4. September 25, 2017 / 3:14 PM

    I don’t think I’ve heard of any of these songs…

    • October 20, 2017 / 10:59 PM

      Whaaat? No way! You’ll have to hit play on a few of them to see. If not, you should definitely give them a listen, they’re all great!

  5. Miss ALK
    September 25, 2017 / 3:23 PM

    One hit wonders are my JAM!! My freshman year of college when I had a show on the college radio station, I actually did a 90s one hit wonder hour every week haha!

    xoxo A

    • October 22, 2017 / 1:24 PM

      Same! They’re seriously some of the best songs! LOVE that you had an hour for them every week :) Which songs were your most played?

  6. September 25, 2017 / 3:40 PM

    I seriously know the lyrics to almost all of these and they are mostly from before I was born lol.

    • October 21, 2017 / 11:58 PM

      I feel like so many of the best songs come from the years before we were born!

  7. mckenna bleu
    September 25, 2017 / 5:57 PM

    What a fun and creative post! Love this!

  8. September 25, 2017 / 8:16 PM

    My favorite one-hit wonder is definitely Another Dumb Blonde by Hoku! Though she also had a hit with How Do I Feel (The Burrito Song) – so i guess she was a two-hit wonder!

    • October 21, 2017 / 11:58 PM

      Hoku is the best!! I actually thought about putting Another Dumb Blonde on but then I did remember How Do I Feel, so left it off. Maybe I need to do a 2-hit wonder follow up post :) haha

    • October 20, 2017 / 10:59 PM

      That song was awesome too! Was a runner up for this post actually :)

  9. Robin @ And Then We Tried
    September 25, 2017 / 10:33 PM

    I love one hit wonders! I always get stuck watching the best one hit wonder countdown shows!

    • October 22, 2017 / 1:10 PM

      Same! Those countdown shows are the best!

  10. September 26, 2017 / 10:31 AM

    “Take on Me” will forever be a classic in my heart.

    • October 22, 2017 / 1:24 PM

      You and me both! It’s so catchy and fun!

  11. Patricia Conte
    September 26, 2017 / 10:34 AM

    What a fun walk down memory lane! This was definitely my “era” of music! Was just talking about “Come on Eileen” w/ my hubs the other day! :D

    • October 22, 2017 / 1:25 PM

      Isn’t it?! I could listen to these tunes all day long!

  12. September 26, 2017 / 11:06 AM

    Totally forgot SR-71 existed, I loved that song. My fave one hit one is Harvey Danger, Flagpole Sitta.

    • October 21, 2017 / 11:57 PM

      Same! I remember it being my fave when it first came out and rediscovering it several years later was the best! I’m not sure I’ve heard Flagpole Sitta but obviously now I need to go look it up!

  13. September 26, 2017 / 11:23 AM

    All of these get stuck in your head when you hear them! I always forget about Tubthumping until I hear it someplace. And we talked about 867-5309 in a psychology class once. I think about that class whenever I hear it. Love this roundup!

    • October 22, 2017 / 1:27 PM

      They absolutely do! Love the nostalgia with all of these though – and so they’re so fun and catchy!

  14. September 26, 2017 / 1:19 PM

    I love closing time! I love listening to this songs. I’m adding them to my playlist for sure.

    • October 22, 2017 / 1:27 PM

      Same! 80s, 90s + early 00s tunes are the best!

  15. the cape on the corner
    September 26, 2017 / 2:27 PM

    i love hit em up style. i shared my fave one hit wonder yesterday, the hotstepper. here comes the hotstepper…i’m the lyrical gangsta. come on-that’s awesome!

    • October 22, 2017 / 10:02 PM

      I’m not sure I know that one.. I need to go look it up!

  16. September 26, 2017 / 3:06 PM

    I love ‘Stacy’s Mom’ and ‘1985’! Fun post!

    • October 22, 2017 / 10:01 PM

      Those were great ones too! One-hit wonders are the best!

    • October 22, 2017 / 10:02 PM

      Seriously so much nostalgia with these!

    • October 20, 2017 / 11:00 PM

      Oops, haha. I knew that would definitely happen – that’s why I gave the disclaimer :) haha

  17. September 27, 2017 / 10:51 AM

    Ahh, this post made me smile!! Now I have “Hit Em Up Style” stuck in my head! Haha

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

    • October 22, 2017 / 10:03 PM

      So glad to hear it! A lot of these are definitely ones that’ll stick around in your h head for a while!

  18. Christine Martinez
    September 27, 2017 / 10:52 AM

    hahaha! How Bizarre was one of my faves! I’m pretty sure I recorded this off the radio onto a cassette!

    • October 22, 2017 / 8:51 PM

      I remember those days well, haha!

  19. September 27, 2017 / 1:20 PM

    Ahhh yesss, the classics!! Love so much of these songs.

  20. nicole simonetti
    September 27, 2017 / 7:11 PM

    hit ’em up style, what a gooood one hit wonder – love this round up! x, nicole //

    • October 22, 2017 / 1:27 PM

      Right?! Takes me back to the good ol’ days!

  21. Nicole Coppins
    September 27, 2017 / 9:04 PM

    Come on Eileen must be one of the greatest songs of all time. Great picks!

    • October 20, 2017 / 11:01 PM

      I definitely think it is! Always puts me in such a good mood too – love the beat!