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? 

  • 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!

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

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

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

  • These are so fun! I forgot about a few of them and will now have Take On Me stuck in my head all day haha

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

  • Adriana

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

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

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

    • 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!

  • Miss ALK

    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

    • 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?

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

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

  • mckenna bleu

    What a fun and creative post! Love this!

  • 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!

    • 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

  • Such a fun post! I use to lovee the song Blue by Eiffel 65!

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

  • Robin @ And Then We Tried

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

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

  • Patricia Conte

    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

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

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

    • 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!

  • 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!

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

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

  • the cape on the corner

    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!

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

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

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

  • Love this! Such a walk down memory lane.

    -Carine |

  • OMG NOOOOO now 867-5309 is stuck in my head!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahaha

    Coming Up Roses

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

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

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

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

  • Christine Martinez

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

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

  • nicole simonetti

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

  • Nicole Coppins

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

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