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!
“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?