Monday, February 06, 2012

The 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 90's


A couple months ago VH1 aired a special of the 40 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 90’s and it sucked massively. It seemed like all of their selections either were horrible songs (Rednex), artists even I have never heard of (Imani Coppola) and most erroneous were not even legitimate one wonders (almost forty percent of their list by my account). More on VH1’s list tomorrow. I was so irate at their list I started out on making my list. As it turns out of their top forty, only fifteen made my top 100. Even though some guy coined the phrase “One Hit Wonder” as landing one and only one song in Billboard’s top 40, but one hit Wonders are much more subjective and let’s face it, in the nineties, MTV had much more influence on what was a hit that Billboard. And since I watch a lot of the former music television and listened to a lot of alternative radio and rap music, my list is skewed to that. And I am sure my list will probably make people as irate as I was at the one VH1 release. If that is the case, that is what the comment section is for. Without further ado, here is my list of the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 90’s (head over to Spotify to listen to the list).

1. Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand - Primitive Radio Gods

2. No Rain - Blind Melon

3. Bad Reputaion - Freedy Johnston

4. I Wish – Skee-Lo

5. Everything Falls Apart – Dog’s Eye View

6. Barely Breathing - Duncan Sheik

7. Deja Vu (Uptown Baby) - Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz

8. No Myth - Michael Penn

9. Rump Shaker - Wreckx-N-Effect

10. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) - Us3

11. I Got a Man - Positive K

12. Closing Time - Semisonic

13. Jump, Jive an' Wail - The Brian Setzer Orchestra

14. Slam - Onyx

15. Let Me Clear My Throat (Live) - DJ Kool

16. Hooch - Everything

17. Walking In Memphis - Marc Cohan

18. Fade Into You - Mazzy Star

19. Hunger Strike - Temple of the Dog

20. Life Is a Highway - Tom Cochrane

21. Bound for the Floor - Local H

22. Mockingbirds - Grant Lee Buffalo

23. Here and Now - Letters to Cleo

24. Low - Cracker

25. Nobody Knows - The Tony Rich Project

26. Feed the Tree - Belly

27. I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers

28. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something

29. Silent Lucidity - Queensrÿche

30. Unsung - Helmet

31. Back for Good - Take That

32. C'mon N' Ride It (The Train) - Quad City DJ’s

33. Tubthumping - Chumbawamba

34. Return of the Mack - Mark Morrison

35. Popular - Nada Surf

36. Not an Addict – K’s Choice

37. Tequila - A.L.T. and the Lost Civilization

38. Walk This World - Heather Nova

39. Push - Moist

40. Ditty - Paperboy

41. Stomp (Remix) - God’s Property from Kirk Franklin’s Nu Nation featuring Salt

42. Naked Eye - Luscious Jackson

43. Possum Kingdom - Toadies

44. A*****e - Denis Leary

45. Sunny Came Home - Shawn Colvin

46. Cannonball - The Breeders

47. Angels - Robbie Williams

48. Knockin’ Boots - Candyman

49. Lullaby - Shawn Mullins

50. Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix) - Los del Rio

51. Insensitive - Jann Arden

52. I Got You Babe - Beavis and Butt-Head featuring Cher

53. Tic Tac Toe - Kyper

54. Informer - Snow

55. Connection - Elastica

56. Lost in You - Chris Gaines

57. Drown - Son Volt

58. Hell - Squirrel Nut Zippers

59. Crush - Jennifer Paige

60. Whoomp! (There It Is) - Tag Team

61. Hard to Say I'm Sorry - Az Yet featuring Peter Cetera

62. Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...) - Lou Bega

63. No Sex - Chris Rock featuring Gerald Levert

64. All Cried Out - Allure featuring 112

65. Flood - Jars of Clay

66. I Love You Always Forever - Donna Lewis

67. Because I Love You (The Postman Song) - Stevie B

68. Live and Learn - Joe Public

69. Pepper - Butthole Surfers

70. Steal My Sunshine - Len

71. Zoot Suit Riot - Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

72. Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

73. One More Try - Timmy T

74. Do Anything - Natural Selection

75. Battle Flag - Lo-Fidelity Allstars featuring Pigeonhead

76. Back In The Day - Ahmad

77. Ready to Go - Republica

78. Freak Me - Silk

79. Here In Your Bedroom - Goldfinger

80. Flagpole Sitta - Harvey Danger

81. Here Comes the Hotstepper - Ini Kamoze

82. Joey - Concrete Blonde

83. Whoot, There It Is - 95 South

84. Daydreamin' - Tatyala Ali

85. Send Me On My Way - Rusted Root

86. Circles - Soul Coughing

87. Mother 93 - Danzig

88. Still Not a Player - Big Punisher featuring Joe

89. Groove Is In the Heart - Deee-Lite featuring Q-Tip

90. Laid - James

91. Do the Bartman - Bart Simpson

92. 6 Underground - Sneaker Pimps

93. California - Wax

94. Da' Dip - Freak Nasty

95. Three Little Pigs - Green Jellö

96. C'est La Vie - B*Witched

97. Deeper Shade of Soul - Urban Dance Squad

98. Dazzey Duks - Duice

99. Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinéad O’Connor

100. Wanna Be a Baller – Lil’ Troy featuring Fat Pat, Yungstar, Lil' Will, and H.A.W.K.


4 comments:

  1. Robbie Williams - one hit wonder? LOL

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    1. I guess I am being generous even calling Robbie Williams a one hit wonder, because the song only reached #53 on the Billboard charts here in the US.

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  2. You Americans don't know anything. Calling Robbie a one hit wonder is the same thing as calling Kylie that.

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  3. I would say this is the most accurate account of a One Hit Wonder list of the 90's I've seen yet, very well done

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