one hit wonders

Semisonic circa 1999 (credit: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Minnesota’s 10 Greatest One-Hit Wonders

Thursday, Sept. 25 is National One-Hit Wonder Day, and while everyone knows that Minnesota has a long history of pop music hitmakers stretching from the heydays of Prince and Bob Dylan all the way back through the Andrews Sisters in the 1940s.

09/24/2014

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Top 10 Alt Rock One-Hit Wonders

While alt-rock emerged shadows of the mainstream primarily on the basis of breakout album bands like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Red Hot Chili Peppers, like most other genres of popular music, the sound has more than its fair share of one-hit wonders.

05/01/2013

The Dazz Band - "Let It Whip" (Motown, 1982)

One-Hit Wonders: The Dazz Band’s “Let It Whip”

The [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Dazz Band[/lastfm] were the sum of two bands that played the clubs of Cleveland during the 1970s. By the early ’80s, they were on Motown, hitting the R&B charts and warming up for […]

02/17/2012

Soft Cell - "Tainted Love" (Sire, 1982)

One-Hit Wonders: Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love”

Born of a friendship formed at Leeds Art College, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Soft Cell[/lastfm] was a project for which Marc Almond and David Ball had less-than-top-ten expectations. Imagine their surprise when “Tainted Love” hit the top of the […]

02/15/2012

Kevin Rowland (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

One-Hit Wonders: Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ “Come On Eileen”

A tumultuous band subject to the tumultuous whims of leader Kevin Rowland, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Dexy’s Midnight Runners[/lastfm] were a hit many times over in the UK. In the US, however, they’ve never managed to break free from the category known as […]

02/03/2012

Kajagoogoo - "Too Shy" (EMI, 1983)

One-Hit Wonders: Kajagoogoo And “Too Shy”

With a name like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kajagoogoo[/lastfm], it had to be good. At least once, anyway.

01/27/2012

Big Country - "In a Big Country" (Mercury, 1983)

One-Hit Wonders: Big Country And “In A Big Country”

Though they had a string of hits in the UK over the course of more than 15 years, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Big Country[/lastfm] found only one hit in the US…and we all know which one that is.

01/25/2012

"Weird Al" Yankovic Says "Eat It" (YouTube)

One-Hit Wonders: “Weird Al” Yankovic And “Eat It”

From the bedroom to the bathroom to the pop Top 20. So went the path traveled by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]“Weird Al” Yankovic[/lastfm] to find his hit, “Eat It.”

01/20/2012

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