Guest Blog: Is It Any Wonder? [NeedaHobby]

June 30th, 2009

First and foremost, I would like to thank Ed for this opportunity to be a guest blogger. I'm thankful for making new friends through this blog, even though we have never met IRL. Thanks Ed for creating that environment!

So anyways, I think I might've mentioned before that I am a huge music lover. I have a collection of close to a 1000 CD's (it's hard to get an exact number because hubby and I merged collections after we got married – we had lots of duplicates to sell!). I know, I know, in this day and age, you would think that I would just download the songs. But, I guess I'm old-skool in that I would rather buy the CD and rip the songs into MP3's. There's just something I like about having the "hard copy" with CD artwork and liner notes.

There are certain artists (U2, Madonna, REM come to mind) that are able to crank out hit after hit, album after album with tons of success. But, what about those artists who (sadly) hit their prime after only one song? The 1980's seem to have had a lot of one-hit wonders. I'm not sure if they necessarily had a lot more than other decades, or that I just remember them because they were songs I grew up with.

I think most will remember "Take on Me" by A-ha.

What about "Too Shy" by Kajagoogoo?

Or, "Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats?

And, Soft Cell's, "Tainted Love"?

Got any one-hit wonders to add? If you have a website link, or a story related to that song, please share that too. And, to help Ed's post count, let's try posting one song per post. !O7VHVW

118 Responses to “Guest Blog: Is It Any Wonder? [NeedaHobby]”

  1. Kage:

    Lamahl (sp?) - Never Ending Story
    Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy

  2. Kage:

    Midnight Oil - Beds are Burning
    Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come on Eileen

  3. Kage:

    What can I say? I grew up in the 80's too.

    Toni Basil- Mickey
    Haircut 100 - Love Plus One

  4. hemajang:

    This was actually in the early 90's but how 'bout "No Rain" by Blind Melon

  5. kuya.d:

    K7 - Come Baby Come

  6. kuya.d:

    Jermaine Stewart - We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off

  7. kuya.d:

    3T - Everything

  8. kuya.d:

    The Deele - Two Occasions

  9. kuya.d:

    Another Bad Creation - Ayesha

  10. kuya.d:

    Glenn Medeiros - Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You (ouch, I had to go there)

  11. kuya.d:

    When In Rome - The Promise (I actually like the entire CD)

  12. hemajang:

    A hit of sorts in the 80's was "Tuff Enuff" by The Fabulous Thunderbirds. The vid includes Stevie Ray Vaughan who is not part of the band but his Jimmie is the lead guitarist...great Texas blues.

  13. kuya.d:

    Nocera - Summertime, Summertime

  14. kuya.d:

    Extreme - More Than Words

  15. kuya.d:

    EMF - Unbelieveable

  16. skycastles:

    Snow - "Informer

  17. skycastles:

    Chumbawumba - Tubthumper

  18. skycastles:

    Semisonic - Closing Time
    (I loved this song!)

  19. skycastles:

    Harvey Danger - Flagpole Sitta

  20. skycastles:

    Proclaimers - I Would Walk 500 Miles

  21. Coconut Willy:

    The one, the only.......Vanilla Ice. Ice Ice Baby!

  22. skycastles:

    House of Pain - Jump Around

  23. NeedaHobby:

    Good morning everyone! Thanks for listing your songs.

    @Kage - Bow Wow Wow! I had forgetten about them. You listed a couple of my other favorites with "Come on Eileen" and "Mickey". ;)

    @hemajang - I like "No Rain". Ever see the video for that song? It's too bad the lead singer from Blind Melon passed away, huh?

    @kuya - you listed a bunch of songs that I'm not familiar with. I'll have to check them out. You had to go there with Glenn Medeiros, huh? Too funny. Actually, now that I think about it, I think that might've been one of our prom songs.

    @sky - Snow and Chumbawumba! :lol: I like that "Closing Time" too. Semisonic is a fairly new band, right? I hope that's not their only hit!

  24. skycastles:

    Gerardo - Rico Suave :lol:

  25. skycastles:

    @Hobby - Closing time came out in 1998 but I haven't heard anything else from them.

  26. skycastles:

    @kuya - Glenn Medeiros was doing his student teaching gig in my history class when I was in h.s. We kept asking him to sing to us but he never did :)

  27. NeedaHobby:

    @CW - how about this Hip Hop Classics CD? You can get "Ice Ice Baby" four ways!

    @sky - Ohhhhh. House of Pain! Thanks, the other day, I was racking my brain trying to remember who sang that song.

  28. tita leerz:

    Whip it...whip it good... LOL

    ...@kuya-ABC BBD...tha east coast family...

  29. EMM386:

    Alannah Myles - Black Velvet
    The Heights - How Do You Talk To An Angel
    Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy
    Tommy Tutone - 867-5309 (Jenny)
    Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
    Til Tuesday - Voices Carry

  30. skycastles:

    Baha Men - Who Let the Dogs Out

  31. tita leerz:

    mmmmm bop!

  32. skycastles:

    EMM386 - OMG I loved The Heights!! Thought Jamie Walters was so dreamy back then :oops:

  33. skycastles:

    Who's that one girl with the cat-eye glasses? I think she came out in the mid-90s? Man, I can see the video but can't hear the song . . .

  34. NeedaHobby:

    @kuya - when you mentioned Extreme, it reminded me of Nelson. Remember those dudes with the long blond hair!?

    Also, when you mentioned EMF, it reminded me of Jesus Jones', "Right Here, Right Now". IIRC, I think Right Said Fred was popular around the same time, too. "I'm too sexy" ...

  35. NeedaHobby:

    @sky - I think you're thinking of Lisa Loeb's "Stay". That song was featured on Reality Bites (w/ Winona Ryder). Come to think of it, "My Sharona" by the Knack was also on that soundtrack. Is that also a one-hit wonder?

  36. BananaFysh:

    Deee-Lite -- Groove is in the Heart

  37. tita leerz:

    Hobbz! Matthew and Gunner! They're hair was so pretty...

  38. NeedaHobby:

    @tita - doo doo doo doo doo ... da da ... crack that whip! :lol: "mmm bop" - I remember thinking the youngest Hanson boy was so cute! I can't remember his name ... he must be all grown up by now.

    @EMM386 - I loved that "Black Velvet". She had such a smokey voice. I'm disappointed that we haven't heard more from her. My neighbor has a garage band and I often here them practicing 867-5309. Great song ;)

  39. skycastles:

    @Hobby - Yeeessss! That's her. Phew, that was going to bother me all day :lol:

  40. skycastles:

    @Hobby - Zac . . . it's Zac Hanson. I'm so ashamed that I know that . . .

  41. skycastles:

    One more:

    New Radicals - You Get What You Give

  42. NeedaHobby:

    @tita -

    Hobbz! Matthew and Gunner! They're hair was so pretty...

    I know, yeah? It made me so jealous! Their hair was prettier than most girls' hair!

  43. NeedaHobby:

    @BF - Groove is in the heart ... Ah-ah-ah-ah ... Ne-na-na-na-na ... ;)

    Anyone remember, "Break My Stride" by Matthew Wilder?

  44. skycastles:

    Just heard this one on the radio -

    Tony Rich Project - Nobody Knows

  45. kako mochi:

    OMG-i was watching VH1's one hit wonders of the 80s and had to take notes for all the songs i wanted to download!

    - martika "toy soldiers"
    - debbie deb "when i hear music"
    - nu shooz "i can't wait"
    - rockwell "somebody's watching me"
    - corey heart "sunglasses at night"

    that's all i can think of at the's taken me over an hour to respond back to this post! it's hella crazy at work today!!

  46. soogs:

    crazytown - butterfly

  47. soogs:

    matthew sweet - sick of myself

  48. soogs:

    green jelly - three little pigs

  49. MakiSushi:

    I don't remember too much from the 80's, I was in a daze, raising my kids. but how's about:

    the Fixx - one thing leads to another

  50. MakiSushi:

    one more and I'm done:

    orchestral manoeuvers in the dark - if you leave

  51. Coconut Willy:

    I know it's the 90's but...

    "Macarena" is a Spanish song by Los del Río with the help of Fangoria about a woman of the same name, or any woman from the La Macarena neighborhood of Seville, Spain. It was most popular between 1993 and 1997.

    The song became the second longest running #1 and best selling debut single of all time in the U.S. It was ranked the "#1 Greatest One-Hit Wonder of all Time" by VH1 in 2002.

    The song ranks at #5 on Billboard's All Time Top 100. It also ranks at #1 on Billboard's All Time Latin Songs


    What were we thinking?

  52. skycastles:

    @kako - I love that song by Martika! Have it on my iPod.

    @soogs - What ever happened to these guys? I liked that song.

  53. EMM386:

    Lisa Loeb had another hit with "I Do", so she's technically a two-hit wonder.

  54. EMM386:

    Biz Markie - Just a Friend
    The Motels - Only The Lonely
    Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
    Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie
    Joey Scarbury - The Theme from The Greatest American Hero
    Taco - Puttin' on the Ritz
    Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue
    Georgia Satellites - Keep Your Hands to Yourself
    Katrina and the Waves - Walking on Sunshine
    The Dazz Band - Let It Whip

  55. theDman:

    I still believe that the sketch-animation video to Aha's Take on Me is one of, if not the most creative music video made during that era.

  56. skycastles:

    Oh I got a more flashbacks from the 90s:

    Mark Morrison - Return of the Mack
    Quad City Djs - C'mon Ride It (The Train)
    Pras - Ghetto Superstar (man, I liked this one)
    Adina Howard - Freak like Me
    Ini Kamozie (sp?) - Hotstepper
    Wreckx-N-Effect – Rump Shaker

  57. Rosette:

    YES I PUT ON ELVIS MUSIC elvis presley - Always on my Mind ...then I ply it over and over then I WAIT UNTIL my husband comes around the corner I put on my PMS this way he is in tears too! OMG yes ..why should I be the only one in crazy pms mood.! I play many songs ....I have lots of collections too somewhere..I have CHRISTMAS collectiosn etc etc.

    Samantha Fox - Touch Me
    Shania Twain - You're still the one
    Andy Williams - The Way You Look Tonight (Year 1966)
    Eric Clapton/Tears in heaven
    Bobby Vee - Devil Or Angel

    I enjoy different music..depending on my mood!

  58. Rosette:


    Elvis Presley Are You Lonesome Tonight

  59. Rosette:

    Journey Don't Stop Believing Live Las Vegas 2008

  60. skycastles:

    Quick, quick!!

    The Heights is playing on KUMO

    "How do you talk to an angel? How do you hold her close to where you are?"


  61. skycastles:

    Oops, got too excited. That's KUMU.

  62. NeedaHobby:

    @moch - I like your list of songs. "Toy Soldiers"! I was trying to remember the meaning of the song - I remember it being somewhat depressing. This link has interesting trivia on the song and on Martika:

    Ever notice that some of the teenagers nowadays have 80's music blaring in their cars? I seem to recall Debbie Deb's song being one of them. I find it interesting that kids today find our 80's music "cool". The other one that comes to mind is "Girlfriend" by Pebbles.

    "Somebody's Watching Me" featured Michael Jackson, right? RIP MJ.

  63. NeedaHobby:

    @soogs - Matthew Sweet. Is that the CD where the cover has a picture of a boy wearing headphones?

    @Maki - OMD! Good one ;) That song came from one of the Molly Ringwald movies yeah? I can't remember which one. Another "movie" song I like is "Don't You Forget About Me" - Simple Minds.

    @CW - interesting trivia on "Macarena". I didn't realize that song was soooo popular. Also remember the "Electric Slide"? Who sang that? Was that also a one-hit wonder?

    @dMan - I thought that video was pretty cool too. ;)

  64. tita leerz:

    i feel like i'm back in high school again.

  65. NeedaHobby:

    @EMM386 - another cool list from you. Taco! Forgot about that one.

    "Pass the Dutchie" reminds me of The Wedding Singer. There were a lot of good 80's music in that movie!

    I always wondered why that Joey Scarbury song was referred to as "The Theme from The Greatest American Hero", instead of "Believe it or Not".

    I really don't know why (?) but "Bette Davis Eyes" reminded me of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler. Maybe it was the body parts ...

  66. skycastles:

    What about J.J. Fad? Did they only have Supersonic?

    Who sings that one that goes,
    "We like the cars, the cars that go boom.
    We’re Tiegra and Bunny and we like the boom"

    Is that what they're called - Tiegra and Bunny?

  67. NeedaHobby:

    @sky - "Rump Shaker" ... let's not forget "Baby Got Back" too. :lol:

    @Rosette -

    WAIT UNTIL my husband comes around the corner I put on my PMS this way he is in tears too! OMG yes ..why should I be the only one in crazy pms mood.!

    You're too funny! :lol:

    Andy Williams - The Way You Look Tonight (Year 1966)

    Did someone else remake this song? Was it Eric Clapton? Or, is this a different song.

  68. NeedaHobby:

    EMM386's talk of theme songs reminded me of "It Might Be You" by Stephen Bishop from Tootsie. Although, I'm not positive if that's a one-hit wonder?

    Anyone remember "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco?

  69. BananaFysh:

    @skycastles -- The "Cars With The Boom" song is by L'Trimm. ;)

    Don't ask me how I remember these things. :razz:

  70. EMM386:

    @Hobby - Yeah, I remember Falco. I was always more partial to Der Kommisar than Rock Me Amadeus, though.

    Asia - Heat Of The Moment
    Information Society - What's On Your Mind
    Kim Wilde - Kids In America
    Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science
    Murray Head - One Night in Bangkok
    Ray Parker Jr. - Ghostbusters

  71. EMM386:

    @Maki - OMD had a pretty big hit with Dreaming, so they had at least two songs.

  72. EMM386:

    Sheila E - The Glamorous Life
    Scandal - The Warrior
    Adam Ant - Goody Two Shoes
    George Harrison - I Got My Mind Set On You (Not a one-hit wonder, but it's his only hit in the 80s)
    Alan Parsons Project - Eye In The Sky
    Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over (Gotta have some Neil Finn)
    Greg Kihn Band - Jeopardy
    Laura Branigan - Gloria
    Deniece Williams - Let's Hear It For The Boy (who remembers Footloose?)

  73. maryjane zigginz:

    what about "pour some suger on me" was that a one hit wonder

  74. maryjane zigginz:

    i remember supersonic by jj fad thats the one were that rapped real fast

  75. maryjane zigginz:

    and tracy chapman was a two hit wonder with -fast car or whatever the name was and i cant remeber the other name to the song lol

  76. maryjane zigginz:

    and vanilla ice also had play that funky music white boy

  77. kuya.d:

    Whoa! Flashback action!

    How about Lipps Inc - Funky Town

  78. kuya.d:

    @sky - closing time...good one! Eh, you looking through my old cd's or what? Haha!

  79. kuya.d:

    Sophie B Hawkins - Damn, I wish I was your lover

  80. kuya.d:

    @Hobbz - you mentioned Pebbles...I like her song, "why do I believe?" and she did a duet with Babyface, "Love Makes Things Happen".

  81. kuya.d:

    How about Eddie Murphy - my girl wants to party all the time...

  82. kuya.d:

    Blessid Union of Souls - I Believe

  83. kuya.d:

    The System - Dont Disturb This Groove

  84. kuya.d:

    The Outfield - Your Love

  85. kuya.d:

    Natalie Imbruglia - Torn

  86. kuya.d:

    Toad the Wet Sprocket - All I Want

  87. Ynaku:

    Hey hobbzs, Great topic. Sorry for not adding to the list. Busy day at a funeral. Wanted to add my two cents. Nice job. Ed going be so "J" :lol:

  88. snow:

    great post, NeedaHobby! unfortunately, i have a bad memory for song titles and lyrics... although i love music and have tons of CDs as well!! i loved aha's take on me... especially the video that combined animation with real footage! pretty cool video at the time. the songs you posted totally reminded me of my clubbing days and watching MTV, in its earliest days! so much fun!

    i wish i could remember the names of songs and artists like the rest of you!

  89. NeedaHobby:

    @EMM386 - nice ones with "Der Kommiser", "She Blinded Me with Science", and "What's on Your Mind". I have to admit, I'm so embarrassed, I didn't realize The Muffs version (from Clueless) of "Kids in America" was a remake.

    *bowing down to EMM386 ... I'm not worthy*

  90. NeedaHobby:

    @kuya - gave me flashbacks with your Lipps, Sophie B Hawkins, The System and The Outfield. Some names I haven't heard in awhile!

    I really liked that song "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia. I'm disappointed we haven't heard more from her. Isn't she pretty? I think she was a former model or actress in Australia.

    Did you see that movie Three Kings? They had that Eddie Murphy song playing and someone (I don't remember if it was Marky Mark's character?) mentioned that it was bad music. :lol:

  91. NeedaHobby:

    @Ynaku - thanks. Sorry to hear about the funeral.

    @snow - thanks also. The topic is a little MLC-like, yeah? Anyways, really. I'm not very good in remembering song titles/artists. Luckily, I have my iTunes collection on my computer to jog my memory. ;)

  92. tita leerz:

    Hobbz: does it really matter what Marky Mark's character's name was? ;)

  93. MakiSushi:

    I join the others in congratulating NeedaHobby for a very cool blog today! Excellent!

    and btw, the OMD song is from "Pretty in Pink". and thanks EMM386, I'll check out that other OMD song!

    the Romantics - "what I like about you"

  94. MakiSushi:

    I like this song:

    Nena - 99 Luftballoons

  95. MakiSushi:

    Michael Sembello - "maniac"

  96. MakiSushi:

    Chris DeBurgh - "Lady in Red"

  97. MakiSushi:

    the Vapors - "Turning Japanese"

  98. j-uncz:

    so ack-chally plenny two-hit wonders, too..

    Asia- Heat of the Moment/Only Time Will Tell
    Troggs - Wild Thing/Love is All Around (most opposite pair)
    10 CC - I'm Not In Love/The Things We Do for Love
    The Walker Bros. - Make It Easy on Yourself/Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore

    back to OHW..
    Strawberry Alarm Clock - Incense & Peppermints
    Norman Greenbaum - Spirit in the Sky
    Ninety-Six Tears - ? and The Mysterians
    The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Fire!
    Napoleon XIV - They're Coming to Take Me Away - Ha-Haa!
    The Blues Magoos - We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet
    The Chambers Brothers - Time (Has Come Today)
    Bobby Fuller Four - I Fought The Law

  99. kuya.d:

    *applause* to Hobbz for this cool topic...I'm now going to get a pen and piece of paper so I can kadafi some of these songs, then I will proceed to provide a little economic stimulus to iTunes *content sigh*

    @Hobbz- I think Imbruglia was an actress. (or was that Delta Goodrem...another Aussie hottie).

  100. kuya.d:

    @uncz- 10cc...those guys had nice vocals.

  101. kuya.d:

    Donna Lewis - I Love You Always Forever

  102. kuya.d:

    Al B. Sure! - Nite and Day

  103. kuya.d:

    Jon B - Someone to Love

  104. kuya.d:

    @EMM386 - Debbie Deb...oh no! Dance daze, she had another song called "lookout weekend" that was super similar to "when I hear music".

  105. kuya.d:

    Ed will be all J that you hit the century mark Hobbz!

    Last one for me...bringing it booty style ( just the way Leerz likes it! ) ...Afrorican with "give it all you got"

  106. kuya.d: 99 was actually supposed to be to @moch!

    @EMM386 - I meant to say that The Heights song was a good one...for the life of me, I can't remember the show except that it came out after 90210 (the original) was big. 90210 soundtrack featured - Love Is by Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight (they were each four hit wonders or something).

  107. kuya.d:

    Promise! That was it already!

  108. skycastles:

    @kuya - Whoa, Jon B. Forgot about that dude!!

  109. NeedaHobby:

    @tita -

    Hobbz: does it really matter what Marky Mark's character's name was?

    Maybe that's why I can't remember his character's name ... I was distracted. ;)

    @Maki - you listed more of my faves with "99 Luft Balloons" and "Lady in Red". And, "Maniac"! Do you remember the dance? And, I remember those off-the-shoulder sweatshirts (w/ cut-out neckline) and leggings being all the rage. What were we thinking?!

    @uncz - 2-hit wonders, huh? How about...
    "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" & "Careless Whisper" - Wham!
    "Roseanna" & "Africa" - Toto
    "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" & "Brand New Lover" - Dead or Alive

    @kuya - Al B Sure - I seem to recall having that CD in college. ;)

  110. NeedaHobby:

    So, I just wanted to thank everyone for posting their songs and comments. You guys make the blog fun day in and day out. I just wanted to end by listing some other one-hit wonders (which I don't think were mentioned yet):

    "True" - Spandau Ballet
    "Obsession" - Animotion
    "Cars" - Gary Numan
    "Don't Dream it's Over" - Crowded House
    "Always Something There to Remind Me" - Naked Eyes
    "Glamorous Life" - Sheila E
    "Tempted" - Squeeze
    "Breakfast at Tiffany's" - Deep Blue Something
    "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)" - Us3
    "One of Us" - Joan Osborne

    I think the Crowded House and Naked Eyes were one-hit wonders, but I could be wrong. Anyways, thanks again everyone!

  111. kuya.d:

    @Hobbz - Al B just came out with a brand new CD . He even happens to have a re-make of MJ's Lady in my Life.

    And Cantaloop ... Iddybiddybop ... Funky! Funky!

  112. EMM386:

    @Maki - You don't remember Dreaming?

    I was only dreaming
    I was only trying to catch your eye
    I was only wishing you would notice me
    Instead you said good-bye

  113. EMM386:

    Howzabout Q Lazzarus & Garvey - Goodbye Horses
    AKA the song that Buffalo Bill the serial killer dances to in Silence of the Lambs.

  114. Syxx:

    Marcy Playground--Sex and Candy

    I must be around the same age as Skycastles.

  115. Syxx:

    Faith No More-- Epic

  116. Syxx:

    Speaking of Crazytown, I absolutely cannot stand "Butterfly". They took one of my favorite instrumentals, "Pretty Little Ditty" by The Red Hot Chili Peppers and butchered it with their trite lyrics. Okay yeah, a lot of songs now days are like that, but I really liked the original.

  117. NeedaHobby:

    @Syxx - thanks for listing your songs! Yeah, whatever happened to Marcy Playground and Faith No More? Those were some cool songs.

    BTW, I have to retract my Spandau Ballet song. My hubby told me that they had more hits other than "True". Of course, I don't remember them. :roll:

  118. skycastles:

    @Syxx - Marcy Playground is a good one! Gosh, I remember one of my friends just loving their song. Think this came out my soph year of high school . . . not exactly sure though.