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One-Hit Wonders and songs they made that didn't suck

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by TheWritingWaffle, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. Kind of in the vein of the "Most underappreciated songs," I was listening to "Come On Eileen" on the radio and I thought "Hey, this is better than people make it out to be." From there, I thought - what if they were other songs one-hit wonders made that were pretty good, and just got buried by the one hit and a flopped follow-up?

    I'll start with Dexys Midnight Runners, and start with "Plan B." Building track, and pretty well-paced.

    Also, Carl Douglas' "I Want To Give You My Everything." Another catchy number — albeit nothing too special — that was actually supposed to be the single, it got outplayed by its novelty B-Side, "Kung Fu Fighting"
  2. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Anything else Blind Melon ever did after "No Rain."

    They were actually really, really good.
  3. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    T Rex - Bang a Gong

    Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear The Reaper ( Some may argue that BOC fit's one hit)
  4. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Hard to beat "My Sharona." The Knack owned radio for six months in 1979.
  5. albert77

    albert77 Well-Known Member

    I could probably come up with at least a dozen great one-hit wonders just from 1966-70.

    Let's see:

    96 Tears: ? and the Mysterians
    Hey Little Girl: Syndicate of Sound
    Talk, Talk: Music Machine
    Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love): Swingin' Medallions
    We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet: Blues Magoos
    Land of 1,000 Dances: Cannibal and the Headhunters
    I Fought The Law; Bobby Fuller 4
    Nobody But Me: Human Beinz
    Liar, Liar: The Castaways
    Lies: The Knickerbockers
    I Want Candy: The Strangeloves
    Friday On My Mind: Easybeats
    California Sun: The Rivieras
    Wipe Out: The Surfaris
    Are You Ready?: Pacific Gas & Electric
    Ride Captain Ride: Blues Image
    Eve Of Destruction: Barry McGuire
    Psychotic Reaction: Count Five
    Come On Down To My Boat: Every Mother's Son
    Little Bit Of Soul: The Music Explosion
    Expressway To Your Heart: Soul Survivors
    Incense and Peppermints: Strawberry Alarm Clock
    In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida: Iron Butterfly
    Green Tambourine: Lemon Pipers
    Pictures of Matchstick Men: Status Quo
  6. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I wouldn't put BOC in this category. The classic rock station in my hometown played plenty of "Burning For You."
  7. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    They also had "Good Girls Don't", which contained the censored lines where "Til she's sitting on your face" became "When she puts you in your place" and "wishing you could get inside her pants" was re-recorded as "wishing she was givin' you a chance" on the "clean" version.

    So I guess that makes them a two-hit wonder.
  8. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Right - forgot about Burning for You
  9. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Good List - would add "I'd Love to Change The World " Ten Years After

    and "Time" The Chambers Brothers

    "Are You Ready" Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  10. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    I kept waiting for Candlebox to have another great song like "Far Behind"

    Madonna's Maverick Records poured a lot of money into the band being great. Never materialized.
  11. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    One Headlight -- Wallflowers
  12. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Really? "Sixth Avenue Heartache" was a bigger hit, wasn't it?


    "One Headlight" - 2
    "The Difference" - 23
    "Heroes" (Bowie cover) - 26
    "Sixth Avenue Heartache" - 33
    "Three Marlenas" - 41
    "Sleepwalker" - 73

    Four of those songs were in the top 10 of the mainstream and alternative rock charts.

    The Wallflowers, in my opinion, do not qualify as a one-hit wonder.

    "No Rain" was the only Blind Melon song to reach the Billboard Hot 100. I am flabbergasted that it only reached No. 20.
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