The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Althea and Donna What: 'Uptown Top Ranking' Why: A bona fide reggae pop classic. Later 'covered' by Lily Allen as 'Smile'. Listen to these tracks on Spotify.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Laurie Anderson What: 'O Superman' Why: Inventive and scary. The sound of your toaster if it could speak and was deeply political.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Desireless What: 'Voyage Voyage' Why: In our childish minds Desireless were the same band who graced the pages of French textbook 'Tricolore'.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Martha and The Muffins What: 'Echo Beach' Why: A new wave classic. And also rather hilarious to imagine someone saying from the band uttering the phrase: "Yeah, I'm A Muffin," to anyone who asked what they did for a living.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown What: 'Fire' Why: An amazing song, sung by a man who looked like went home at night and said to his mother: "I went to RADA, you know."

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg What: 'Je T’aime Moi Non Plus' Why: For Charlotte Gainsbourg we imagine listening to this is a bit like that Viz cartoon strip where 'The Modern Parents' ask their child "darling, would you like to watch the video of your conception?"

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Anita Ward What: 'Ring My Bell' Why Sadly Anita's "bell" was replaced by a wireless one in 2006. Listen to these tracks on Spotify.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: M*A*S*H What: 'Theme From Mash (Suicide Is Painless)' Why: Wedding bands take note : this is a real downer to play after the double whammy of 'Let Me Entertain You' and 'The Ketchup Song'.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: M/A/R/R/S What: 'Pump Up The Volume' Why: R/E/A/L/L/Y/Q/U/I/T/E/G/O/O/D

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Baz Luhrmann What: 'Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)' Why? Apparently the man who made 'Australia' thought he was qualified to enough to pen a self-help tune. Go figure.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Joan Osbourne What: 'One Of Us' Why A soft rock take on Kant's philosophical head scrambler "What if the guy on the Number 39 bus who talks to himself is actually God?" Sure.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Buggles What: 'Video Killed The Radio Star' Why A prescient slice of crystal ballism from the man who would later bring us brilliant pop moments (Grace Jones, TaTu, Frankie Goes To Hollywood) and um 'Can't Fight The Moonlight' by LeAnn Rimes.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Mr. Oizo Why: 'Flat Beat' Why? Not, in fact, just a sketch on Eurotrash but actually a real life thing. Close your eyes, ignore the puppet, it's actually a pretty damn good song.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Aneka What: 'Japanese Boy' Why Ridiculous and verging on the offensive, yes, but was it a tune? Yes, yes it was.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Lipps Inc. What: 'Funky Town' Why: An amazing slice of disco greatness. FYI: 'Funky Town' is actually a coastal village located next to Margate. According to a local: 'if you go out after dark you risk getting taken captive by Julio, the "cheeky" village idiot.'

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Men Without Hats What: 'The Safety Dance' Why: The actual safety dance involves lying inert on a marble floor wrapped in 800 meters of bubble wrap gently rolling your eyes back and forth. Listen to these tracks on Spotify.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Toni Basil What: 'Mickey' Why: Hey Mickey! I'm a 47 year old cheerleader! Mickey? Come back! Mickey?!

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: 4 Non Blondes What: 'What’s Up' Why: From the pen of Linda Perry - the woman who would later bring us X-Tina's 'Beautiful'. The 3 other non-blondes revolted after she quit and dyed their hair bright pink. TAKE THAT PERRY!

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Michael Andrews What: 'Mad World' Why: Like Michael Stipe's little brother Michael Andrews re-did this Tears For Fears classic with a spooky sounding piano. Michael is the father of the dearly departed Crackerjack presenter Eamonn Andrews.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Frankee. What: 'FURB'. Why: Sneakily Frankee pretended that Eamon's rather gentlemanly number 'Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)' was about her. She responded with this equally charming tune.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu. What: 'Justified and Ancient'. Why: Partly because they got Tammy Wynette, in the twilight of her life, to sing the lyrics: "They called me up in Tennessee They said : 'Tammy, stand by The Jams'"

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Spiller. What: 'Groovjet (If This Ain’t Love)' Why: A soaring dance stormer that briefly made vocalist Sophie Ellis Bextor look up from her cream tea, cucumber sandwiches and screech: 'WE BEAT THAT BUGGER BECKHAM TO NUMBER ONE! JOLLY GOOD!' Listen to these tracks on Spotify.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: The Archies. What: 'Sugar Sugar'. Why: The best song by a cartoon band ever. And yes that includes 'Do The Bartman'.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Cracker What:' Low' Why: The dude from Camper Van Beethoven big hit was the type of song that was constantly playing in the background of orphan dramedy Party Of Five.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Andreas Johnson What: 'Glorious' Why: Himbo goes indie rock in a sort of Brian Molko kind of way.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Whale What: 'Hobo Humpin Slobo Babe' Why:Proving you didn't have to wear a sock on your cock to make a rock/rap racket. *does air slap bass*

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: The New Radicals What: 'You Get What You Give' Why: Under that rather ridiculous hat was a load of rage aimed squarely at Beck Hansen and Marilyn Manson (it helped that their names rhymed). Note the bar-code tattoo. How late 90s...

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who:OMC What: 'How Bizarre' Why: Big in New Zealand. How bizarre indeed.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: The La’s What: 'There She Goes' Why: La's legend Lee Mavers attempts to make any new music have been twarted by the fact he's been locked out of his house since 1988. Listen to these tracks on Spotify.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Northside What: 'Shall We Take A Trip' Why: "It wasn't about drugs at all," singer Warren would later claim, "it was actually about getting the bus from Moston to Blackley. We would always pass some rather fetching looking cherry trees and a fab looking church."

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Gigolo Aunts What: 'Where I Find My Heaven' Why: Later used on the hi-la-ri-ous sitcom Game On about some sex crazed Clapham-ities sharing! A! Flat! Together!

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who:Len What: 'Steal My Sunshine' Why: Surely this is begging to be sampled by the likes of Professor Green?

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Bran Van 3000 What: 'Drinking In LA' Why: "Stereo Mike" from the song now works as a grumpy barista at the Teddington branch of 'Ca-Ca-Coffee!!!'.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who:White Town What: 'Your Woman' Why: Multi-layered pop triumph from one-man band.

Photo:
Added: 29 Jul 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Sneaker Pimps What: 'Six Underground' Why: Before 'trip hop' became the soundtrack to a quick Soy Latte.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Daisy Chainsaw What: 'Love Your Money' Why: A spiffingly great garage rocker. Like Transvision Vamp if they'd grown up in a skip. Listen to these tracks on Spotify.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who:Mock Turtles What: 'Can U Dig It?' Why: Mellow indie that, okay, may have been used in a phone advert but it's still good. Leader Martin Coogan is also Steve Coogan's older brother. Fact!

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Spin Doctors What: 'Two Princes' Why: For the lyrics "Marry him or marry me/I'm the one who loves you bbbbb carneyouseal?".

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Alien Ant Farm What: 'Smooth Criminal' Why: Well one of those punk versions of 80s pop hits had to make it to the actual charts didn't they?

Photo:
Added: 22 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Crazy Town What: 'Butterfly' Why: Truly awful sub-Chili Peppers mulch from came at the arse of Nu Metal.

Photo:
Added: 22 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

And now for the bad ones.... Who:Doop What: 'Doop' Why:...And you thought 'Crazy Frog' was bad?

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Daniel Powter What: 'Bad Day' Why: Daniel's follow up singles 'A Bit Of A 'Meh' Week Actually' and 'Gosh, The Half An Hour Feels Like 45 Minutes!!!' were massive in Sweden.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Hale & Pace What: 'The Stonk' Why: A little musical murder in the name of 'charity'.Listen to these tracks on Spotify.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Joe Dolce What: 'Shuddup Your Face' Why: Offensive again (see 'Japanese Boy') but this time also deeply deeply awful.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: St Winifred’s School Choir What: 'There’s No One Quite Like Grandma' Who: Written about infamous hatchet killer 'Granny' Lizzie Borden.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Chef What: 'Chocolate Salty Balls' Why: In retrospect perhaps this wasn't Issac Hayes' finest musical moment.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Nizlopi What: 'The JCB Song' Why: Did the world really need another Scouting For Girls?

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Steve Brookstein What 'Against All Odds' Why: A Phil Collins cover sung by a man who looked like he might shoot someone in a traffic jam? Sure, why not.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: Las Ketchup What: 'The Ketchup Song' Why: Those sneaky Las Ketchup gals are laughing at the thought of their follow up song 'Hooray For Hollandaise!'.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Photo:

The best (and worst) one hit wonders ever

Who: The Baha Men What: 'Who Let The Dogs Out?' Why: Just for the cover of the dog in the sunglasses. Just for that. Listen to these tracks on Spotify.

Photo:
Added: 21 Sep 2011

Comments

Please login to add your comment.