Looking at a comprehensive online calendar will show you that there are some pretty obscure holidays. National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day (January 3rd), National Cheddar Day (February 13th), and National Earmuff Day (March 13th) are just the tip of the iceberg. Did you know that September 25th is One Hit Wonder Day? Well, it is. It is there to make us all remember those great successful singles by artists who could never recreate that same success. But we don’t think you need a special date to add some fun one-hit wonders to your playlist. Here are a few great ones to get you started:
Don’t Call Me Baby by Madison Avenue
Cheyne Coats and Andy Van Dorsselear make up the Australian duo called Madison Avenue. They only have one studio album to their name (and another mix album), but their only song that really made it big is “Don’t Call Me Baby” from 1999. 90s pop songs will usually have you drowning in boybands and questionable fashion choices, but this song will make you dance nonetheless.
Mambo No.5 by Lou Bega
Lou Bega made a name for himself with his 1999 single, “Mambo No.5”. Part of his first album, this hit topped the charts in many countries around the world and is still a lot of fun at any party (unless the party is lame). Bega’s musical career didn’t stop there and he released more albums, but people will always know him for that one fun hit.
MMMBop by Hanson
Think of Hanson as a modern, less disturbed version of the Jackson 5. Three brothers, all talented musicians, coming together to create some fun pop. Lovely! Their musical career started in the early 90s and they have released more than 10 albums so far. Still, their only hit that exploded into every possible radio station is “MMMBop” from 1997. Anyone listening to it is guaranteed to have the song stuck in their head for a year.
What’s Up by 4 Non-Blondes
The quartet of four brunettes aptly named 4 Non-Blondes is the band behind the hit “What’s Up”. The band only has one studio album, which is titled “Bigger, Better, Faster, More!”, but unfortunately, they never lived up to its name. Except for “What’s Up”, the band had no big hits and decided to break up in 1994.
Tubthumping by Chumbawamba
The name of the band, just like the name of their one-hit wonder, looks like someone fell asleep on their keyboard. But this British rock band is a lot more legit than it sounds. Before they released Tubthumping, they’d already had seven studio albums under their belt! This would be a perfect song to start a road trip playlist with.