Sunday, July 9, 2017

One Hit Wonders of the 90's #4M




Time again for Monday’s Music Moves Me, otherwise known as #4M or M4, depending upon whom you are conversing with.  Today’s Theme is a freebie, so I came up with my own for the day.  The theme I chose for today is “One Hit Wonders of the 90’s”


  • The Verve “Bitter Sweet Symphony”
  • Harvey Danger “Flagpole Sitta”
  • Blind Melon “No Rain”
  • Chumbawamba “Tubthumping”
  • Semisonic “Closing Time”
  • Haddaway “What Is Love”
  • The Breeders “Cannonball”
  • New Radicals “You Get What You Give”
  • Spacehog “In the Meantime”
  • House of Pain “Jump Around”
  • Marcy Playground “Sex and Candy”
  • Toadies “Possum Kingdom”
  • Len “Steal My Sunshine”
  • Lou Bega “Mambo No. 5”
  • OMC “How Bizarre”




What are some of your favorite one hit wonders of the 90’s?

Today’s post is part of the Monday’s Music Moves Me blog hop, hosted by X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by JAmerican Spice, Stacy Uncorked and Curious as a Cathy.  Be sure to stop by the hosts and visit the other participants.





26 comments:

  1. Hi Mary,
    One Hit Wonders are always fun! At first glance, from reading over your playlist, I didn't recognize any of these songs! No surprise, me being perpetually stuck in the 70s but then I started listening and felt relieved as I was hearing several familiar songs: I love Blind Melon's No Rain (love the band name too!). I remember Chumbawamba's song but would've never been able to name the band or the song title! Closing Time is a fun song, especially having been a bar-owner back in the 90s. :) Love What is Love! The New Radicals You Get What You Give is such a good song and always gets cranked up when I hear it on the radio. Jump Around is funky -- I never heard it before but it is definitely funky. Never heard of Marcy Playground (strange name) but I definitely know their Sex & Candy song and like the sound. And of course I know How Bizarre! Of course!
    Okay, so maybe I'm not so stuck in the decade from 40 years ago... :)

    Great compilation of One Hit Wonders from the 90s. So I knew about half of them. Thanks Mary, for giving me some assurance that at least I've pulled my head out of my retro ass every now and then over the last few years...

    Love ya!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. haha! I feel the same way most days. I know a good share of the songs, but I just didn't know the artist or the song name. Like you, some days I feel like I'm stuck in the 70s or 80s.

      ~Mary

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  2. Because my son grew up in the 90's, I know some of these songs. It seemed that Chumbawamba's Tubthumping was played at every school event. I took the CD out of the library one day, and actually liked it! Sex and Candy was another favorite. My son loved Closing Time. They played Graduation by Vitamin C at one of my son's graduations but I don't think that was a one hit wonder. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. I remember going to dance parties in the 90's and it seemed that Tubthumping was played every single time. Such a fun song! Thanks for dropping by!

      ~Mary

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  3. Mary,

    I think my brain left the planet in the 90s. I don't remember what was playing on the airwaves and I didn't listen to the radio unless I was in the car which was only when we got out for family weekend fun. When I glanced your play list only one recognizable title registered - "Tubthumping". Then after I listed to your collection, "What Is Love", "Mambo No 5", and "How Bizarre" I recalled hearing but I can't say if it's from the 90s era or later. Everything else was new-to-me. I'm not sure how so many of these One-Hit Wonders slipped my ear except to say I had my hands full raising three kids at the time. :D Thanks for hitting the dance floor with the 4M gals today, my friend!

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    1. I think I had a similar experience. I can easily name songs from the earlier decades, but I'm hard pressed for the 90s and later. Once I heard the song, it was an 'oh yeah... that song!' Don't know why I've blocked them out of my head.

      ~Mary

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  4. Hi Mary! One Hit Wonders are fun, but I must have not been 'with it' in the '90s, because I only recognized a couple. 'Mambo No. 5' brought a smile. :D I wonder sometimes, how certain songs become hits. LOL Thanks for the entertainment. I've joined you all, this week. Cheers!

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    1. Thanks, Debbie!

      Glad to have you join in the fun. This post really exercised my brain, but it was a fun exercise.

      ~Mary

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  5. Too many of the them to name. Here is one that is crazy- both the Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix are considered one-hit wonders because each only had one song chart on the Top 40 list.

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    1. Hi Patrick

      That is very interesting. I don't know that I'd put Hendrix or Grateful Dead in a one-hit wonder category. Perhaps in another decade or so after everyone has forgotten who they are. Thanks for dropping by!

      ~Mary

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  6. I heard Everything Falls Apart by Dogs Eye View today. I wonder how many other songs I've completely forgotten about

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    1. Isn't it crazy how we tend to forget some songs? It happens to me daily. Not sure if I'm just getting old and my memory is failing me, or if the songs just didn't have that big of an impact on my life for me to remember them. Thanks for stopping by!

      ~Mary

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  7. Man, I've been informed about so much today! All you guys rock! I've really learned a lot today.. unreal! YOU'VE ROCKED THE HOUSE TODAY GIRLFRIEND! WOO HOO

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    1. Thanks, Marie!

      Glad to be part of the 4M gang! Congrats on 7 years!

      ~Mary

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  8. Some great One Hit Wonders here, but The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony" certainly wasn't one of them. From the same album, they also released "Lucky Man", "Sonnet" and "The Drugs Don't Work", which were all big hits - here in the UK anyway!

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    1. I don't believe they did as well in the US.

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  9. Some great songs here, Mary! As I go through my song list I have almost all of your list of "One Hit Wonders". I spent most of the 90's in Columbia, SC, which, thanks to Hootie and the Blowfish, was the center of a thriving music community. Some other favorites from that time are Jump Little Children who had a hit with "Cathedrals" and Edwin McCain, who had hits with "I'll Be" and "I Could Ask For More". They got a lot of airplay in our area, but not sure about the rest of the country.

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    1. Those are some great songs, Mike! Hootie and the Blowfish is a favorite of mine. I really like "Let Her Cry". I like that Darius Rucker has crossed over to country now, I think he puts out a great song.

      ~Mary

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  10. One hit wonders are sad. It's like a big tease with fame and fortune. I love this song, though.

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    1. I think some artists try to have more hits, but just aren't successful, while others are simply having fun with the music and a one time hit is a happy accident for them.

      ~Mary

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  11. I was just mentioning to a friend that the nineties had more good music than some credit. Of course, this gal proclaims to like nothing produced after the year 2000 (!), which means she's missed out on seventeen years worth of potential including my beloved Avenged Sevenfold (though they technically formed in 1999, that doesn't help her stubborn self). Anyway, there are some excellent examples here!

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    1. I admit I like to pigeon hole the artists from 2000 to current as not so great, but I think I'm old and biased because I have heard some really great talent in the previous decades.

      ~Mary

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  12. Just Got Paid by Johnny Kemp was a 90's one hit wonder that I loved. It was all about getting paid on Friday, going out and having fun at weekends :)

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    1. I completely forgot about that one! I do remember liking it.

      ~Mary

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  13. I will go with The Wallflowers "One Headlight",even though the band created a lot of good music. And because yes,it was a band I did a show with as well....*s*

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    1. LOL I had to double check my list because I thought I had it on there. It must have been cut from the list as I tried to keep the list to only 15 songs.

      ~Mary

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