Who Are Your Favorite One-Hit Wonders?

National One-Hit Wonders Day ~

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September 25th is National One-Hit Wonders Day. We’ve all heard them. Those songs that just stick like a piece of gum on your shoe. But, just like that piece of gum you have to scrape off your shoe with a stick, it’s singer is soon left in the dust.

In honor of One-Hit Wonders everywhere, I offer you this list of some of the greatest and catchiest one-hit wonder songs ever {in my opinion}. And please feel free to add your favorites in the comments section. For the purposes of this article, a one-hit wonder will be an artist who scored one big hit on a chart and nothing further {except for maybe a minor hit, to date}.

She’s Like The Wind – Patrick Swayze

Yes, we all know he was MEGA talented in lots of other areas {acting, dance} but he only had one charted song – and boy was it a good one. It went to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in February of 1988 and it also made it to #1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. I still love this song and I am sad that he didn’t release more music when he was still with us.

Hemorrhage {In My Hands} – Fuel

When this song came out, I didn’t know who sang it for the longest time. But, when I did find out who sang it, I played it over and over. I still love it to this day and I love Fuel’s music in general. Whether they charted many hits or not, I was unaware until I started researching one-hit wonders for this blog post. At any rate, I love their music. ๐Ÿ™‚

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something

I think I have heard this in a ton of movies. Wherever I hear it, it always gets stuck in my head for days later. It’s a very catchy tune!

Tubthumping – Chumbawamba

Hahaha! Yes, it’s annoying, but it’s catchy. No? I get this song stuck in my head quite often. As soon as someone says something about falling down, there it is. For days. And now you can be singing it for days, too. You’re welcome.

Also, some honorable mentions go out to…
Cotton Eyed Joe – Rednex
No Rain – Blind Melon
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida – Iron Butterfly
Tainted Love – Soft Cell
Keep Your Hands To Yourself – Georgia Satellites
Life Is A Highway – Tom Cochrane
Mambo #5 – Lou Bega

What Are Some Of Your Favorite One-Hit Wonders?

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About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for EatPlayRock.com, an entertainment site. Her interests include traveling, home decor, DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her dog, Daisy.


  1. WE’ve had cotton eyed joe in our head for several days too. Had no clue who sang it, but it just gets stuck on repeat in my head. lol

  2. Good list! Come on Eileen is a one hit wonder right? That would be my fav=)

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      Yes, I believe so, by Dexys Midnight Runners. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t remember ever hearing of anything else by them.

  3. From my childhood… Sean Cassidy

  4. Oh, the memories. LOL I might play some of these right now!

  5. I guess they’re called that for a reason. I honestly can’t remember any!

  6. I always get “mmmbop” in my head. lol

  7. OMG, I have all these songs on my Zune…what on earth does that say about my musical taste?

  8. Come on Eileen is definitely my favorite one hit wonder and is the one that popped into my head instantly when I saw this post.

  9. “Turning Japanese” The Vapors always gets in my head ๐Ÿ™‚ I always liked the song- they said it was about all kinds of things but I thought it was just fun.

  10. Sherry Compton says:

    Never heard of this day, but I can’t wait to pull out some cds and really celebrate it. I admit I own Tubthumping and Mmmbop. Although, my daughter still has to remind me that the name of the song is Tubthumping. How unique….to say the least.


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