MY FAVORITE ONE-HIT WONDERS
A little compilation of artists who've cracked the Top 40 only one time.
- •Lena Horne"Love Me or Leave Me" has been covered by so many neat people. The 1955 Lena Horne version is great.
- •The Six Teens"A Casual Look" is a really fun, simple, cool tune. It was 25 on the charts in 1956.
- •Count BasieCount Basie was truly fantastic. Lots of his music included lots of rests in between notes, and he really embraced those spaces. "April In Paris," which came out in 1957, is just fabulous. Many of his songs were specific jazz hits, but "April In Paris" was the only song to crack the general Top 40.
- •Anthony Perkins(As Tony Perkins)"Moonlight Swim" is lovely. Anthony's 1957 version is haunting and cool.
- •Janis JoplinJanis Joplin is technically a double one-hit wonder. First, "Piece of My Heart" with Big Brother & the Holding Company in 1968. Second, "Me and Bobby McGee" as a solo artist in 1971. It's crazy to think she was only in the Top 40 twice. "Cry Baby" was 42 on the charts, and "Cosmic Blues" was 41.
- •The Archies"Sugar, Sugar," released in 1969, is too classic not to include. It's also a really fun video.
- •Edison Lighthouse"Love Grows(Where Rosemary Goes)," out in 1970, is the whole package. The band's outfits are enviable, and the song is super groovy. The instrumentation is classic Beatles.
- •Marmalade"Reflections of My Life," which became a big hit in 1970, is one of my favorites. From their velvet suits to their harmonies, I love it.
- •Lynn AndersonThe live footage for "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden" is pretty great. Her outfit and hair are fabulous. The song's super cheery and a nice listen. It was released in 1970, and she won a Grammy for it in 1971.
- •Kermit The FrogWhat do Kermit the Frog and Don Johnson have in common!? You guessed it. "The Rainbow Connection" made Kermit a one-hit wonder in 1979, and Don came shortly after. We'll get to that in a minute.
- •Buggles"Video Killed the Radio Star" was a pretty different sound for the time. I think it was sort of at the beginning of when things got more synth-y. The video is pure gold, especially those shades! It was released in 1979, and comparing it to something like "Rose Garden" in 1971, the chords are way more complicated, the use of electronic instrumentation is heavy, and the content/tone/style is crazy different. The 70s were a colossal leap in music style. MTV didn't even come on air until 1981.
- •Don JohnsonDon is my good friend's dad, so it was more than delightful discovering he had a song and music video. Who knew Don was a one-hit wonder in 1986?! The video for "Heartbeat" also features a minty green guitar that I really, really want.
- •Beck"Loser" became 10 on the charts in 1994, and has an excellent music video with excellent wardrobe.