Rank and File finds us sorting through an exhaustive, comprehensive body of work or collection of pop-culture artifacts. This time, we sift through the slush pile and revisit the one-hit wonders we actually love. The standard definition determined by who, Right Said Fred? What, you had a late-career single make 41? Um, no … maybe? It gets no easier when you have to wade through dozens of other Billboard charts that count for everything except, apparently, determining a one-hit wonder. And what about all those charts in other countries — yeah, we ignored them. Great, this list is making us xenophobic now. Because, technically, Beck is a one-hit wonder. Very lucky, Mr.
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A one-hit wonder is a musical artist who is successful with one hit song, but without a comparable subsequent hit. Music reviewers and journalists sometimes describe a musical artist as a one-hit wonder, based on their professional assessment of chart success, sales figures and fame. For the purpose of his book The Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders , music journalist Wayne Jancik defines a one-hit wonder as "an act that has won a position on Billboard ' s national, pop, Top 40 just once.
"Hey! Baby" by Bruce Channel (1961)
Subscriber Account active since. Even though an artist may be a one-hit wonder, they still might have contributed one of the most famous songs of all time. Take Tommy Tutone, for example. You might not know the band, but you can definitely recite the number "" — Jenny's phone number. You might know "Rockin' Robin" best as a kid's song that has an accompanying hand game, or as the version sung by the Jackson 5. But the original version was recorded by Bobby Day in , and was his biggest and only hit. Day stopped recording music as a solo artist after , when he began concentrating on songwriting. Listen to the song here. Baby" is the version you've most likely heard at sporting events and such — but the original is much more relaxed, with a prominent harmonica. Channel, while touring Europe, was accompanied by a little-known band at the time named the Beatles.
Only so many artists and bands manage to rise to the top of the charts with songs that the whole country gets stuck in their heads. So, to have a second or third hit is all the more rare. Yes, we're talking about those infamous one-hit wonders. But just because they never managed to reach the success of their biggest hits a second time around, that doesn't make their songs any less legendary. In our humble opinions, one-hit wonders are also worthy of celebration. So, in honor of those artists who captured lightning in a bottle, we went back to the late s all the way through the early s to find the best one-hit wonders of all time. We dare you not to hum along with the songs that brought them their fleeting 15 minutes of fame. This catchy single only has three words—and they're all "tequila. After all, " Tequila " is easy to learn and impossible to forget. It landed at the No.