My 300 Favorite One-Hit Wonders of All-Time – Day 4

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I know I am jumping the game a little bit, but I would love to point out an artist who is in this countdown as a songwriter twice, and that artist is the late Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne-fame and one-hit wonder “Stacy’s Mom.” Recently, Schlesinger was a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic, and his songwriting is going to be missed by me. To be honest, I became familiar with his work through his involvement in the great Tom Hanks project That Thing You Do. Schlesinger lent his talents to the project by writing or co-writing many of the songs on the soundtrack, most memorably the title song which itself is another one-hit wonder by the fictional band The Wonders.

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Fountains of Wayne

Knowing I was in the middle of this multiple-part series, my older son sent me an article from Rolling Stone stating that The Wonders were reuniting to perform in a Zoom-type group performance for the first time in a quarter century to help raise many for Adam’s expenses. That film and soundtrack were special in the Keller household back in the mid-Nineties, as pre-teen boys are wont to do by playing a movie over and over again. So, the band originally known as The Oneders (pronounced “The O-needers,” or as guitarist Lenny once said, “That’s The O-netters.”) will be paying tribute to their famous song’s creator.

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The Wonders

Unfortunately, neither Fountains of Wayne nor The Wonders are in today’s countdown. But, the timing of the story was impeccable and worthy enough for a mention today. See? A current story not only about a single one-hit wonder but TWO!

With that said, let’s move on with the countdown.

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150. Nena – “99 Luftballons” (1984)

149. Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX – “I Love It” (2013)

148. Meredith Brooks – “Bitch” (1997)

147. Big Country – “In a Big Country” (1983)

146. Iron Butterfly – “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (1968)

145. Oran “Juice” Jones – “The Rain” (1986)

144. Twisted Sister – “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (1984)

143. Flash & the Pan – “Hey! St. Peter” (1979)

142. Pilot – “Magic” (1974)

141. Spiral Starecase – “More Today Than Yesterday” (1969)

140. The Calling – “Everywhere You Will Go” (2003)

139. Shannon – “Let the Music Play” (1983)

138. American Hi-Fi – “Flavor of the Weak” (2000)

137. The Monotones – “The Book of Love” (1958)

136. Chumbawumba – “Tubthumping” (1997)

135. Blind Melon – “No Rain” (1993)

134. Vanilla Ice – “Ice Ice Baby” (1991)

133. Haircut One Hundred – “Love Plus One” (1982)

132. Dr. John – “Right Place, Wrong Time” (1973)

131. Alannah Myles – “Black Velvet” (1989)

130. Bertie Higgins – “Key Largo” (1981)

129. Jeff Healey Band – “Angel Eyes” (1989)

128. Philip Bailey & Phil Collins – “Easy Lover” (1984)

127. Shocking Blue – “Venus” (1970)

126. Tom Cochrane – “Life Is a Highway” (1991)

125. Katrina & the Waves – “Walking on Sunshine” (1985)

124. Joan Osborne – “One of Us” (1995)

123. House of Pain – “Jump Around” (1992)

122. Callaway – “I Wanna Be Rich” (1989)

121. Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock – “It Takes Two” (1988)

120. Swing Out Sister – “Breakout” (1986)

119. Anita Ward – “Ring My Bell” (1979)

118. Patrice Rushen – “Forget Me Nots” (1982)

117. Toni Basil – “Mickey” (1982)

116. Biz Markie – “Just a Friend” (1989)

115. MFSB featuring The Three Degrees – “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)” (1974). The theme song for Soul Train.

114. Bobby Day – “Rockin’ Robin” (1958)

113. General Public – “Tenderness” (1984)

112. Nick Lowe – “Cruel to Be Kind” (1979)

111. The Dream Academy – “Life in a Northern Town” (1985)

110. The Outsiders – “Time Won’t Let Me” (1966)

109. Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – “Tomorrow People” (1988)

108. First Class – “Beach Baby” (1974)

107. Human Beinz – “Nobody but Me” (1968)

106. Sanford Townsend Band – “Smoke from a Distant Fire” (1976)

105. Natalie Imbruglia – “Torn” (1997)

104. Divinyls – “I Touch Myself” (1990)

103. The Outfield – “Your Love” (1986)

102. Steam – “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” (1969)

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101. After the Fire – “Der Kommissar” (1982)

And all that’s left is my Top 100. Stay safe, stay healthy, wash your hands and wear a mask and gloves if you go out. Have a great weekend!

Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

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