Are there any musicians or bands you love, but mostly considered one-hit-wonders? You’ve got company. After someone polled an online music forum for the best examples of these bands and artists, here are their honest confessions. Do you agree?
1. A Flock of Seagulls
A Flock of Seagulls had great songs like “Wishing” and “Space Age Love Song.” However, several agree with somebody who laments: “They are just remembered for a silly haircut” — and their hit single “I Ran (So Far Away).”
2. The Cardigans
“Love me. Love me. Say that you love me.” Numerous music fans agree with one who states: “The Cardigans got pigeonholed in the U.S. after “Lovefool,” but their entire catalog is amazing.”
3. Soft Cell
Did you know that the A-side of the 12-inch single “Tainted Love” featured a two-song medley, with “Tainted Love” blending into the Motown classic “Where Did Our Love Go” (The Supremes)? It’s easily Soft Cell’s most-known hit. It ranked number five on VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 1980s, but this forum insists they are so much more than this song.
4. Blind Melon
In 1992, Blind Melon’s “No Rain” video with the little girl dancing all over the place in a bee costume was all the rave. However, according to this forum, they deserve much more recognition than being labeled a “one-hit wonder.” Additionally, they suggest “Toes Across the Floor” is an incredible song.
5. Warren Zevon
Numerous music fans agree with one who states: “Warren Zevon was one of the greatest songwriters out there, and is mostly known for ‘Werewolves Of London.'” A second user adds: “Amen! Zevon is one of the best singer/songwriters of the 70’s, and he made great music right until the end.”
6. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
American ska punk band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones would still be legends without ‘The Impression That I Get.” Someone says: “Came here to say this. I’ve seen them live more than any other band, at least 15 times.”
“I get knocked down, but I get up again. You are never gonna keep me down.” Several rock fans admit that Chumbawamba is incredible. One elaborates: “Not many people realize outside of their one hit they are anarchist punk rockers who have some great music.”
“A-Ha. They have so many great albums, but people only know “Take On Me,” one writes. Of course, multiple people inform us that this is only true in the States. They had more immense success in Europe and Brazil.
9. Ugly Kid Joe
Do you remember when Ugly Kid Joe came onto the scene? I remember the video for “Everything About You.” — “I hate the rain and sunny weather. And I, I hate the beach and mountains too. And I don’t like a thing about the city, no, no. And I, I, I hate the countryside too. And I hate everything about you. Everything about you.” It wasn’t my cup of tea, but it was catchy. Nonetheless, many people believe they are “criminally underrated, and Menace to Sobriety is 10/10.”
10. Faith No More
“You want it all, but you can’t have it.” Faith No More’s hit “Epic” is a 1989 one-hit wonder for a band that many in this forum insist deserves more attention.
11. Thin Lizzy
A music lover says: “Thin Lizzy! They’ve got several great albums. Jailbreak, Nightlife, Bad Reputation. Everyone only knows them by “The Boys Are Back in Town.” Another adds: “Maybe the most underrated rock band ever. Phil Lynott is one of the best songwriters of all time, and the band itself was as tight as any.” Some argue Thin Lizzy was only a one-hot-wonder in the States.
12. The Presidents Of The United States Of America
The Presidents Of The United States Of America band is best known for “Peaches” and “Lump.” However, someone claims: “Those first three albums (Self Titled, II, Pure Frosting) are pure, 90s pop grunge. It makes perfect sense that Caspar Babypants would evolve from Presidents. Catchy melodies and songs about bugs.”
13. Alien Ant Farm
“Alien Ant Farm” by Smooth Criminal was an excellent cover with a phenomenal video. According to this music community: “They have so many other solid songs. ANThology was such a great album. Truant was an amazing album.”
“I’ve seen Devo on a lot of one-hit wonder lists for “Whip It,” but their discography is so much bigger and better than that song. Their cover of Satisfaction is an incredible contrast to the original that wonderfully illustrates the musical shift happening during that time.”
15. The Spin Doctors
The Spin Doctors have often been called a one-hit-wonder band, but they had a couple of big songs: “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” and “Two Princes.” Several fans argue they are not a one-hit-wonder band, but others only remember those two songs, and Google calls them a one-hit and a two-hit wonder band.
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Elizabeth Ervin is the owner of Sober Healing. She is a freelance writer passionate about opioid recovery and has celebrated breaking free since 09-27-2013. She advocates for mental health awareness and encourages others to embrace healing, recovery, and spirituality.