Happy National One-Hit Wonder Day: Here's The Best and Worst
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Just in case you didn't know, Tuesday, September 25, is National One-Hit Wonder Day. It's the day the nation has carefully selected (or something) to celebrate musical splashes that never go beyond that big single (at least in the ears of most listeners).
One-hit wonders are tricky things. They can annoy you and pester their way into your brain, or be something more lasting: a classic song that defines a moment in pop culture history. Let's cue the flash-backs with 10 of the worst one-hit wonders, and 10 of the best. I'm sorry if they get stuck in your brain. (No, I'm not.)
1. Barbie Girl - Aqua
Okay, I was singing this song as a child and had no clue as to what the words meant. Most little girls put Barbie on a pedestal. Aqua has a more realistic idea: she's a girl in a fantasy world. You may do whatever you want with her. I'm sorry, but am I the only one concerned as to why I listened to this mush and why it's repeating in my head?
2. Funky Town - Lipps Inc.
Where/what is Funky Town, really? And why do you want to go there so desperately? This song may have reigned on the charts, but now it lives in the world of drunken wedding receptions, where wasted bridesmaids wander around the open bar asking second cousins to take them to "Funky Town."
3. Jump Around - House of Pain
Talk about pushy! The repetitive command to jump around, jump up and get down is just too insistent for me. I'll fucking jump if I want to, guys.
4.Turning Japanese - The Vapors
A catchy song with a pretty dirty secret. We get it. You're turning Japanese, dude. No need to freak out and break out that samurai sword. Leave that to Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, please. 5. Mambo #5 - Lou Bega
Okay, Lou. I understand you. You like anything fly. You need girls with common names. I never understood if a dance move was supposed to come out of this song, as opposed to the one where you just point at your friends named Monica, Jessica, and so on. Lou, did you ever meet all those girls? Did one song get you that far?
6. Mickey - Toni Basil
I lived the life of a cheerleader, and hearing this one just reminds me of Bring It On. The film is actually somewhat hysterical, but hearing this song at every single cheerleading competition became the most annoying aspect and probably a critical reason as to why I decided to quit cheering.
7. Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
I swear this song was destined for every high school dance. I was over it before it even reached the dance floor. The atmosphere is the same every time the song comes on, and I was never able to have alcohol within my system to be able bear this song played every single year at the same event.
8. I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred
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