top one hit wonders songs

One Hit Wonder Songs – Top 10 All-Time List


National One-Hit Wonder Day is celebrated annually on September 25. Music writer Steve Rosen declared the day in 1990. Musical groups that only produce one mega-hit in their existence are considered one-hit wonders. The lines are a little blurred as to what constitutes a one-hit-wonder.

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Is it a music group that only has one song that ranks on the music charts? Is it a musical group that only has one popular recognizable song? We are not the judge here. Therefore we will rely on the help of music authority VH1. If it was up to us, no group would be allowed on the list that had two songs in the Billboard top 40. But, we didn’t make this. Maybe in the future. Until then, enjoy our lists of the greatest one-hit wonders, 90s one-hit wonders, and 80s one-hit wonders.

VH1’s Greatest One-Hit Wonders

The list aired in December 2002.

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10. 99 Luftballons – Nena

Neunundneunzig Luftballons
Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont

9. Rico Suave – Gerardo

You got to know how to deal with a woman
That won’t let go
The price you pay for being a gigolo

8. Take On Me – a-Ha

Take me on
I’ll be gone
In a day or two

7. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice

Alright stop, collaborate and listen
Ice is back with my brand new invention

6. Who Let The Dogs Out? – Baha Men

Yippie yi yo
And the girls respond to the call
I heard a woman shout out
Who let the dogs out?


5. Mickey – Toni Basil

Oh Mickey, you’re so fine
You’re so fine you blow my mind, hey Mickey

4. I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred

And I’m too sexy for my hat
Too sexy for my hat
What do you think about that?

3. Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

These people round here
Wear beatdown eyes sunk in smoke dried face
So resigned to what their fate is

2. Tainted Love – Soft Cell

I give you all a boy could give you
Take my tears and that’s not nearly all
Oh, tainted love

1. Macarena – Los Del Rio

Dale a tu cuerpo alegría Macarena


VH1’s 80s One-Hit Wonders

The list aired in March 2009.

10. Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Don’t do it
When you wanna come

9. Too Shy – Kajagoogoo

Hey girl
Move a little closer
You’re too shy

8. I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow

He’s got everything that I desire
Sets the summer sun on fire
I want candy

7. I Melt With You – Modern English

There’s nothing you and I won’t do
I’ll stop the world and melt with you

6. Mickey – Toni Basil


5. Tainted Love – Soft Cell

4. 867-5309 / Jenny – Tommy Tutone

I need to make you mine
Jenny, don’t change your number

3. Take On Me – a-Ha

2. I Ran (So Far Away) – Flock of Seagulls

‘Pearing from my view
Reached out a hand to try again
I’m floating in a beam of light with you

1. Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners


VH1’s 90s One-Hit Wonders

The list aired in April 2011.

10. One Of Us – Joan Osbourne

What if God was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Tryin’ to make his way home

9. Jump Around – House Of Pain

From the kids on the hill plus my mom and my pops
I came to get down, I came to get down
So get out your seat and jump around

8. Barely Breathing – Duncan Sheik

You really can’t be serious
If you have to ask me why
I say goodbye

7. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice

6. Closing Time – Semisonic

Closing time, you don’t have to go home
But you can’t stay here
I know who I want to take me home


5. Tubthumping – Chumbawamba

I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down

4. Macarena – Los Del Rio

3. Rico Suave – Gerardo

2. I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred

1. Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot

Tell ’em to shake it shake it
Shake that healthy butt
Baby got back


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