Favorite one hit wonder songs.

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  1. raito

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    the guys been sued so many times he could be a multiple law suit one hit wonder.. still my fav one hitter..love to play it too, everyone knows it and sings along its freeking awesome...
     
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    I like the bassline.



    A nice Les Paul TV in this video.





     
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    2nd fav but donne iris had more hits just not as donnie iris. voted worlds ugliest teefus on a rocker. we hadnt invented grilles then dawg!!
     
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    Fastball - The Way

    Really sophisticated songwriting and playing, and they had clearly listened to mid-period Beatles, and understood what they were listening to.
     
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    Was gonna post this one. The first 2 Wall of Voodoo albums are great. Nothing else like them. Really great songwriting on some tracks ("Lost Weekend" for one example) and Stan Ridgway continues to pen fine songs on numerous solo albums.
     
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    Certainly not one hit wonders this side of the Atlantic.

    and certainly DD wasn't a one hit wonder here either. Fantastic singer.

    The singles buyers in the USA were obviously making some poor choices!
     
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    How is Dan Hartman a one hit wonder? He wrote and sang Free Ride with Edgar Winter, co-wrote and produced Living in America with James Brown, had a bunch of other hits including We are the Young.
     
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    Talk Talk's highest-charting single in the states was "It's My Life" which hit #31.

    You may know it from a fairly lame and completely pointless cover of it by Gwen Stefani.

    This British band may well have been more successful in the UK.

    Very few bands I can think of evolved so beautifully and profoundly as Talk Talk. They began as pretty straightforward synth-pop. They were good at it, but didn't really stand out from the crowd aside from the unusual vocals.

    They soon turned to more orchestral music, but still in what I'd call a New Wave vein (see "It's My Life" for a good example.) 1986's "The Colour Of Spring" is, IMO, one of the best albums from the New Wave era, and is even more expansive than its predecessor from which their "hit" derives.

    Their final two albums "Spirit Of Eden" and "Laughing Stock" are altogether something else...something other. They stand alone...I can think of nothing that sounds like them. Their label was horrified:

    "Where's the hit single?"

    "You tell us. Maybe there isn't one."

    "How will you tour this?"

    "We aren't."


    They called it quits in 1991. Singer Mark Hollis essentially retired from music to be with his family in the English countryside. He released one solo album in 1998, and sadly passed away earlier this year at age 64.

    Here's "It's My Life" :



    ...and I highly recommend checking out the opening track from their penultimate album...a song called "The Rainbow." It is a very slow build, taking its time to kick into its groove. It's nearly 2 minutes, 30 seconds before the piece really "starts" and some of the opening is so minimal it's barely audible. But when it does kick in, it is gorgeous, meditative, and moving. It's worth spending 8 minutes on I think:

     
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    This is a pretty decent one from the early 80s. Remember seeing it on MTV back then. Not earth-shaking; just good, honest pop-rock with a big nod to Buddy Holly.

    Per Billboard Magazine, this was Crenshaw's only charting US single (reaching #36.) I actually had his first two albums back when they were new and remember liking the catchy pop craftsmanship, but I confess this is the only track of his I remember well.

     
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    That one is fun to play!
     
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    Oh, can't you? :)
     
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    Have we gotten to this gem yet?



    ...it was their only Top 10 hit in the US but they also charted with "Star" and "Everyone's Agreed That Everything Will Turn Out Fine."

    And of course Gerry Rafferty had a few solo hits, "Baker Street" probably being the best-known. Joe Egan had a couple of solo hits as well after Stealer's Wheel dissolved.

    Good stuff.
     
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    Had to add this one since I was watching "Easy Rider" a couple of nights ago...

     
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    Oof. It brings back good memories, but I really never could take that song.
     
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    Haha, loved Lawrence Well program doing "one Toke Over The Line". Did they get it?
     
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    My no hit, no wonder, just too damn funky...My life long departed friends Charlie Love Jacobs, the blackest white boy I knew...vocals, sax & harp with Danny Lancaster playing guitar...couple Ms boys


    and in response to whoever posted Walk Away Renee...Lafave's version is so so good...
     
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    Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock are in that rarefied air of albums that will always about 20 years ahead of whenever you first hear them. Along with "The Rainbow," "I Believe in You" is another fantastic introduction to late period Talk Talk


     
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