Jersey’s top 5 one-hit wonders
Did you know that Sunday, September 25th, was “National One Hit Wonder Day?” That's the day that we honor all those songs and artists that were never honored again after their one hit, so to speak.
The “one hit wonder” was immortalized in the Tom Hanks movie “That Thing You Do,” which is the story of a band called the “Oneders” and what happens when they get their one hit.
The most popular and biggest selling one hit wonder in case anyone asks or you'd like to stump your friends is “The Macarena” released on Aug 15,1995 by Los Del Rio. .
Here are five of New Jersey's favorite one hit wonders as polled by my thousands of twitter followers and Facebook friends:
Brandy by Looking Glass
This popular song by a Jersey shore band from New Brunswick scored a number one hit for the week of August 26th 1972. Yes, it was that long ago.
More Today Than Yesterday by Spiral Staircase
They may be from Sacramento but the song is constantly played throughout New Jersey, especially in any club in the summertime.
Tubthumping by Chumbawamba
What better to describe Jersey people than we "get knocked down but we get back up again?" It was their most successful single, peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart. It topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
It sounded so much like Queen and David Bowie's “Under Pressure,” but Ice's real name, Robert Van Winkle, couldn't keep up with the pressure of another hit.
Oh Mickey by Toni Basil
Did you know that Mickey was named after Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees whom Basil was a big fan of? The single wwas number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for one week.
Honorable mentions went to Tommy Tutone's Jenny 867-5309, Sam The Sham and the Pharohs “Wholly Bully,” Carl Douglas “Kung Fu Fighting would have made it but he had a followup with a remake of “Everlasting Love.” What's your favorite “one hit wonder”?
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