National One-Hit Wonder Day is Here, Celebrate With Your Favorite Hits
You've had a long week at work and now it's time to relax and watch a movie or go out on the town and party. Either way, it's National One-Hit Wonder Day today (September 25) and no matter what your Friday plans are, it's about time we honored these artists that once meant so much to pop culture and then dropped off the face of the earth.
A one-hit wonder is defined as an artist who made their fame and recognition through one song on the top 40 and then never ascended to those same heights. Some of the most well known examples would be "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer, "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice and "Stacy's Mom" by Fountains of Wayne.
There's also a classification of one-hit wonders that includes double one-hit wonders, which is when a musician has a Top 40 single both with a group and as a solo artist. An example might by CeeLo Green who landed on the charts with Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" as well as his solo debut "F**k You."
So to celebrate, gather up some friends, have a few drinks and sing along to these classic tunes that had such an impact on out pop culture, even if the artists themselves didn't.
I chose this playlist from a few others on Spotify because it seemed to capture a wider range of music. Of course, there's a lot of stuff from the '80s because that decade was just rife with one-hit wonders. But, there's also a good spattering of one forgotten early 2000s tunes such as "Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve, "Milkshake" by Kelis (who made some great music last year even if it didn't chart) and "Because I Got High" by Afroman.
Take a listen to this collection of gems below and don't feel guilty for liking these songs for one day - it's a holiday.