When you hear the term one-hit-wonder, what songs or artists come to mind? You might think of Vanilla Ice, the song 99 Red Balloons, and maybe even Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus. But funny thing is, while most of us would agree that Cyrus was a one-hit-wonder, there are many people who argue that the singer actually had more hits. So that alone takes him off the list.
But anyway, my point is that there are songs that reached such heights that the artists got to relish in their 15 minutes of fame. We all loved these hugely popular songs, but never heard from the artists again. Sure, it can be seen as a shame. But hey, they all released one major hit! That’s more than we can say for ourselves, right? Let’s go down memory lane with the best one-hit wonders of all time.
And stick around until the end for a custom-made playlist. Enjoy!
My Sharona by The Knack, 1979
“Never gonna stop, give it up, such a dirty mind
I always get it up, for the touch of the younger kind
My, my, my, aye-aye, whoa!
So here’s the story: Lead singer Doug Fieger this song about a girl he saw when he walked into a clothing store. She was a high school student named Sharona Alperin and worked in the shop. She was eight years younger than him and in a relationship, but he didn’t care. He invited Sharona to one of his shows. He even broke up with the girlfriend and professed his love for Sharona. And Sharona even came with her boyfriend to The Knack shows. Fieger wrote this song when they weren’t even together. But about a year after they first met, Sharona gave in and they started dating.