How Many Times Can You Name the "One Hit Wonder"?


By: J.P. Naomi

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They were heard, they hit the charts, then they were never heard from again! You may remember the songs that made it to the Billboard Top 100, but do you remember the names of the singer?

Which Dirty Dancing star sang the Top 40 hit, "She's Like the Wind"?

The actor Patrick Swayze, featuring Wendy Fraser, had a #3 hit in February of 1988 with "She's Like the Wind."


1980s single "Whip It" was performed by an American new wave band named:

Devo's "Whip It" peaked at #14 in 1979. It was written by Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale.


Do you know "Who Let the Dogs Out?"

"Who Let the Dogs Out?" was performed by a Bahamian group called Baha Men. It was released on July 26, 2000.


Which artist said and sang "I'm Too Sexy" all the way to #1 in February of 1992?

The British band, Right Said Fred, was formed by brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass in 1989.


"Spirit in the Sky" hit the charts in 1970 and is sung by this artist:

Greenbaum wanted to write a gospel song so "Spirit in the Sky" discusses the afterlife and makes references to Jesus - which is interesting since Greenbaum is Jewish.


"Tubthumping" was a #6 hit for this band in 1997.

The word "tubthumper" is generally used to describe a person, often a politician, who appears to "jump on the bandwagon" with a populist idea.


"Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)", sung by this artist, peaked at #2 in 2001.

It is said that the lyrics suggest that women should take revenge on men who cheat by draining them of their available monetary and property assets.


In 1999, Mambo No. 5 made its way to #3 by this singer:

Lou Bega was born David Lubega on April 13, 1975. He is a German mambo musician who comes from Italian and Ugandan descent.


I said a hip, hop, hippie to the hippie - this "Rapper's Delight" was performed by:

The Sugarhill Gang released Rapper's Delight in 1979. It was produced by Sylvia Robinson.


"Just a Friend" peaked at number 9 on the charts, and is included in the 1990 album "The Biz Never Sleeps" by this artist:

Some basic chords and melodies from the 1968 song "You Got What I Need" (by Freddie Scott), helped make "Just a Friend" famous.


The electronic instrumental song and theme song to the movie Beverly Hills Cop, "Axel F" was performed by:

The title comes from the name of Eddie Murphy's character in the movie - Axel Foley. It hit the charts in 1985.


The first a capella song to hit number one, "Don't Worry, Be Happy," was performed by this musician:

The expression is credited to Meher Baba, an Indian mystic and sage, who often used the phrase in the 1960s. Bobby McFerrin made it a #1 hit in September of 1988.


"Come on Eileen" made it to #1 on the charts when performed by this group:

It hit the charts in April 1983, and is still a well-danced to song in bars today!


Which of the following groups sang "Turning Japanese"?

The Vapors are an English new wave and power pop band. "Turning Japanese" reached #3 in the UK and #36 in the U.S. in 1980.


You may have had a "Bad Day" on American Idol in 2006 if you heard this song performed by:

Daniel Powter's Bad Day was used as the goodbye song for contestants not moving on to the following week on American Idol. This was the show's 5th season.


Which comedian tried singing and scored a Top 40 hit in 1978 with the single "King Tut"?

Actor Steve Martin sang the song "King Tut," which peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978.


"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" reached #1 in 1987 after the success of Dirty Dancing. It was performed by _________.

Bill Medley is one half of The Righteous Brothers. "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" was a duet he performed with Jennifer Warnes.


This band from Berlin peaked at # 2 with their 1983 anti-war protest song "99 Luftballons"

The band was named after the nickname of the lead singer, Gabriele Kerner. It was released in English in 1984, but the lyrics are somewhat changed.


Who performed the #1 hit, "Chariots of Fire," an instrumental?

The title track and instrumental "Chariots of Fire," hit #1 on the charts in May of 1982.


I just "Haven't Met You Yet" and this singer gave single men and women everywhere an ounce of hope:

Michael Buble is widely popular, and this song is still his biggest hit. It reached #24 in June of 2010.


"Mr. Big Stuff" peaked at #2 in 1971, and was sung by this artist:

In 1994, a sample of the song "Mr. Big Stuff" was incorporated into TLC's "Switch" on the album CrazySexyCool.


I'm a "Loser" baby with this rockstar's one-hit wonder of 1994:

"Loser" peaked at #10 on the charts back in 1994. Though Beck was popular in the 90s, this was the only major song to hit the charts so high.


His first single "You're Beautiful" went to #1 in March 2006:

James Blunt became famous for "You're Beautiful." Shortly thereafter, his second single, "Goodbye My Lover," only made it to #66.


Kanye West made a cameo in which singer's hit of "American Boy" in 2008?

Estelle was born Estelle Fanta Swaray on January 18, 1980 in London, England. She also collaborated with David Guetta in "One Love" later in 2009.


The "Miami Vice Theme" reached No. 1 in 1985 as performed by:

Jan Hammer created and performed the theme to the television series "Miami Vice." It was 2 minutes and 26 seconds long.


"Dog Days Are Over" reached #21 in 2008 by this rock band:

"Dog Days Are Over" came from the debut album "Lungs by Florence + the Machine." The song is 4 minutes and 13 seconds in length.


College students in 1997 got sad when they tried to "Save Tonight" by this musician:

"Save Tonight" was released on October 7, 1997. The song was 3 minutes and 55 seconds long.


"In the Summertime" was a sweet song released in 1970, performed by:

In 1970, Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime" reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in the U.S. The song celebrates carefree summer days.


Somewhat of a graduation speech, "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) was performed by this artist in 1997:

Baz Luhrmann was born Mark Anthony Luhrmann on September 7, 1962. His song "Everybody's Free" was written by Mary Schmich, Josh Abrahams, and Nellee Hooper.


"I Wish" I was a little bit taller and so does this performer:

"I Wish" by Skee-Lo reached #1 in 1995. It spent six weeks in the #1 spot.


"I Wanna Be with You" was performed by this singer and featured on the soundtrack to the 2000 film "Center Stage":

Mandy Moore was born Amanda Leigh Moore on April 10, 1984. She is originally from Nashua, New Hampshire.


This former New Kid had a solo debut with "Give It to You" in 1999:

Jordan Knight and Jonathan Knight are brothers. "Give It to You" is Jordan's best-known single as a solo artist.


"The House of the Rising Sun" was released in April 1970 by this American rock band:

Frijid Pink is best known for their 1970 rendition of "The House of the Rising Sun." The band was formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1967.


"She's So High" reached #1 in 1999 and was performed by which Canadian singer-songwriter?

"She's So High" was recorded in 1998, and released on April 14, 1999. Tal Bachman not only performed it, but he also wrote it!


Girls wanted this rock singer to sing "Lullaby" to them in 1998:

Shawn Mullins wrote and recorded "Lullaby" in 1998. It reached #1 on the Adult Top 40, but not much else from Mullins made it quite to the top.


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