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Best One Hit Wonders

Those random songs that everyone loved, but no one ever really knew the band. These singles topped the charts in a flash and died out just as fast.

Best One Hit Wonders

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"Bittersweet Symphony" - The Verve

"Bittersweet Symphony" - The Verve (1997). This English rock band led by prodigy Richard Ashcroft had quite a few ups and downs. Since the band started in 1990, they have broken up and got back together 3 times. Filter magazine considered them "one of the tightest knit, yet ultimately volatile bands in history."

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"What is Love" - Haddaway

"What is Love" - Haddaway (1993) He got his big break in 1992 when he wrote "What is Love" in his spare time while playing American football for the Cologne Crocodiles in the German Football League, as well as working as a choreographer, selling carpets. Haddaway did a remake with artist Klass in 2009 called "What Is Love 2k9," it reached #5 on the charts in France.

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"Hey Mickey" - Toni Basil

"Hey Mickey" - Toni Basil (1982). Toni was actually a fairly well known dance choreographer as well. She was the associate director and choreographer of the worldwide Tina Turner Live: 50th Anniversary Concert Tour. Recently she was a guest judge on season four and five of Fox Television's So You Think You Can Dance.

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"Cotton Eyed Joe" - Rednex

"Cotton Eyed Joe" - Rednex (1994) but original version dates back to 1925. This Swedish band was quite popular in Germany, where the band holds the record of most total weeks (25) at No.1 on the German singles chart over the past 30 years.

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"Kung Fu Fighting" - Carl Douglas

"Kung Fu Fighting" - Carl Douglas (1974). Carl is the true definition of a one hit wonder. His hit song hit number one on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart in 1974 and also won a Grammy for best single that year. But since then his martial arts song has shadowed over the rest of his career (non-existent) but now he owns a publishing company in LA.

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"Barbie Girl" - Aqua

"Barbie Girl" - Aqua (1997). Aqua had quite the drama breakup in 2001. Earlier when the group first started releasing material under the Aqua name, Rene had been dating Lene but after they brokeup Lene begun dating Soren. This of course sparked drama, leading the band down different paths and causing a breakup.

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"Mambo #5" - Lou Bega

"Mambo #5" - Lou Bega (1999)

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"Im Too Sexy" - Right Said Fred

"Im Too Sexy" - Right Said Fred (1992)

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"Come on Eileen"- Dexy's Midnight Runn...

"Come on Eileen"- Dexy's Midnight Runners (1982). This band had about 22 different members over a period of 25 years, and "Come on Eileen" and "Geno" were there only big hits during that period. In 2005 Kevin Rowland announced the Dexy's were "back in the studio" and seeking a record deal for a new album, but they never got one.

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"You get what you give" - New Radicals

"You get what you give" - New Radicals (1999) This band centered around frontman Gregg Alexander, who wrote and produced all of their songs and was the only constant member. They pretty much had an "open door" policy, members came and went all the time, accept Gregg of course.

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