It’s what we’ve all been waiting for, a day to celebrate every artist who has conspired to give us one massively successful song and nothing since.
One-Hit Wonder Day was established by music journalist Steve Rosen back in 1990 to pay tribute to those who have had their five minutes (or less) of fame and subsequently vanished, leaving us only a catchy (hopefully!) tune to remember them by.
Here’s our selection of 7 memorable one-hitters from the pop-tastic ’90s.
7. Macarena [Los Del Rio]
6. Tubthumping [Chumbawamba]
5. Jump Around [House Of Pain]
4. Unbelievable [EMF]
3. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) [Proclaimers]
2. Baby Got Back [Sir Mix-a-lot]
1. I’m Too Sexy [Right Said Fred]
7. Justin Bieber
In early 2007, aged 12, Bieber sang Ne-Yo’s “So Sick” for a local singing competition in Stratford, the Jeanne Sauvé Catholic School, and was placed second.
6. Kelly Clarkson
Kelly is the veteran of talent shows, winning the first ever season of American Idol in 2002. Since then she’s gone on to release five albums, sell 45 million singles, and become the fourteenth best-selling artist of the 00’s.
5. Lisa Stansfield
Stansfield’s 1989 debut album, Affection, marked the arrival of a defining voice in British soul and was met with critical acclaim, selling over five million copies. But few people know Lisa’s illustrious career began in 1980 when she won the singing competition, Search for a Star.
4. Carrie Underwood
Star of the critically-acclaimed (well, almost) Sound Of Music Live, Carrie originally got famous as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. Since then she’s become an incredibly successful crossover artist between country and pop.
3. Taylor Swift
Spent her weekends performing at local festivals, fairs, coffeehouses and karaoke contests. Swift won a local talent competition by singing a rendition of LeAnn Rimes’s “Big Deal”, and was given the opportunity to appear as the opening act for Charlie Daniels at a Strausstown amphitheater.
2. Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer is a special case because she didn’t even come close to winning her show, being eliminated in seventh place on the third season of American Idol in 2004.
But then she went on to sell over a million albums, perform at the Super Bowl, for Oprah Winfrey, and for her friend Barack Obama, earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and OH YEAH SHE GOT AN OSCAR in 2006 for her work in Dreamgirls. And since she has a Grammy too, girl is halfway to an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony). Impressive!
1. One Direction
It’s hard to believe, because they got so famous so quickly, but 1D actually came from the UK version of The X Factor in 2010 which they didn’t win.
Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, and Liam Payne all entered the competition as individuals, then were placed together by Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger, only to come in third. And the rest, as they say, is history.
7. Don’t Let Go - En Vogue
Ok, maybe we’re clutching with the ‘Vogue’ name thing. Still a great sing-a-long song though…
6. Diamonds - Rihanna
5. Picture of You - Boyzone
4. Fashion - Lady Gaga
Because Gaga knows allabout fashion trends. And abattoirs.
3. Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis
Step on the King’s blue suede shoes at your peril!
2. Flashing Lights - Kanye West ft. Dwele
Not quite no.1 Mr. West. Please don’t rant at us!
1. Glamorous - Fergie ft. Ludacris
1. Upload a Freestyle Using Words That Don’t Rhyme
There are thousands in the English language that don’t rhyme with any other word. Challenge yourself to find as many of them as possible. Download the free Art of Rap app from App Store and Google Play and upload your freestyle to YouTube. We’ll feature the best one in our newsletter.
2. Find ‘Close Rhymes’ to Words That Don’t Rhyme With Anything
There’s nothing that rhymes with the word “purple” but “hurtful” comes pretty close! How many more “almost” rhymes can you think of?
3. Listen To Artists With Names That Don’t Rhyme
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There are certain songs that will be loved the world over. These songs transcend generations and stay with us forever.
Then there are the other ones. Y’know, the ones that cause you to die a little inside should your headphones accidentally pop out of your iPod on the train.
To show we’re all in this together, we at PureSolo have decided to reveal our guilty pleasures and I’m willing to bet that most of us share the same ones. Enjoy.
7. George Michael - Faith
The pic’s not blurry. You’re just not worthy enough to see this man in his true, magnificent image.
6. Carlos Santana ft. Rob Thomas - Smooth
5. Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten
Is she still alive?
4. George Micheal - Careless Whisper
Sorry Mike. Another one.
3. Hanson – Mmmbop
What? We’re serious.
2. R. Kelly - Bump n Grind
Are they…children? (Allegedly)
1. Celine Dion – Because You Loved me
We wanted to put a sublist of Celine Dion songs, but this one will do. Take it away, girl..
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Advertising is a tricky business. It often takes great wit and imagination to win over an often complex viewing crowd.
But that’s no excuse for some of the crimes that have been committed in the name of promotion; those appalling ads which run seemingly on constant repeat, bombarding you over and over again with their inherent awfulness. We present 5 of the worst offenders. Sorry.
5. Halifax - ISA ISA Baby
4. Coca Cola - Duffy
This advert was so bad that it killed Duffy’s career in 70 hideous seconds. Before the advert: 7 million album sales and 3 Brit Awards. After the advert: oblivion
3. DFS - Rockstar
Why are sofa stores ALWAYS on sale? Could be ads like this scare people from entering their building.
FACT: This commercial was banned in the UK for making the sofas appear larger than they actually were.
2. Haribo - Super Mix Song
1. East Hills Shop
Those who have an allergic reaction to cringe should NOT press play. Just don’t.
One man’s trash can be another man’s treasure.
Not every artist feels quite as charitable when a cast-off song becomes a big success for someone else. Here are nine recent examples of artists who donated a hit to their competition or lived to regret it when they let a future smash slip through their fingers.
9. Miley Cyrus ‘Party in the USA’
Written by Jessie J
8. Britney Spears ‘Till the World Ends’
Written by Ke$ha
7. Usher ‘DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love’
Turned down by Rihanna
6. CeeLo Green ‘F*ck You’
Written by Bruno Mars
5. Beyonce ‘Irreplaceable’
Written by Ne-Yo
4. B.O.B ‘Airplane’
Turned down by Lupe Fiasco
3. Kelly Clarkson ‘Breakaway’
Turned down by Avril Lavigne
2. Kelly Clarkson ‘Miss Independent’
Turned down by Christina Aguilera
1. Lady Gaga ‘Telephone’
Turned down by Britney Spears