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Top 10: Greatest 'One-Hit' Wonders
For some people, repeated trials and failures are needed to reach the top. For some, one try makes all the difference. Here is a list of ten singles that skyrocketed to fame as singer debuts.
“You Light up My Life” by Debby Boone
This song was recorded in 1977 and is known as the most popular song of 1970s. It is known to have stayed ten consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100, setting the record of the time.
“99 Luftballons” by Nena
This song was released as an anti-nuclear protest song by the German-band called Nena. It was one of the biggest hits recorded in 1982. It was later translated into English by the title “99 Red Balloons”.
“Rico Suave” by Gerardo
This single was produced in 1990 by an Ecuadorian rapper and singer. The track is known to have enjoyed a space on #7 in Billboard’s Hot 100 charts.
“Take on Me” by A-Ha
This was the first single produced by the Norwegian band by the name of A-Ha in 1984. This song is known to have made it to the lists of UK Singles Chart and Billboard’s Hot 100.
“Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice
This hip-hop was written and produced by American rapper Vanilla Ice in collaboration with DJ Earthquake. It was released in 1990 and is known to have topped the charts. It was released in 1989 and again in 1990 with several remixes being released thereafter. It is therefore popularly known among masses.
“Who Let the Dogs Out” by Baha Men
Produced by Steve Greenberg and his band called the Baha Men, this song gained popularity as a soundtrack of “Rugrats in Paris: The Movie”. It is known to have topped the charts of both UK and US and became an instant hit in the year 2000. It enjoyed a favorable position at Billboard’s Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart.
“Mickey” by Toni Basil
This song was recorded as a debut for the album “Word of Mouth” back in 1979. It was released in 1981 and gained immense popularity. It is known to have stayed at #1 of Billboard’s Hot 100 for one week. Furthermore it also appeared on UK Singles Charts.
“I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred
This song was released in 1991 and had topped the charts in both UK and US. In fact, it is known to have created a record by staying at #2 for six consecutive weeks in the UK Singles Charts. It was held off the pinnacle because of Bryan Adam’s “Everything I Do, I Do It for You”. Right Said Fred is known to have produced several single hits after this debut.
“Come on Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners
It was released in 1982 as a single from the album “Too-Rye-Ay”. It won the award for Best British Single in the Brit Awards of 1983. It sustained an impressive position at #13 of US Billboard’s Hot 100.
“Tainted Love” by Soft Cell
It was originally produced by Gloria Jones and Ed Cobb in 1964. But it was not until it was covered by Soft Cell in 1981 that this song was seen topping the charts. It has been covered by numerous artists and singers thereafter.
All of these singles were seen topping the charts immediately after their release. Admittedly, most of these songs are covers. However, none of these songs attained popularity until these covers were released. All of these songs have made it to the US Billboard’s Hot 100 and UK Singles Charts, showing their popularity in both countries.