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Top-10 One-Hit Wonders in the United States

Sometimes, in order to become famous, it is enough to perform only one song. Performers who are famous for the only one song, deserve no less attention than the craftsmen who give hits out one by one. Perhaps, in some cases such musicians can be called "one-day stars", however, their songs will sound on the radio and our memory for a very long time.

Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice 

The performer of the first rap single, who headed the Billboard chart, quickly became disillusioned with life, tried several times to kill himself through overdoses, eventually completely changed not only the musical genre (now he sometimes performs rock) but also the way of life.

House of Pain - Jump Around

The Los Angeles hip-hop trio House of Pain sparkled in 1992 with the single "Jump Around". The brass section of the newly-made youth idols was borrowed from the composition "Bob and Earl" by Harlem Shuffle. Not working hard, HoP created one of the best party songs of the decade, but, unfortunately, the rappers could not continue their success and disbanded in 1996. A couple of years later, their former frontman Everlast wrote his "What It's Like" superhit, and DJ Lethal joined Limp Bizkit.

Suzanne Vega - Tom's dinner

Everyone knows this motif, but not everyone is familiar with the performer of the song. Suzanne Vega is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. An interesting fact is that the song Tom's dinner was used to improve the encoding format of MP3 music files (for which Suzanne Vega is sometimes called the "MP3 Mom").

The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony

The British group was formed in 1990 and during this time disintegrated already four times. Perhaps this was the reason that they released a few songs, the most popular of which is Bitter Sweet Symphony. By the way, it's a cover for the interpretation of Andrew Oldham's orchestra by The Last Time, which, in turn, was performed by The Rolling Stones in 1965. After the trial between The Verve and the American firm ABKCO Music, the authors of the composition were confirmed Richard Ashcroft (soloist The Verve), Mick Jagger (soloist The Rolling Stones) and Keith Richards (guitarist The Rolling Stones).

Joan Osborne - One Of Us

Joan Osborne was born into a family that strictly observes Catholic traditions, and regularly attended Masses until the age of 10. In the future, this had a serious impact on Joan's work. In the late 80's Joan Osborn came to New York, where she created her own record label Womanly Hips. The song One of us was written by Eric Basilian especially for her album called Relish. She took high positions in the charts of different countries.

Harvey Danger - Flagpole Sitta

These characters are difficult to remember even the devoted fans of the music of the 90's. Identify the song by the name is very hard, but if you were born somewhere from 1978 to 1991, then just remember its refrain. "Flagpole Sitta" was included in the soundtracks for "American Pie" and "Dicky Roberts: Star Child". Harvey Danger also lasted a short time - they broke up two years after the release of the song, gathered again in 2005, but two years later completely broke up. Their story is an excellent lesson for modern groups: if you have a one hundred percent hit in your hands - get stressed and come up with a memorable name for it. Ask someone, what is "Flagpole Sitta"? Probably, he will decide that this is a name from the 1920s.

Crazy town - Butterfly 

Butterfly - the third single of the American rock band Crazy town, as well as their first hit. The song was released in 2000 and took first place in the national charts of 15 countries, including the United States, Britain, and France. It's interesting that the Red Hot Chili Peppers are somehow responsible for Crazy town's main hit - they used a short but spectacular guitar pie of "peppers" in one of the live performances in the song Butterfly. The single Butterfly became gold in the US with the record sold in half a million times.

Fool's Garden - Lemon Tree

 The single of the German band Fool's Garden became an international hit in 1996. The song was written in 10 minutes: vocalist Peter Freudenthaler was waiting for a girl who was not in a hurry to visit him and played something on the piano, watching the rain outside the window. Despite the fact that Fool's Garden has eight albums, they toured a lot to this day, and in 2015 they recorded a new album, for the majority they remained as the authors of one ironic ballad about loneliness. Moreover, the authorship of Lemon Tree for some reason is often attributed to The Beatles, although musically, neither by vocals nor by sound does the song at all resemble what John Lennon and Paul McCartney could have written.

Haddaway - What is love 

The debut single Haddaway (it's not the name of the band, but the artist's name) came out in 1993 and became gold - 2.6 million copies were sold worldwide for the first year. The first album on the wave of popularity of the single also became very successful, however, after the release of the second album interest for the artist began to gradually fade.

Semisonic - Closing Time

If you type the name of this song on YouTube, the most popular query will be "Closing Time Matchbox 20". It should be very insulting if everyone thinks that your main song was written by another group. But this happens at every step - everyone used to think that "Horse with no name" was written by Neil Young, and in Napster's time, all the mp3 "Stuck in the Middle with You" was the name of Bob Dylan, not the Stealers Wheel. By the way, Semisonic has not officially broken up, but their last album is dated 2001, and they rarely perform. In 2004, their drummer Jason Slitcher wrote the book "So You Want to Be a Rock Star" about the ups and downs, which is simply indispensable for reading to those who want to come into the industry.

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