Favorite one-hit wonders from the '90s.

Inspired by the thread about one-hit wonders from the '80s.
I liked “MMM MMM MMM MMM” by the Crash Test Dummies and “Peaches” by the Presidents of the United States of America. Both were iconic in their right, but as far as I know neither group went on to great things afterward.

Hobo Humpin Slobo Babe by Whale (1994).
Ready to Go by Republica (1995).
Guilty by Gravity Kills (1996).
Tiny Meat by Ruby (1996).
Seether by Veruca Salt (1994).
Connection by Elastica (1995).

Tons more as I start reminiscing over the stuff… and certainly to not take anything away from most/all of the bands above by calling them one-hit wonders-- I really like most of the above bands and think they had many other songs deserving of hit status.

Didn’t “Presidents of the Unites States” also do “Lump”

So, a 2-hit wonder…?

“In the Meantime” by Spacehog is one of the finest songs of the decade, but unfortunately they didn’t have much of a career beyond that.

“California” by Wax was a memorable song with a memorable video (directed by Spike Jonze), but I can’t say for certain that the band’s career was all that memorable as that’s all I really know them for.

Just missing the cut (as the song was released in 2000, but I’m young and for subjective purposes it might as well have been the 90’s) is Wheatus and “Teenage Dirtbag.”

How do you say… de-groovy?

I got hit in the face and knocked out sometime during the nineties. I’m still wondering what the hell happened…

The music video for peaches was hecka weird. Wasn’t there ninjas in the trees?


The Presidents also sang “Cleveland Rocks”, the theme song from the Drew Carrey Show. They count as more than one-hit wonders, IMHO.

Had to answer my own question and yes. There are ninjas in the trees. Around 2:00

Did Jamiroquai ever do anything else besides that song with the head-trip video?

Other goodies:

Steal My Sunshine” by LEN

Bound For The Floor” by Local H

You Get What You Give” by New Radicals

Sleeping Satellite” by Tasmin Archer

Lots more:

Thing of Beauty - Hothouse Flowers

Do Not Disturb -Patty Larkin

Sleepy Maggie - Ashley MacIsaac

When Two and Two are Five - The Story

I love 90s one hit wonders. I could probably sit here all day listing songs. But a few favorites…

“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” - The Proclaimers
“No Rain” - Blind Melon
“Flagpole Sitta” - Harvy Danger
“The Freshmen” - Verve Pipe
“Sex and Candy” - Marcy Playground
“Possum Kingdom” - Toadies
“Cumbersome” - Seven Mary Three
“Got You Where I Want You” - The Flys

This thread is bringing back memories of my college days. Let me go look at my old CDs. Ah, here’s a couple:

Brimful of Asha” by Cornershop. Warning: couldn’t find the original video, so I used this one with random pictures. All the others had the Fatboy Slim remix.

Blue” by the Jayhawks. I don’t know if they were famous in the area where the band came from, but this song got the most airplay in LA out of anything they did.

Legend of a Cowgirl” by Imani Coppola

Stars” by Hum - don’t own the CD, but found on YouTube and realized this got played on KROQ a lot
Are You Jimmy Ray?” by Jimmy Ray - heard the other day while eating at IHOP. I hadn’t seen the video, so when I found it, I was surprised to see it was shot in some of the less glamorous parts of LA (near the river, on and around the older bridges).

I was going to say “Plowed” by Sponge, but then I remembered they also did “Molly (Sixteen Candles Down the Drain,)” which I hated so I’m not linking to it.

You Get What You Give by New Radicals

This is what I came in to nominate. Still probably one of my top 5 Desert Island Discs (and yes I know it should be Deserted Island but that just doesn’t ring as well coming out of the mouth.)

Thanks for that Wiki link, and I’ll throw in “Groove is in the Heart” (don’t know how to do a youtube link.)

ETA: And apparently I’m also not well-versed in the quote function.

A lot of the previously mentioned bands had more than one hit, or at least had singles that played often on the radio here.

I was just listening to Breathe by Seven Channels. Here are some others looking through my music. I may be mistaken and some of these are from the early 00’s.

Custom - Hey Mister
Dig - Believe
Green Jelly - Three Little Pigs
Hed PE - Bartender
Pist-on - Grey Flap
Prick - Animal
Prong - Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck
Sublime - Santeria
Systematic - Beginning of the End

Some of these weren’t really big hits, but they were the only songs by those bands that I ever heard on the radio. Pity too.

This thread is making me realize that I must have completely stopped paying attention to music after the 80s. :confused:

Same here. The only song i recognize is No Rain.

The three great chick songs of the decade:

Bitch- Meredeth Brooks.

Cannonball- the Breeders.

And of course:

What’s Up- 4 Non Blondes.


Agreed. Sublime had at least four other hits in addition to “Santeria”. There was “What I Got”, “Wrong Way”, “Summertime” and “40oz. to Freedom”.

They may not have all been major songs, but Sublime is no one hit wonder.