Fair enough…though I’m trying to remember another Sugar Ray single that was as big. “Every Morning” or “When it’s Over” maybe? I don’t remember those being as world-conquering as “Fly” was.
Smash Mouth definitely entered the zeitgeist in a much huger way with “All-Star” I’ll admit. Though if memory served it first hit the streets on the soundtrack to a movie that flopped (Mystery Men) and then got its placement in Shrek just as meme culture was on the rise, kind of a perfect storm of “oh god, this is never going away, is it?”
I’ll say this, though, both of those songs I cited felt like one-hit wonders to the core of their being as they blasted out of my car radio in the summer of 1997, and but for the chaos-theory butterfly flapping its wings they would have been. Sometimes the best pop arrives with disposability already written all over it.