8 One-Hit Wonders We Want to Forget


You know those songs that get stuck in your head and DO NOT LEAVE? Pretty awful, right? But isn't it particularly painful when the tune playing on loop in your mind is just terrible? And you know the words. All. Of. The. Words. You shake your fist at the sky and mumble under your breath something about pop radio, and before you know it, you're singing it again.

One-hit wonders aren't necessarily bad things. Look at songs like "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell, "Come on Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners, and "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum—those are all pretty awesome one-hit wonders. Heck, did you know that even Johann Pachelbel's "Canon in D" (yes, the one every new bride walks down the aisle to) was a one-hit wonder as well?

But how on earth did some other one-hitters even get produced—nevermind become legend. Perhaps some were catchy enough that they just slipped through the cracks. But others are just so god-awful it's amazing that you can still remember every single lyric.

"Tubthumping" — Chumbawamba

This song perhaps straddles the line between terrible and mildly entertaining. Besides, when deciding what cocktail you'll imbibe on any given night, how many times have you run through the options offered in this song? Whiskey drink? Vodka drink? Lager drink? Cider drink? Oh, Danny boy.

"I Touch Myself" — Divinyls

The melody on this is actually quite good, as is the voice of lead singer Chrissy Amphlett. But I just don't want to think about this lady touching herself over and over again. And I'm not a prude. Just not interested. Maybe dudes would disagree.

"I'm Too Sexy" — Right Said Fred

I hate this one so much because it's so catchy. It's like the plague—once you get it, it takes over. The irony is that Richard Fairbrass really isn't all that sexy. So, it makes watching the video that much more intolerable. And anyone who needs to sing that much about being sexy must not be, right?