Oftentimes, lightning only strikes once for many singers and bands. My A-Z Challenge for 2014 will focus on those glorious "one hit wonders" spanning the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Some are my favorite songs, others are just plain memorable (for better or for worse). Join me in celebrating these 26 one hit wonders in pop music!
Okay, the last few songs have not been my personal favorites, but they were just memorable one-hit wonders. Today is different. I really love "Mary's Prayer" by the band Danny Wilson. The song was featured on the Scottish band's debut album back in 1987. It didn't do very well initially, and they re-released the album a year later.
"Mary's Prayer" was a surprise hit in the U.S., peaking at #27. Danny Wilson was part of a more sophisticated pop-sound coming from the UK at the time (Simply Red, Swing Out Sister, Level 42), and I remember seeing the music video on MTV (back when they played actual videos).
I guess being Catholic, I understood all the religious metaphors, but the song is a simple love song. It's about a guy that regrets the "one that got away," but he hopes that Mary has a wonderful and fulfilling life. Basically, the man that got you is one lucky dude. The theme kinda reminds me of a country song.
And of course, the song was featured in the awesome movie, Something About Mary (1998).
Danny Wilson broke up in 1989, as all three members were pretty good songwriters and fought over what material to put on their third album, so they decided to break up before things got ugly. Each member has had a pretty good career in the music industry as producers and song writers.