Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N is for Nothing Compares 2 U

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!

Many of us remember Sinead O'Connor from when she tore a picture of the Pope at the end of her performance on Saturday Night Live or when Frank Sinatra said he wanted to "kick her ass." Her shaved head has always been her trademark. Despite all that, she had her one and only big mainstream hit with "Nothing Compares 2 U" back in 1990.

The song was on her second album, and it was written by Prince. It was originally featured on an album released by The Family - a band formed by Prince as a way to release more of his music. Many of the members were part of Morris Day and The Time, but they didn't score any hits.

But it was Sinead O'Connor's version that became a HUGE international hit. Here in the U.S., it went to #1 and was certified platinum. It was nominated for a Grammy, and the music video also won 3 MTV music awards, and it had to be one of the biggest hits of the 90s.

For the rest of the 90s and through the 2000s, she continued to record and tour, but she retired in 2003 due to health issues (fibromyalgia). But that didn't last long. She was performing and recording again a year later. Sinead has continued to record and perform, but she has had to cancel tours and such because of her physical health and bouts of depression (bioplar disorder).

"Nothing Compares 2 U" remains her only hit, but geez, it was one helluva one-hit wonder.


29 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

She only had one hit? Her name is so well known, I thought she'd had more.

Jenna Howard said...

Her one hit surprises me too, Alex. I love this song and I still feel that the scenic scenes on the video detract from the sheer statement of just her singing made, because aside from those cutaways it was a helluva video.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I don't even need to listen to the clip because I remember I did not care for this song at all. I don't know if it was the music or her voice or the combination but it used to creep me out.

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Pat Dilloway said...

I liked the song when I heard it and then I saw her and was disappointed. Shallow, I know.

Robin said...

Has she had more hits internationally??? It just seems strange to me that a record company would continue recording new songs if nothing was gaining traction anywhere. It's also hard to sell out tickets if a performer has only one hit. Hmm. This one shocks me. I never would have pegged her for a one hit wonder. I remember when this song came out. Just loved it. Still do.

jaybird said...

Wow, I'm with Alex. I thought she had more than one hit too. But I guess she was more "infamous" than famous!

N J Magas said...

Nope, this is another one that I've not heard, but I was just a wee little person in 1990. I'm sure I was only listening to B-I-N-G-O and Old MacDonald in 1990. :)

D Biswas said...

I love Sinead O'Connor's version.
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Loni Townsend said...

Like others, I'm completely surprised that she's one-hit-wonderful. I suppose if you're going to only have one hit, it's good that it makes you famous enough to make us wonder.

farawayeyes said...

I like this song and some of her other stuff. I guess she is a shining example of 'there's no such thing as bad oublicity', because like almost everyone else, I'm surprised to hear that she only REALLY had the one hit.

David P. King said...

She kinda reminds me of Natalie Portman a little. Yep, I remember hearing this on the top 40 back in the day. :)

Melanie Schulz said...

I can't believe she only had one song, but at least it was a good one.

M Pax said...

I still love Sinead. I like her brass. :)

Jay Noel said...

She did grow her hair out at one time too, but people thought she was Enya. So she shaved her head again!

Tony Laplume said...

I wish she hadn't dealt with fame so badly.

Veronica Sicoe said...

One of my all-time favorites.

stefani said...

I don't know if I would consider her to be a one hit wonder. This may be one of her most popular songs but she had a lot of songs that got radio play.

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