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!
Wow, two heavy songs in a row! Joan Osborne's "One of Us" was controversial when it came out back in 1995. But it was a huge hit too. Maybe controversy sells. Okay, it does. Regardless, the song asks the questions, "What if God was one of us?"
To me, the strangest thing is that the song was written by one of the members of The Hooters - another band that had one big hit back in the 80s. The song went near the top in several countries, peaking at #2 here in the U.S.
Interestingly, Joan Osborne's music has a heavy country/bluegrass sound, and I'm pretty sure many people who bought the album that featured "One of Us" was disappointed to not get more pop/folk music on that record.
Joan Osborne still has a pretty good career, even if she hasn't had a mainstream hit since 1995. She's the lead singer for Trigger Happy, and their album featuring blues/soul covers received a Grammy Nomination just last year.
For me, this song is just O.K. I don't hate it, but I don't love it either. But it was a big hit the same year I graduated college, so when I do hear this song on some adult contemporary radio station, it makes me think of that exciting and crazy time in my life.