Thursday, April 17, 2014

O is for One of Us

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.

12 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Considering the content of some of the Hooters' songs, you have to wonder what was the actual intent of this song? I never could tell if it was negative or positive.

Pat Dilloway said...

Hate that song. If God were one of us then it wouldn't be God. Duh. Read a book on logic, Joan Osborne.

Robin said...

I like this song. One of my all-time favorite TV shows, Joan of Arcadia, used a portion of this song as the "theme song" or intro to the show.

N J Magas said...

This was just a one hit wonder? I alternate between loving and hating this song. Not sure which cycle I'm in now. My reluctance to click that link might say something though.

farawayeyes said...

Yeah, I remember this one. Like you I always thought it was kinda meh.

David P. King said...

Another hit that stayed in the top 40 for a while when I was a teen. I painted a pool fence listening to this, among other songs. :)

Melanie Schulz said...

I remember this one, not surprised it was a one hit wonder.

Jay Noel said...

The song is a little...I don't know....blah. Nothing outstanding about it. Like David, a lot of songs have some kind of memory attached to them. For me, it was graduating college in 1995. Association sticks with you, I guess.

River Fairchild said...

I remember hearing this song but I have no idea where I would have heard it. Probably in a department store or something. :)

G. B. Miller said...

I thought the song was pretty good, at least in my neck of the woods it hasn't been overplayed on the radio. The c.d. is actually quite good (I often will buy the whole c.d. just for one song).

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Tony Laplume said...

Loved it. Also loved it as the theme for Joan of Arcadia.

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