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!
I hate to accept defeat, but I just couldn't find a song or a band starting with the letter "X" that was a one hit wonder. I decided to totally cheat and just use the X for Xtra one hit wonder - one that doesn't begin with a letter, but with a number.
99 to be exact.
99 Red Balloons (Luftballons) by Germany's Nena hit the U.S. airwaves in 1983 and was a smash hit. Many radio stations played a spliced German and English version of the song. The song itself has an interesting story, and its origin has to do with the split between East and West Germany. Some guy releases a bunch of balloons into the air, East Germany thinks its under attack, and then nuclear war ensues.
The catchy song rose to #2 here in the States. It also rocketed up the charts on more than a dozen countries.
Nena released another couple albums in 1984 and '85, but the band split in 1987. Gabriele Susanne Kerner, the female lead singer known as "Nena" went solo. She's continued to have some success as an artist and actress.
This music video got a lot of airplay on MTV also, and I remember seeing Nena dance around on stage in her tight leather pants. I also thought her band members looked like Duran Duran.