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!
1998 was a crazy year. You had President Clinton deep in a sex scandal, war in the Middle East continued, and John Glenn became the oldest person ever to go into space. In November, a song that at first, I swore Mick Jagger had sung, started to get some airplay.
The New Radical's "You Get What You Give" became an international hit in 1998 and 1999. For me, the best part of the song was the closing lines:
Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson,
Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson
You're all fakes, run to your mansions
Come around, we'll kick your ass in.
Isn't that awesome?
Unfortunately, the New Radicals broke up after their one song became a big hit, disbanding in 1999. Gregg Alexander, the lead singer, writer, and producer, went on to work with other artists including Enrique Iglesias, (ironically) Hanson, Rod Stewart, and his biggest post-New Radicals hit was Santana and Michelle Branch's "The Game of Love" for which he won a Grammy.
I still like this song. It's got a strong social message, although the media focused on all the name dropping at the end.