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Thread started 05/16/21 4:47pm

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Forgotten One hit wonder songs

When I say "forgotten song" I mean that they are no longer being played even on like a 70's/ 80's radio station. And yes"One hit wonder" usually means an artist only has one big hit in one country but may have several hits in their home country. Pick an artist who only had one hit on the US top 100 billboard charts (let's use the US billboards charts because you can have a variety of differnt songs on it like pop, rock, country, disco, R&B, Dance, adult contempory, New Wave and so on). And I say US billboard charts because an artist may have only one hit in the US but may have other hits in say like England. Now "forgotten" is that these were songs that were played on the radio but today they are not, even on a 70's/80's radio stations. A good example is Charlie Dore's 1980 hit "Pilot of the Airwaves". It reached to number 13 on the US billboard charts but now you don't even hear it on the radio, even on a 70's/80's radio stations, well at least where I live. Now say Starland Vocal Band was a one hit wonder with "afternoon delight" which is still being played on your 70's/80's radio stations, so it's not really forgotten. Let's keep the songs up until the 90's. So what is your pick



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Reply #1 posted 05/16/21 8:29pm

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I remember seeing OXO on American Bandstand. They performed "Whirly Girl." There is also a video for the song.

This was their only hit. Their album was all X and Os in black and white on the front, but three of them were in red, green, blue, or yellow. 4 covers. I think I have 1 or 2 of them.





OXO was an American dance-rock band formed in 1983 by Ish 'Angel' Ledesma, the former lead singer of Foxy. He formed the band with guitarist Orlando Nuñez, bass player Frank Garcia, and drummer Freddy Alwag. Episode 104 (April 12, 2007) of the Showtime series This American Life, based on the long-running PRI radio show, focuses on Frank Garcia and OXO.

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TrivialPursuit said:



I remember seeing OXO on American Bandstand. They performed "Whirly Girl." There is also a video for the song.

This was their only hit. Their album was all X and Os in black and white on the front, but three of them were in red, green, blue, or yellow. 4 covers. I think I have 1 or 2 of them.





OXO was an American dance-rock band formed in 1983 by Ish 'Angel' Ledesma, the former lead singer of Foxy. He formed the band with guitarist Orlando Nuñez, bass player Frank Garcia, and drummer Freddy Alwag. Episode 104 (April 12, 2007) of the Showtime series This American Life, based on the long-running PRI radio show, focuses on Frank Garcia and OXO.


I like that song
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Reply #3 posted 05/17/21 9:02am

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You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #9 posted 05/18/21 8:53pm

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MickyDolenz said:


Oh wow I remember that song
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Reply #10 posted 05/18/21 9:46pm

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kpowers said:

Oh wow I remember that song

I still have this 45. The guy on the left is Gene Hunt who was in The Jets. He left The Jets after their 2nd album, which was the Christmas album, to form this Boys Club group.

You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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Reply #11 posted 05/19/21 12:22am

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Hmm. I would post one, but I've forgotten it. biggrin wink

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Reply #12 posted 05/19/21 12:56am

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kpowers said:

MickyDolenz said:

Oh wow I remember that song


Never heard this song before. I had to look it up. There was a second video I saw of them, "Lonliest Heart." Pretty generic stuff. Sorta fit the landscape of the period, though.

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Reply #13 posted 05/19/21 1:08am

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A Flock of Seagulls - I Ran

Rednex - Cotton Eyed Joe

Aqua - Barbie Girl

New Radicals - You Get What You Give

Baltimore - Tarzan Boy

Escape Club - Wild Wild West

The Outfield - Your Love

Player - Baby Come Back

Katrina & the Waves - Walking on Sunshine

Estelle - American Boy

Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal

Mark Morrison - Return of the Mack

Natalie Imbruglia - Torn

Awolnation - Sail (for cat memes)

Mousse T - I'm Horny

Modjo - Lady

Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars

Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning

Los Del Rio - Macarena

Haddaway - What Is Love

Extreme - More Than Words

The Wallflowers - One Headlight

Counting Crows - Mr. Jones

Travis McCoy - Millionaire

Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby

White Town - Your Woman

Afroman - Because I Got High

Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles

Eiffel 65 - Blue (Da Ba Dee)

Daniel Powter - Bad Day

Babby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy

A Great Big World - Say Something

Lou Bega - Mambo No. 5

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TrivialPursuit said:

A Flock of Seagulls - I Ran

Rednex - Cotton Eyed Joe

Aqua - Barbie Girl

New Radicals - You Get What You Give

Baltimore - Tarzan Boy

Escape Club - Wild Wild West

The Outfield - Your Love

Player - Baby Come Back

Katrina & the Waves - Walking on Sunshine

Estelle - American Boy

Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal

Mark Morrison - Return of the Mack

Natalie Imbruglia - Torn

Awolnation - Sail (for cat memes)

Mousse T - I'm Horny

Modjo - Lady

Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars

Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning

Los Del Rio - Macarena

Haddaway - What Is Love

Extreme - More Than Words

The Wallflowers - One Headlight

Counting Crows - Mr. Jones

Travis McCoy - Millionaire

Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby

White Town - Your Woman

Afroman - Because I Got High

Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles

Eiffel 65 - Blue (Da Ba Dee)

Daniel Powter - Bad Day

Babby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy

A Great Big World - Say Something

Lou Bega - Mambo No. 5

Most of them are not really forgotten though. And some of the others I probably know if I hear them.

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PatrickS77 said:

Most of them are not really forgotten though. And some of the others I probably know if I hear them.

You can tell how popular a song still is by how many views it has on Youtube. None of the songs I posted even has a video with at least 1 million views. Some of the songs on that list I still hear on the radio or in stores. I heard Walking On Sunshine, Baby Come Back, & Your Love just the other day on the oldies station. Vanilla Ice is in a new TV commercial with Ice-T & Stone Cold Steve Austin. Vanilla Ice's movie Cool As Ice has recently been restored & released on blu ray. Return Of The Mack is on several TV commercials and is often played on TV shows & movies and I hear it sometimes on the Adult R&B station. Also some of the songs have reaction videos on Youtube. So they are nowhere near forgotten.

You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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TrivialPursuit said:

A Flock of Seagulls - I Ran

Escape Club - Wild Wild West

The Outfield - Your Love

Player - Baby Come Back

Katrina & the Waves - Walking on Sunshine

Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning

Extreme - More Than Words


I still hear these songs on the 70's/80's radio station especially the Outfield

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kpowers said:

I still hear these songs on the 70's/80's radio station especially the Outfield

What Is Love by Haddaway is sung by Klaue in a scene in Black Panther, a movie that made over a billion dollars. It's also a meme.


You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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MickyDolenz said:

kpowers said:

I still hear these songs on the 70's/80's radio station especially the Outfield

What Is Love by Haddaway is sung by Klaue in a scene in Black Panther, a movie that made over a billion dollars. It's also a meme.


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Phil Seymour – Precious To Me (1980, Vinyl) - Discogs

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All the Very Best

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Device – Hanging On A Heart Attack (1986, Vinyl) - Discogs

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PatrickS77 said:

Most of them are not really forgotten though. And some of the others I probably know if I hear them.


I hear most of them somewhere at some point. I wasn't focusing on the "forgotten" part so much as just one-hit wonders in general.

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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Okay so I went to listen to some of these songs:

Phil Seymour "Precious To Me" - corny ass song. But it's sorta indicative of music from those couple of years. I believe music was going through a change, and this hybrid of pop and yacht rock with a country flare and elements of new wave often didn't age well.

Gary Toms Empire "7 6 5 4 3 2 1" - funky ass song, I like it.

Tony Camillo's Bazuka "Dynomite" - I thought it was going to be boring, but it sorta pulls you in. I'm almost sure that song has been sampled somewhere along the way. Some of it reminded me of something Bootsy did, but I can't figure it out.

South Shore Commission "Free Man" - watched a Soul Train clip with Richard Pryor introducing it. Very cool song, the band looked like dorks. haha It's a rag tag group of people. But the song was very, very good.

Eye To Eye "Nice Girls" - boring.

Device "Hanging On A Heart Attack" - good lord. Man, if there was ever a band that mesh together every 80s aesthetic and trick, it's this group. The song was typical, generic, sorta engaging.

I read up on lead singer Holly Knight. She's much more well known as a songwriting, having written songs like Aerosmith "Rag Doll," Pat Benetar "Love Is A Battlefield" and "Invincible," Tina Turner "Better Be Good To Me" (which was a cover from Knight's band Spider) plus "One Of The Living," "In Your Wildest Dreams," and more, Animotion "Obsession," Scandal "The Warrior," Rod Stewart "Love Touch," Heart "Never," and a ton more. Impressive!

Frank Lucas - I don't hate it.

Bourgeios Tagg "Mutual Surrender" - cute little bop.

Nikki - not noticing him.

Charlie Dore - see Nikki.

Connie - sounds like a Lisa Lisa outtake. But I don't dig it.

Poison - it's like Sly lite, but still fun.



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Reply #29 posted 05/19/21 8:39pm

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TrivialPursuit said:

PatrickS77 said:

Most of them are not really forgotten though. And some of the others I probably know if I hear them.


I hear most of them somewhere at some point. I wasn't focusing on the "forgotten" part so much as just one-hit wonders in general.

But it is the first word in the thread sad

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