One Hit Wonder Wednesday: #1’s for the New Year
These songs were huge, going all the way to #1, but the artists never cracked the Top 40 ever again.
We're starting the new year with #1's on One Hit Wonder Wednesday. It's tough to get a #1 hit and sometimes, even tougher to get a follow up. These artists captured lighting in a bottle and had massive success with a song that connected with everyone and went to the top of the charts. But then, the magic was gone and they've struck out since. It's a One Hit Wonder Wednesday on the Night shift.
In the Year 2525 | Zager and Evans
If there is a future worse than 2020, this is it. Subtitled "Exordium & Terminus" (the beginning and the end), this song offers a terrifying view of the future. If you've seen the Matrix movies, that is only the beginning. Unfortunately, this one song was the end for Danny Zager and Rick Evans.
Welcome Back | John Sebastian
If you grew up the in '70s, you'll recognize this as the theme song from Welcome Back Kotter. In fact, the show was going to be called simply Kotter until this song was written. Technically a one hit wonder, John Sebastian is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was the voice of The Lovin' Spoonful on '60s hits like "Summer in the City," "Do You Believe in Magic," "Daydream," "You Didn't Have to be so Nice" and more. This was his sole solo hit song.
Baby Got Back | Sir Mix a Lot
Oh. My. God. You don't even have to have been alive in 1992 when this song went to #1 to remember it. The song garnered Sir Mix a Lot a Grammy Award, but never another hit- no ifs, ands or butts.
Funky Town | Lipps Inc
Disco wasn't dead after the '70's, but their career was after this 1980 #1 party hit.
Listen for these #1 One Hit Wonders and more of the greatest hits tonight on the Night Shift with Craig Alan.
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