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Best One Hit Wonders in the World Ever Import

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The title says it all, 'The Best One Hit Wonders In The World'. While most artists aim to have a string of hits, here is proof that you can achieve pop immortality with just one. Ranging from the sublime to the, quite frankly, ridiculous, this fantastic double-CD brings you no less than 44 one hit wonders from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. There'll be no argument with the inclusion of, Cutting Crew '(I Just) Died In Your Arms', Deep Blue Something 'Breakfast At Tiffany's' (1996 - No.1 UK Hit), Nena '99 Red Balloons' (1984 - No.1 UK Hit), Trio 'Da, Da, Da' (I Don't Love You, You Don't Love Me, Ha, Ha, Ha) (1982 - No.2 UK Hit), Men Without Hats 'The Safety Dance' (1983 - No.6 UK Hit), The Knack 'My Sharona' (1979 - No.6 UK Hit) and many, many more. 44 tracks in all. Virgin. 2003.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 99 Red Balloons - Nena
  2. I'll Be Ther For You - The Rembrandts
  3. Breakfast At Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something
  4. (I Just) Died In Your Arms - Cutting Crew
  5. You're The Voice - John Arnham
  6. Venus - Shocking Blue
  7. Harlem Shuffle - Bob And Earl
  8. Spirit In The Sky - Norman Greenbaum
  9. Fire - The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
  10. Something In The Air - Thunderclap Newman
  11. Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm - Crash Test Dummies
  12. Drinking In La - Bran Van 3000
  13. Runaway Train - Soul Asylum
  14. Mary's Prayer - Danny Wilson
  15. Can You Dig It - The Mock Turtles
  16. Your Woman - White Town
  17. Imagination - Belouis Some
  18. How Long - Ace
  19. Private Number - Judy Clay And William Bell
  20. All By Myself - Eric Carmen
  21. Lovin' You - Minnie Riperton
  22. Uptown Top Ranking - Althia And Donna
  23. Pop Muzik - M
  24. Mah Na Mah Na - Piero Umiliani
  25. Don't Worry Be Happy - Boby McFerrin
  26. Da, Da, Da, (I Don't Love, You Don't Love Me, Ha, Ha) - Trio
  27. Macarena - Los Bel Rio
  28. Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) - Edison Lightouse
  29. Break My Stride - Matthew Wilder
  30. Tarzan Boy - Baltimora
  31. It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
  32. Mambo No.5 (A Little Bit Of...) - Lou Basil
  33. The One And Only - Chesney Hawkes
  34. Mickey - Tony Basil
  35. The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
  36. Nut Rocker - B Bumble & The Stingers
  37. My Sharona - The Knack
  38. I Eat Cannibals - Toto Coelo
  39. Groove Is In The Heart - Deee-lite
  40. Would I Lie To You - Charles And Eddie
  41. Eloise - Barry Ryan
  42. Softly Whispering I Love You - The Congregation
  43. Jesamine - The Casuals
  44. Rhythm Of The Rain - The Cascades


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B000088E38
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,908 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 1, 2004
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"Best One Hit Wonders in the World Ever" is an interesting collection because it comes from over the pond in England, which explains why it has songs by groups like Cutting Crew and the Mock Turtles. But there is more of an eclectic spirit behind the selection of these 44 one hit wonders. To be sure there is something of the international flavor alluded to in the title with Nena's "99 Red Balloons," Piero Umiliani's "Mah Na Mah Na," Lou Basil's "Mambo No. 5," and Los Bel Rio's "Macarena." You have televison represented with the Rembrandts' "I'll Be There For You" and Belouis Some's "Imagination" from "Pretty in Pink."
There are some blasts from the past going back to "Rhythm Of The Rain" by the Cascades, "Fire" courtesy of the Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, "Venus" by Shocking Blue, "Spirit In The Sky" by Norman Greenbaum, "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" from Edison Lightouse, "All By Myself" by Eric Carmen, and "Lovin' You" by Minnie Riperton. But most of those have been around so long that if you were into music in the 1960s and 1970s you should already have most of those. You can toss in some quirky hits like Tony Basil's "Mickey" and Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy" and there is also a decent sample of more recent one hit wonders as well, with the Knack's "My Sharona," Men Without Hats doing "The Safety Dance," "It's Raining Men" by the Weather Girls, and "Runaway" by Soul Asylum.
But ultimately, what is going to make or break this CD in your mind are going to be the one hit wonders that you never heard before.
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I'm aware of a few of these artists and I've heard a few of their OTHER hits... Collections like this one are a great way to introduce people to some of the great music that's been out there, but the title 'one hit wonder' is so often fragrantly misused. It's more often an indication of the ignorance of the titler than anything to do with the band they're describing. Rather than being a collection of 'one hit wonders' this is just another conveniently titled collection of fine pop music from over the years.
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Must admit during my search for hard to find numbers when i started out i did find that albums
with the 'One Hit Wonder' heading often solved the odd issue in my search.
This 2-CD Compilation serves up many a great sound from around 40 years of Hit sounds from
artists that often stunned the Charts with a great sound, then....where did they go ?
Many a quality artist and group fell by the wayside after that all important first chart success,
on this 2003 release there is many a great sound to enjoy, as the listings are available on the
Amazon 'product's' page i'll just pin-point a few from each of the two discs to give an indication
of what can be found on-board.......'on disc one.......'Nena' --'99 Red Balloons'........'Cutting Crew'
--'(I Just) Died In Your Arms'........'Thunderclap Newman' --'Something In The Air'........'Soul Asylum'
--'Runaway Train'........'The Mock Turtles' --'Can You Dig It ?'........and........'Minnie Riperton' --
'Lovin' You'........these among the many numbers to be found on disc one........on disc two........
'M' --'Pop Music'........'Edison Lighthouse' --'Love Grows ( Where My Rosemary Goes)........'The
Weather Girls --'It's Raining Men'........'B Bumble and the Stingers' --'Nut Rocker'........'Barry Ryan'
--'Eloise'........and........'The Cascades' --'Rhythm of the Rain'.........again just a sample of the tracks
t be found on disc two..........i have listed six of the numbers from each of the two discs to give an
example of what can be found on-board, there are several genuine gems to be found on the play-
list along perhaps with one or two tracks that are possibly of no interest, however overall there
are more pluses than minuses to be found, check it out, you might just find that elusive favourite.
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Some one hit wonders were never a favorite of mine and I wonder how they could've ever been so popular. All in all these 2 CDs brought a smile to my face several times and were a refreshing change from the same old top 10 on the radio. If you're 40 plus....play it next time you have a few friends over. I think they'll appreciate it.
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This is a wonderful grouping of hits that threaded through us boomer's lives and loves. Lots of fun to listen to. Would be fun for parties.
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