Unique wonders that have stood the test of time

With so many talented musicians releasing music, getting just one of your songs onto the charts is an extremely difficult proposition. Some internationally renowned established musicians benefit from numerous hits released during their careers. For others, a decades-long career can only result in one hit, giving them the title of a one-hit wonder. For many musicians enjoying this status, their songs were popular at the time of their release and continue to be heard by new generations because they simply never get old.

Many hit songs are made for film and television. The song becomes strongly associated with this project. If this project ends up being a success, chances are the song will too. For the others on the list, they have had many international successes, but they struck gold once in the United States.

Here is a list of some of the well-known hit songs that have remained popular in the years since their initial release.

Dexys Midnight Runners are the band behind “Come On Eileen”, a song released in 1982. (Brian Cooke/Redferns)


  1. “Come on Eileen”, Dexys Midnight Runners
  2. “Someone I knew”, Gotye
  3. “Tubthumping”, Chumbawamba
  4. “Mambo n°5”, Lou Bega and Perez Prado
  5. “Baby is back”, Sir Mix-a-Lot
  6. “Take me”, A-ha
  7. “Stacy’s Mom”, Fountains of Wayne
  8. “Contaminated Love”, Soft Cell
  9. “The Spirit in the Sky”, Norman Greenbaum
  10. “Ice Ice Baby”, Vanilla Ice Cream
  11. “Forget Me Not,” Simple Minds
  12. “Bad Day”, Daniel Powter
  13. “Macarena”, Los Del Rio
  14. “Eye of the Tiger”, Survivor
  15. “I will be there for you”, Les Rembrandts

1. “Come on Eileen”, Dexys Midnight Runners

“Come On Eileen” is perhaps the most popular hit song of all time. The song was released in 1982 by Dexys Midnight Runners. Although they had other internationally successful songs, “Come On Eileen” was the group’s only mega hit in the United States.

2. “Someone I knew”, Gotye

Gotye’s one-hit wonder was released in 2011. It was initially released in Australia and New Zealand, and later in the United States. The breakup song helped Gotye win three Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year. No other song by the artist has ever achieved the success of “Somebody That I Used To Know” in the United States.

3. “Tubthumping,” Chumbawamba

You may not recognize this popular hit right off the bat based on its title alone, but you will more than likely recognize the song based on its lyrics; “I’m knocked down, but I’m getting back up, you’ll never hold me back.”

The song, written by the British rock band, was a huge success in the United States, but never achieved another major success in the country. The group has written songs spanning many different genres, usually politically charged. The group remained together for almost 30 years.


Gotye wins two Grammy Awards

Gotye won several Grammys for the song “Somebody That I Used To Know.” (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

4. “Mambo n°5”, Lou Bega and Pérez Prado

“Mambo No. 5” is a jazzy dance hit by Lou Bega and Perez Prado released in 1999. The song was the lead single from Bega’s debut album. Although none of his other albums have been as popular in the United States as “Mambo No. 5”, he has continued to release music, with his latest single coming in 2021.

5. “Baby Came Back,” Sir Mix-a-Lot

This song was released in 1992 on Sir Mix-a-Lot’s third studio album, who at first did not expect major success from the song. He ended up gaining fame that would last for years. This song spent five weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and continues to receive play decades after its initial release.

6. “Take me,” A-ha

A-ha is far from a single hit group in Europe, but in the United States, “Take on Me” is where they found their greatest success. The Norway-based band was topping the charts in 1985 when the song was released. The song not only features Morten Harket’s impressive vocal range, but is also accompanied by a creative music video. The video’s eye-catching animation performed well on MTV. This song was the first single from the group’s debut album, “Hunting High and Low”. The band continued to perform until 2010, when they toured for the last time.

7. “Stacy’s Mom,” Fountains of Wayne

“Stacy’s Mom” ​​is the most recognizable hit by American rock band Fountains of Wayne. The third track from their third studio album was released in 2003 and was the group’s only song to chart on the Hot 100, even though they had released music years before and continued to release music for almost ten years. years after the success.


Members of the band Fountains of Wayne

“Stacy’s Mom” ​​is Fountains of Wayne’s most recognizable song. (James Keivom/New York Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

The group was nominated for two Grammys in 2004 for the song. Many different versions and spin-offs have been made over the years.

8. “Contaminated Love”, Soft Cell

Although Soft Cell had many hits in the United Kingdom, “Tainted Love” was the group’s only hit in the United States, when it was released in 1981.

9. “The Spirit in the Sky”, Norman Greenbaum

Creating “Spirit in the Sky” was a quick process for Norman Greenbaum, who was inspired to write a gospel song after seeing Porter Wagoner perform on television.

Greenbaum wrote the lyrics in just a few minutes and released a song that ended up making the top 100 when it was released in 1969. The song has been used in numerous films and television commercials, which play an important role in the song. maintain its popularity. A film that features the song is “Remember the Titans”.

10. “Ice Ice Baby”, Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla Ice’s single “Ice Ice Baby” from her debut album ended up being her biggest hit. “Ice Ice Baby” was nominated for a Grammy Award after its release in 1990. The song was the rapper’s only number one hit.


Vanilla ice cream

Rapper Vanilla Ice’s only number one hit was “Ice Ice Baby”. (Désirée Navarro/Getty Images)

11. “Forget Me Not” Simple Minds

The theme from “The Breakfast Club” became the Scottish rock band’s most recognized hit. The number one hit song, made for the film, is the one for which the group is best known in the United States.

12. “Bad Day,” Daniel Powter

This 2005 song by Daniel Powter is the musician’s most popular song. It comes from his second studio album. This song gained popularity from the shows and movies it appeared in. It was used in early seasons of “American Idol” as well as “Alvin and the Chipmunks.”

13. “Macarena,” Los Del Rio

The song “Macarena” and the dance that accompanies it helped this single become famous. The Spanish pop duo released the song in 1993, and it remains a popular song that brings everyone to their feet when played.

14. “Eye of the Tiger,” Survivor

“Eye of the Tiger” was written as the theme song for “Rocky III”. Sylvester Stallone originally wanted Queen’s hit “Another One Bites the Dust,” but his request was denied. Thus “The Eye of the Tiger” was born.


The Rembrandts with the cast of "Friends"

The Rembrandts sang the theme song to “Friends,” the now widely recognizable song, “I’ll Be There For You.” (Kévin Mazur/WireImage)

Although “Eye of the Tiger” is the group’s best-known song, giving them their one-hit Wonder status, the group wrote another song for the film series. They are also the group behind the song “Rocky IV” called “Burning Heart”. The song is played over the film’s training montage.

15. “I will be there for you”, The Rembrandts

The theme song from “Friends” became a huge hit for the band The Rembrandts, who recorded the song. “I’ll Be There For You” was released in 1995 and was also nominated for a Grammy Award. The music video for the song was also popular, featuring both the band and the “Friends” cast members.

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