On the cutting room floor

Thursday March 21, 2013 2:37 PM

The following one hit wonders

didn't make the Sweetest 16 cut:

                                                                                                                     

 

Here is a list of one-hit wonder suggestions received from Critic Cronies, the ThisWeekNEWS newsroom and The Beat’s own extensive research. We learned a couple things along the way. One, that there are a lot of tunes we need to add to our personal collection. And second, that not every band you think is a one-hit wonder is really a one-hit wonder.

So again, in no particular order, the list of those that didn’t make the cut, and, when necessary, a brief explanation for why. If you don’t agree with our reasoning, well, that’s your problem.

 

Bourgeois Tagg – I Don’t Mind at All

Spacehog – I the Meantime: (a popular selection, but in a group of similar-style entries, and we went with another)

Marcy Playground – Sex & Candy: (see Spacehog – In the Meantime)

Boys Don’t Cry – I Wanna Be a Cowboy: (did not stir our panel of judges)

Calloway – I Wanna Be Rich: (Calloway brothers previously in 80s synth-funk hitmaker Miodnight Star, and significant producing career)

Soho – Hippychick

A-ha - Take On Me: (video stars charted at least three songs on Billboard)

Dee-Lite – Groove is in the Heart

Big Country – In a Big Country (personal choice by The Beat – felt other choices were better fits)

The Proclaimers – 500 Miles: (song released in the 80s, hit in the 90s – too complicated)

David & David – Welcome to the Boomtown

Edison Lighthouse – Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes): (failed to move out panel of judges)

Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby: (this song’s success spawned a series of hit singles, thus, not a one-hit wonder)

Lou Bega – Mambo #5: (felt like a novelty song, tried to steer clear)

Tag Team – Whoomp There It Is: (or maybe Whoot, There It Is? – too confusing)

Chumbawumba – Tubthumping: (received strong consideration, one of final cuts)

Los Del Rio – Macarena: (a little too much like a novelty song)

Walter Egan - Magnet and Steel: (a Beat fave but few judges were on board)

Re-flex - The Politics of Dancing

Kajagoogoo – Too Shy

Musical Youth - Pass the Dutchie

Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me with Science (enough success on U.S. dance charts and internationally)

Peter Schilling – Major Tom

Spiral Starecase - More Today Than Yesterday: (judges panel probably never heard of this song)

Vicki Lawrence - Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia: (remainder of her work trumps flirtation with recording career)

Van McCoy - The Hustle: (a tough choice – among final cuts)

Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music

M - Pop Music

Pilot - Magic

Charlie Dore - Pilot of the Airwaves

Aldo Nova – Fantasy (song topped at 23, opted to include others instead)

E.U.- Da Butt: (failed to move our panel of judges – ironic, eh?)

Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians - What I Am: (we never liked this song – yep, that’s it)

Nena - 99 Luftbaloons

New World Echo - Funkytown

Timbuk 3 - The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades

Digital Underground - The Humpty Dance: (another tough choice)

New Radicals - You Get What You Give: (last song cut – very difficult choice)

Marc Cohn - Walking in Memphis: (charted a couple other songs – plus, we met him and he was a decent fellow)

OMC - How Bizarre

House of Pain - Jump Around: (Everlast solo hit, needed a reason to whittle the list down)

The Darkness - I Believe in a Thing Called Love: (song never dented Billboard Hot 100)

Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles

Los Lonely Boys – Heaven

Shop Boyz - Party Like a Rockstar (close, a final cut)

Terror Squad – Lean Back

The Calling - Wherever You Will Go

Blu Cantrell - Hit ‘em Up Style

Shawn Mullins – Lullaby

Aqua – Barbie Girl; (just no)

Bay City Rollers - Saturday Night: (actually scored other hits)

The Sylvers – Boogie Fever: (multiple hits, including another Top 5)

The Looking Glass – Brandy

Nu Shooz – I Can’t Wait: (had other hits)

Falco - Rock Me Amadeus: (wrote and previously recorded, in German, Der Kommissar, which became an English-language hit for After the Fire)

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