1990s nostalgia rules: Salon's massive guide to the one-hit wonders of the '90s (part 1)

From the Verve to the Verve Pipe, "Your Woman" to "A Girl Like You," a decade in unforgettable one-hit wonders


Salon Staff
July 10, 2014 3:35AM (UTC)

The pop charts went so screwy in the '90s that sometimes it seemed like anyone could have a hit -- whether white rappers or punk-rock legends who probably never dreamed of scraping the top-40. It was a time of deep-voiced singers who all sounded like Collective Soul, of boy bands, of would-be Nirvanas, British dance-rock hybrids and so much more. So let's follow up our list of 80 one-hit wonders of the '80s with 90 from the '90s. Yes, bands like Fastball and Go West and Toad the Wet Sprocket technically had more than one hit, but these certainly defined them. And yes, Edwyn Collins and Siouxsie Sioux had long, influential careers, but this was the one moment where they broke through and captured a mainstream audience for the first time. Add your own favorites in the comments.

For Part 2 of this list, click here

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Oleta Adams, "Get Here"

Belly, "Feed the Tree"

Lou Bega, "Mambo No. 5"

Ben Folds Five, "Brick"

Better Than Ezra, "Good"

Big Audio Dynamite II, "Rush"

Blind Melon, "No Rain"

Tracy Bonham, "Mother Mother"

Breeders, "Cannonball"

Meredith Brooks, "Bitch"

Butthole Surfers, "Pepper"

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Candlebox, "Far Behind"

Candyman, "Knockin' Boots"

The Cardigans, "Lovefool"

Charles & Eddie, "Would I Lie to You"

Chumbawumba, "Tubthumbing"

Marc Cohn, "Walking in Memphis"

Edwyn Collins, "A Girl Like You"

Shawn Colvin, "Sunny Came Home"

Concrete Blonde, "Joey"

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Crash Test Dummies, "Mmm mmm mmm mmm"

Dada, "Dizz Knee Land"

Alana Davis, "32 Flavors"

Deee-Lite, "Groove Is in the Heart"

Deep Blue Something, "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

Digable Planets, "Rebirth of Slick"

Digital Underground, "Humpty Dance"

Dishwalla, "Counting Blue Cars"

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The Divinyls, "I Touch Myself"

Eagle-Eye Cherry, "Save Tonight"

EMF, "Unbelievable"

Faith No More, "Epic"

Dionne Farris, "I Know"

Fastball, "The Way"

Folk Implosion, "Natural One"

4 Non Blondes, "What's Up?"

Gerardo, "Rico Suave"

Go West, "King of Wishful Thinking"

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Haddaway, "What Is Love?"

Harvey Danger, "Flagpole Sitta"

The Heights, "How Do You Talk to an Angel"

House of Pain, "Jump Around"

Natalie Imbruglia, "Torn"

Chris Isaak, "Wicked Game"

Jars of Clay, "Flood"


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