The Verve

VH-1’s Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 90s, part 1

by Jamie Sanford on April 26, 2011

Since I was able to catch the VH-1 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 90s special yesterday, I figured I would compile YouTube videos of all of the songs featured and provide my own commentary, because I can.

If you can’t see the videos, the links will take you there too.

Click here to access my iTunes Ping Playlist of all of the songs so that you can preview them and buy them from iTunes if you’re so inclined.

40. Tag Team, “Whoomp There It Is”

Don’t deny it, we all LOVED this song when it came out.

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39. The Divinyls, “I Touch Myself”

I wish I remembered when I first heard this song.  It’s just always been there for as long as I can remember.

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38. The Heights, “How Do You Talk To An Angel”

Oh Jamie Walters, I totally watched the 8 episodes of The Heights or however many there were, because I loved nothing more in the 90s than a dramatic show about young people, with horrible style that I could completely try to make work for me.

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37. Meredith Brooks, “Bitch”

This song came out in the middle of 1997 and I have distinct memories of listening to it in the car and singing along and being totally jazzed that there was a song full of bitches.

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36. Inner Circle, “Bad Boys”

I’m still hoping to write a one-hit wonder that will make as much money as this song did.  This is a classic where no one knows any of the verses but everyone knows the chorus.

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35. Marcy Playground, “Sex and Candy”

I don’t have memories of this song other than it being on, all of the time.

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34. Des’ree, “You Gotta Be”

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33. The Proclaimers, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”

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32. B-Rock and The Bizz, “My Baby Daddy”

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31. Crash Test Dummies, “Mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm”

I have heard more than just this song from the Crash Test Dummies.  My husband bought the whole album back in the day because he liked this song – remember back in the 90s when we couldn’t just go on iTunes and buy a single song, that we had to either hope for a CD single or buy a whole album?  Ahh, memories.

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30. The Verve, “Bittersweet Symphony”

This is one of my favorite songs ever.  I wish The Verve hadn’t imploded so soon after this song hit it big.

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29. Shawn Mullins, “Lullaby”

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28. Craig Mack, “Flava in Ya Ear”

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27. Billy Ray Cyrus, “Achy Breaky Heart”

Right, where everyone “liked” country music for 5 minutes in the early 90s.

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26. Lou Bega, “Mambo #5”

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25. Mighty Mighty Bosstones, “The Impression That I Get”

I love this song and I don’t think I have it in my iTunes. Have to change that immediately.

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24. Belly, “Feed The Tree”

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23. Haddaway, ‘What Is Love”

Oh this song just represents the decade so well.  It is just such a 90s time capsule in under 4 minutes.

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22. Marc Cohn, “Walking in Memphis”

I remember liking the piano on this song but not really getting the rest.  It is the adult-contemporary one-hit wonder of the 90s.

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21. Imani Coppola, “Legend of a Cowgirl”

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Part 2 of the Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 90s coming soon!  Thanks so much to VH-1 for giving us fabulous countdown specials.

Leave your favorite 90s one-hit wonder in the comments!

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Curious Tuesday 004.

by Jamie Sanford on May 26, 2010

I am participating in Gala Darling’s Curious Tuesday project.

Curious Tuesday #4

1. Who is your favourite musician, NOT in terms of talent or aptitude, but based on pure sex appeal?

Justin Timberlake? He is very sexy on his own, but I can’t put aside in my mind his most recent album, which I adore and which adds to the appeal.

2. What were some quirks of your past lovers that drove you crazy?

Let’s not get into that. They are in the past for a reason.

3. If there was a movie made about your life, what song would you absolutely INSIST be on the soundtrack?

“Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve.  90s awesomeness.

4. What is your favourite quote right now?

Something snarky from the epic television show Daria, which I’ve been watching on DVD recently. It’s so snarky and brilliant and real, I almost want to have a kid so I can make them watch this.  Here’s one:

My goal is not to wake up at forty with a bitter realization that I wasted my life at a job I hate because I was forced to decide on a career in my teens. -Daria

5. Connect up with other nonpareils! Post links to your website, Facebook, Twitter, etc., here!


Twitter: @JamieSanford

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