Arts Entertainments

Lesser known gems of popular one-hit wonders

It will never be designated as a National Holiday, but the annual occasion is certainly worth celebrating. Oldies stations across the country paid tribute to September 25, known to music lovers as National One Hit Wonder Day.

Over the past six decades, hundreds of artists have been associated with a single chart-topping hit. Some of the most obvious are “The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats and “Who Let the Dogs Out” by Baha Men.

Many of these bands have enjoyed long careers with legions of loyal fans, people who appreciate most of the group’s work beyond the most recognizable tune. Frank Zappa, who was featured only once with “Valley Girl,” is a prime example. He is revered as one of the most influential artists in rock history.

Here are ten hit artists who have better songs than their best-known hit.

Wayne sources known for Stacy’s mom

Almost every song in this mighty pop band’s twenty-year catalog trumps their one hit, especially gems like “Hackensack” and “Red Dragon Tattoo.”

Jigsaw known for High sky

On the flip side of the same album as the previous one, you can find “Love Fire,” which is even catchier than the chart-topping title track.

Mott The Hoople known for All the young dudes

David Bowie gave his British partner Ian Hunter this success, but the latter wrote even better songs like “All the Way To Memphis” and “I Wish I Was Your Mother.”

The skill known for My sharona

Doug Feiger and Breton Averre found gold with this number one, only to see better songs like “Art War” and “Another Lousy Day In Paradise” go virtually unnoticed.

T. Rex known for Bang a Gong (get going)

Pick any song from Marc Bolan’s discography, be it “Ride a White Swan” or “Mambo Sun” or “Jeepster” among dozens of others, and you’ll wonder why Gong gave the band its only conventional recognition.

Jo Jo Gunne known for Run Run Run

Though running through the charts and giving recognition to the group’s debut album, it is their sophomore album. Hard cock It contains top tunes like “Ready Freddy”.

Terry Jacks known for Seasons in the sun

Tracks like “Concrete Sea” and “The Love Game” are better than Jacks’ well-known version of Rod McKuen’s songwriting.

Something deep blue for Breakfast at Tiffany’s

“Home” is the title track, and it’s even better than the song named after Truman Capote’s book.

Semisonic for Closing time

Sports Arena is constantly playing Dan Wilson’s 90s hit band, but their best track came from an earlier album with “Brand New Baby.”

Ben doubles five times Brig

Folds, who hits the piano, found some recognition when he served as a judge on a primetime network game show years after his only hit, while also managing to create many top tunes such as “Rockin ‘the Suburbs” and ” Zak and Sara “.