Are there any songs which just grab your ear and you really enjoy them? Yet, not enough to want to seek out more songs by that artist? There are several songs which I have liked in the past that are isolated from the rest of the musicians’ work. I call these songs my one hit wonders. Songs from movie soundtracks easily lend themselves to this category as well as top ten hits.
Here are my one hit wonders:
“Sweet Freedom” – Michael McDonald
I taped this song off the radio back when it came out and played it frequently. The song was in the great 1986 movie “Running Scared” starring Billy Crystal and the late Gregory Hines.
Michael McDonald, of course, is far from a one hit wonder. I do like several of his other hit songs but none as much as this one. I never actively sought out his music but maybe now I should.
“When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going” – Billy Ocean
Another song from a movie soundtrack, this one is from the 1985 Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito film, “The Jewel of the Nile”. A good movie, good song, and fun music video. Again, Billy Ocean is not a one hit wonder and I have heard his other hit songs.
“Walking on Sunshine” – Katrina and the Waves
This is the third one hit wonder of mine from a movie. I originally heard this fun song in the 1989 movie “Look Who’s Talking”. This band probably does fit in the one hit wonder category in America as here this song is their one and only huge hit. Yet it continues to be used in movies, TV shows, and commercials. I did listen to the band’s self-titled 1985 album (on cassette) but this song is still the one hit of theirs which I really like. https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/do-i-want-to-hear-more-katrina-and-the-waves/
“This Time I Know It’s For Real” – Donna Summer
I bought a cassette single of this song when it came out in 1989. It was the only cassette single I ever bought. That proves how much I liked this song because I was willing to pay so much for one song when for a few dollars more, I could have bought the whole album on cassette. Again, Donna Summer was not a one hit wonder but this was her last hit song after her disco dominance in the decade of the 70’s.
Guitar Train passengers, which songs are your one hit wonders? Have you ever considered listening to more music from these musicians or bands?