Listen to this: The ultimate one-hit wonder playlist

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Listen to this: The ultimate one-hit wonder playlist

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Miles Zuniga and drummer Jowy Shuffield of Fastball perform for Grulkefest: A Celebration of Brent at ACL Live. The event was held to pay tribute to Brent Grulke, creative director for SXSW until his passing on August 13, 2012. CREDIT: Tammy Perez, For American-Statesman

Ain’t no shame in the name. The one-hit wonder, the supernova of popular music, should be neither scorned nor mourned. Instead, we come to celebrate it.

In honor of National One-Hit Wonder Day (still waiting for a presidential proclamation on this one), we asked the American-Statesman newsroom, as well as our readers on social media, to name their favorite one-and-done chart smash. We hope you enjoy this ephemeral soundtrack to your ephemeral day.

Disclaimer: We’re not interested in debating the definition of “one-hit wonder” today. Let’s say we’re thinking somewhere between Michael Jackson and “Disco Duck,” and leave it at that.

Selected by breaking news reporter Nolan Hicks:

“Tainted Love” by Soft Cell 

“Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve

“Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood

 Selected by social media & engagement editor Eric Webb:

“Two of Hearts” by Stacey Q

“Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia” by Vicki Lawrence

“Take On Me” by A-Ha

“Buffalo Stance” by Neneh Cherry

“Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus

Selected by senior news editor Andy Alford:

“In a Big Country” by Big Country

“Life In a Northern Town” by Dream Academy

Selected by communities editor Tom Labinksi:

“96 Tears” by ? and the Mysterians 

“Wipeout” by The Surfaris 

“99 Luftballons” by Nena 

Selected by features editor Sharon Chapman:

“Brandy” by Looking Glass 

Selected by sports editor Jason Jarrett:

“Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant 

“Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats

Selected by breaking news editor Rob Villalpando:

“The Way” by Fastball

“Sunny Came Home” by Shawn Colvin

“Tuff Enuff” by The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Selected by online content producer Maribel Molina:

“Milkshake” by Kelis 

"The Reason" by Hoobastank

Selected by digital news editor Gabrielle Munoz:

“All or Nothing” by O-Town 

“Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia

Selected by Round Rock Leader/Pflugerville Pflag editor Mike Parker:

“Popular” by Nada Surf

“Groove Is In the Heart” by Deee-Lite

Selected by online content producer Joe Harrington:

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something 

Selected by music writer Deborah Sengupta Stith:

“Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice 

“I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany 

“Fancy” by Iggy Azalea

"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by the Proclaimers

Selected by editorial assistant Veronica Serrano:

"Naked Eye" by Luscious Jackson

“Cannonall” by The Breeders

"Ca Plane Pour Moi" by Plastic Bertrand

Selected by public safety reporter Mark D. Wilson:

“Counting Blue Cars” by Dishwalla

Submitted by reader @KeyroseLDO:

“I Wish” by Skee-Lo

Submitted by reader Michael Dearing:

“Mexican Radio” by Wall of Voodoo

Submitted by reader Austen Patrick Carey:

“Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley

Submitted by reader @Yosoyjuanmanuel:

“Break My Stride” by Matthew Wilder


Selected by social content producer Jake Harris:

"My Own Worst Enemy” by Lit

"Come On, Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners 

"I'm Too Sexy" – Right Said Fred

"Who Let the Dogs Out?" by Baha Men 

"This Is Why I'm Hot” by MIMS

"No Diggity" by Blackstreet




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