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One Hit Wonders That Everyone Loves to Dance To

What is a “One-Hit Wonder” anyway? Well, technically a “One-Hit Wonder” is a musical artist or group that had only had one successful chart-topping hit and then never achieved that level of success again. Some of these artists may have an impressive music catalog but, for one reason or another, they still struggled to ever again capture the success of that one song that made them famous. 

To us, the only thing about “One-Hit Wonders” that’s important, is that they get you smiling, grooving and getting down on the dance floor! Because, after all) that’s the true measure of a dance song!

There might be some songs and artists on this list that surprise you, you’ll be sure they’ve had more hits, and you’ll rack your brain thinking about the other great songs by these artists… but you’ll surely come up short. 

Now, onto the music! We’re pretty sure that you’ll be tapping your toes in no time!

One Hit Wonders to Pack the Dance Floor

“Tainted Love” – Soft Cell

“Take On Me” – A-Ha

“The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – The Tokens

“Watch me (Whip/Nae Nae)” –  Silento

“Walking on Sunshine” –  Katrina and The Waves

“Billionaire” – Travie McCoy

“Turn Me On” – Kevin Lyttle 

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” –  Bobby McFerrin

“Macarena” – Los Del Rio

“Mambo No. 5” – Lou Bega

“Stacy’s Mom” – Fountains of Wayne

“Cupid Shuffle” – Cupid

“What is Love” – Haddaway

“99 Luftballons” – Nena

“I’ll Be There for You” – The Rembrandts

“We No Speak no Americano” – Yolanda Be Cool

“I’ll Melt With You” – Modern English

“Funkytown” – Lipps Inc.

“Jump” – Kris Kross

“Send Me An Angel” – Real Life

“Tell Him” –  The Exciters  

“Come on Eileen” – Dexys Midnight Runners

“I’m Too Sexy” –  Right Said Fred

“My Sharona” –  The Knack

“Mickey” –  Toni Basil

“Maniac” – Michael Sembello

“I Believe in a Thing Called Love” – The Darkness

“Ready To Go” –  Republica

“I Want Candy” –  Bow Wow Wow

“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” – The Proclaimers

“Play That Funky Music” – Wild Cherry

And, last but not least, everyone’s favorite party ending song:

“Closing Time” –  Semisonic 

Which One-Hit Wonders Are a Must Play?

So, how many did you immediately start humming and singing as soon as you saw them on the list? How many songs did you have to look up? Any that surprised you? Any you can’t stand, or can’t live without? Make sure to let your DJ know when you’re planning your event!

But honestly, the bottom line is, it’s rare for musicians to ever write one chart topping song, let alone a great song that lodges itself deep into our collective experience! We think that everyone on this list wrote great songs that captivated the world. I think you have to respect that, even if the song ended up being their only chart topper!

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