Today we’re going to take the Wayback Machine for a spin in honor of National One-Hit Wonder Day.
The way that music is distributed, valuated and “measured” today has changed enormously with the advent of the internet and digital music. No longer do the Billboard Charts carry as much weight and power as they once did. For every type of music – popular or obscure, catchy to the masses or purposely off-putting – there is an audience. Music fans of all stripes can almost always find what they’re seeking and share it with other aficionados.
But back in the day when I was a young pup glued to my transistor radio, Top 40 programming was the only game in town (except for progressive college radio stations on the low end of the dial, which quickly became my aural home). Some of those musicians from the 60s, 70s and 80s are still rockin’ today, others left an indelible stamp on musical history. And some had just one shot at stardom.
Today we celebrate those one-hit wonders. Some are painful to listen to now, others find me belting out lyrics that I didn’t even know I remembered. Hit Play, turn up the volume, and take your own ride in the Wayback Machine with the extended One-Hit Wonders Playlist.
A tip of the hat to Carrie Johnson, John Morrison and Ilise Goldberg for sharing their favorite oldies but goodies.