Since this is sort of a return-to-the-‘90s weekend, with Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms and others playing tonight’s “Summerland” concert at Chastain; Richard Marx offering his hits with a string section on Saturday at The Fred; and Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler and others coming to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Monday, it seemed like a good week to pay homage to our favorite one-hit wonders from the decade that brought us Nirvana AND MC Hammer.
There are plenty of artists who could have made this list, like Lit, who is also on the “Summerland” bill. Or others, such as Ben Folds Five, Shawn Colvin, Sinead O’Connor and Marc Cohn. In the case of the former, well, they’re getting enough attention this weekend. And the latter acts still have thriving careers, despite a regular chart presence.
So here are 10 of my favorites – and just choosing 10 took much more time than really necessary.
Weigh in below with some of your picks from the decade of flannel and frivolity.
Len, “Steal My Sunshine” – At the height of this song’s popularity, I remember a former co-working saying, “This just SOUNDS like a one-hit wonder.” How right he was. But I continue to be swayed by the song’s awesome sample of the Andrea True Connection.
The Verve, “Bitter Sweet Symphony” – These sublime Brits had more than a dozen hits in their homeland but this hypnotic thing of beauty represented their only U.S. chart appearance.
Soup Dragons, “Divine Thing” – If you have SiriusXM, chances are you’ve heard this one recently since it’s a favorite on the “’90s on 9” channel. If you aren’t familiar with the Scots’ bluesy pop tune, get listening.
Sunscreem, “Love U More” – I’ll admit that my husband gets the credit (or blame) for, a few years ago, re-introducing me to this sumptuous dance-pop song from the British trio that specializes in house/techno music. Glad he did.
Edwyn Collins, “A Girl Like You” – So Collins sounds like a creepy David Bowie. That only makes the song more mesmerizing.
Chumbawumba, “Tubthumping” – Earlier this week, the British dance-punk-pop outfit announced its demise after 30 years. And no one cared. R.I.P. to the band that provided one of the all-time best drinking songs.
Billie Myers, “Kiss the Rain” – Hopes were high that the emotive Myers would be a career artist given her immediate vocal presence. Her follow-up, “Tell Me,” made an occasional radio appearance and in 2010 Myers hit the dance charts with “Wonderful,” but who really remembers her outside of “Rain”?
Ghost Town DJs, “My Boo” – Jermaine Dupri crafted the Miami bass sound for this hip-hop-lite crew. I just remember it as a song synonymous with summer.
New Radicals, “You Get What You Give” – Name-checking Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson sure seemed cool at the time, didn’t it? But who couldn’t love a band that counted Danielle Brisebois among its members?
Michael Penn, “No Myth” – What a hoot to watch Penn with wife Aimee Mann on their joint tours and listen to Mann tease him about being “Romeo in black jeans.”