Here Are The Second-Biggest Hits Of 9 One-Hit Wonders That You Should Also Give A Listen To

You know one of their songs, that's for sure. Now learn another.

Being considered a one-hit wonder can be taken two different ways. The first is a bit negative, boiling down everything an artist is to the success of one song and believing that's all they have to offer. The other is looking at it as an honor to their massive contribution to pop culture — because, let's face it, we all know these tunes — and acknowledging that they are more than that one song.


We here at A Plus err on the side of the latter and, in honor of National One-Hit Wonder Day (September 25), we're talking a stroll through music history to look at the people who gave us some of the catchiest tunes ever and topped charts. But this isn't only a celebration of the song they may best be known for, it's a chance for you to be exposed to another offering of theirs.

Here is a look at nine one-hit wonders and a recommendation for their next-biggest song:

"The Sun Always Shines on T.V." by A-ha (Best known for: “Take On Me”)

A-ha — a Norwegian band consisting of Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket, and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy — put out 10 studio albums between 1985 and 2015. They burst on the scene with 1985's "Take On Me," which hit No. 1 in the U.S. and many other countries around the world. Their next-biggest hit is "The Sun Always Shines on T.V.," which also came out in 1985, which reached No. 1 in Ireland and the U.K. but topped out in the U.S. at No. 20.

“Jingle Jangle” by The Archies (Best known for: “Sugar, Sugar”)

The Archies, a band by fictional cartoon teens on The Archie Show (long before The CW graced us with Riverdale), first gave us the bubble gum pop hit "Sugar, Sugar" in 1969 that reached No. 1 in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. That same year, the group — with vocals from Ron Dante and Toni Wine — gave us "Jingle Jangle," which hit No. 10 in the U.S. and No. 1 in Canada.

“You All Dat” by The Baha Men (Best known for: “Who Let the Dogs Out?”)

Bahamian group The Baha Men dominated pop culture with their 2000 hit "Who Let the Dogs Out?" which, while reaching No. 1 in Australia and New Zealand, only reached No. 40 in the U.S. despite being everywhere (such as Rugrats in Paris: The Movie) and earning them a Grammy. The group's next-biggest hit in the U.S. was 2001's "You All Dat," a song that reached No. 94.

“Could’ve Been Me” by Billy Ray Cyrus (Best known for: “Achy Breaky Heart”)

Billy Ray Cyrus — yes, dad to Miley Cyrus — will forever be known for "Achy Breaky Heart," a song that reached No. 1 in the U.S. (both the Hot 100 chart and the country chart), Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Also in 1992 came "Could've Been Me," which reached No. 2 on the U.S. country chart and No. 72 on the Hot 100 chart. These tunes came off Cyrus' debut album Some Gave All, the first out of 15 studio albums to date.

“Gentleman” by PSY (One-hit wonder: “Gangnam Style”)

PSY — whose real name is Park Jae-sang — is a South Korean recording artist who dominated YouTube with its No. 2 most-viewed video ever with nearly 3 billion views for "Gangnam Style." "Gangnam Style" won PSY a massive audience and reached No. 2 in the U.S. but No. 1 all around the world. The next-biggest song for PSY was "Gentleman," which reached No. 5 in the U.S. and also garnered more than 1 billion views on YouTube.

“Don’t Talk Just Kiss” by Right Said Fred (Best known for: “I’m Too Sexy”)

Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy" — which was recently revived when Taylor Swift credited it on "Look What You Made Me Do" — is a catchy song from the British group that reached No. 1 in the U.S. (as well as Australia, Ireland, Austria, and New Zealand) and No. 2 in their home country. The duo — made up of brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass — have eight studio albums and are perhaps best known in the U.S. for "Don't Talk Just Kiss," which reached No. 76.

“Posse On Broadway” by Sir Mix-a-Lot (Best known for: “Baby Got Back”)

Anthony Ray — best known by the stage name Sir Mix-a-Lot — is an American rapper whose 1992 song "Baby Got Back" reached No. 1 in the U.S. and is one of hip-hop's most iconic offerings. Before that, though, came 1988's "Posse on Broadway," a song that topped out in the U.S. at No. 70.

“Torch” by Soft Cell (Best known for: “Tainted Love”)

Soft Cell — a British synthpop duo made up of Marc Almond and David Ball — are best known for their 1981 cover of "Tainted Love," a song originally recorded by Gloria Jones in 1964 and written by Ed Cobb. This is one of the biggest hits of the '80s and reached No. 8 in the U.S. while hitting No. 1 in the U.K., Australia, Germany, France, and Belgium. That said, you should check out their 1982 song "Torch," which is probably their next-biggest hit since it hit No. 2 in their home country.

“Play That Funky Music” by Vanilla Ice (Best known for: “Ice Ice Baby”)

Vanilla Ice — whose real name is Robert Matthew Van Winkle — is an American rapper whose 1990 hit "Ice Ice Baby" reached No. 1 in the U.S. (on the Hot 100 chart and the rap chart), as well as in Australia, Canada, the U.K., and New Zealand. The next-biggest song from Vanilla Ice was actually a rendition of the group Wild Cherry's 1976 hit "Play That Funky Music." Vanilla Ice's version hit No. 4 in the U.S. and is well worth a listen.

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