One-hit wonders are songs that lots of people enjoyed for a few months after it was first released before being forgotten by the general public later on. However, with the popularity of music streaming services, people now have the chance to replay these songs and take a trip down memory lane.
Tired of keeping your music library on shuffle? Why not listen again to the songs on this list courtesy of Kings9ja:
Take On Me by A-ha
This is a one-hit wonder that is already a piece of nostalgia for people back in the late 1980s. Released in 1985, the music video for this song was praised for its innovative animation and visual effects. Take On Me’s lyrics speak of how a man tries to win the affection of a woman reluctant to take him on his offer of love.
Several covers for Take On Me have also been made: the first was done by ska band Reel Big Fish, then boyband A1 made one in 2000, and the character Ellie from the video game The Last of Us Part II sang an acoustic version of the song.
Wherever You Will Go by The Calling
This song by The Calling speaks about how willing a person is to be reunited with their love and just stay together with them no matter what. Wherever You Will Go was released in 2001 and it managed to tug the heartstrings of many people when they first heard it.
There’s no denying that the song was a big hit in the 2000s. However a string of lawsuits, conflict with the label and overexposure caused The Calling to disband.
Rude by MAGIC!
The third love song on this list, Rude tells the story of how one man insists on marrying his love despite an outright refusal from her father to give them his blessing. Rude was released in 2014 and was enjoyed by many due to the lyrics as well as the enjoyable reggae-pop style of the song.
Bad Day by Daniel Powter
Bad Day is a sad song where the listener is immersed into feeling down following an entire day of demotivating circumstances. Some critics say the lyrics of this 2005 song were too broad but singer Daniel Powter believed it was meant to be relatable to everybody who experiences a terrible day.
This song was parodied numerous times and was even featured in the film Alvin and the Chipmunks. Its cover version made it to the Billboard Top 100 in January 2008.
Roxanne by Arizona Zervas
Roxanne is the latest to be released out of all the songs on this list, hitting music streaming services in 2019. According to Arizona Zervas, the song is about a girl he wanted but couldn’t have and didn’t need. Zervas also says he had to be specific about Roxanne’s characteristics and how she is a source of bad luck.
Just by looking at the list of songs here, you might have been reminded of how much people enjoyed listening to them back in the day. You can listen to any of these songs and many more at Kings9ja, the site that welcomes anyone who wants to jam their heart out.