One Hit Wonders — Music Monday

Carly Rae Jepsen is trying to avoid one-hit-wonder status with her latest single, but that doesn’t mean that “Call Me Maybe” isn’t a fantastic song in its own right. In that spirit, we’ve collected YouTube covers of other amazing one hit wonders for Music Monday.

Evan DeSimone

If you’ve ever been to a middle school dance then you’ve definitely heard “Crush” but it’s entirely possible that you’ve never heard of Jennifer Paige. That’s because the breathy songstress hit big with this catchy single but never managed to bottle any of the lightning that made this song such a smash. The rest of her catalog isn’t exactly disappointing but there’s nothing that ever managed to chart in the same way. This cover by YouTuber Ircili Ben didn’t springboard the singer to stardom either, but it’s a credible rendition of the original and well worth a listen.

Sara Parra

Things I learned today:

  • “Tainted Love” is a one hit wonder.
  • Scott Bradlee (Postmodern Jukebox) was the person who arranged all of the vintage covers for Bioshock Infinite.

I feel mildly ashamed at knowing neither of these two facts considering how much I love PMJ and Bioshock Infinite, but I am am very, very please nonetheless. Sit back, close your eyes, and listen to the awesome track above.

Christine Linnell

Des’ree’s “You Gotta Be” has always been a favorite of mine, and YouTube musician Pedro Cardo has a beautiful acoustic version on his channel. A soothing, encouraging song for a stressful Monday.

Carrington Walsh

Okay, so I’m kind of cheating with this one because it’s not technically a cover. It’s a lip-syncing video to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” Jepsen is probably the largest one-hit-wonder in recent years, and when searching for covers, I stumbled upon this gem. This terribly weird video, which I had long since forgotten about, features Ashley Tisdale, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Carlos Pena, among many other Disney/Nickelodeon stars dancing and lip-syncing to “Call Me Maybe.” If this isn’t the best/oddest cover/take/lip-sync of this song, I don’t know what is.

Rachel Kiley

I tend to enjoy covers that are a little strange and as far from being similar to the original song as possible, and this acoustic/slightly-folksy cover of the Vengaboys’ “We Like to Party” definitely does the trick. Also, this song is a classic and should still be on the radio everywhere, thank you and goodnight.


What are your favorite one hit wonders? Tell us in the comments!