Some of the catchiest songs are one-hit wonders. You know, songs that exploded onto the Top 40 and became part of the public's cultural history even though many of these groups quietly faded into the woodwork, never equally the one-hit wonder success.
In no particular order, here are some of my favorite one-hit wonders. Can you name the group that sang each song?
1. My Sharona
2. Spirit In The Sky
3. One Toke Over the Line
4. Kung Fu Fighting
5. Tainted Love
6. I'm Too Sexy
7. Come On, Eileen
8. Who Let the Dogs Out
9. Rama Lama Ding Dong
10. Get a Job
11. Sukiyaki (the English language radio stations played this so often when I lived in Japan that I knew the words by heart.)
12. Hippy Hippy Shake
13. Baby the Rain Must Fall
14. In the Year 2525
15. Na Na, Hey Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye
16. One Tin Soldier
17. The Night Chicago Died
18. Breakfast at Tiffany's
19. Mambo No. 5
20. Do They Know It's Christmas
Imagine the Final Jeopardy Music Playing
Those are the songs. What are the answers?
No, no. Don't scroll down yet. Think.
Leave your answers in comments if you wish or post a song challenge of your own for me to answer.
While you think about these songs--which are probably playing in your head right now--I'll mention the book and author spectacular scheduled for tomorrow.
December 23, Tuesday. 12 Authors Celebrate Christmas Present. Free books, just leave a comment with your email address, authors and chat.
Be there or be square.
Okay, give up? Here's what you're looking for.
1. My Sharona - The Knack
2. Spirit In The Sky - Norman Greenbaum
3. One Toke Over the Line - Brewer & Shipley
4. Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas
5. Tainted Love - Soft Cell
6. I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred
7. Come On, Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
8. Who Let the Dogs Out - Baha Men
9. Rama Lama Ding Dong - The Edsels
10. Get a Job - The Silhouettes
11. Sukiyaki - Kyu Sakamoto
12. Hippy Hippy Shake - The Swinging Blue Jeans
13. Baby the Rain Must Fall - Glenn Yarbrough
14. In the Year 2525 - Zager and Evans
15. Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
16. One Tin Soldier - Original Caste
17. The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace
18. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something
19. Mambo No. 5 - Lou Bega
20. Do They Know Its Christmas - Bandaid
May happy music leave you with happy feet. Happy Holidays!