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The Best One Hit Wonders In The World... Ever!

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Feb 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Virgin/EMI
  • ASIN: B000088E38
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,742 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. 99 Red Balloons - Nena
2. I'll Be There For You (Theme From Friends) - The Rembrandts
3. Breakfast At Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something
4. (I Just) Died In Your Arms - Cutting Crew
5. You're The Voice - John Farnham
6. Venus - Shocking Blue
7. Harlem Shuffle - Bob & Earl
8. Spirit In The Sky - Norman Greenbaum
9. Fire - The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
10. Something In The Air - Thunderclap Newman
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Uptown Top Ranking - Althea and Donna
2. Pop Muzik - M
3. Mah Na Mah Na - Piero Umiliani
4. Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
5. Da Da Da - Trio
6. Macarena - Los Del Rio (Radio Version)
7. Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) - Edison Lighthouse
8. Break My Stride - Matthew Wilder
9. Tarzan Boy - Baltimora
10. It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By Martin
Format:Audio CD
There's a school of thought saying that first hits are often the best songs, as not only did the artist feel it should be promoted first, it has also been a success entirely on the merits of the song itself - rather than simply because people already know the artist. Inevitably, lots of people fail to follow up with another big hit, and this collection contains 30 years worth of such tracks.
There is a nice variety of styles on here. Pure pop tracks inevitably lead the way, ranging from Nena's peace anthem of sorts 99 Red Balloons to Chesney Hawkes' The One & Only and Shocking Blue's Venus.
There is however some fairly sophistocated stuff on here, the type where its surprising that the artists never eappeared to any merit. The soulful touches of Charles & Eddie make for a classic tucked away near the end, with other favourites including the likes of I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight, classic radio rocker Breakfast At Tiffany's, and Baggy anthem Can You Dig It?
In my mind a few cheesy tracks drag it down, things such as Macarena, Mambo No 5 and the infamous gay antyhem It's Raining Men not being even slightly to my taste, and they've been on plenty of compliations before. Also, I'd've chosen a few things such as Mr Big's To Be With You and Tasmin Archer's Sleeping Satellite, but I guess this is personal taste.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not easy to be a One Hit Wonder 11 Nov 2012
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
Its only the best in the world ever on the Virgin label and a quick check at the Guiness book would show how wide of the mark they are.Chesney Hawkes for instance had 3 other chart entries though the findings are based on the top 20.If so then where are Billy Swan,Anita Ward or the Chantays? These 3 were even One Hit Wonders in the States
Taking the blurb on the sleeve further some named here as One Hit Wonders were "not here and gone the next" if the Cutting Crew are anything to go by as they had other chart entries and were massive in the States while Edison Lighthouse were nowhere near One Hit Wonders as Tony Burrows was like Jonathan King and appeared under many different names
To say nothing of a genuine One Hit Wonder of the 70s who seems to be missing from all the other CDs of this kind-Rick Dees and his Cast Of Idiots with Disco Duck
Yet what's the problem here for a song which was endorsed by Paul McCartney (see You Tube for proof)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best One Hit Wonders in the world 21 Jan 2008
By Gazza C
Format:Audio CD
A very good compilation of some true masters and some catchy but also annoying hits 99 Red Balloons !!!
These are all original recordings and the CD's are good value
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Where would we be without one hit wonders? The history of popular music would be a lot duller, that's for sure. There's something inherently romantic about the occasional flashes of pop genius zipping through the charts, lighting up the world's airwaves with their unique sonic sparkle, with the artists responsible forever to be forgotten thereafter - save for their solitary, priceless contribution to musical folklore. Sometimes they unfairly get a hard time from certain cynics - they couldn't make fame last, or they couldn't have been that talented, etc. - but this is undue and undeserved. That is missing the point.
Andy Warhol once famously said that "every person will be world-famous for fifteen minutes". Here are a selection of people who have done it - and this compilation is a half decent chronicle of that notion. Nena's "99 Red Balloons" is dramatic, moody Europop at its finest; M's "Pop Muzik" is quirky, peculiarly catchy fun; Charles and Eddie's "Would I Lie To You" is an uplifting soul classic; White Town's "Your Woman" is a four minute slice of absolute pop genius, which maybe only goes to show that perhaps Jyoti Mishra was too clever to be a pop star.
You do, however, have to question the inclusion of some tracks, for various reasons. Danny Wilson's "Mary's Prayer" is such a gorgeously crafted song it'll make your eyes water, but if they were one hit wonders, then I'm a turnip. Ditto for Crash Test Dummies and ditto for Paul Carrack's Ace. Some of the tracks, on the other hand, are rather bland and haven't aged that well. John Farnham's "You're The Voice" and Minnie Ripperton's "Loving You" spring to mind here - whilst others, such as Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry Be Happy" and Toni Basil's "Mickey" are just plain irritating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cd 9 Feb 2014
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Loving this cd. Some great classics. Really enjoying the classic songs bringing my child hood back to life again and again
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5.0 out of 5 stars the title says it all 13 Nov 2013
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an excellent CD double, contains an incredibly good selection of hits

a great addition to any collection.

Highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Time to remember 27 Sep 2013
By G M S
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There are some really belting hits on the album but check it out in comparison to other compilation albums because you may well have these songs in your collection already e.g. Nena's "99 Red Balloons". Well worth a look!
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