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Published on December 13th, 2016 | by Gerry Galipault

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Pause-and-Playlist: For the last time, they weren’t one-hit wonders

A one-hit wonder is “an individual or group with only one success, such as a hit song,” so says Dictionary.com. But so often people use the term incorrectly.

You may think a-ha had only one hit in the United States (they had many elsewhere), but the follow-up single to its No. 1 debut “Take On Me,” in fact, cracked the Top 20. It was called “The Sun Always Shines On T.V.” Remember it? A-ha fans do.

Now it’s time to dispel these one-hit-wonder myths. These folks weren’t famous overnight and then never heard of again; they actually had one or more Top 40 hits, in addition to their one big hit:

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A-HA

The big hit – Take On Me (1985)
The other hit – The Sun Always Shines on T.V. (1985)

ALL SAINTS

The big hit – Never Ever (1998)
The other hit – I Know Where It’s At (1998)

ALLURE

The big hit – All Cried Out (1997)
The other hit – Head Over Heels (1997)

AQUA

The big hit – Barbie Girl (1997)
The other hit – Lollipop (Candy Man) (1997)

ARCADIA

The big hit – Election Day (1985)
The other hit – Goodbye Is Forever (1986)

BAD ENGLISH

The big hit – When I See You Smile (1989)
The other hits – Price of Love (1989), Possession (1990)

LEN BARRY

The big hit – 1-2-3 (1965)
The other hit – Like a Baby (1966)

DANIEL BEDINGFIELD

The big hit – Gotta Get Thru This (2002)
The other hit – If You’re Not the One (2003)

BELLAMY BROTHERS

The big hit – Let Your Love Flow (1976)
The other hit – If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me (1979)

BLUE SWEDE

The big hit – Hooked On a Feeling (1974)
The other hit – Never My Love (1974)

BOY MEETS GIRL

The big hit – Waiting For a Star to Fall (1988)
The other hit – Oh Girl (1985)

NENEH CHERRY

The big hit – Buffalo Stance (189)
The other hit – Kisses on the Wind (1989)

CUTTING CREW

The big hit – (I Just) Died In Your Arms (1987)
The other hit – I’ve Been in Love Before (1987)

EMF

The big hit – Unbelievable (1991)
The other hit – Lies (1991)

FASTBALL

The big hit – The Way (1998)
The other hit – Out of My Head (1999)

FOXY

The big hit – Get Off (1979)
The other hit – Hot Number (1979)

GERARDO

The big hit – Rico Suave (1991)
The other hit – We Want the Funk (1991)

NATALIE IMBRUGLIA

The big hit – Torn (1998)
The other hit – Wishing I Was There (1998)

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Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.



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