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ONTD Original: 1999, A year of one hit wonders

Previous Posts: 2000 | 2001-2009

For many of us 90's kids, now is the time we get nostalgic about our childhood and formative years. Nothing really makes us miss those times more than music. The music that really makes me miss the '90s most are the forgotten artists and songs - the ones that really made an impression for a short time and then disappeared from the charts. 17 years ago, artists like Jordan Knight, Lou Bega and B*Witched were topping the charts. These artists who created their 1999 smash hits were never able to replicate the success. Let's take a look at some of the best one hit wonders of 1999!

Lou Bega - Mamo No. 5

Lou Bega revitalized this “jive dance” song for a new generation. At the close of the ’90s you couldn’t get away from the song. Mambo No. 5 was contagious, rising to No. 3 on the billboard Hot 100. Unfortunately, that would be the end of the line for Bega he never charted significantly again.

Eagle-Eye Cherry - Save Tonight

Musical blood runs in Eagle-Eye Cherry's family, but the Sweden native’s only real smash was the light acoustic ballad "Save Tonight," which has become synonymous with his name at this point. Cherry has charted (very) modestly in the years since on various European charts, but “Save Tonight” remains his only huge chart appearance, peaking at no. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

B*Witched - C'est la Vie

The innocent lyrics of C'est La Vie, paired with its bouncy piano-driven melody made for a fun, memorable song from this Dublin-based quartet that had us all doing the Irish jig in our bedroom. The song peaked at no. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. The group recently dropped an album in 2014.

Jordan Knight - Give It To You

"Give to You" was the New Kid On The Block’s Jordan Knight’s 1999 solo debut single. The song peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Since venturing off on his own, Knight has wisely returned to making music with New Kids On The Block.

Sporty Theivz - No Pigeons

After TLC dropped their male-bashing anthem "No Scrubs," Sporty Thievz decided to ride their success with "No Pigeons," over the same beat. While the group had a few other tunes, "No Pigeons" was the one that cemented them in the annals of one-hit wonder history. The song peaked at no. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Everlast - What It's Like

Everlast released 7 solo albums, but the only mainstream success came from 1999's What It’s Like. The song reached no. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. He later regrouped with his old crew in 2006, to join the hip hop group La Coka Nostra.

Tal Bachman - She's So High

Tal Bachman peaked at no. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his mellow hit.

Vengaboys - We Like To Party!

Otherwise known as the song that creepy old man from the Six Flags commercials dances to, the Vengaboys' "We like to Party! (The Vengabus)" is one of the best party-dance tracks of the late 90s. Heard in clubs all over the continent, the Vengaboys did maintain some popularity with “Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!” but this track remains their most popular, peaking at no. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100.

New Radicals - You Get What You Give

New Radicals’ emotive, dance-influenced “You Get What You Give” made many speculate they were the next big thing back in 1998. Alexander promptly quashed the notion when he disbanded New Radicals shortly after "You Get What You Give" broke big on the charts, peaking at no. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100. The follow up single recieverd next to no attention and their debut album remained their only release.

Fatboy Slim - Praise You

"Praise You" was released as the third single from his second studio album in 1999. It reached number one on the UK Singles and peaked at no. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it his highest charting single.

What were you doing in 1999, ONTD?
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Tags: 1990s, music / musician, nostalgia, one hit wonder, ontd original

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