19 years ago (help), artists like Meredith Brooks, Sister Hazel and Mark Morrison were topping the charts. The artists who created their 1997 smash hits were never able to replicate the success. But for us 90's babies, the music never fails to bring the nostalgia. Let's take a look at some of the best one hit wonders of 1997!
Disclaimer: These lists are based on U.S. Billboard Hot 100 only. Sorry to those who disagree with certain choices!
Mark Morrison - Return of the Mack
This was THE highest charting one hit wonder of the year and with good reason. The club smash made Morrison the first black male solo artist to reach no. 1 in the UK in the '90s. The song skyrocketed to no. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. This was all a big success for the inmate-turned-singer. However, the same year the song made it big, he was given a community service order for attempting to take a stun-gun onto a plane. It was discovered Morrison was paying somebody else to complete his order on his behalf and was sentenced to a year in jail.
Meredith Brooks - Bitch
Meredith delivered a challenging song to swallow for a PC pop world at the time, but this peaked at no. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned a grammy. Now in her mid to late 50's, she’s a producer and released a children’s album in 2007.
OMC - How Bizarre
Pop duo OMC scored a huge international hit with "How Bizarre." The song peaked at no. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. A follow-up hit charted in their homeland but made no impact abroad. Pauly Fuemana died in 2010 at the age of 40.
Chumbawamba - Tubthumping
Chumbawamba formed in England in the early '80s and wrote intensely political songs that fused folk, punk and dance with just about every other genre of music. In 1997 they released "Tubthumping," which is basically about getting hammered. It blew up worldwide, and turned the group into celebrities. After peaking at no. 6, They never had a follow-up hit in America, though they still have a fanbase.
Shawn Colvin - Sunny Came Home
Shawn is a super talented artist but only one of her songs had mainstream success. "Sunny Came Home” from her fifth album, peaked at no. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. She has been nominated for 10 grammys and has one 3. She continues to work on music as far as I know.
B-Rock, The Bizz - My Baby Daddy
"That's just my baby daddy" used a Miami bass soundbed to illuminate a humorous take on the back and forth that goes on between men and women who have kids by other men. The song peaked at no. 10 on the Billbaord Hot 100. But problems with their label, LaFace Records, led to B-Rock & The Bizz never releasing a follow-up single or debut album.
Sister Hazel - All For You
This is one of those songs that you know all the lyrics to when you didn't try to learn them. Some might not consider this band a one hit wonder, but this is their only mainstream hit. The song peaked at no. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. The band continues to make music.
Tonic - If You Could Only See
"If You Could Only See," a song written to his parents when they disapproved of his older girlfriend, peaked at no. 11 on the Hot 100. The band's status as a one hit wonder is not all that surprising. The song is generic 90s rock that hasn't really aged well.
Freak Nasty - Da' Dip
Freak Nasty's only real hit was "Da' Dip," which dropped in 1996. The song peaked at no. 15 on the Hot 100 in 1997. The Miami bass track implored its listeners, "I put my hand up on your hip, when I dip you dip we dip." And we did THAT!
Amber - This Is Your Night
When thinking of 90s dance music, does it get any more nostalgic than this? Nope! This song brings back way too many memories and was made even more popular in 1998's movie "Night at the Roxbury." The song peaked at no. 24 on the Hot 100.
H O N O R A B L E | M E N T I O N S
- Gina G, "Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit"
- Imani Coppola, "Legend of a Cowgirl"
- Duncan Sheik, "Barely Breathing"
- White Town, "Your Woman"
- DJ Kool, "Let Me Clear My Throat"
- Natalie Imbruglia, "Torn"
ONTD, what were you doing in 1997? Were you even alive, etc.
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