One Hit Wonders Spinning Mix

For April Fool’s Day, Lisa thought it would be fun to do a one-hit wonders spinning mix. I must say, it was fun to put together. Obviously, the heavy emphasis on 80s music was unavoidable. The mix:

1. Turning Japanese — The Vapors. I was amazed that Lisa had never heard what this was rumored to be about.

2. Take On Me — a-ha. The video really takes me back to MTV’s halcyon days. And the hair!!!

3. Tainted Love — Soft Cell

4. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) –The Proclaimers

5. Barbie Girl — Aqua. I actually play this song in my IP course every year, if for no other reason than to delight in getting that song into students’ heads for the rest of the day.

6. Tubthumping — Chumbawamba

7. Rock and Roll (Part 2) — Gary Glitter

8. Hot Hot Hot — Buster Poindexter

9. Jump Around — House of Pain

10. 99 Luftballons — Nena

11. Who Let the Dogs Out — Baha Men

12. Unbelievable — EMF

13. Rock Me Amadeus — Falco

14. Safety Dance — Men Without Hats

15. Bust a Move — Young MC

16. Lean On Me — Clulb Nouveau

17. Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye — Steam

Of course, the description “One Hit Wonder” raises some difficult classification issues. For example, several of the groups had subsequent top 40 hits that no one remembers any more. And a number of the groups had big careers internationally, such as a-ha, Aqua and Gary Glitter. Oh well. The music is so good, I trust no one will mind.

See also Lisa’s Thanksgiving Spinning Mix.

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