Wednesday, Sept. 25, is a day to celebrate those musical acts who had the world by the tail with a megahit song only to fall short the second time around.
According to Days of the Year, One-Hit Wonder Day was established by music journalist Steve Rosen in 1990 "to pay tribute to those who have had their five minutes (or less) of fame and subsequently vanished, leaving us only a catchy tune to remember them by."
Billboard magazine considers a one-hit wonder to be an act that fails to chart higher than 25th with a second attempt. There have been hundreds of them since the beginning of the rock 'n' roll era, of course.
Earlier this year, USA Today published a list of the "20 Biggest One-Hit Wonders of all-time. Here is the top five, according to that list.
5. 'Hey There Delilah'
This 2007 hit by the Plain White T's stayed on the charts for 28 weeks and is said to be about a woman named Delilah that lead singer Tom Higgenson was trying to woo. That didn't work. But the band is reportedly trying to pitch a TV show about its song.
4. 'You're Beautiful'
A hit for Brit James Blunt from late 2005 to early 2006, it stayed on the Top 40 charts for 29 weeks and was even nominated for Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Later, Blunt admitted even he got sick of how often the song was played.
3. 'Everything You Want'
In the Top 40 for most of 2000, "Everything You Want" was a huge hit for Vertical Horizon, an alternative rock band from Washington, D.C. Its 34 weeks on the charts helped earn it Billboard's title of the most played song of 2000.
2. 'Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)'
Go to any wedding in the late 1990s and no doubt someone was doing this dance. "Macarena" was sung by two unlikely rock stars — Antonio Romero Monge and Rafael Ruiz Perdigones, better known as Los Del Rios. The two men had been performing in flamenco lounges since 1962, but hit gold in 1996 with this song about a girl named Macarena and the dance moves to follow. It stayed on the charts for 37 weeks from 1996 to 1997.
1. 'Somebody That I Used to Know'
This megahit by Gotye featuring Kimbra was in the Top 40 for 44 weeks in 2012, including eight weeks at No. 1. It won Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. Goyte, an Australian musician born in Belgium, disappeared from the music scene following his big hit, but he continues to promote other projects on Twitter.
Other holidays this week
- Monday, Sept. 23: National Great American Pot Pie Day
- Tuesday, Sept. 24: National Punctuation Day
- Wednesday, Sept. 25: National Lobster Day
- Thursday, Sept. 26: National Johnny Appleseed Day
- Friday, Sept. 27: National Chocolate Milk Day
- Saturday, Sept. 28: National Drink Beer Day
- Sunday, Sept. 29: National Coffee Day