one hit wonders

I did my Federal and State taxes this weekend. The only thing I've not decided yet is whether or not to do an IRA. I only qualify for $1,500 this year due to my pension contribution at work. I'm not sure if I want to bother with that since it won't save me that much on taxes ($375 since I'm in the 25% bracket)--but until I decide I can't enter my info into the electronic forms. I do have it done on paper tho. I also cleaned my two downstairs bathrooms. The tub was soooo bad. I'd forgotten it was white. Seriously, I was thinking it was beige. Ewwww!

I was watching a countdown show on VH1 this weekend. It was 5 episodes showing their compilation of the top 100 one hit wonder songs in US history. William Shatner hosted it. Here's a list of the songs on the last episode, the top 20 songs. For the entire list go to their site.

What do you think of the songs on the top 20? My favorites are "She Blinded Me With Science", not surprisingly because I'm a scientist, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", "Tainted Love", and most of all, "Come On Eileen". I love the Scottish lilt to the song by Dexy's Midnight Runners as well as the unusual beat to the song.

The VH1 Countdown List of the top 20 one-hit wonders:

20. "She Blinded Me With Science" by Thomas Dolby (1983)
19. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" by Iron Butterfly (1968)
18. "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinéad O'Connor (1990)
17. "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister (1984)
16. "Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang (1980)
15. "96 Tears" by ? And The Mysterians (1966)
14. "Groove Is In The Heart" by Deee-Lite (1990)
13. "The Hustle" by Van McCoy (1975)
12. "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-A-Lot (1994)
11. "You Light Up My Life" by Debby Boone (1977)
10. "99 Luftballoons" by Nena (1984)
9. "Rico Suave" by Gerardo (1991)
8. "Take On Me" by A-Ha (1985)
7. "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice (1991)
6. "Who Let The Dogs Out" by Baha Men (2000)
5. "Mickey" by Toni Basil (1982)
4. "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred (1992)
3. "Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners (1983)
2. "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell (1982)
1. "The Macarena" by Los Del Rio (1996)


Paul Monaco said…
VH1 forgot about Twisted Sisters second hit "I Wanna Rock" from the "Stay Hungry" CD - Good think Captain Kirk didn't perform any cuts off any of his albums.
Hey wow!!! Reading that list has me humming all those tunes!

Here via Michele
Viamarie said…
I like the following: The Hustle, You Light Up My Life,Groove Is In The Heart & The Macarena. Thanks for sharing the list.

Cheers from Michele.
Killired said…
I like a lot of them...

#10, 8, 7, 5 & 2

here from michele's!
Suzanne said…
They were really good though weren't they?? Hi from Michele's!
Viamarie said…
Michele sent me back. Hope you're enjoying your weekend.
Electric Short said…
18. "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinéad O'Connor (1990) I was thinking she had more than one hit, but when I was trying to thing of it BAM! One hit wonder!
Scouser said…
Hi Utenzi, Michele sent me. I have to say I really hate tax LOL.
surcie said…
Love the '80s one-hit wonders!
Yaeli said…
That's an awesome music line up!!!
As for the tax thing, If you don't want you $375 you can always donate it to the "send Yaeli back to Vanuatu" fund. $375 (US$ mind you!!!) will always be welcome in my empty little pocket!!!
Anonymous said…
I kind of like 99 Red Balloons and I'm Too Sexy. But The Macarena? Somebody shoot me!!
poopie said…
Oh just reminded me how bad I hated the macarena. *big eyeroll*
Malinda777 said…
Werewolf In London by Warren Zevon didn't make it? Fun memories.

here from Michele
Teresa said…
I can't believe you did your taxes. In all the time I've known you, you've NEVER gotten them done this early. Of course, there's that "but"... you haven't actually filed them. I've put mine off, partly because I'm missing some 1099's, or so I'm told. I can't remember if I just use them for info or have to send them in. I can do them without the forms, I think, but... anyway, I'll end up owing something this year because of them, so I'm procrastinating.

Congrats on the clean tub. That's always a nice thing to have -- whether it's beige or white! LOL

I've no opinion on the one-hit wonders. I may look into the entire list later though....
"she blinded me with science" was a huge hit at the school disco!!

wow....I am getting old!

Michele sent me....
netchick said…
Wow, that's a walk back along memory lane. I'm feeling REALLY old now.


That list is halarious though. Kinda sad, too, because those bands could have been so much more.

Hope your weekend has been fantastic!
Kat said…
I love the cat picture in your title bar. Sooooo cute.

Numbers 16 and 6 were not One-Hit Wonders. What is wrong with VH1? Sugarhill Gang also had "Apache" and Baha Men also had "Move it Like This (Shake it Like That)" both of which get plenty of radio play and time at college parties.
utenzi said…
Kat, that was a serious problem with the show. They included dozens of songs in the 100 that I knew, just off the top of my head, weren't the band's only hit. Take, A-ha, they had 3 hits off their first album though none as hot as "Take on Me". But VH1 probably were cutting a few corners to keep the songs they wanted on the list. Tsk-tsk-tsk.

Netchick--you're just a kid!
Michelle said…
At least you get a return, Oz is the highest taxed nation in the world :(

Loved that music list, brought back memories :)
Diane Mandy said…
I'm with you on this one... Come On Eileen. When I hear it to this day, I still sing it at the top of my lungs.
sassyassy said…
Good Heavens Miss Sakamoto your beautiful!
Thomas Siefert said…
Hey, where is Hubba Hubba Zoot Zoot?
Lora said…
There are a lot of artists on this list that I really wouldn't consider one hit wonders. And call me corny, but I really enjoy over half of this list, especially, "99 Luftballoons" and "Take On Me". Can you tell I'm a child of the 80's.
My advice is do the IRA. Not because of the tax issues but because saving for the future is a good idea. You can never have too much spare cash around when you are old and shrivley.

When my step-grandpa first left the hospital a few weeks ago they asked him: Do you want to go home or to a nursing home? (Medicare would have paid for a nursing home. He didn't know that. He said "Home" The cost of the care he needed at home was $6000 per month. I can't even begin to imagine what that number will be when I'm his age.
No_Newz said…
I loved the whole list and when I feel retro, that is the kinda crap I love to listen to. :)
Lois Lane

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