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Out Of The Vault - One Hit Wonders: the 90’s, January 25, 2014

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Sinéad O’Connor – NOTHING COMPARES 2U – (Prince) - #1, April, 1990.  "Nothing Compares 2 U" is a song originally written and composed by Prince for one of his side projects, The Family. It was later made famous by Irish recording artist Sinéad O'Connor, who covered the song and released it as the second single from her second studio album, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got. This version, became a worldwide hit in 1990. A music video, which has been described as iconic, was shot and received heavy rotation on MTV. Its lyrics explore feelings of longing from an abandoned lover's point of view.

Divinyls – I TOUCH MYSELF – (Amphlett/Kelly/McEntee/Steinberg) - #4, May, 1991. "I Touch Myself" is a song written and recorded by the Australian rock band Divinyls. It was released in December 1990 as the lead single from their fifth album, diVINYLS, and is widely regarded as a paean to female masturbation. The single achieved great success, reaching the Top five on the U.S Billboard Hot 100 and reaching the number one position in their native country, Australia. The song was written by Divinyls bandmembers Christina Amphlett and Mark McEntee and professional songwriters Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg. It has since been covered by numerous artists.

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Mark Cohn – WALKING IN MEMPHIS – (Cohn) - #13, July 1991.  "Walking in Memphis" is a song by American singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, from his self-titled 1991 album. The song became Cohn's biggest hit, peaking at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and, after being re-released in autumn 1991, reached #22 on the UK chart. The popularity of this song helped Cohn win the Grammy for Best New Artist in 1992.

Tom Cochrane – LIFE IS A HIGHWAY – (Cochrane) - #6, August, 1992.  "Life Is a Highway" is a song written by Tom Cochrane, (formerly of Red Rider), from his 1991 album Mad Mad World. The song was Cochrane's most famous song, as it was a number one hit in his native Canada. The song also peaked at number six on the Billboard charts in the United States in 1992. The song has been covered by Rascal Flatts for the Cars soundtrack, as well as by Chris LeDoux and Jerry Jeff Walker.

Dan Baird – I LOVE YOU PERIOD - (Anderson) -  # 26, January, 1993.  Daniel John "Dan" Baird is an American singer-songwriter, musician and producer. He is best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist from the chart-topping 80s rock band The Georgia Satellites. Baird formed The Georgia Satellites in 1980 and left the band in 1990 to pursue a solo career.  He is often credited as a pioneer in Cowpunk and Alt-country music, which combines elements of Rock with Country, outlaw country and punk rock.  Baird tours and records with his band Homemade Sin, which features three ex-members of The Georgia Satellites, including bassist Keith Christopher and drummer Mauro Magellan. Homemade Sin also includes guitarist Warner E. Hodges, who tours and records with Jason & the Scorchers.  Baird also performs with The Yayhoos.

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Blind Melon – NO RAIN – (Blind Melon/Shannon Hoon) -  # 20, October, 1993.  "No Rain" is a song by American alternative rock group Blind Melon. It was released in September 1992 as the second single from the band's debut album Blind Melon. The song is well known for its accompanying music video, which features the "Bee Girl" character. The music video, directed by Samuel Bayer, received heavy airplay on MTV at the time of its release. It subsequently helped propel Blind Melon to a multi-platinum level.

Oasis – WONDERWALL - (Gallagher) -  # 8, March 1996.  "Wonderwall" is a song by English rock band Oasis, written by the band's guitarist and main songwriter Noel Gallagher. The song was produced by Owen Morris and Gallagher for their second album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?. According to Gallagher, "Wonderwall" describes "an imaginary friend who's gonna come and save you from yourself".  The song was released as the third single from the album in October 1995. "Wonderwall" reached the top ten on 13 charts, including topping charts in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. Plus number two in their native UK Singles Chart. The single was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry and certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.  The song's title was appropriated from Wonderwall, a 1968 film whose soundtrack (Wonderwall Music) was provided by George Harrison. It remains one of the band's most popular songs; on 9 June 2013, it was voted number one on Australian alternative music radio station Triple J's "20 Years of the Hottest 100".

Garbage – STUPID GIRL – (Garbage, Strummer, Jones) - #24, September, 1996.  "Stupid Girl" is a song recorded by alternative rock band Garbage for the band's self-titled debut studio album. The song was composed and produced by band members Duke Erikson, Shirley Manson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig. "Stupid Girl" features lyrics about female empowerment, and a musical arrangement centered around both a repetitive bassline and a drum sample from The Clash's 1980 hit "Train in Vain".

 

Meredith Brooks – BITCH – (Brooks/Peiken) - #2, July, 1997.  "Bitch", also known as "Nothing In Between", is a Grammy nominated song co-written and recorded by American artist Meredith Brooks. It was released in May 1997 as the lead single from her debut album Blurring the Edges.  The song was co-written by Brooks and Shelly Peiken.  Brooks has stated in interviews that "Bitch" was nearly omitted from the album, reportedly because the song's strong language could have kept it from becoming a radio hit.

 

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Sister Hazel – ALL FOR YOU  - (K Block and Sister Hazel)  #11, August, 1997.  "All for You" is a song by American alternative rock band Sister Hazel, originally appearing on their eponymous debut album. In 1997, the song was re-recorded for their second album ...Somewhere More Familiar. It became their hit song, peaking #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Marcy Playground – SEX AND CANDY – (Wozniak) - #8, April, 1998.  "Sex and Candy" is a song released by American alternative rock group Marcy Playground. It was released in November 1997 as the lead single from their self-titled debut album Marcy Playground. It was the band's breakthrough single.  The song was written by John Wozniak, produced by Jim Sabella & Kenny Gioia, and engineered by Kenny Gioia & Bill Seasack. Both the drums and bass were performed by Jared Kotler. Guitar and vocals were performed by Wozniak.

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Giant Drag – WICKED GAME – (Isaak) (Chris Isaak #6, March 1991). From their “Hearts and Unicorns” CD, 2006.

 

Chart positions shown are from the Billboard Top 40 Chart on the date indicated.  Information provided by "The Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders", by Wayne Jancik and Wikipedia.