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Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by Ironheade, Nov 12, 2018.

  1. LET'S DO THE TIME WARP AGAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIIN!

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    What's happening, ladies and gentlemen, it's ya boy Ironheade, and oh man, wasn't that 90's Billboard #1's rate just a barrel of laughs? Seriously, I cannot thank everybody who voted in that enough for the sheer infectious fun that was in the atmosphere for that one, sharing their love for the songs all the way through, shading the crap out of the worse entries, and with all sorts of hilarious commentary that made it a joy to read. Thanks again to you guys, special thanks to my lovely guest hosts who picked up the slack as the second half wore on, amazing stuff. And I'm hoping to see some of you again for this one...

    But what is this? Glad you asked! At one point during the conversation in the first half (1990-1994), the lovely @iheartpoptarts mentioned the idea of a rate for 90's one-hit wonders in passing. And I thought... well, after that rate is done, why not? You guys might not know this, but the idea of the one-hit wonder has always been something of a fascination for me - just the fact of someone being in the spotlight for such a brief moment in time draws my attention. I'm not quite sure what it is, but I've always been interested in what these artists did before and after their brief moment in the spotlight, and why they couldn't sustain it. You dig deep, you usually find something interesting there. Not to mention, this decade was one of the most fertile breeding grounds for one-hit wonders in musical history, and iconic ones in a lot of different styles at that, or at least so it's always seemed to me. All the ingredients are well in place for a fun trip down memory lane, in other words! But my hope is that for you guys, this rate will not just be fun, but educational: I'll be doing deep dives into the history of these one-hit wonders, doing li'l overviews of their previous and further careers, and finding out what they're up to these days. Strap in, because for some of them, you're in for a pretty wild ride.

    So, what songs made the cut for the list and what didn't? Because the thing is, the term "one-hit wonder" is one with a somewhat fuzzy definition, and there aren't really any hard-and-fast rules as to what counts and what doesn't. Even if you look at which ones were the biggest chart hits, it doesn't help you out much: after all, there's songs that topped the charts and are forgotten, and others that are considered classics but peaked much lower down. So I think I had better explain my criteria. My definition of "one-hit wonder", for this rate's purposes, is any artist who had one single in the Top 40 of the Hot 100 or Radio Songs chart and no more; furthermore, the song must have been released either on album or as a single between 1 January 1990 and 31 December 1999, or peaked on the chart within those dates. (Some of these entries did not make the Top 40, but were included on the basis of iconic status or being well-known from other media.) Keep in mind, also, that for simplicity's sake, this is purely a rate of American one-hit wonders, so any of these artists having hits in other countries, or being foreign artists who were big in their own country but only crossed over to the States once, would not count against their case for inclusion. And yes, some of them are critically-acclaimed or cult-favourite artists otherwise, but if they only had one pop crossover hit, I'd still let them in (with the exception of some whose other material is just too well-known despite a lack of singles chart success). At the suggestion of @berserkboi elsewhere, I also left out anything that was in my 90's #1's rate, for the simple reason that anything I have to say about any of those songs was already said there.

    Whittling down the list was a heck of a challenge, not gonna lie (thanks to @DJHazey for help with the editing!), but I eventually got it down to 70. That's a pretty good number, I think: enough to hit all the big ones that would have you guys going "Where the hell is _____?!" if they were absent, and leave room for some lesser hits that are nevertheless personal favourites, and ensure a good spread in terms of genre diversity. Obviously, I could never have included every single one-hit wonder of this decade, seeing as that would have produced a list of about 200 songs, so... yeah, some songs just got unlucky. Feel free to have a good old chat about any faves that didn't get in!

    That's the fun part out of the way. Time for the obligatory edition of

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    Usual PJ rate rules apply. So, for those not familiar...

    1) Listen to all of the songs listed in the post below, and give them each a score between 0 and 10. Decimals are OK, but should be limited to .1s and .25s (.1, .2, .25, .3, etc.)
    2) You each have access to a single 11 to bestow upon your absolute fave. Use it wisely! (PS. No decimals between 10 and 11 allowed.)
    3) Once you're done with your rating, PM your scores in to myself, with the songs in the order listed in the post below.
    4) Commentary and/or shade, as ever, is greatly encouraged. The more the merrier, of course.
    5) Rate whichever version you want of any of these songs. Album versions, single versions, video mixes - whichever you like!
    6) No troll ballots please. We're all here to have a good time, a'ight?

    Well, that should just about cover everything.

    You now have until
    SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER
    to get your votes in.

    Enjoy!​
     
  2. SONG LIST
    (in chronological order, roughly)


    SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
    (Note: "Flagpole Sitta" is not on Spotify.)

    If any of these links don't work for you, let me know and I'll add an alternate link.

    Just a Friend - Biz Markie
    Epic - Faith No More
    Groove Is In the Heart - Deee-Lite
    Wicked Game - Chris Isaak (ALTERNATE LINK)
    I Touch Myself - Divinyls
    Silent Lucidity - Queensryche
    Walking in Memphis - Marc Cohn
    There She Goes - The La's
    The One and Only - Chesney Hawkes
    Life is a Highway - Tom Cochrane

    Jump Around - House of Pain
    Would I Lie to You? - Charles and Eddie
    Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) - Digable Planets
    Sleeping Satellite - Tasmin Archer
    Show Me Love - Robin S
    Whoomp! (There It Is) - Tag Team
    What's Up? - 4 Non Blondes
    Slam - Onyx
    I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
    No Rain - Blind Melon

    What is Love? - Haddaway
    Cannonball - The Breeders
    Cantaloop - Us3
    Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm - Crash Test Dummies
    Fade Into You - Mazzy Star
    You Gotta Be - Des'ree
    Freak Like Me - Adina Howard
    Cotton Eye Joe - Rednex
    I Wish - Skee-Lo
    I Got 5 On It - Luniz

    A Girl Like You - Edwyn Collins
    Possum Kingdom - Toadies
    One of Us - Joan Osborne
    Breakfast at Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something
    In the Meantime - Spacehog
    Flood - Jars of Clay
    Pepper - Butthole Surfers
    Counting Blue Cars - Dishwalla
    Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand - Primitive Radio Gods
    My Boo - Ghost Town DJs

    Ready to Go - Republica
    Mouth - Merril Bainbridge
    Lovefool - The Cardigans
    Let Me Clear My Throat - DJ Kool
    Your Woman - White Town
    Barely Breathing - Duncan Sheik
    The Freshmen - The Verve Pipe
    Return of the Mack - Mark Morrison
    Bitch - Meredith Brooks
    How Bizarre - OMC

    All for You - Sister Hazel
    The Impression That I Get - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
    Criminal - Fiona Apple
    Brick - Ben Folds Five
    Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve
    Sex and Candy - Marcy Playground
    Closing Time - Semisonic
    Flagpole Sitta - Harvey Danger
    Crush - Jennifer Paige
    Save Tonight - Eagle-Eye Cherry

    You Get What You Give - New Radicals
    Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) - Baz Luhrmann
    What It's Like - Everlast
    My Own Worst Enemy - Lit
    Better Days (And the Bottom Drops Out) - Citizen King
    She's So High - Tal Bachman
    Steal My Sunshine - Len
    Blue (Da Ba Dee) - Eiffel 65
    The Bad Touch - Bloodhound Gang
    I Try - Macy Gray

    Just a Friend - Biz Markie
    Epic - Faith No More
    Groove Is In the Heart - Deee-Lite
    Wicked Game - Chris Isaak
    I Touch Myself - Divinyls
    Silent Lucidity - Queensryche
    Walking in Memphis - Marc Cohn
    There She Goes - The La's
    The One and Only - Chesney Hawkes
    Life is a Highway - Tom Cochrane

    Jump Around - House of Pain
    Would I Lie to You? - Charles and Eddie
    Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) - Digable Planets
    Sleeping Satellite - Tasmin Archer
    Show Me Love - Robin S
    Whoomp! (There It Is) - Tag Team
    What's Up? - 4 Non Blondes
    Slam - Onyx
    I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
    No Rain - Blind Melon

    What is Love? - Haddaway
    Cannonball - The Breeders
    Cantaloop - Us3
    Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm - Crash Test Dummies
    Fade Into You - Mazzy Star
    You Gotta Be - Des'ree
    Freak Like Me - Adina Howard
    Cotton Eye Joe - Rednex
    I Wish - Skee-Lo
    I Got 5 On It - Luniz

    A Girl Like You - Edwyn Collins
    Possum Kingdom - Toadies
    One of Us - Joan Osborne
    Breakfast at Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something
    In the Meantime - Spacehog
    Flood - Jars of Clay
    Pepper - Butthole Surfers
    Counting Blue Cars - Dishwalla
    Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand - Primitive Radio Gods
    My Boo - Ghost Town DJs

    Ready to Go - Republica
    Mouth - Merril Bainbridge
    Lovefool - The Cardigans
    Let Me Clear My Throat - DJ Kool
    Your Woman - White Town
    Barely Breathing - Duncan Sheik
    The Freshmen - The Verve Pipe
    Return of the Mack - Mark Morrison
    Bitch - Meredith Brooks
    How Bizarre - OMC

    All for You - Sister Hazel
    The Impression That I Get - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
    Criminal - Fiona Apple
    Brick - Ben Folds Five
    Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve
    Sex and Candy - Marcy Playground
    Closing Time - Semisonic
    Flagpole Sitta - Harvey Danger
    Crush - Jennifer Paige
    Save Tonight - Eagle-Eye Cherry

    You Get What You Give - New Radicals
    Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) - Baz Luhrmann
    What It's Like - Everlast
    My Own Worst Enemy - Lit
    Better Days (And the Bottom Drops Out) - Citizen King
    She's So High - Tal Bachman
    Steal My Sunshine - Len
    Blue (Da Ba Dee) - Eiffel 65
    The Bad Touch - Bloodhound Gang
    I Try - Macy Gray
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2018
  3. THE GRAND UNIFIED LIST OF ELIMINATIONS

    70. Cotton Eye Joe - 3.866
    69. Slam - 4.166
    68. Possum Kingdom - 4.242
    67. Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) - 4.489
    66. Just a Friend - 4.568
    65. The Freshmen - 4.670
    64. Whoomp! (There It Is) - 4.955
    63. Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm - 5.092
    62. Barely Breathing - 5.113
    61. Let Me Clear My Throat - 5.126

    60. All for You - 5.142
    59. Better Days (And the Bottom Drops Out) - 5.161
    58. Silent Lucidity - 5.191
    57. Sex and Candy - 5.236
    56. Flood - 5.266
    55. Life is a Highway - 5.355
    54. Pepper - 5.397
    53. I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - 5.405
    52. The One and Only - 5.537
    51. In the Meantime - 5.575

    50. The Impression That I Get - 5.705
    49. Counting Blue Cars - 5.729
    48. Epic - 5.755
    47. No Rain - 5.788
    46. Flagpole Sitta - 5.961
    45. My Own Worst Enemy - 5.974
    44. Brick - 5.997
    43. Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand - 6.000
    42. Walking in Memphis - 6.082
    41. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) - 6.095

    40. What It's Like - 6.229
    39. She's So High - 6.271
    38. I Got 5 On It - 6.326
    37. The Bad Touch - 6.336
    36. Cannonball - 6.342
    35. My Boo - 6.489
    34. I Wish - 6.503
    33. Breakfast at Tiffany's - 6.520
    32. Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) - 6.571
    31. Mouth - 6.587

    30. Jump Around - 6.621
    29. Closing Time - 6.625
    28. Would I Lie to You? - 6.725
    27. One of Us - 6.737
    26. Blue (Da Ba Dee) - 6.763
    25. What's Up? - 7.011
    24. How Bizarre - 7.054
    23. Save Tonight - 7.172
    22. There She Goes - 7.251
    21. Return of the Mack - 7.322

    20. Freak Like Me - 7.580
    19. A Girl Like You - 7.664
    18. Fade Into You - 7.758
    17. I Touch Myself - 7.864
     
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2019 at 1:41 AM
    soratami, əʊæ, DJHazey and 3 others like this.
  4. 100% IN

    Spotting a few 10s and my possible 11 already
     
  5. I was obsessed with the last rate you did @Ironheade so of course I'm down.
     
  6. Go go Power Rangers!

    I'll be here, of course. This is amazing.
     
    saviodxl, DJHazey, berserkboi and 2 others like this.
  7. I totally want to do this rate!

    My concern is having a complete emotional breakdown trying to choose my 11.
     
  8. I'm juggling like 3 rates already, but I don't care. I am contractually obliged to do this one.

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  9. I know they won't finish last, but can we at least have the proclaimers in the bottom ten?
     
    Aester, berserkboi and WowWowWowWow like this.
  10. The only acceptable winner is, of course, Chesney Hawkes.
     
  11. 2014

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    There's a lot I really don't know but I have to take part!
     
  12. Oh my god this is going to be cruel!

    Really? Thinking about giving my 11 to them! I still love this song and this album!


    Really? When I try and You Get What You Give are on the list?


    @Ironheade you will need to count my 11 and my 10s at least 5 times. I‘m a minority here — a taste minority!
     
    berserkboi and Ironheade like this.
  13. This is one of the most saturated song lists, as far as number of 10s, in rate history. I will have to find a way to limit myself.

    I grew up with this music. I plan to download all the songs I have forgotten about from my youth and inject my library with some amazing nostalgia.
     
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    (boy, some of those classics will be getting a hard time from me)
     
  15. Tell me what your limit is and I'll let you use the ones that I don't.
     
    Riiiiiiiii, berserkboi and Ironheade like this.
  16. Just give everything that deserves a 10 their 10, even if it's half your ballot - otherwise you'll regret not doing if it gets tanked by everyone else! :)
     
    DJHazey likes this.
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