Nov. 22, 2021

The One Hit Thunder

The One Hit Thunder

More often than not, what a person contributes to the music industry goes hand in hand with what we think an artist or band is worth to the music industry. Typically an artist's contributions are dependent on their longevity in the music industry, but...


More often than not, what a person contributes to the music industry goes hand in hand with what we think an artist or band is worth to the music industry. Typically an artist's contributions are dependent on their longevity in the music industry, but that is not always the case.

Throughout music history, songs come and songs go—along with the artists who sing them. The huge "hits" that stick around seem to live in the musical air supply infinitely, and the artists responsible for these one-off anomalies have been referred to as "One Hit Wonders". Though I hardly believe the name was conceived out of negativity, the negative connotations that have been associated with this clever little reference are undeniable.

On the other hand, there are many, many "One Hit Wonders" that have become an integral part of music history, and the culture that surrounds it. Hell, there are a ton of one-off hits that you would be considered more recognizable than some big artist's entire catalog that's been around for years and years. Everyone knows "Baby Got Back", but most don't remember "We'll Be Together" by Sting. It's for reasons like this that the three of us pretty much agree that the term "One Hit Wonder" shouldn't be used as something derogatory, but as something that is more of a necessity that we all can appreciate whether we realize it or not.

Fast forward to now, and it seems like there are more "One Hit Wonders" than ever before, and a major reason for this is the rise of social media, and things like TikTok, which almost encourage and support "One Hit Wonders" by pushing them to the forefront of our lives, and just as quickly as they appear, they are never to be heard from again, and that is okay.
So join us as we take a plunge into the internet abyss to find artists and songs that you probably forgot about long ago, but know exactly what song we're talking about when mentioned. It's season 4, episode 21 of your favorite neighborhood watch block captain's favorite music podcast. LET'S GO!!!

Keep up with all of the music we talk about in each episode by listening to the Infectious Groove Podcast Companion Songs playlist, exclusively on Spotify.

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