59. “Whoomp! (There It Is!)” By Tag Team
Good or bad, opinions seem pretty mixed on where “Whoomp! (There It Is!)” actually falls. Fans of the time had their thoughts, and pretty much gave the song a huge thumbs-up. Tag Team’s lone hit peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993, an uncommon occurrence for a genre of music that was still trying to win respect from critics.
58. “Dazzey Duks” By Duice
Rap seldom strays from the objectification of women storyline. The 1993 Duice hit “Dazzey Duks,” (pronounced “Daisey Dukes”) is no exception. The song peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, far higher than Duice’s musical talents went.
57. ”Crazy” By Gnarls Barkley
Despite having a memorable stage presence, a unique sound, and a hellaciously good accompanying album, Gnarls Barkley would only score one major hit — 2006’s “Crazy.” It also introduced the mainstream musical world to the talents of Cee Lo Green.
56. “Ditty” By Paperboy
In 1993, Paperboy (aka Mitchell Charles Johnson) proved you don’t need a large body of work to prove you’ve got the rap goods. “Ditty,” at least the verse-work, is one of the finest examples of the genre. It’s a shame we didn’t see more from this talented guy.
55. “I Love You Period” By Dan Baird
You probably know Dan Baird from the Georgia Satellites (“She said don’t hand me no lines and keep your hands to yourself!”), even if you don’t remember his solo hit from 1993. “I Love You Period” tells the story of a young man and the physical attraction he feels for his English teacher.
54. “Rump Shaker” By Wreckx-N-Effect
Well, even if you don’t like the song, it’s pretty hard to hate the video to this 1992 ditty by Wreckx-N-Effect, who consisted of Markell Riley, Aqil Davidson, and the late Brandon Mitchell. “Rump Shaker” sold Platinum and also kickstarted the career of a young Pharrell Williams, who wrote one verse.
53. “Please Don’t Go” By K.W.S.
British pop band K.W.S. had their one-hit wonder in 1992 with a remake of K.C. and the Sunshine Band’s love song, “Please Don’t Go.” The K.W.S. version is a much livelier piece. Check the original out here on YouTube.
52. “Jump Around” By House Of Pain
Sung by House of Pain and produced by DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill, this 1992 hit helped bring rap into the mainstream, hitting No. 3 on US charts and No. 8 in the UK. Since then, it was named as one of VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s, and finished No. 66 on the music network’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.
51. “Achy Breaky Heart” By Billy Ray Cyrus
Congrats, Billy Ray Cyrus, you almost killed country music. I was in the fifth grade when this little number hit big and even then I was smart enough to know what a crap sandwich it was. The millions and millions of people who made it a hit? Not so much. Billy Ray didn’t do much to distinguish himself throughout the rest of his career, and he’s since been overshadowed by his attention-hungry daughter, who, we’ll admit, has more talent (not a compliment).
50. “Baby Got Back” By Sir Mix-A-Lot
Are you a butt, leg, or breast man? Sir Mix-A-Lot left no question of his preference when he scored with 1992’s “I like big butts and I cannot lie” (aka “Baby Got Back”). The song was the biggest hit in the US, Canada, and New Zealand.
51. “Life Is A Highway” By Tom Cochrane
Not sure I’ll ever forgive Disney for taking the 1992 song “Life Is A Highway,” and handing it over to that children’s band Rascal Flatts for the Cars soundtrack. If you’ve never heard the original, sang by Canadian singer-songwriter Tom Cochrane, then you’ll notice immediately that this bad boy has some bite to it. Great song that deserved much, much better.
49. “Power Windows” By Billy Falcon
Singer Billy Falcon has about the kind of hair you would expect from a rocker singing about a broke guy and the love of his life circa 1991. Flowing, and lots of body. His song peaked at No. 35, which is probably why you don’t remember it.
48. “Walking In Memphis” By Marc Cohn
Marc Cohn’s 1991 contribution, “Walking in Memphis,” was a soulful salute to that city’s musical history, and despite only reaching as high as No. 13 on the charts, it managed to earn Cohn the Grammy for Best New Artist. Didn’t do much for him beyond that, but still a great song!
47. “Epic” By Faith No More
We can’t think of a better name for Faith No More’s rock-out classic than the one the band saddled it with in 1990. That opening riff is still one of the most epic musical crunches we’ve ever heard, and it makes for one heck of a ringtone.
46. “I Wanna Be Rich” By Calloway
Another release from 1990, this happy anthem of greed was the only time you’d ever hear from the music duo Calloway. But despite the act’s short-lived success, we can totally relate to the sentiment behind their song. Unfortunately, the unlikelihood that you’ve heard of or remember this song tells us they probably didn’t get rich, at least not through their catalog of songs.
45. “Nothing Compares 2 U” By Sinead O’Connor
Sinead O’Connor has been in the news a lot during her 20+-year career — tearing up pics of the pope on TV, Twitter-fighting with Miley Cyrus — but seldom has it been for her actual music. Only one song — the 1990 smash, “Nothing Compares 2 U,” ever registered with the music buying public.
44. “Teach Me How To Dougie” By Cali Swag District
The Cali Swag District are one of few music groups that have their very own dancer. Well, they had their own dancer anyway until “M-Bone” Talbert died in a drive-by shooting in 2011. His moves live on in those of millions of drunken club-goers every Saturday night.
43. “Dog Days Are Over” By Florence + The Machine
If all you ever listen to is the radio, then you probably know Florence + The Machine from their 2010 hit “Dog Days Are Over,” which is still a groovy track. However, do yourself a favor and pick up an album. They deserve better than one-hit wonder status.
42. “Whip My Hair” By Willow
Ah, back when Will Smith could still buy success. Willow’s 2010 song “Whip My Hair” probably shouldn’t have ever made it to the big time, but with more than 99 million views on YouTube, it certainly did.
41. “Pumped Up Kicks” By Foster The People
Okay, so maybe we’re being a little hasty by putting Foster the People on this list, but it’s been three years, guys. What have you done for us lately? The 2011 song “Pumped Up Kicks” chronicles the homicidal thoughts of a troubled youth — unfortunately, it’s very timely material for this day and age.
40. “That’s Not My Name” By The Ting Tings
The Ting Tings could actually be considered two-hit wonders, and we’ve got a feeling that’s how they like it. The bigger hit was their 2009 song “That’s Not My Name,” which reached the top of the charts in the UK. In the US, they had quite a bit of success with “Shut Up And Let Me Go,” but not to the same extent.