I was going to call this “90s One-Hit Wonders That Rock: The Ultimate 12-Inch Poll.” But then I remembered the definition of “ultimate.”
Ultimate: being or happening at the end of a process; final. I’ve been doing this long enough to know that won’t be the case. In fact, the last time I put together a 12-Inch Poll of 90s one-hit wonders, so many of you reached out with songs I’d left off that I had to put together a second 12-Inch Poll. The same thing happened a second time, so of course I made a third 12-Inch Poll.
That was awhile ago. So I think it’s time for a revisit. But first, some ground rules. As I’ve written before, the whole “one-hit wonder” thing is relative. Take Eve 6, for example. “Inside Out” was their big hit, but if you listened to Boston radio in the ’90s, it wasn’t their only hit: a bunch of their songs made it on the air. The same can be said about a band like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
So for the sake of this Poll, I’m defining all the songs as such. With this disclaimer: …that rock. The ’90s were a fertile time for popular music from the far reaches of the musicdom. Hip-hop, pop, and other genres certainly had their share of one-hitters. But this Poll will focus solely on songs that fall loosely under the “alternative rock” label. My apologies to Natalie Imbruglia and her fans.
90s One-Hit Wonders That Rock: Which One’s Your Favorite?
Will I inevitably miss a few? Of course. Will you let me hear about it? Of course. You can do that on the ROCK 92.9 Facebook or Twitter. Now start scrolling. There’s a LOT of great music to remember. Just remember to vote for your favorite on the poll at the very end.