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    The "Greatest One Hit Wonder" Tournament

    Much like the "Most Iconic Song of the 1980s," let's do a tourney of the greatest one hit wonders of the rock era. I'll use the same (or similar) tourney sites to run it (to be discussed further). I'll list a bunch of one hit wonders, and we can add more based on other postings. My qualifications for being a "One Hit Wonder" is:

    - artist must not have had another song enter the US Top 20 (not Top 40)
    - artist must not have been in a successful group but only had one big hit as a solo artist (i.e. Lindsay Buckingham)
    - artist must not have been known for not releasing singles (i.e. Grateful Dead)
    - artist may have had international hits, but should not be a worldwide superstar with only one big US hit (i.e. Selena, Julio Iglesias)
    - artist may be a supergroup with one big US hit (i.e. Bad English)
    - artist must not have had one big crossover hit but is a star in another genre (i.e. The Bellamy Brothers, Arrested Development, Billy Ray Cyrus, Blink 182)

    The top 64 will face off NCAA tourney style.

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    Ace - How Long (1975)
    Alive N Kickin' - Tighter, Tighter (1970)
    The Alarm - Sold Me Down the River (1989)
    Alicia Bridges - I Love the Nightlife (Disco Round) (1978)
    The American Breed - Bend Me, Shape Me (1967)
    ? and the Mysterians - 96 Tears (1966)
    Andrea True Connection - More, More, More (1976)
    Animotion - Obsession (1984)
    The Archies - Sugar, Sugar (1969)
    Autograph - Turn Up the Radio (1984)
    BW Stevenson - My Maria (1973)
    Big Country - In a Big Country (1985)
    Billy Vera & the Beaters - At this Moment (1987)
    Blind Melon - No Rain (1992)

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    One hit wonders of the rock era. Does that mean it has to be a rock hit or can it be pop/bubblegum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg View Post
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    One hit wonders of the rock era. Does that mean it has to be a rock hit or can it be pop/bubblegum?
    Well by your list I can see you have answered my question.

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    Blue Swede - Hooked on a Feeling (1974)
    Blues Image - Ride Captain Ride (1970)
    Blur - Song 2 (1997)
    Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods - Billy, Don't be a Hero (1974)
    Bob & Doug McKenzie - Take Off (1981)
    Bobby "Boris" Pickett - Monster Mash (1962)
    Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry, Be Happy (1988)
    BoDeans - Closer to Free (1996)
    Bonnie Pointer - Heaven Must Have Sent You (1979)
    Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy (1982)
    Bowling for Soup - 1985 (2004)
    Brewer & Shipley - One Toke Over the Line (1970)
    Brownsville Station - Smokin' in the Boys Room (1973)
    Bruce Willis - Respect Yourself (1987)
    Buckner & Garcia - Pac Man Fever (1982)
    The Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star (1979)
    CW McCall - Convoy (1975)
    Carl Carlton - Everlasting Love (1974)
    Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting (1974)
    The Chambers Brothers - Time Has Come Today (1968)
    Chris Rea - Fool if You Think It's Over (1978)
    Chumbawumba - Tubthumping (1997)
    The Communards - Don't Leave Me This Way (1986)
    Crispian St. Peters - The Pied Piper (1966)
    The Cuff Links - Tracy (1969)
    The Cyrkle - Red Rubber Ball (1965)

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    Damn Yankees - High Enough (1990)
    David Essex - Rock On (1973)
    David Naughton - Makin It (1979)
    Dee Lite - Groove is in the Heart (1990)
    Devo - Whip It (1980)
    Dexys Midnight Runners - Come on Eileen (1982)
    Divinyls - I Touch Myself (1992)
    Dobie Gray - Drift Away (1973)
    Donnie Iris - Ah! Leah! (1980)
    Dr. John - Right Place, Wrong Time (1973)
    Dream Academy - Life in a Northern Town (1985)
    Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight (1997)
    Edison Lighthouse - Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) (1971)
    EMF - Unbelievable (1991)
    Erasure - Chains of Love (1988)
    Escape Club - Wild Wild West (1988)
    Europe - The Final Countdown (1986)
    Evanescence - Bring Me to Life (2003)
    Eve 6 - Inside Out (1998)
    Exile - Kiss You All Over (1978)
    Faith No More - Epic (1990)
    Fastball - Out of My Head (1998)
    Fatboy Slim - Rockafeller Skank (1998)
    The Firm - Radioactive (1985)
    Five Man Electrical Band - Signs (1970)
    Five Stairsteps - O-o-h Child (1970)
    Foster the People -Pumped Up Kicks (2011)
    Fountains of Wayne - Stacy's Mom (2003)
    Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Relax (1984)
    Gallery - Nice to Be With You (1972)
    Gary Glitter - Rock & Roll Pt 2 (1972)
    Gary Numan - Cars (1979)
    George McCrae - Rock Your Baby (1974)

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    So are we picking our top 64 after you finish posting the list (alphabetically)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg View Post
    So are we picking our top 64 after you finish posting the list (alphabetically)?
    Anyone can add some I haven't listed. I'm just going through my iTunes list and finding some that fit the bill. But after we've exhausted that, yeah, we'll choose 64 to face off.

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