If you know me well you know my all-time favorite music decade is the ’90’s. So on this National One Hit Wonders Day, I want to talk about ten songs from the ’90s and what show or movie they appeared on. Most of them appeared multiple times but I have chosen to feature the ones I liked. At the end of this post, you will find a Spotify Playlist with the songs mentioned. It is a good way to kick off your weekend.
Our first one-hit-wonder is Tubthumping by Chumbawamba. You might know it better as I Get Knocked Down but I Get Up Again. I am not a bar person but I believe this might be the ultimate bar song. I have a funny story about when I had my radio show on WRUU in Savannah. We had to be careful with the content in songs because we could not violate FCC rules or the standards of the UU church (the parent organization of the station.) This song uses the phrase “pissing the night away” several times. I emailed the station manager and asked if I could play a song with that phase in it. He says it depended if the term was used for urinating or as slang for wasting the night away. I believed it was the latter and I played the song on my show. This song was featured heavily on movies and TV shows but the one I wanted to feature today was the pilot episode of Dawson’s Creek back in January of 1998. I still find myself watching Dawson Creek episodes to this day. When I was a young adult (with more hair on my head) some people used to say I looked like Pacey, I also got Doogie Howser! I think I’d rather be Pacey.
Our second ’90’s One Hit Wonder is Semisonic with Closing Time another great bar song I would assume. The only ’90’s show I could find that featured this song was Melrose Place in May of 1999. I was not a fan of this show but it was a big hit back then.
Third, today is that too cool for school Vanilla Ice with Ice Ice Baby. I could not find a ’90’s show that featured it but it was on Life Unexpected in November of 2010. The show was canceled after the second season. I enjoyed it. It was a heartwarming show about a girl named Lux who had lived in foster homes for 15 years. She decides to get emancipated, which leads to her meeting her birth parents. She connected especially with her dad.
Forth is House Of Pain with Jump Around. This song was featured in the iconic 1993 film Mrs. Doubtfire. I have seen this film a number of times and it never gets old. The kids’ Dad played by the late Robin Williams was trying so hard to please them and his wife that he threw a big birthday party for his son. He bought in animals inside the house and Jump Around was being played loudly as the mom walked into the horror of what was in her living room. This led to the dad being kicked out of the house and estranged from the kids, which prompted him to become Mrs. Doubtfire in order to see his children.
Joan Osborne is fifth with One of Us featured on New Girl in Sep of 2011. This song had us imagine if God was one of us. The lyrics were extremely powerful for a pop song. To those of us of faith, we should be looking for God in “the stranger on the bus just trying to make his way home.”
Our sixth song is Blind Melon with No Rain. It was featured on the hit NBC drama This is Us in Feb of 2020. This is Us has a very unique storyline. A couple has triplets in 1980 but one of them dies. As the mom is still in the hospital rejoicing that she has two newborn babies while also morning the loss of the third baby someone abandons their baby. This couple through their grief adopts the abandoned baby and raises him as if he was the child they lost.
Our seventh and eighth songs both bands feature the name Verve. First is The Verve with Bitter Sweet Symphony. It was featured on the 1999 American teen romantic drama film Cruel Intentions starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair. This was one of those guilty pleasure movies. It was an adaptation of the 1782 novel Les Liaisons dangereuses.
The Verve Pipe is eight with The Freshmen. This song was a huge hit. I remember listening to it as a high schooler when I lived in the Charlotte area. It was featured on How I Met Your Mother in May of 2006. I enjoyed that show about NYC friends. How I Met Your Father will be coming to Hulu soon. It is the show’s third attempt at a spinoff. Hilary Duff will play the mother.
Crash Test Dummies is our ninth one-hit-wonder group of the ’90s. Their hit was Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm. Sounds like the beginning of a Campbell’s soup catchphrase. This crazy song was featured on Dumb and Dumber in 1994. Words cannot come close to describing the stupidity of this film. You will just have to watch it for yourself if you haven’t already.
Finally, our tenth song is a music genre I normally stay away from. It is the country song Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus. This was such a huge hit I felt I needed to include it. It was featured recently on Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.
Thanks for going back to the ’90s with me today on #OneHitWonderDay. If you have some other favorite 90’s One Hit Wonders not featured in this post please let me know in the comment section. Also, follow Screen Play Now at https://facebook.com/screenplaynow. We feature great entertainment content for you to enjoy.
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