Episode 96: One Hit

Thanks to Jacob Heiteen for joining us this week! You can listen to the episode above, or download it right here.

Topic:

  • One-Hit Wonders
  • What exactly makes something a “one-hit wonder”? What qualifies as a “hit”?
  • Where do one-hit wonders come from? Why do they become so popular?
  • Can a song be a one-hit wonder if produced by a highly popular/influential band?
  • Do record sales/airplay work as a way to judge if a song is or isn’t a one-hit wonder, or even just a “hit”?
  • What makes a song a “hit” in the first place?
  • Do they still exist in the internet age? Does a YouTube play count tell you as much as sales used to?
  • Why do people love the concept of the “one-hit wonder” so much?

Songs:

  • John Williams – “Jurassic Park Theme”
  • Len – “Steal My Sunshine”
  • Swans – “Song For a Warrior”
  • Castanets – “Tell Them Memphis”

Bands:

  • Slint
  • Tropical Trash
  • Laura Jane Grace / Against Me!
  • Trent Reznor / Nine Inch Nails
  • Chris Cornell / Kim Thayil / Soundgarden
  • Wesley Eisold / Cold Cave
  • Broncho
  • Joyce Manor
  • Jesse Lacey / Brand New
  • Thom Yorke / Radiohead
  • Aphex Twin
  • Kate Bush
  • Len
  • The New Radicals
  • Semisonic
  • Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Gotye
  • Devo
  • The Impalas
  • Carl Perkins
  • Elvis Presley
  • Daft Punk
  • Gnarls Barkley
  • Foster the People
  • Deee Lite
  • Fastball
  • Eve 6
  • Everclear
  • Crash Test Dummies
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Frank Ocean
  • Nirvana
  • The Postal Service
  • The White Stripes
  • Europe
  • Rico Suave
  • Lou Bega
  • Commander Cody
  • The Randells
  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  • Portland Cello Project
  • Rick Astley
  • The Floaters
  • Modest Mouse
  • Damon Albarn / Blur
  • Gorillaz
  • De La Soul
  • MF Doom
  • A-Ha
  • Eiffel 65
  • Marcy Playground
  • Savage Garden
  • Bow Wow Wow
  • Aaron Carter
  • Psy
  • Nena
  • Los Lobos
  • The Walker Brothers
  • Scott Walker
  • Harry Styles / One Direction
  • Merzbow
  • 5 Seconds of Summer
  • New Kids on the Block
  • Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch
  • Backstreet Boys
  • N Sync
  • Spice Girls
  • Michael Gira / Swans
  • Karen O
  • Carla Bozulich
  • Salif Keita
  • Robot Boy
  • Rod
  • The Castanets
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