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How Many Of These 90s One Hit Wonders Can You Name?

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While some of these artists did have other songs or albums, they were not able to match the success of the song that we included, at least in the US. Scroll down to check your answers and listen to the full songs.

How many did you get? Check below to see how many you got right!

1) I'll Be There For You - The Rembrandts

Much better known as "The Friends Theme Song," this might just be one of the definitive songs of the 90s, entirely thanks to the lasting popularity of the show that made it famous. The Rembrandts actually had a Top 20-song in 1991, 4 years before Friends exploded onto the scene, but the fact that you didn't know that really says it all.

2) Groove is in the Heart - Deee-Lite

One quirk of the 90s was the resurgence of everything 60s and 70s (sort of like how the 80s and 90s are now making a comeback, hmm) and if there is one song that represents just how much the 90s loved the funk of the past, it's "Groove is in the Heart." The music video for it is also completely bonkers, which is always an added bonus.

3) Stay (I Missed You) - Lisa Loeb

If you were an angsty teen girl in the 90s, this was probably your theme song. Released as the lead single for the Reality Bites soundtrack, "Stay" launched Lisa Loeb to the top of the charts, making her the first unsigned artist to do so.

4) Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinéad O'Connor

It shouldn't come as a surprise that a song written by Prince would be a major hit, especially since Sinéad O'Connor's arrangement of it perfectly channels the angst of lost love that the original (performed by The Family) seemed to miss. While she's more famous now for her...eccentric behavior, feuds, and controversies, this song is definitely one of the definitive hits of the 90s.

5) Just a Friend - Biz Markie

While this one was technically released in 1989, it didn't really get popular until 1990, so we'll count it as a 90s song. "

6) Breakfast at Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something

"Breakfast at Tiffany's" is the perfect example of a song that you recognize immediately, and can probably name, but have no idea who sang it.

7) What's Up - 4 Non Blondes

Linda Perry is the badass lady behind many of the biggest pop songs of the 2000s (Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful," anyone?) but before she found success as a writer and producer, she was the lead singer of an mostly-female rock band called 4 Non Blondes. While "What's Up" was actually the second single off their debut album, it was the only one that had any sort of success. This is a song that is so very 90s, it's probably for the best that it stays there.

8) Flagpole Sitta - Harvey Danger

Harvey Danger, like so many alt-rock bands of the 90s, came out of the Seattle indie music scene. That makes it a little fitting that their biggest (and only) hit was a song they wrote capturing the rage and frustration they felt at the commodification of the underground music scene they loved. It's a song that sounds all upbeat and catchy, until you actually start to listen to the lyrics. It also became the most popular song from the movie American Pie, despite not appearing on the official soundtrack. Sadly, Harvey Danger's co-founder and bassist, Aaron Huffman, passed away in 2016.

9) What is Love - Haddaway

In the realm of One Hit Wonders, there are some that, when you hear them again years later, you can't help but wonder how they ever found success in the first place. "What is Love" is not one of those songs. It's nearly impossible to say whether it became popular because of Night at the Roxbury, or if Night at the Roxbury became popular because of it, but either way, "What is Love" is the 90s gift that keeps on giving.

10) Here Comes The Hotstepper - Ini Kamoze

It's not hard to see why this song became popular, seeing as it's just so damn catchy. Unfortunately for Ini Kamoze, out of the 7 singles he released between 1981 and 1995, it would be the only one to have any sort of popularity.

11) Jump - Kris Kross

These two almost-teens were responsible for not only one of the catchiest songs of the early 90s, but also the completely bizarre fad of wearing all of your clothes backwards, which was both impractical and not very comfortable. "Jump" was the fastest selling single in 15 years, which is pretty incredible when you consider that Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith and Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly were only 12 and 13 years old at the time. While they would release two more albums, and several more singles, none of them would have the same success as their debut. Sadly, Chris Kelly died of an overdose in 2013 at the age of just 34.

12) Steal My Sunshine - Len

There's something about this song that just screams summer, and it's impossible to listen to it and NOT feel some mad 90s nostalgia.

13) My Own Worst Enemy - Lit

As if it's not hard enough being considered a One Hit Wonder, but imagine having people think that your one famous song was actually by someone else? Such is the reality for pop-punk band Lit, whose song "My Own Worst Enemy" is not only often mis-titled "Please Tell Me Why" but is also often attributed to the considerably more famous and well-known Blink 182. At least they will always have this incredible music video.

14) Macarena - Los Del Rio

It is literally impossible to do a list of 90s one hit wonders and NOT include this song. If you were alive in the 90s, guaranteed you lose your damn mind and still do the full dance every time you hear this song.

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