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10 One Hit Wonders From 1998 That'll Make You Go "Oh Man, I Forgot About Them"
The late 90s were a decidedly weird time for music. While you had the massive advent of both rap and rap-rock, boy bands and teen pop princesses were also topping the charts, along with some really strange flash in the pan artists we never heard from again.
In the case of these 10 songs, we're pretty sure we haven't heard of these people again in the 20 years since 1998.
Chumbawamba - "Tub-Thumping"
This band was actually around for a LONG time before "Tub-Thumping" was absolutely everywhere, and had a pretty weird and fascinating history as some kinda weird punk rock collective. While they never hit the charts again, we still love this song to this day.
Jimmy Ray - "Are You Jimmy Ray?"
I think we all had to ask ourselves one question after hearing the title of this song: "Who the hell is Jimmy Ray?" This song and accompanying video had all the edge and danger of a 50s diner.
Jennifer Paige - "Crush"
Paige had a massive hit of a love song and seemed primed to be a teen pop sensation, but pretty soon the titans that were Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera would blow her out of the water. Too bad, 'cause it's a great song.
Semisonic - "Closing Time"
It's still played in bars the world over, despite the fact that it's actually about a birth and not about a bar closing down.
These jogging your memory yet? Wait 'til you see the rest...
Pras - "Ghetto Superstar (This Is What You Are)"
Pras from The Fugees broke free with this massive hit, bringing along his friends Mya and Ol' Dirty Bastard for the ride. The song holds up great today, but unfortunately it would end up being the man's only solo hit.
New Radicals - "You Get What You Give"
Back in the days where pop-punk talked s*** about other artists just as much as rap did, New Radicals delivered this catchy tune whose video takes place in the most 90s of malls. Good stuff.
Next - "Too Close"
Possibly one of the funniest songs ever written about dance floor erections, this song was a duet that really should have made both singers bigger than it did.
Alana Davis - "32 Flavors"
If your first successful hit as an artist is a cover song, it often doesn't indicate great things for your career. Case and point: Alana Davis's cover of the Ani DiFranco song was her only hit.
Marcy Playground - "Sex And Candy"
Probably one of the lyrically weirdest, most nonsensical songs to get big in the 90s (and trust me, that's saying something), we still have a soft spot in our hearts for this one.
The Verve - "Bitter Sweet Symphony"
If I never hear those opening strings again it'll be too soon.