The Biggest British One Hit Wonders

June 13, 2014

One hit wonders were always an intriguing phenomena, and while we did get used to American one hit wonders (considering it is the biggest musical playground ever), we get excited about non-American one-hitters.

Although Britain is part of the foundation of popular music, the notion of them having musicians that are known for only one song is kinda weird. Maybe because they’re so posh, we don’t know.

The Proclaimers – “I’m gonna be (500 miles)”


The Scottish identical twin duo’s song became a Billboard hit six years after its release in 1993. The song is a catchy pop sing-a-long and is re-popularized every few years by some TV show or something (How I Met Your Mother, as an example.) One thing is certain – you either love or hate Charlie and Craig Reid’s song.

Right Said Fred – “I’m too sexy”


What is it with brethren and their one hit wonder bands? The genius lyrics from this song are forever going to be stuck in our heads, and the worst part is – we don’t mind. There isn’t a person who doesn’t know of this song, which was at the #1 spot on Billboard in 1992. Richard and Fred Fairbrass are still actively in the music business and have 8 records under their (too) sexy belts. Who knew?

Everything But The Girl – “Missing”


This nearly perfect ‘90s pop song was a tremendous hit, and no wonder (no pun intended). It has great vocal performance, great musical hook and a great chorus, but the thing that set the song on fire was a remix of it in the mid-’90s. The band released 11 albums altogether.

Chumbawamba – “Tubthumping”


This band that likes to stick it to the man was one of the many surprises on Billboard, and since then has stayed on numerous charts – but not in a good way. It’s one of the most annoying songs of all time, according to the Rolling Stone magazine. This ‘90s hit song is silly, with a catchy chorus, and you either loathe it or you can barely stand it, but you’re still gonna sing along.