One-Hit Wonder Bracket: Putting the catchiest songs head-to-head (with playlist)

By | March 20, 2019

Indianapolis Star


Amazingly, “MMMBop” pop act Hanson have been making music together for 25 years. The three brothers will release a Greatest Hits album to celebrate the milestone. (June 7) AP

They are the songs pop into your head first thing in the morning and stay stuck there for the entire day.

They are the karaoke go-tos, the doctor’s office head nodders, and the perfect songs for a DJ to throw on in the middle of a set to inject life into a dull party.

They are the one-hit wonders. And while that term often carries a negative connotation, these catchy songs are among the most beloved and fiercely defended works of art around.

Who let the dogs out? Guide your favorite one-hit wonder band to victory with this tournament bracket.Buy Photo

Who let the dogs out? Guide your favorite one-hit wonder band to victory with this tournament bracket. (Photo: Stephen J. Beard/IndyStar)

But which one-hit wonder is truly the best? This IndyStar One-Hit Wonder Tournament Bracket puts these infectious earworms head-to-head to help you figure it out.

Fill it out and let us know which wonder reigns supreme using #1HWBracket. Click here for a printable version so you can start an all-day fight with your friends or coworkers.

And if some of the song titles don’t ring a bell, this Spotify playlist can help fill in the gaps. In many cases, you may not remember the title and artist, but you definitely remember the tune.

And now, here is the full list of songs included in the 2019 IndyStar One-Hit Wonder Tournament. Use it as your party playlist as you tune into that other March tournament throughout the week.

“OMG I remember that song!” Region

“Take On Me” – A-ha
“Who Let The Dogs Out” – Baha Men
“Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)” – Craig Mack
“Stacy’s Mom” – Fountains of Wayne
“Come on Eileen” – Dexys Midnight Runners
“Stay” – Lisa Loeb
“Return of the Mack” – Mark Morrison
“Mickey” – Toni Basil
“What’s Up” – 4 Non Blondes
“Torn” – Natalie Imbruglia
“Whoomp! (There It Is)” – Tag Team
“Macarena” – Los Del Rio
“Barbie Girl” – Aqua
“Closing Time” – Semisonic
“Ice Ice Baby” – Vanilla Ice
“This Is How We Do It” – Montell Jordan

“Wow, that one takes me back” Region

“Tubthumping” – Chumbawamba
“Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” – Crash Test Dummies
“Kung Fu Fighting” – Carl Douglas
“Because I Got High” – Afroman
“Mambo No. 5” – Lou Bega
“Nothing Compares 2 U” – Sinead O’Conner
“Spirit in the Sky” – Norman Greenbaum
“I Want Candy” – Bow Wow Wow
“My Sharona” – The Knack
“This is why I’m Hot” – Mims
“99 Luftballons” – Nena
“Bust a Move” – Young MC
“I’m Too Sexy” – Right Said Fred
“Achy Breaky Heart” – Billy Ray Cyrus
“Baby Got Back” – Sir Mix-A-Lot
“You Gotta Be” – Des’ree

“This song again?!” Region

“Humpty Dance” – Digital Underground
“Summer Girls” – LFO
“MMMBop” – Hanson
“Tainted Love” – Soft Cell
“Turning Japanese” – The Vapors
“Safety Dance” – Men Without Hats
“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” – The Proclaimers
“Unbelievable” – EMF
“In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” – Iron Butterfly
“Bittersweet Symphony” – The Verve
“Jump Around” – House of Pain
“What Is Love” – Haddaway“
“I’ll Be There For You” – The Rembrandts
“Tootsie Roll” – 69 Boyz
“Sex And Candy” – Marcy Playground
“One Headlight” – The Wallflowers

“Back in my day” Region

“Black Betty” – Ram Jam
“What Would You Do” – City High
“B****” – Meredith Brooks
“Steal My Sunshine” – Len
“I Wish” – Skee-Lo
“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” – Simple Minds
“I Got 5 On It” – Luniz
“Informer” – Snow
“Cupid Shuffle” – Cupid
“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” – Bobby McFerrin
“She’s So High” – Tal Bachman
“Beautiful Girls” – Sean Kingston
“I Believe in a Thing Called Love” – The Darkness
“You Get What You Give” – New Radicals
“Flagpole Sitta” – Harvey Danger
“Butterfly” – Crazy Town

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