Two-Hit Wonders: Because Every Radio Station Needs To Do A “Two For Tuesday” Or Be Seen As Letting Us Down
Once again a "hit" is defined as a song that landed into the Billboard Top 40, not the alterna-rock charts, not the country charts, not the radio playlists, the POP charts.
Granted, this is not the perfect measure of an artist's worth. Album-Oriented-Rock was just that and cared much less about singles and these days nearly every decent musician barely skims the charts if at all.
But pop hits are what everyone experiences, even against their will. They're the songs that pipe through the culture and cause future historians to skew their perceptions. Movie makers enjoy playing up the camp value of days bygone. And we innocent listeners wonder how some of these songs ever made it out of the garage or the corporate office while loving other songs unconditionally.
Let's enjoy ourselves here, as I handpick artists from across the spectrum to represent the musicians who have two songs everyone should know.
25) The Band -- "Up On Cripple Creek," "Don't Do It": Wow. Not "The Weight," you know that "Take a load off, Annie" song, which landed at #63, nor "The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down," which was a hit for Joan Baez and never a single for these four Canadians and Levon Helm. They fared a bit better in Canada, where the government forces its citizens to like its musicians.
24) Barenaked Ladies -- "One Week," "Pinch Me": I don't think I know either of these songs and nothing in my contract says I have to listen to the tunes I pick out. "One Week," though, did spend exactly one week at #1 in the U.S., but only made it to #3 in Canada, who preferred to send "It's All Been Done" to #1, while the U.S. was happy with #44. Canadians liked "Pinch Me" more than us, but I'd like to interview actual Canadians before I accept these chart positions.
23) Berlin -- "No More Words," "Take My Breath Away": Had "Take My Breathe Away" not been the "Love Theme" of the film Top Gun there is a chance very few people would ever remember these folks. I look at a picture of these guys and Terri Nunn in 1982 and am immediately reminded how much I personally could not relate to much of the 1980s. The fashions were so obviously gross that it would take a lobotomy to wear them. Nowadays, people write on Facebook, "OMG!!! I can't be-lieve YOU let me wear this! LOL!!!," but I assure you, you thought you were pretty cool when you did. No wonder so many of us listened to unlistenable hardcore bands.
Nothing made sense.