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One-Hit Wonders of the 90s: 1996

In the 90s, there were so many One-Hit Wonders that happened. Some bands just made those nostalgic hits that we remember, but we heard nothing else from them that was popular. We are going to look back on some of the most popular One-Hit Wonders from the year 1996. Now, to clarify, One-Hit Wonders does not mean it is the only song or album they made. It just means that this song is their only notable/popular song. It was the only song that charted for them.

Barely Breathing by Duncan Sheik:

Barely Breathing is the adult contemporary single from Duncan Sheik’s self-titled album. It was the only hit for Sheik. The song would chart for 55 weeks, peaking at number 16 in the United States. In Canada, the song would peak at number 12. It was ranked as one of the best songs of the 90s at number 88. The song was used in an episode of Glee in 2012 titled, “The Break Up”.

Sheik had better luck as a composer. He wrote music for the musical Spring Awakening. Sheik would compose other productions with less success. He is still a composer currently.

Let Me Clear My Throat by DJ Kool:

Let Me Clear My Throat is the single from the homonymous album by DJ Kool. The song itself is a sample of two songs, Hollywood Swinging, by Kool and the Gang, and The 900 Song by The 45 King. The song charted the best in the Netherlands at number 7. In the United States; it charted at number 30 on the Billboard Top 100. 

The song is at a couple of sporting events currently, as a hype-up song. After that album, DJ Kool stopped producing music. Little can be found about his whereabouts today.

I Love You Always Forever by Donna Lewis:

I Love You Always Forever was the debut single from the 1996 album by Donna Lewis. The song reached number 1 on the charts in three countries. It reached the top 10 in 14 countries. The song was a commercial hit. The public loved this song! 

The song was covered popularly by Betty Who in 2016. This version also reached number 1 on US Dance Charts and in Australia. The song was also used in the movie Moulin Rouge. The song was also covered by many other artists. 

Final Thoughts:

Does it hold up?


These songs are great. They are all amazing in their own way. I really enjoy the variety of these songs, and that they were songs we can remember from years to come. A great One Hit Wonder is a song that can span time, and these songs have done so.

Nostalgia Rating?


These songs are so nostalgic! You can still hear them on Spotify or on the radio now. I can always remember when I first heard these songs though! They are a can’t miss.

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