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The 10 best Canadian one-hit wonders of the '90s
By
Editorial Staff

Published

February 26, 2015

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Labelling someone a one-hit wonder can feel a bit harsh. Do we really think Carly Rae Jepsen will successfully navigate a return to the charts this year? Or will she be forever known for writing the song of the summer for 2012? It might be too soon to really tell.

Not so with artists from the '90s, though: enough time has passed that we can safely assume that, barring some major cultural shift, we won't see them on the Billboard Hot 100 again (although we do love a good comeback). With that in mind, we've ranked the 10 biggest Canadian one-hit wonders from the '90s in the list below.

10. 'One Track Mind' by TBTBT

Too Bad to Be True, or TBTBT, won a Juno Award for rap recording of the year for this, and it was off the only album they ever released.


9. 'I Rhyme the World in 80 days' by Kish

Andrew Kishino works as a successful voice actor today, but in the '90s he was a one-hit wonder with this novel pop-rap dance number.


8. 'Don't Wanna Fall in Love' by Jane Child

This single went to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and was turned away from the number one spot by none other than Sinéad O'Connor with her signature hit "Nothing Compares 2 U."


7. 'She's So High,' Tal Bachman

This is the one and only single we know from Tal Bachman, and it did incredibly well, especially in the U.S., reaching the number one spot on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart. This song may be a one-hit wonder but it still resonates with many: in 2011 he was invited to perform at a Taylor Swift concert in Vancouver.


6. 'The Sweater' by Meryn Cadell

This spoken-word monologue was a bit of a surprise hit in 1992, going Top 40 in Canada. Cadell released music off and on throughout the '90s before fully retiring from the music business at the end of the decade.


5. 'More Than Words Can Say' by Alias

This hair metal supergroup just squeaked into the '90s with their self-titled debut in 1990. Alias included members of Sheriff and Heart and hit number one in Canada and number two in the U.S. with this song.


4. 'Check the O.R.' by Organized Rhyme

If you need any proof of this being their one and only hit, witness the fact that two separate promotional 12" singles have been released since the original recording came out, containing eight remixes of the song, as well as a Tom Green-produced reunion recording of the song in 2011.


3. 'Drinking in L.A.' by Bran Van 3000

Bran Van's slacker anthem went gold in Canada and the album won them a Juno for best alternative album. The band released three albums after this one but was never able to replicate its early success.


2. 'Steal My Sunshine' by Len

There probably isn't a song that better captures the sound of lazy, youthful summers than "Steal My Sunshine." Fifteen years after its release, it's still being used on film soundtracks and in video games, as well as being re-released in the newly popular again format of cassette.


1. 'Informer' by Snow

This record sold more than eight million copies worldwide and was number one on the Billboard charts for seven consecutive weeks, making it the best-selling reggae single in U.S. history. He released five albums after that, none of which spawned a single that charted anywhere except in Canada.

Did we get it right? Who is your favourite Canadian one-hit wonder? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us using #90sweek. Listen to a playlist of our list below.