Episodes

Patreon Sneak Peak ... Mr T's Be Somebody or Be Somebody's Fool

May 15, 2022

Enjoy this bonus episode of the first 10 minutes of Chris and I's Patreon Exclusive review of the Mr. T special "Be Somebody or Be Somebody's Fool" You can hear the full episode, our weekly bonus episodes and even vote fo…

"Handlebars" by Flobots

May 11, 2022

One Hit Thunder producer Matt Kelly has brought up the band Flobots on several occasions on the show, so it was only right that an entire episode was finally dedicated to their 2008 single “Handlebars”. What lyrically starts…

"Flavor of the Weak" by American Hi-Fi (f/Tessa Markle)

May 4, 2022

The turn of the century brought an explosion of music that combined pop sensibility with the spirit of rock. Bands like Sum 41 and Dashboard Confessional entered the mainstream and stayed there, building back catalogs of mem…

"Toy Soldiers" by Martika (f/Joey Ritter)

April 27, 2022

This week, we’re joined by my good friend Joey Ritter to discuss Martika, a Kids Incorporated success story who scored a #1 hit with her heavy single “Toy Soldiers”. The song serves as a vague cautionary tale about the dange…

"Touch of Grey" by Grateful Dead (f/Joey Spehar)

April 20, 2022

Today, we are joined by WYEP DJ Joey Spehar to discuss a band that feels crazy to call a one hit wonder - The Grateful Dead. Not even a legitimate Deadhead like Joey can deny, however, that 1987’s “Touch of Grey” was the ico…

"How Bizarre" by OMC (f/Dustin Rubin)

April 13, 2022

The song “How Bizarre” from New Zealand’s OMC was first released in 1995, but it wasn’t until 1997 that it made its mark on the US Billboard charts. This hard-to-classify hit tends to be very polarizing among listeners. The …

"I Wanna Be Rich" by Calloway

April 6, 2022

We would do LOTS of cool things if we were rich. One of those things would be to give the whole world a free subscription to the One Hit Thunder Patreon. Unfortunately, we’re not able to do that yet, but we DID let our Patre…

Sneak Peek: Weird Al-Gorithm

April 1, 2022

First Episode Out Now!!!

"Back Here" by BBMak (f/Will Carey)

March 31, 2022

BBMak had it all…good looks, great harmonies, relatable lyrics, and a smash hit single with “Back Here”. Despite the trio’s massive success in 1999, they broke up shortly after the release of their second album a few years l…

"The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats (f/Ryan Stick)

March 24, 2022

Pogoing to new wave music in clubs is a god-given right, and no one knows this better than Men Without Hats frontman Ivan Doroschuck. He got his revenge on the bouncers that tried to keep his feet on the ground by writing “T…

"Gucci Gucci" by Kreayshawn

March 16, 2022

Our Patreon members voted, and they decided to give us the task of deciding whether Kreayshawn’s viral hit “Gucci Gucci” is unlistenable garbage or a low-key masterpiece that challenges materialism and brand worship. Stay tu…

"Insensitive" by Jann Arden (f/Robert Bacon)

March 9, 2022

In 1996, the Christian Slater rom-com Bed of Roses was released. While it was a disappointment at the box office, it helped launch Jann Arden's 1994 single “Insensitive” onto the US Billboard charts. While Jann is a massive …

"Bad Day" by Daniel Powter (f/Lex the Lexicon Artist)

March 2, 2022

Have you ever had a bad day? Sure, we all have. Has Daniel Powter’s 2005 hit “Bad Day” ever made that day better, or has it only served to make it that much worse? This week, we’re joined by rapper Lex the Lexicon Artist to …

"Flava in Ya Ear" by Craig Mack (f/Wordburglar)

Feb. 23, 2022

Craig Mack’s “Flava In Ya Ear” was the first single released by Bad Boy Records in 1994. Despite the track’s success, his album was overshadowed by the massive hype behind labelmate Notorious B.I.G.’s debut record which was …

"Get Free" by The Vines (f/Matthew Milligan)

Feb. 16, 2022

Wheatus bassist Matthew Milligan makes his third appearance on the show this week. Instead of going the usual route of discussing an artist he loves, he changed it up by choosing a band that he was unsure about. The Vines we…

"Low" by Cracker

Feb. 9, 2022

While the 90s were full of bands that got signed during the peak of grunge, few bands had the long history and the genre-bending talent of Cracker. The band first broke with their song “Teen Angst”, but it was “Low” that rea…

"Kiss Me" by Sixpence None the Richer (f/Russ Burlingame)

Feb. 2, 2022

Christian folk group Sixpence None The Richer had an unexpected mainstream explosion with their song “Kiss Me”, after it was featured in the 90s teen film “She’s All That”. Beyond a few low charting cover songs, however, the…

"Here It Goes Again" by OK Go (f/ David Shockley)

Jan. 26, 2022

Few bands have ever been helped more by a music video than OK Go. They had faith in their own music when their record label didn’t, and they took advantage of internet virality to launch their career. Unique, eye-catching vi…

"Lucas with the Lid Off" by Lucas (f/Tony Hartman)

Jan. 19, 2022

1994 was a landmark year for both music and film. Somewhere in that whirlwind of Dookie and the Shawshank Redemption, the Downward Spiral and Forrest Gump, and The Blue Album and Pulp Fiction was LUCAS. No, not the 1986 Core…

"King of Wishful Thinking" by Go West

Jan. 12, 2022

We let the members of our new Patreon page vote for an episode, and they overwhelmingly chose Go West’s song “King of Wishful Thinking” from the Pretty Woman soundtrack. Did we listen to the talk of the town, or were we just…

"Cumbersome" by Seven Mary Three (f/Trevor Leonard)

Jan. 5, 2022

When you Google the adjective “Cumbersome”, the first thing that comes up is the definition of the word, which is “large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry or use”. The second thing that comes up, however, is a giant …

"Take On Me" by A-ha

Dec. 29, 2021

It took 100 episodes, but we’re FINALLY talking about the greatest one-hit wonder of the 80s…A-ha’s “Take On Me”! But does it even COUNT as a one-hit wonder? Producer Matt Kelly explains why it’s a bit of a gray area when it…

Our Second Year Countdown

Dec. 22, 2021

Another 50 episodes down, and it’s time to celebrate the same way we did last year…by ranking every song we featured this year. Which one hit wonder will take the coveted top spot? Tune in to find out!

"Mother" by Danzig (w/Jim Logrando)

Dec. 15, 2021

This week, we are joined once again by Jim Logrando to talk about Danzig’s only mainstream hit “Mother”. It took 5 years from the song’s original release for it to climb the charts, but it left an unforgettable impression. A…