National One-Hit Wonder Day was born in 1990 at the initiative of journalist Steve Rosen. He declared this holiday in memory of artists who were popular, but fell out of favor. A person can forget a lot, but not the chorus of a favorite, popular song. For many, the hits are associated with certain past events.
The phrase of the artist, Andy Warhol, that in the future everyone would become famous for 15 minutes, has become prophetic. Many performers are no longer remembered by sight, but their hit, which brought some fame, is remembered. Steve Rosen, who founded the National One-Hit Wonder Day, did not accidentally choose September 25; this is his birthday. The initiative led to a radio show where only singles were played.
- In 1999, a documentary film was shown on American television, dedicated to stars whose light lit up the sky, but then quickly faded.
- In 2002, a list of one hundred artists with one hit appeared on television.
- There are often retro shows on the radio with singles and funny stories about performers who were once popular, but are now forgotten by everyone.
- The song Macarena is recognized as the most popular single to date, and the theme song for the series Friends was so popular that it was lengthened from 45 seconds to 3 minutes.
How to take part
Create your own playlist with singles and call it One Single Magic. The best way to get nostalgic is to listen to songs and dance to your favorite retro tunes. If you love games, take a music knowledge quiz. And if you like to sing, gather your friends for a karaoke evening.
When is National One-Hit Wonder Day in 2023?
National One-Hit Wonder Day is observed on September 25 each year.