The 30 Best One-Hit Wonders of '90s Hip-Hop

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Nobody beats the Biz.
 "Jump Around" was more than just a flash-in-the-pan radio hit -- it's been included on pretty much every "best hip-hop songs of all time" list. And who could disagree? It was a hell of a song. Plus, due to its constant usage in every sports arena on the planet, the song is arguably just as popular today as it ever has been.

Hell, if it weren't, would we even still be discussing a group that hasn't had another song on the radio in nearly 20 years?
 
On that note, we decided to put together our list (in semi-chronological order) of the 30 best one-hit wonders of '90s hip-hop. Note how some -- like House of Pain -- have managed to turn their 15 minutes into a prolonged career, while others are all but forgotten.

  1. Vanilla Ice - "Ice Ice Baby" (1990)
  2. Biz Markie - "Just a Friend" (1990)
  3. 2 In a Room "Wiggle It" (1990)
  4. Digital Underground - "Humpty Dance" (1990)
  5. Marky Mark and The Funky Bounch - "Good Vibrations" (1991)
  6. MC Breed - "Ain't No Future in Yo' Frontin'" (1991)
  7. 3rd Bass - "Pop Goes the Weasel" (1991)
  8. Black Sheep - "The Choice Is Yours" (1991)
  9. Positive K - "I Got a Man" (1992)
  10. Digable Planets - "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" (1992)
  11. Sir Mix-a-Lot - "Baby Got Back" (1992)
  12. Wreckx-n-Effect - "Rump Shaker" (1992)
  13. Paperboy - "Ditty" (1992)
  14. Kriss Kross - "Jump" (1992)
  15. Arrested Development - "Tennessee" (1992)
  16. House of Pain - "Jump Around" (1992)
  17. Snow - "Informer" (1992)
  18. Duice - "Dazzey Duks" (1993)
  19. Onyx - "Slam" (1993)
  20. 95 South - "Whoot There It Is" (1993)
  21. Tag Team - "Whoomp There It Is" (1993)
  22. Fu-Schnickens - "What's Up Doc (Can We Rock?)" (1993)
  23. Ini Kamoze - "Here Comes the Hot Stepper" (1994)
  24. Warren G & Nate Dogg - "Regulate" (1994)
  25. Skee-Lo - "I Wish" (1995)
  26. Crucial Conflict - "Hay" (1996)
  27. DJ Kool - "Let Me Clear My Throat" (1997)
  28. Freak Nasty - "Da Dip" (1997)
  29. B.G. - "Bling Bling" (1999)
  30. Pharaohe Monch - "Simon Says" (1999)


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29 comments
k-fin
k-fin

A lot of these are not "one hit wonders". WOW!

Martin Klein
Martin Klein

FAIL! Many of the artists on the list are accomplished hip-hop artists with long careers, not one hit wonders.

Miguel Ortiz
Miguel Ortiz

Too bad biz markie - 'just a friend' came out in 1989

Elseone
Elseone

House of Pain had Who's the Man, 3rd Bass had Product of The Enviornment and Steppin to the AM, Onyx had Throw Your Guns in the Air, Black Sheep had Flavor of the Month and Strobelite Honey, Biz had The Vapors, Nobody Beats The Biz and Make the Music With Your Mouth, Pos K had Nightshift, Sir Mixalot had Put Em On The Glass, My Posse's On Broadway and Onetimes Got No Case, FUschnickens had La Schmoove and True Fushnick and Aressted Devlopment had Everyday people. Terrible list.

Kinison Michael
Kinison Michael

Hate to break it to you, but Vanilla Ice isn't a one hit wonder. "Play That Funky Music" was a top 5 Billboard hit.

Jay Contreras
Jay Contreras

More than half of these are NOT one hit wonders.. Who ever put this list together does not listen to hip hop!

Bryan Coonrod
Bryan Coonrod

Crucial Conflict????...in 15 years of DJing nobody has ever requested that....not a hit

a few to addDas Efx - They want EFXD Nice - Call Me D NiceThe Beatnuts - Watch Out NowK7 - Come Baby ComeDomino - Ghetto JamLuniz - I Got 5 On It

jamal
jamal

Digital Underground? WTF?

And Nate Dogg and Warren G have been on so many tunes I don't think they qualify either.

Zach B
Zach B

Craig Mack's Flava in Your Ear has GOT to be on there somewhere...

TLS
TLS

Quad City DJs - C'mon n Ride it. Choo Choo!

Jmarxxx
Jmarxxx

Young MC's "Bust a Move" ought to make that list.

Bob
Bob

Digable Planets as a one hit wonder? Uh. no. Album phenoms.

cory
cory

"Hay" made it to No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the Hot Rap Singles chart, and lead their album to be certified Gold. Sounds like the definition of 'hit' to me...

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

Yeah, if you use the one-hit-wonder label, I think you have to be stricter about it.

Also, where are the Geto Boys?

cory
cory

If anything, "Do the Bartman" was the real victim here...

cory
cory

That was 1989, no?

cory
cory

Quick: name all the Digable Planets singles ever to appear on the Billboard Hot 100. Go.

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