Sep 082023

‘The Best Covers Ever’ series counts down our favorite covers of great artists.

1990s One Hit Wonders

This month, our ongoing series of One Hit Wonders covers comes to its end. We’ve done the 1950s (think “Earth Angel,” “Tequila”), the 1960s (“96 Tears,” “In A Gadda Da Vida”), the 1970s (“My Sharona,” “Black Betty”), and the 1980s (“You Spin Me Right Round,” “Turning Japanese”). Now we hit the 1990s today and the 2000s next week.

For millennial readers, these will be the songs you remember hearing on the radio and watching on MTV growing up. So many ubiquitous classics of the era like New Radicals’ “You Get What You Give” and 4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up,” by artists who only had a brief moment in the sun (you might say someone stole their sunshine…). Also some fun flukes, where the artist’s cultural impact goes way beyond “one hit wonder” — but, according to the fickle US pop charts at the time, they qualify on a technicality: Robyn, Fiona Apple, etc. Plus Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back,” which has to be in the conversation for the most One Hit Wonder to have ever One Hit Wonder-ed. Continue reading »

Apr 072011

As we’ve learned from the copious amounts of covers of the infamous “Friday,” sometimes covering a bad song has its merits. And today’s song isn’t just bad – it hits #8 on AOL Radio’s 100 Worst Songs Ever list. What is the aural atrocity, you ask? Well, the name Right Said Fred may not ring a bell, but how about the title: “I’m Too Sexy”? Quebec-based singer Roxanne Potvin likes the ring of it, too.

“I also liked the irony of it, which made it even goofier to me because that’s not the image I project as an artist,” she tells Cover Me. “It’s one of those songs that you either loved or hated or both at the same time, but that always seems to bring back a smile when you hear it.” Continue reading »