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One Hit Wonderland is where ToddInTheShadows takes a look at "one-hit wonders" of the past. In each review, specific segments include "Before the hit" (covering the artist's history before the hit), "The big hit" (a short review of the hit itself); "The failed follow-up" (for when it all went wrong for the artist); "Did they ever do anything else?" (originally "Did they have any other noteworthy songs?" and also "Anything else of note?", to look at what else the artist has done); and "Did they deserve better?" (Todd's final say on the matter). Just as in Todd's Pop Song Reviews, Todd is enshrouded in shadow to enhance his mystery. In the beginning of every episode, he is seen playing his piano, which he has been playing for many years; and is usually playing the song that is featured in the review. The shadows conceal who he is as he could be just about anyone from a government spy to a humble church official.

From 2015 onwards, Todd has periodically sold episode requests for this series to his Patreon supporters, covering episodes 39-42, 48-52, 54-57 and 69-78. The songs/artists covered in these episodes range from those he planned to cover eventually, those he would've never and those he'd never heard about/has the faintest recollection of. Occasionally a patron will offer multiple suggestions, or be asked by Todd to request something else if he does not want to cover the first named. The ones he has outright refused to make videos on are 1981's "Down Under" by Men at Work, 1991's "Pop Goes the Weasel" by 3rd Bass and 1992/2009's "Killing in The Name" by Rage Against the Machine (he did, at one point, write a review of "Killing in The Name", which he finds to be the band's worst song, and recycled some of the jokes he came up with for the "Whip My Hair" video, because in his estimate both songs are equally 'obnoxious and annoyingly repetitive').


Title Year Description Released
01 "Take On Me" - a-ha 1985 Todd's new one-hit wonder retrospective series. Come, check out these Norse gods' only work before they disappeared in a day or twooooooo... April 7, 2012
02 "Baby Got Back" - Sir Mix-a-Lot 1992 He was long, and strong, and down to get the friction on... but was there more to Sir Mix-a-Lot than his love of big butts? April 29, 2012
03 "Kung Fu Fighting" - Carl Douglas 1974 In 1974, everybody was kung fu fighting, but what ever happened to Carl Douglas, the man in the silly karate outfit behind the song? May 29, 2012
04 "Come On Eileen" - Dexy's Midnight Runners 1982 Come found out who Dexy is and why he or she had people running at midnight! July 28, 2012
05 "Rico Suave" - Gerardo 1991 RRRRRRRRRRRRRICO... SUAAAAAAAVE August 23, 2012
06 "Achy Breaky Heart" - Billy Ray Cyrus 1992 The man behind the mullet. Beware: Vintage country cheese ahead September 11, 2012
07 "The Safety Dance" - Men Without Hats 1983 They said we could dance if we wanted to, but that they wouldn't be friends with us if we didn't. Who were these men without hats? September 28, 2012
08 "Play That Funky Music" - Wild Cherry 1976 In 1976, Wild Cherry stood up for the funkiness of white boys everywhere, but what ever happened to them? October 25, 2012
09 "Monster Mash" - Bobby "Boris" Pickett 1962 What ever DID happen to the Transylvania Twist? October 30, 2012
10 "Tubthumping" - Chumbawamba 1997 They got knocked down. Did they ever get back up again? November 28, 2012
11 "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" - Elmo & Patsy 1979 Grandma got run over by a reviewer. December 19, 2012
12 "Party All the Time" - Eddie Murphy 1985 Before Norbit, before Pluto Nash, before Daddy Day Care, Eddie Murphy was embarrassing himself with his music, and it was less than o-tay. February 27, 2013
13 "Closing Time" - Semisonic 1998 Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. But what ever happened to Semisonic, the band who dropped some timeless wisdom on us? March 30, 2013
14 "Me and Mrs. Jones" - Billy Paul 1972 Todd gets soulful with a look at this heartbreaking soul classic, and how its singer Billy Paul got completely hosed by his record label. April 10, 2013
15 "It's Raining Men" - The Weather Girls 1982 The Weather Girls would like to inform you that there is some good news in the ongoing man-drought afflicting our single women. May 10, 2013
16 "Cotton Eye Joe" - Rednex 1995 Where did you come from, Rednex, and where did you go? May 29, 2013
17 "Unbelievable" - EMF 1991 They're unbelievable, OH!! ...or were they? June 17, 2013
18 "I Ran (So Far Away)" - A Flock of Seagulls 1982 WARNING : Category 5 Eighties Hair approaching July 22, 2013
19 "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" - The Proclaimers 1993 Ayyy wooed woak five hundrrrred maiyls and ayyyyyyyy wooed woak five hundrrred moawr... July 28, 2013
20 "To Be With You" - Mr. Big 1992 Hair metal's last glorious day in the sun. August 20, 2013
21 "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" - Iron Butterfly 1968 Wait a minute... this sounds like rock and/or roll. September 8, 2013
22 "Who Let the Dogs Out" - Baha Men 2000 It's time to answer the age-old question. September 28, 2013
23 "Somebody's Watching Me" - Rockwell 1984 Rockwell felt like somebody was watching him, but they weren't watching him for very long. October 22, 2013
24 "Smooth Criminal" - Alien Ant Farm 2001 Alien Ant Farm's career could have gone a whole lot smoother. November 10, 2013
25 "You Light Up My Life" - Debby Boone 1977 YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUU...LIGHT UP MY LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIFE... November 28, 2013
26 "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" - Dead or Alive 1985 Like a record, baby. December 22, 2013
27 "Walking in Memphis" - Marc Cohn 1991 I'm goin' to Graceland. February 7, 2014
28 "How Bizarre" - OMC 1997 How bizarre! How bizarre, how bizarre, how bizarre! Now get that out of your head... February 28, 2014
29 "Float On" - The Floaters 1977 All right, all ready?

(For April Fools Day, it starts with him playing and talking about 2004's "Float On" by Modest Mouse)

March 31, 2014
30 "Ghetto Supastar" - Pras 1998 Ghetto superstar, that is what he definitely wasn't. April 17, 2014
31 "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)" - Nine Days 2000 Admit it, the first line of this song instantly started playing in your head, didn't it? May 9, 2014
32 "Groove Is in the Heart" - Deee-Lite 1990 WEEOOOOOOOOoooooOOOOOOOOO pop! snap snap snap one two three PBLBLBLBL May 29, 2014
33 "Just a Friend" - Biz Markie 1989 YOU YOU GOT WHAT I NEEEEEEEEEEEED BUT YOU SAY HE'S JUST A FRIEND June 20, 2014
34 "Informer" - Snow 1993 In-foooooooooooor-mah! YanosaydiggadosaynoIgoblaaaaam a licky licky boom down! July 22, 2014
35 "Hooked on a Feeling" - Blue Swede 1974 Ooga chaka ooga chaka ooga ooga ooga chaka. August 17, 2014
36 "Maniac" - Michael Sembello 1983 Just a steel-town girl on a Saturday night, looking for Todd in the Shadows' Halloween episode! October 30, 2014
37 "Lullaby" - Shawn Mullins 1998 Everything's gonna be all right, as long as your expectations for your career aren't too high. November 30, 2014
38 "Word Up" - Cameo 1986 Got a weird thing to show you so tell all the boys and girls. March 3, 2015
39 "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" - Eiffel 65 1999 I’m blue da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die March 31, 2015
40 "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" - John Parr 1985 Who the heck is St. Elmo anyway? May 12, 2015
41 "MMMBop" - Hanson 1997 mmmbopdubadopbopdubopdoobydopbopdubopmmmbopdopdooooo Yeah? Yeah. August 2, 2015
42 "Turning Japanese" - The Vapors 1980 Is this song about what you think it is? I really don't think so... September 1, 2015
43 "Butterfly" - Crazy Town 2001 Sugar! Baby! *Note: Released on CA on January 3, 2016. October 20, 2015 (YT) (October 19th on Vimeo)
44 "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" - Meco 1977 An elegant dance song for a more civilized age.

Note: Starting with this episode of any Todd in the Shadows series, his piano faces the right for the first time since 2011.

December 16, 2015 (on YT)
46 "Eve of Destruction" - Barry McGuire 1965 You just don't get enough pop songs about the complete and total annihilation of the human race, you know? April 2, 2016
47 "Ridin'" - Chamillionaire 2006 They see me reviewin', they hatin'... May 3, 2016
48 "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" - The Darkness 2003 Hello The Darkness, my old friend... June 2, 2016
49 "Living in a Box" - Living in a Box 1987 Spoilers: It's about living in a box. July 3, 2016
50 "I Love You Always Forever" - Donna Lewis 1996 Always. FOREVER. August 2, 2016
51 "I Touch Myself" - The Divinyls 1991 I don't want anybody else... September 1, 2016
52 "Mexican Radio" - Wall of Voodoo 1983 I wish I was in Tijuana, eating barbecued iguana... October 3, 2016
53 "One Tin Soldier" - Coven 1971 It's the return of the One Hit Wonder Spooktacular! October 30, 2016
54 "Flood" - Jars of Clay 1995 Oh, Christ. Literally. November 25, 2016
55 "Beds Are Burning" - Midnight Oil 1988 Presenting the band Midnight Oil, the '80s rockers who taught us all about Australian social issues. Once. December 3, 2016
56 "Rock Me Amadeus" - Falco 1985 Eine kleine Synthpopmusik... March 3, 2017
57 "Video Killed the Radio Star" - The Buggles 1979 The radio star has been KILLED! MTV = MURDER TELEVISION March 21, 2017
58 "Freak Like Me" - Adina Howard 1995 One to the two to the three, Adina do you wanna get freaky with me? May 8, 2017
59 "Right Now" - SR-71 2000 Whyyyy... why do you always kick me when I'm, highhhh.... June 7, 2017
60 "In the Summertime" - Mungo Jerry 1970 In the summertime, when the weather is hot, we grow a big old 'fro, and giant muttonchops. July 7, 2017
61 "Laffy Taffy" - D4L 2006 DONK DONK DONK. DONK DONK DONK. DAT LAFFY TAFFY. July 29, 2017
62 "Give It to You" - Jordan Knight 1999 New Kids on the Block had a bunch of hits, but their frontman Jordan Knight only had one when he tried to go solo... August 30, 2017
63 "I'm Too Sexy" - Right Said Fred 1992 So sexy it hurts. September 29, 2017
64 "Fire" - Crazy World of Arthur Brown 1968 ONE HIT WONDERLAND SPOOKTACULAR EDITION brings you THE GOD OF HELLFIYAH November 3, 2017
65 "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" - Rick Derringer 1974 Rick Derringer! The All-American Boy! The Real American! The man who stood tall for rock and roll AND hoochie koo! December 3, 2017
66 "Tic Tac Toe" - Kyper 1990 This obscure rapper from 1990 has got some ex's and oh's. February 3, 2018
67 "What Is Love?" - Haddaway 1993 Haddaway makes us dance to the eternal question. March 2, 2018
68 "Pepper" - Butthole Surfers 1996 They were surfing on some buttholes, they were doing it in Texas. March 31, 2018
69 "Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Dop)" - Scatman John 1995 A look back at Scatman John, the most unexpectedly inspiring goofy novelty of the '90s! May 13, 2018
70 "Missing" - Everything But the Girl 1996 A long look at the career of Everything But the Girl, the band that missed you like the deserts missed the rain and then vanished into the shifting sands. Or did they?? June 6, 2018
71 "Lovefool" - The Cardigans 1997 Love me, love me, say that you love me! Do the Cardigans count as a one-hit wonder? Let's find out! July 1, 2018
72 "She Blinded Me with Science" - Thomas Dolby 1983 And now a look back at the surprisingly long and varied career of the guy who made the novelty song about love and science! July 30, 2018
73 "The Mummers' Dance" - Loreena McKennitt 1998 This week's request takes us back to a bizarre moment in 1998 when a dance remix of a Celtic folk artist's pagan festival song became a mainstream hit. Yes, this really happened. September 5, 2018
74 "Wherever You Will Go" - The Calling 2001 The alternative scene of the '90s reached its final endpoint in 2001 with The Calling: The teen idol grunge band. October 18, 2018
75 "Never Had a Dream Come True" - S Club 7 2001 Ain't no episode like an S Club episode! How did the UK teen pop smash only manage to break their least interesting hit in America? November 18, 2018
76 "Flagpole Sitta" - Harvey Danger 1998 They weren't sick but they weren't well... certainly not well enough to have a second hit! Who were Harvey Danger and why was the irony killing them? January 28, 2019
77 "Here It Goes Again" - OK Go 2006 Here it OK goes again! OK Go: the first band to understand how the Internet worked. March 17, 2019
78 "Jump Around" - House of Pain 1992 Pack it up, pack it in, and listen to Todd try and unpack the eternal greatness of the only Irish rap song in history! April 18, 2019
79 "The Night Chicago Died" - Paper Lace 1974 How about we cover a real blast of '70s lameness sure to make you irritated for the rest of the day! Get ready for "The Night Chicago Died," the world's happiest song about gang murders! July 17, 2019
80 "You Get What You Give" - New Radicals 1999 You got the music in you! Todd breaks down the long shelf life of the pop masterpiece "You Get What You Give" and the brief career of the band behind it. August 17, 2019
81 "The Hustle" - Van McCoy 1975 Three words ("do the hustle!") changed the course of pop music history! Get your boogie shoes on and see the dance that made disco, tonight on One Hit Wonderland! September 19, 2019
82 "I Love College" - Asher Roth 2009 Todd revisits a dumb frat rap from 2009 because it's his ten-year Toddiversary! But whatever happened to the great white hope of the 2009? October 17, 2019
83 "Bust a Move" - Young MC 1989 At last, a jam for all the fellas trying to do what those ladies tell us! Young MC brought hip-hop to the masses but what happened to him after that? February 1, 2020
84 "Funkytown" - Lipps, Inc. 1980 Find out the story of "Funkytown," the earworm that managed to survive the death of disco! March 2, 2020
85 "Oh Yeah" - Yello 1985 DAY BOW BOW. Who were the European weirdos who turned experimental dance music into one of the '80s most overused music cues? April 1, 2020
86 "The Rhythm of the Night" - Corona 1994 Sorry, I had to. The '90s dance hit that's making an ironic comeback in 2020 because... yeah. April 19, 2020
87 "Are You Jimmy Ray?" - Jimmy Ray 1997 Are you Jimmy Ray? Also who the hell is Jimmy Ray? Well if you're someone who wants to know, check out this video on the briefly popular '90s teen idol! June 1, 2020
88 "I Melt with You" - Modern English 1982 The best one-hit wonder of the '80s?? Modern English made the most intensely romantic new wave song ever but where did they go after that? July 28, 2020
89 "Timothy" - The Buoys 1971 The long awaited revival of the "One Hit Wonderland Spooktacular Edition" where he talks about one of the strangerst, darkest, and most controversial songs of the entire 1970's. October 30, 2020
90 "I Know What Boys Like" - The Waitresses 1982 Wait, their one hit wasn't "Christmas Wrapping"? The Waitresses's ode to toying with boys and their stupid emotions got them on the charts, but a tossed-off holiday novelty has dwarfed their hit in hindsight... December 2, 2020
91 "Whoomp! There It Is" - Tag Team 1993 In 1993, with pop-rap was nearly dead and gangsta music bringing controversy, but Tag Team found a way to make hip-hop palatable to White America again in 1993, but "Whoomp! There It Is" didn't set up Tag Team for any further success after whoomp there it ended. February 5, 2021
92 "Return of the Mack" - Mark Morrison 1996 Mark Morrison debuted with a comeback, and proved that the Brits could hang in America with his international smash "Return of the Mack," but no one's big enough a mack for their career to survive as many bad decisions as he made. Why did the Mack never return? March 2, 2021
93 "Disco Duck" - Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots 1976 It's that song where the guy turns into a disco duck. What on Earth was happening where the dumbest song in history became a #1 single? April 1, 2021
94 "Bitch" - Meredith Brooks 1997 Meredith Brooks made it safe for women to be messy and angry in the late '90s, but why did she end up an also-ran in the post-Alanis rush of singer-songwriters? June 1, 2021
95 "Face Down" - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus 2006 The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus took pop-punk into serious territory with their one hit "Face Down," but where they wound up may surprise you! June 18, 2021
96 "Mambo No. 5" - Lou Bega 1999 Lou Bega mamboed his way into our hearts and then quickly mamboed his way out! Why did the mambo revival never take hold? September 16, 2021