Line 10: Line 10:
|Row 3 info = [[ToddInTheShadows]]
|Row 3 info = [[ToddInTheShadows]]
|Row 4 title = Produced
|Row 4 title = Produced
|Row 4 info = 72
|Row 4 info = 74
|Row 5 title = Running Time
|Row 5 title = Running Time
|Row 5 info = Variable
|Row 5 info = Variable

Revision as of 22:43, November 11, 2018

One Hit Wonderland

One Hit Wonderland 2013

Created by
Produced by
Running Time

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?", 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.

In 2015, Todd opened a tier on his Patreon page that allowed four fans who paid $40 or more per video to request bands to do episodes on OHW for. These bands are Eiffel 65 (Blue (Da Ba Dee)), John Parr (St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)), Hanson (MMMBop), and The Vapors (Turning Japanese; changed from James Blunt, which itself was changed from Rage Against the Machine).


Episode Number Episode Title Description Date Released
1 "Take On Me" - a-ha 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 7th, 2012
2 "Baby Got Back" - Sir Mix-a-Lot 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 29th, 2012
3 "Kung Fu Fighting" - Carl Douglas 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 29th, 2012
4 "Come On Eileen" - Dexy's Midnight Runners Come found out who Dexy is and why he or she had people running at midnight! July 28th, 2012
5 "Rico Suave" - Gerardo RRRRRRRRRRRRRICO... SUAAAAAAAVE August 23rd, 2012
6 "Achy Breaky Heart" - Billy Ray Cyrus The man behind the mullet. Beware: Vintage country cheese ahead September 11th, 2012
7 "The Safety Dance" - Men Without Hats 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 28th, 2012
8 "Play That Funky Music" - Wild Cherry In 1976, Wild Cherry stood up for the funkiness of white boys everywhere, but what ever happened to them? October 25th, 2012
9 "Monster Mash" - Bobby "Boris" Pickett What ever DID happen to the Transylvania Twist? October 30th, 2012
10 "Tubthumping" - Chumbawamba They got knocked down. Did they ever get back up again? November 28th, 2012
11 "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" - Elmo & Patsy Grandma got run over by a reviewer. December 19th, 2012
12 "Party All the Time" - Eddie Murphy 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 27th, 2013
13 "Closing Time" - Semisonic 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 30th, 2013
14 "Me and Mrs. Jones" - Billy Paul 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 10th, 2013
15 "It's Raining Men" - The Weather Girls The Weather Girls would like to inform you that there is some good news in the ongoing man-drought afflicting our single women. May 10th, 2013
16 "Cotton Eye Joe" - Rednex Where did you come from, Rednex, and where did you go? May 29th, 2013
17 "Unbelievable" - EMF They're unbelievable, OH!! ...or were they? June 17th, 2013
18 "I Ran (So Far Away)" - A Flock of Seagulls WARNING : Category 5 Eighties Hair approaching July 22nd, 2013
19 "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" - The Proclaimers Ayyy wooed woak five hundrrrred maiyls and ayyyyyyyy wooed woak five hundrrred moawr... July 28th, 2013
20 "To Be With You" - Mr. Big Hair metal's last glorious day in the sun. August 20th, 2013
21 "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" - Iron Butterfly Wait a minute... this sounds like rock and/or roll. September 8th, 2013
22 "Who Let the Dogs Out" - Baha Men It's time to answer the age-old question. September 28th, 2013
23 "Somebody's Watching Me" - Rockwell Rockwell felt like somebody was watching him, but they weren't watching him for very long. October 22nd, 2013
24 "Smooth Criminal" - Alien Ant Farm Alien Ant Farm's career could have gone a whole lot smoother. November 10th, 2013
26 "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" - Dead or Alive Like a record, baby. December 22nd, 2013
27 "Walking in Memphis" - Marc Cohn I'm goin' to Graceland. February 7th, 2014
28 "How Bizarre" - OMC How bizarre! How bizarre, how bizarre, how bizarre! Now get that out of your head... February 28th, 2014
29 "Float On" - The Floaters All right, all ready?

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

March 31st, 2014
30 "Ghetto Supastar" - Pras Ghetto superstar, that is what he definitely wasn't. April 17th, 2014
31 "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)" - Nine Days Admit it, the first line of this song instantly started playing in your head, didn't it? May 9th, 2014
32 "Groove Is in the Heart" - Deee-Lite WEEOOOOOOOOoooooOOOOOOOOO pop! snap snap snap one two three PBLBLBLBL May 29th, 2014
33 "Just a Friend" - Biz Markie YOU YOU GOT WHAT I NEEEEEEEEEEEED BUT YOU SAY HE'S JUST A FRIEND June 20th, 2014
34 "Informer" - Snow In-foooooooooooor-mah! YanosaydiggadosaynoIgoblaaaaam a licky licky boom down! July 22nd, 2014
35 "Hooked on a Feeling" - Blue Swede Ooga chaka ooga chaka ooga ooga ooga chaka. August 17th, 2014
36 "Maniac" - Michael Sembello Just a steel-town girl on a Saturday night, looking for Todd in the Shadows' Halloween episode! October 30th, 2014
37 "Lullaby" - Shawn Mullins Everything's gonna be all right, as long as your expectations for your career aren't too high. November 30th, 2014
38 "Word Up" - Cameo Got a weird thing to show you so tell all the boys and girls. March 3rd, 2015
39 "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" - Eiffel 65 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 31st, 2015
40 "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" - John Parr Who the heck is St. Elmo anyway? May 12th, 2015
41 "MMMBop" - Hanson mmmbopdubadopbopdubopdoobydopbopdubopmmmbopdopdooooo Yeah? Yeah. August 2nd, 2015
42 "Turning Japanese" - The Vapors Is this song about what you think it is? I really don't think so... September 1st, 2015
43 "Butterfly" - Crazy Town Sugar! Baby! *Note: Released on CA on January 3rd, 2016. October 20th, 2015 (YT) (October 19th on Vimeo)
44 "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" - Meco 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 16th, 2015 (on YT)
46 "Eve of Destruction" - Barry McGuire You just don't get enough pop songs about the complete and total annihilation of the human race, you know? April 2nd, 2016
47 "Ridin'" - Chamillionaire They see me reviewin', they hatin'... May 3rd, 2016
48 "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" - The Darkness Hello The Darkness, my old friend... June 2nd, 2016
49 "Living in a Box" - Living in a Box Spoilers: It's about living in a box. July 3rd, 2016
50 "I Love You Always Forever" - Donna Lewis Always. FOREVER. August 2nd, 2016
51 "I Touch Myself" - The Divinyls I don't want anybody else... September 1st, 2016
52 "Mexican Radio" - Wall of Voodoo I wish I was in Tijuana, eating barbecued iguana... October 3rd, 2016
53 "One Tin Soldier" - Coven It's the return of the One Hit Wonder Spooktacular! October 30th, 2016
54 "Flood" - Jars of Clay Oh, Christ. Literally. November 25th, 2016
55 "Beds Are Burning" - Midnight Oil Presenting the band Midnight Oil, the '80s rockers who taught us all about Australian social issues. Once. December 3rd, 2016
56 "Rock Me Amadeus" - Falco Eine kleine Synthpopmusik... March 3rd, 2017
57 "Video Killed the Radio Star" - The Buggles The radio star has been KILLED! MTV = MURDER TELEVISION March 21st, 2017
58 "Freak Like Me" - Adina Howard One to the two to the three, Adina do you wanna get freaky with me? May 8th, 2017
59 "Right Now" - SR-71 Whyyyy... why do you always kick me when I'm, highhhh.... June 7th, 2017
60 "In the Summertime" - Mungo Jerry In the summertime, when the weather is hot, we grow a big old 'fro, and giant muttonchops. July 7th, 2017
61 "Laffy Taffy" - D4L DONK DONK DONK. DONK DONK DONK. DAT LAFFY TAFFY. July 29th, 2017
62 "Give It to You" - Jordan Knight 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 30th, 2017
63 "I'm Too Sexy" - Right Said Fred So sexy it hurts. September 29th, 2017
64 "Fire" - Crazy World of Arthur Brown ONE HIT WONDERLAND SPOOKTACULAR EDITION brings you THE GOD OF HELLFIYAH November 3rd, 2017
65 "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" - Rick Derringer Rick Derringer! The All-American Boy! The Real American! The man who stood tall for rock and roll AND hoochie koo! December 3rd, 2017
66 "Tic Tac Toe" - Kyper This obscure rapper from 1990 has got some ex's and oh's. February 3rd, 2018
67 "What Is Love? - Haddaway Haddaway makes us dance to the eternal question. March 2nd, 2018
68 "Pepper - Butthole Surfers They were surfing on some buttholes, they were doing it in Texas. March 31st, 2018
69 "Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Dop) - Scatman John A look back at Scatman John, the most unexpectedly inspiring goofy novelty of the '90s! May 13th, 2018
70 "Missing - Everything But the Girl 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 6th, 2018
71 "Lovefool - The Cardigans Love me, love me, say that you love me! Do the Cardigans count as a one-hit wonder? Let's find out! July 1st, 2018
72 "She Blinded Me with Science - Thomas Dolby 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 30th, 2018
73 "The Mummers' Dance - Loreena McKennitt 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 5th, 2018
74 Wherever You Will Go - The Calling The alternative scene of the '90s reached its final endpoint in 2001 with The Calling: The teen idol grunge band. October 18, 2018


Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.