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Quiz about One Singular Sensation The Early 90s
Quiz about One Singular Sensation The Early 90s

One Singular Sensation (The Early 90s) Quiz


This is the third in a series on One Hit Wonders from the top 40 era. We are leaving the 1980s and entering the first half of the 1990s with this quiz. See what you remember.

A multiple-choice quiz by Spaudrey. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
Spaudrey
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
399,204
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Stealing a riff from "Land of 1,000 Dances" to begin his song, the man originally named Cecil Campbell burst onto the scene in 1994 from his native Jamaica to bring us "Here Comes the Hotstepper", a Billboard Number One hit in America. It would be the only major (or minor) hit on any significant music chart he would see. Who was this true one-hit wonder? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. "All I can say is that my life is pretty plain." This song, "No Rain", and this group entered the singles charts for the first time in 1993. But except for very minor success on the Alternative music charts, they didn't see a continuance of their opening accolades. "Bee" a good person and tell me who sang this hit. Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. "Life's like a road that you travel on when there's one day here and the next day gone", starts out the first hit in America for this artist. "Life is a Highway" would be the greatest success for this solo artist, formerly the lead singer for the group Red Rider. Who was this singer? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. With a call to all the "Party People" to open, "Whoomp There It Is" dominated the charts in the summer of 1993, but they were cursed with the inability to produce the same hook filled genius that they earned with the first one. Who is this hiphop group? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. "It's been seven hours and fifteen days" begins a worldwide Number One song for this artist, successful in Britain, but achieving only one hit in the U.S. And it was actually a song that Prince loaned her. Who sang this worldwide smash from 1990? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. "Twenty-five years and my life is still trying to get up that great big hill of hope for a destination," begins one of the most misremembered song titles from the 1990s. "What's Up?" was not even the first single released from their debut album, but it cemented the band in pop culture forever, even though they would never see the Top 40 in the States again. What band is this? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. "What is love? Baby don't hurt me, don't hurt me no more" hits you right off the bat with the chorus of this dance club tune. He garnered major success in the Eurodance scene, but "What Is Love?" was the only significant success he would find in the United States. What Trinidadian-born singer gave us the catchy "What Is Love?" Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. "You can reach me by railway, you can reach me by trailway" begins a soulful Top Five Billboard hit. But "Get Here" would be the only opportunity for this artist to reach the Top 40. What singer with gospel singing influences was the performer on "Get Here"? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. "I hear a voice in my mind, I know her face by heart" begins a song that set many bars that hadn't been achieved in some time. "How Do You Talk To An Angel" was a Number One hit by a band that didn't even exist. What was the name of this fictional band, and the television show they came from? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. "I love myself, I want you to love me" leaves little doubt on the sexuality of this next song. "I Touch Myself" broke the seal for the band who had much success Down Under, but the song would not create any lasting success beyond the land of Australia. Who is the one hit wonder that brought us "I Touch Myself"? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Stealing a riff from "Land of 1,000 Dances" to begin his song, the man originally named Cecil Campbell burst onto the scene in 1994 from his native Jamaica to bring us "Here Comes the Hotstepper", a Billboard Number One hit in America. It would be the only major (or minor) hit on any significant music chart he would see. Who was this true one-hit wonder?

Answer: Ini Kamoze

"Here Comes the Hotstepper" was bolstered by an appearance in the film "Pret-a-porter", a film on the fashion industry. His sound remained decidedly Jamaican, from his start as a Jamaican recording artist in 1984 to now.
2. "All I can say is that my life is pretty plain." This song, "No Rain", and this group entered the singles charts for the first time in 1993. But except for very minor success on the Alternative music charts, they didn't see a continuance of their opening accolades. "Bee" a good person and tell me who sang this hit.

Answer: Blind Melon

Blind Melon struck a nerve with this song, with its easy going jam session style, quirky video featuring a girl in a bee costume, and lilting lyrics from singer Shannon Hoon. They even pushed their album into the Top Three on Billboard's chart, and gained a spot opening for the Rolling Stones on their tour.

But with nothing to show for it beyond their first single, they faded quick. Hoon got into issues with drugs, and sadly was found dead in his tour bus in 1995 from an overdose. The band and its signature sound never came close to their success after that. (I was at one of the shows where they opened for the Stones, and they were not well received, to the point of their planned encore of playing "No Rain" never happening; the audience reaction was tepid at best when they ended their original set.)
3. "Life's like a road that you travel on when there's one day here and the next day gone", starts out the first hit in America for this artist. "Life is a Highway" would be the greatest success for this solo artist, formerly the lead singer for the group Red Rider. Who was this singer?

Answer: Tom Cochrane

Tom Cochrane's "Life is a Highway", while the only significant hit that he would have, was a lucrative song for him. The country act Rascal Flatts recorded a version for the animated Pixar movie "Cars". Cochrane was also the lead singer for the song "Lunatic Fringe", an 80s song by Red Rider.
4. With a call to all the "Party People" to open, "Whoomp There It Is" dominated the charts in the summer of 1993, but they were cursed with the inability to produce the same hook filled genius that they earned with the first one. Who is this hiphop group?

Answer: Tag Team

All of the choices had fleeting chart success involving 1993, but Tag Team was the one with "Whoomp There It Is". They did a followup song along the same theme which you may have seen in the movie "Addams Family Values", but it was the only time they gained a scintilla of charting success after "Whoomp" left the charts.
5. "It's been seven hours and fifteen days" begins a worldwide Number One song for this artist, successful in Britain, but achieving only one hit in the U.S. And it was actually a song that Prince loaned her. Who sang this worldwide smash from 1990?

Answer: Sinead O'Connor

Sinead O'Connor, born in Ireland, achieved the rare feat of reaching Number One on every significant chart in the world with "Nothing Compares 2U". A followup song in the States would not make the Top 40, and her career in America was completely knocked off the tracks when she made a bold decision to rip up a picture of the Pope on a live airing of "Saturday Night Live" in 1992. That image has defined her career, at least in the United States.
6. "Twenty-five years and my life is still trying to get up that great big hill of hope for a destination," begins one of the most misremembered song titles from the 1990s. "What's Up?" was not even the first single released from their debut album, but it cemented the band in pop culture forever, even though they would never see the Top 40 in the States again. What band is this?

Answer: 4 Non Blondes

4 Non Blondes released their fist album in 1992, and their second single (the first, "Dear Mr. President", garnered barely visible success) reached the Number One spot in seven countries, top 15 in America. The song gained its title due to the fact execs didn't want confusion with the iconic "What's Going On?" by Marvin Gaye. On a side note, next time you hear "What's Up?" on the radio, start singing "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin. Do I feel a lawsuit coming on?
7. "What is love? Baby don't hurt me, don't hurt me no more" hits you right off the bat with the chorus of this dance club tune. He garnered major success in the Eurodance scene, but "What Is Love?" was the only significant success he would find in the United States. What Trinidadian-born singer gave us the catchy "What Is Love?"

Answer: Haddaway

Nestor Haddaway was chosen to sing the song by a couple of German songwriters who had been sitting on this song for some time. The dance hit was a huge success in Europe, finding the top chart spot in over ten countries. The song lives on in "Saturday Night Live" immortality as Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan developed a sketch idea involving the song that was popular enough to have a movie based on the vapid characters. Haddaway would continue some measure of success on European charts, but "What Is Love?" would be the only time he would see chart success in America.
8. "You can reach me by railway, you can reach me by trailway" begins a soulful Top Five Billboard hit. But "Get Here" would be the only opportunity for this artist to reach the Top 40. What singer with gospel singing influences was the performer on "Get Here"?

Answer: Oleta Adams

Oleta Adams got exposure from Tears for Fears when she was tabbed to help out with their 1988 album "Seeds of Love", and then opening for them on the subsequent tour. Adams got an honor in 1991 after her performance got exposure in 1990; she performed a poignant version of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me" for a compilation tribute album of Elton John songs.
9. "I hear a voice in my mind, I know her face by heart" begins a song that set many bars that hadn't been achieved in some time. "How Do You Talk To An Angel" was a Number One hit by a band that didn't even exist. What was the name of this fictional band, and the television show they came from?

Answer: The Heights

"The Heights", both the name of the television show and the band that it was based on, achieved two milestones that hadn't occurred in years: The song, "How Do You Talk To An Angel", was the first Billboard Number One from a television show since 1985's Theme from "Miami Vice". And The Heights were the first fictional band with a Number One hit since the Archies in 1969.

But the show garnered poor ratings and was cancelled after three months. The group introduced a new song each episode, and released an album, but with no accessible performance ability (they were fictional, after all) they faded rapidly.
10. "I love myself, I want you to love me" leaves little doubt on the sexuality of this next song. "I Touch Myself" broke the seal for the band who had much success Down Under, but the song would not create any lasting success beyond the land of Australia. Who is the one hit wonder that brought us "I Touch Myself"?

Answer: The Divinyls

All of the bands were Australian bands, and the other three would have loved the success The Divinyls captured, but it was fleeting once their first hit left the charts everywhere. The lead singer Chrissy Amphlett left the group to try her hand at stage work and caught a Helpmann Award nomination in Australia. Amphlett sadly lost a battle with cancer in 2013.
Source: Author Spaudrey

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