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Readers’ Poll: Your Favorite 1990s One-Hit Wonders

Selections include ‘Sex and Candy,’ Bittersweet Symphony’ and ‘No Rain’

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When people think back to the music of the 1990s, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins often come to mind. But if you were to turn on the radio back then, you'd be just as likely to hear "Sex and Candy" or "Closing Time" as you would "Jeremy" or "Come As You Are." It was a great time for one-hit wonders. Bands like New Radicals or Spacehog would arrive on the scene, score a huge hit, then land with a colossal thud when they tried to follow it up. The story is as old as the music industry – some bands just have one perfect moment. Here are your selections for the top 10 One-Hit Wonders of the 1990s. 

By Andy Greene

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1. The New Radicals – ‘You Get What You Give’

Most musicians dream of accomplishing what Gregg Alexander pulled off in 1998. "You Get What You Give," the debut single from his new band the New Radicals, became a smash all over the world. Everybody from small children to teenagers to actual old people absolutely loved it. People that hadn't liked a new song since "My Sharona" went out to buy the CD single. They had a truly unique sound and a very cool vibe. "You Get What You Give" was followed up with the single "Someday We'll Know" in May of 1999, but very shortly afterwards Alexander dissolved the band. That was it. Two singles. They went from their initial formation to their huge breakthrough to a break-up in less than two years. Like the Sex Pistols, the La's and Lauryn Hill, their legacy is a single great album. The New Radicals didn't break up for any complex reasons; Alexander just really didn't like fame or success. I accomplished all of my goals with this record," he said in a statement. "The fatigue of traveling and getting three hours sleep in a different hotel every night to do boring 'hanging and schmoozing' with radio and retail people, is definitely not for me."

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