15 Of My Favorite One-Hit-Wonder Raps

That track comes on the radio with a catchy hook, bangin’ beat, and easy-to-memorize lyrics, quenching my thirst for some mainstream storytelling. It’s one of the many one-hit-wonders that have graced our radios over the years, and I can’t help but sing (or rap) along.

One-hit-wonders are seemingly created using a simple formula: overused subject matter, a quirky and catchy beat, and an unforgettable hook.

Still, even though they’re commonly criticized, one-hit-wonders have an important role in music: they have the ability to take a listener back to that one specific moment in time when they first heard the song, whether it be on the radio, at a Homecoming dance, or house party. So I decided to give a little love to some of my favorite one-hit-wonder raps, instead of hating on their tacky topics and short-lived fame.

Here are 15 of my favorite one-hit-wonders (in no particular order):

 

1. Luniz — “I Got Five On It” (1995)

 

2. Soulja Boy — “Crank That” (2007)

 

3. DJ Kool — “Let Me Clear My Throat” (1997)

 

4. J-Kwon — “Tipsy” (2004)

 

5. Cali Swag District — “Teach Me How To Dougie” (2010)

 

6. Little Shawn feat. The Notorious B.I.G. — “Dom Perignon” (1995)

 

7. Audio Two — “Top Billin'” (1988)

 

8. House of Pain — “Jump Around” (1992)

 

9. Afroman — “Because I Got High” (2000)

 

10. Young Black Teenagers — “Tap The Bottle” (1993)

 

11. Huey — “Pop, Lock & Drop It” (2007)

 

12. Chamillionaire feat. Krayzie Bone — “Ridin'” (2006)

 

13. Joe Budden — “Pump It Up” (2003)

 

14. YoungBloodZ feat. Lil’ Jon — “Damn!” (2003)

 

15. Shop Boyz — “Party Like A Rockstar” (2007)

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