ONE-HIT WONDER… Talk about another oxymoron (I wrote about oxymorons here a few weeks back)

I’ve been described as One-HOT Wonder but you knew that already, right? I said RIGHT??? Fine, don’t answer…

Calling someone or something a one-hit wonder is normally thought of as a passive-aggressive insult, or at the very least, a back-handed compliment.

One-hit wonders are failures, yes?

Let’s look at this anew: Out of the now 8 billion peeps trodding this blue orb… how many of us have EVER accomplished something of universal note? Just one thing? How does None-Hit Wonder sound to you?

If my crude math is correct (and sadly, it rarely is)… the number of those who accomplish even ONE… a mere one… Wonder… is 0.000125% of the world’s population.

That miniscule number makes me feel very humble, and I don’t want to second-guess your many accomplishments, but you should be humbled as well.

Typically we associate the words one-hit wonder with music, but really, why can’t it explain a whole collection of acts, deeds, feats? Even the flapping of one butterfly’s wings can have a powerful impact.


Any of us possess the power to be THAT butterfly.

Of course that doesn’t make it easy; easy will never give you the sugar high that comes with eating a whole box of chocolates. nor will attaining one-hit wonder’hood.

You can produce something that stirs the hearts or minds of millions in just about any field, any endeavour.

Reaching skyward means overcoming great resistance, and often, the most powerful struggles are from within.

Here’s just a few real world examples for you to chew on, of those who caught lightning in a bottle, just once…

Music: Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers (Monster Mash), Steam (Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye), Wild Cherry (Play That Funky Music), a personal favourite of mine, Starland Vocal Band (Afternoon Delight), The Proclaimers (I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), Macy Gray (I Try), The Surfari’s (Wipe Out), Looking Glass (Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)), Musical Youth (Pass the Dutchie), Bobby McFerrin (Don’t Worry, Be Happy), Los del Rio (Macarena).

Actors: Michael Richards (Seinfeld), Kristen Davis (Sex and the City), Matthew Perry (Friends), Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee), Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Anthony Perkins (Psycho), Adam West (Batman)

Writers: Harper Lee (To Kill A Mockingbird), Margaret Mitchell (Gone With The Wind), JD Salinger (The Catcher In The Rye), Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights), Sylvia Plath (The Bell Jar), Mary Ann Shaffer (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society), Kathryn Stockett (The Help), Boris Pasternak (Doctor Zhivago)

Movie Directors: Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter), Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire), Paul Brickman (Risky Business), Stuart Rosenberg (Cool Hand Luke), Kevin Costner (Dances With Wolves), Lana and Lilly Wachowski (The Matrix)

Artists: Harvey Bell, graphic artist who created the iconic smiley face in 1963 for State Mutual Life Assurance Company.


One-hit wonders all, but failures? Nope. No at all… how many of us have reached the heights of their elevator shoes?

The examples I’ve given above all revolve around the arts, but let’s face it, one-time greatness can be engineered in any field, any endeavour. The Guinness World Book of Records is a testament to one-shot renown, despite its often silly rep.

Maybe we should be prodding… encouraging… our children, our family, our friends, our neighbours… to strive towards becoming a one-hit wonder in whatever interest stirs their desire, their passion, their own breath of delight…

To become a one-hit wonder is a lofty goal, and not an insult or something to deride. You deserve to be a One-Hit Wonder…

Getting there usually means having to improve our anti-resistance forces; strengthening our focus muscle is a self-discipline that, in our world of huge and ugly distractions, is a one-hit wonder all in itself…

And finally, the one-time, one-hit quote that has stuck with It-girl and famed philosopher Miss Piggy throughout her illustrious career: