10 Best Euro-Dance One-Hit Wonders Of The New Millennium
When it comes to one-hit wonder lists, industry critics mainly focus on hip-hop, pop or country hits from the ’80s and ’90s. But what about the true underdogs — the European techno artists? Well today (December 16), that is all going to change! We at Idolator are shaking things up a bit, as we look back at some of the best (and most underrated) euro-dance one-hit wonders from the 2000s.
Save for one exception, the criteria was simple: the artist had to be from a European or British country, and their single had to have cracked the Top 40 of Billboard Hot 100. So throw on some neon glitter, crack open your glowsticks and dance along to our picks after the jump!
10. “Lady Hear Me Tonight” By Modjo (2000) — Peaked At #81
Kicking off this road of euro nostalgia is a danceable groove that may have slipped under your radar over the past decade. That is possibly due to its peak at the number 81 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 (which is why it’s so high on this list). When speaking about exceptions in the intro, this was the tune I was referring to (we like to break rules at Idolator!). Despite its low charting in the States, this breakout single from Modjo was too good to ignore. The French house duo got it all right on the tune, from the sample of Chic‘s 1982 song “Soup For One” to the punchy drum patterns. It recently got a revival in 2012, thanks to a remix by Canadian producer Kaytranada.
9. “We No Speak Americano” By Yolanda Be Cool (2010) — Peaked At #29
We have our friends down under to thank for this inescapable tune! “We No Speak Americano” by Yolanda Be Cool was everywhere back in 2010: pop radio, high school proms, bar mitzvahs, your aunt’s wedding…you name it! What makes this song so infectious is the sample of 1956’s “Tu Vuò Fà L’Americano” by Italian singer, Renato Carosone. The Australian duo managed to transform this spaghetti-and-meatballs swing tune into a super-kooky club anthem. The end result was honestly just plain weird, but somehow it worked!
8. “Listen To Your Heart” By DHT (2003) — Peaked At #8
“Listen To Your Heart” was a chart-topping success from Swedish pop duo Roxette, which was released back in 1988. But really, does anyone actually remember the original version? Fast forward to 15 years later, and in comes DHT with their killer cover of the song. The Belgian dance duo took the previous pop rock ballad and transformed it into a trance adventure. It took over both the international clubs and the Billboard Hot 100, as it peaked at number 8 — a difficult feat for euro-dance artists! The song was so popular, in fact, that it was certified Gold by the RIAA in 2005.
7. “I Will Love Again” By Lara Fabian (2000) — Peaked At #32
This next song is one of those buried gems that you completely forgot about, yet are ready to hit the electric-colored dance floor once it comes on. “I Will Love Again” is a total smash courtesy of Belgian singer, Lara Fabian. She was a successful artist overseas, but this was her first single in English. Thankfully, it was a hit here in the States as well! The song brings back memories of the ’90s, where soulful singers would belt over club-ready beats. But instead of UK house production, Fabian’s soaring vocals on “I Will Love Again” was laid over a eurodance production. We have Mark Taylor and Paul Barry to thank for that — they are the duo responsible for Cher‘s “Believe.”
6. “Days Go By” By Dirty Vegas (2001) — Peaked At #14
Some of the best dance music comes from the UK, and this next song is no different! “Days Go By” was first released in 2001 by British house trio Dirty Vegas, and hit star status the following year — and it’s no surprise! The tune has bubbling drums and rushing waves of synths that puts the listener in the most seductive trance, which is somewhat reminiscent of Madonna‘s 1995 “Bedtime Story” single.
Believe it or not, but “Days Go By” actually won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording in 2002. The song was also featured in a Mitsubishi Eclipse commercial, which propelled its popularity even further. It just goes to show that even the most humble of eurodance tunes can make it big!
5. “Heaven” By DJ Sammy (2002) — Peaked At #8
Sometimes eurodance tunes can lean towards the more cheesy side, but that still doesn’t draw from its appeal — as seen with DJ Sammy‘s version of “Heaven.” Like DHT’s “Listen To Your Heart,” this was a remix to an original song. The Spanish producer took a 1984 power ballad from Canadian singer Bryan Adams, and spun it into a four-on-the-floor dance craze! Dutch vocalist Do provided the sticky-sweet vocals, while DJ Sammy added synths that could withstand the heaviest of fist pumps! You may overlook the song now, but once it pops up on Dance Dance Revolution at your local arcade, your feet won’t stop moving.
4. “All Around The World (La La La La La)” By ATC (2000) — Peaked At #28
This song could also be categorized as a bit of “eurotrash,” but cut it some slack — it was released during the new millennium. The year 2000 was filled to the brim with guilty pleasures and one-hit wonders, but ATC‘s “All Around The World (La La La La La)” definitely stood out among the rest! Once again, the German eurodance group (a.k.a. A Touch Of Class — duh) covered an original song and made it their own. Seriously, this tune is too catchy for its own good!
The first rendition was a Russian hit titled “Pesenka,” which was released two years prior. ATC then dropped their version in 2000 as the debut single from their Planet Pop album — and the world changed forever. “All Around The World” peaked at number 28 on Billboard’s Hot 100 as well as taking the number 12 spot on Mainstream Top 40! When will your eurotrash fave ever do it?
3. “Stereo Love” By Edward Maya feat. Vika Jigulina (2009) — Peaked At #16
Landing in the top three is Edward Maya‘s breakthrough international smash, “Stereo Love.” This song is different from many others on this list, as it leans towards a more tropical sound than poppy synths. Maya and the lead singer, Vika Jigulina, are both Romanian — yet their 2009 tune transports you to a lush beach in Ibiza. The delicate vocals combined with the atmospheric production, accompanied by the accordion riffs, made for a win-win at nightclubs everywhere. The result is simply hypnotic!
Everyone couldn’t get enough of “Stereo Love,” and its certifications prove it! The song went Platinum various places worldwide: eight times in Norway, twice over in three countries (Canada, Italy and Spain) and once over in the US.
2. “It Feels So Good” By Sonique (2000) — Peaked At #8
We’re almost there, folks! My choice for the second-greatest eurodance tune from the past decade is none other than Sonique‘s “It Feels So Good.” This song is another example as to why 2000 was an awesome year for international music. Here’s the thing: it actually debuted in 1998 (another rule-breaker, sorry not sorry). But two years later, “It Feels So Good” was re-released to even wider international success than the first time around — which is why it charted on Billboard Hot 100 in the new millennium.
The song is a stunning blend of house, dance and a touch of hip-hop that is combined with the British singer’s bold vocals. Sonique continues to perform and make music in England, but none of her singles went on to achieve similar success as her breakthrough hit. I mean, the title says it all — listening to the song just makes you feel so damn good!
1. “Mr. Saxobeat” By Alexandra Stan (2010) — Peaked At #21
Topping off this list is the song that everyone both in America and Europe simply could not get out of their heads! “Mr. Saxobeat” debuted back in 2010, yet its catchiness doesn’t come off as cheesy when re-listening to it four years later. We have Romania to thank again for this upbeat hit, which is where singer Alexandra Stan is from.
“Mr. Saxobeat” was the second single off Stan’s debut LP, Saxobeats, and obviously became the most successful. The artist incorporated horn instrumentation way before tunes like “Problem” and “Talk Dirty” even existed — how’s that for a musical trendsetter? Alexandra Stan is still putting out music (it’s mainly stationed in Japan), but “Mr. Saxobeat” will most likely remain her one-hit wonder. Yet we definitely don’t think that is a bad thing, don’t you agree?
What were your favorite one-hit wonders from the past 14 years? Let us know in the comments below!