Published on June 2nd 2010 by Leon Shepherd

This top ten list features the top 10 one-hit wonders of rap & hip-hop. A one-hit wonder is a recording artist who has a big hit, but fails to achieve another successful recording, or is just never heard from again. The criteria for making this list was based on (a), the artist being a one-wonder (b), record sales,  (c), Grammy Award recognition, and (d), how well the artist did on the R&B and pop charts. In other words, the bigger the hit, the higher the artist ranked. One final note, I’ve included youtube videos of the top 10 as an aid to help you recall & enjoy the hits of the artists. But I must warn you that even though the videos of artists 9 & 10 are the clean versions, their videos still contain suggestive content, especially #9.  So, having said that, it’s time to let the top 10 debate begin.


  10.  Afroman – “Because I Got High”


 Because I Got High” is a Grammy nominated song by Afroman.  The song is about how cannabis use can degrade one’s quality of life. The song rose from obscurity to popularity after it was circulated around the Internet and was featured on a radio show. The song reached #13 on Billboard’s Hot 100.


9. Khia – “My Neck, My Back (Lick It)”


Khia Chambers, better known as Khia, is a rapper, songwriter, singer and record producer.  She is best known for her song “My Neck, My Back (Lick It)”, which became a top five hit in the UK and pushed her album to gold-selling status in the U.S. While the original version of the song contained explicit lyrics, a mitigated edit was used for radio broadcasting and the video.


8. J.J. Fad – “Supersonic”



J. J. Fad was a rap group from Rialto, California about 45 minutes east of Los Angeles, California.  The group’s only Top 40 hit was 1988′s “Supersonic,” which made J.J. Fad the first female rap group to earn a Grammy nomination.


7. Candyman – “Knocking Boots”




Candell Manson known by his stage name Candyman, is a rapper and record producer who  is best known for his one-hit wonder, “Knockin’ Boots”. The 1990 song was a top ten hit on Billboard’s Hot 100.


6. Skee-Lo  – “I Wish”


I Wish” is a hip-hop song by rapper Skee-Lo released in 1995 as the first single from his debut album of the same name. The track peaked at #13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 1996 Grammy Awards, but lost to Coolio for his song “Gangsta’s Paradise.”



5. Young MC – “Bust a Move”


 “Bust a Move” is a 1989 single by the rapper Young MC. It won the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance.  The song reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart.



  4. Warren G & Nate Dogg – “Regulate”


“Regulate”  is a 1994 song performed by rappers Warren G and Nate Dogg. Released in the summer of 1994, the track appears on the soundtrack to the film Above the Rim and later on Warren G.’s album Regulate…G Funk Era. Supported by heavy radio airplay and MTV, the song reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The term regulate means to lay down the law by using force, or to return things to their normal status. The goal of a regulator is to eliminate an overly dramatic or dangerous situation.


 3. Tag Team – “Whoomp! (There It Is)”



“Whoomp! (There It  Is)”  a number-one hit single by the Atlanta based group Tag Team.  The hit song spent one week at #1 on the US R&B chart in 1993. It spent seven weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The single is certified 4× Platinum in the US for sales of over 4,000,000 copies and, despite never reaching number one on the pop chart, it was the second top song of 1993, behind Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”. “Whoomp! (There It Is)” was commonly used at sporting events, particularly basketball.


2.   Sir Mix-a-Lot – “Baby Got Back”



Baby Got Back” is a 1992 hip hop song by Sir Mix-a-Lot from his album Mack Daddy. The song reached number 1 on the United States’ Billboard Hot 100 chart for five weeks in the summer of 1992, and won a 1993 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. At the time of its original release, the song caused controversy with its outspoken and blatantly sexual lyrics about the female anatomy. Therefore the video was briefly banned by MTV. However, the song has remained very popular over time.


1. The Sugar Hill Gang – “Rappers Delight”


“Rappers Delight”  is a 1979 single by American hip hop trio The Sugarhill Gang. While it was not the first single to feature rapping, it is generally considered to be the song that first popularized hip hop in the United States and around the world. “Rapper’s Delight” hit #36 on the U.S. pop charts, and #4 on the U.S. R&B charts.  In 1979 it became the first hip-hop single to go gold.

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21 Responses to “Top 10 One-Hit Wonders of Rap”

  1. Desiree Says:

    Great list Leon – these songs bring back some memories. I have to say though – I think baby got back should be #1 – I bet every kid across the world knows that song.

  2. rod moore Says:

    No genre allows for more one hit wonders than rap. Im sure you could have doubled or tripled this list easily.

  3. Leon Says:

    Desiree, you have a good point regarding “Baby Got Back”. I’m sure every kid knows that song.
    But the reason I put “Rappers Delight” #1, is because it was the first original rap hit.
    It opened the door & started the ball rolling for other rap artists.

  4. Shonee Says:

    Good list Leon. Rapper’s Delight was AND still is one of the best rap songs ever. I was in the 4th grade when it came out and of course, I still have my album! That song and “Regulate” would have to be the best songs on this list.

    Sir Mix-A-Lot turned out to be very wealthy from this song owning all rights to it…good move.

    I thought of more one-hit-wonder artists: Shawn Brown aka The Rapping Duke…he is now doing children songs because we use his CD for transitions. 2) Sequence featuring Angie B aka Angie Stone…”Funk You Up”…they were also on the Sugar Hill Gang label.

    I can’t wait to hear Shack, Shack II and Roy’s comments on this list.

  5. Leon Says:

    Very informative comments, Shonee.
    Especially knowing Rapping Duke’s real name and providing an update on what he’s doing with his life.
    Thanks for sharing!

    And I look forward to hearing from Shack, Shack II, Roy too! lol

  6. Trisha Says:

    Leon, Great list….I actually only needed to hear #10 to recall the song. I do have to agree with Desiree, Baby Got Back should be #1.

  7. Lenora Says:

    Great list Leon. Thank you again for the youtube videos. I know it is alot of extra work. These songs bring back a lot of memories. I agree with Shonee, I look forward to hearing Shack’s and Roy too…

  8. Leon Says:

    Lenora, thanks for recognizing the extra work it takes to include youtubes in the top tens.

  9. Shack Says:

    Don’t worry about Roy and his lame comment(s)just listen to me, I’m the final word LOL. I’m no expert on Rap but here are my comments:
    #10 – Have heard this one
    #9 – Have not heard this one
    #8 – Good OHW
    #7 – Kinda remember that one..Is that Tone Loc in the video? (He almost qualifies as he’s a Two Hit Wonder)
    #6 – Never heard this but I’m sure Leon is LOL at the name Skee-Lo
    #5 – Definite OHW whatever happened to Father MC? Leon…did you notice your boy from Soul Train in the video (with the fedora)?
    #4 – Should pay Michael McDonald royalties
    #3 – Definite OHW – agree its in the top three
    #2 & 1 Nice list and agree with the ranking although many today are too young to remember Rappers Delight!

    Two questions (know the likely answer – they obviously had a couple more hits) What about the artists Grand Master Flash and Shaggy?

  10. Shonee Says:

    @Shack, I remember Rappers Delight and could perform it for you…if I knew you personally, lol!

  11. Leon Says:

    Shack, Shaggy has had several top 10 hits including, Angel, Bombastic, and the 2 million seller, It Wasn’t Me.
    Grand Master Flash & The Furious Five had a couple of hits, White Lines (Don’t Do It, Don’t Do It), and the million seller, The Message.

    And I agree, many were too young to remember Rappers Delight.

  12. Shack II Says:

    Leon – Yeah I anticipated that response but don’t recall ANY of those so called hits!
    Ms.Shonee – okay the next time I’m out west I’ll take you up on that!

  13. Roy Says:

    Yes this is a very good list.

  14. Shack Says:

    Leon – What About “Back That Thang Up”

  15. Leon Says:

    Shack, you’re right, Marlon Wayans replaced Eddie Murphy for the Richard Pryor story. No word on why Murphy backed out.

    And rapper Juvenile, who made “Back That Thang Up,” also had another top ten hit, “Slow Motion.”

  16. Shonee Says:

    @Shack II…Im from the East Coast!
    @Roy…I jumped ahead of myself in my first comment, I thought you were someone else that I invited to the discussion.

  17. Lyn Says:

    Great List Leon as always you did a great job. Keep up the good work.

  18. Leon Shepherd Says:

    Thanks Lyn!

  19. Shack Says:

    How about Montell Jordan = “This Is How We Do iT?”
    Definitely a OHW (unless your research dictates otherwise) but don’t know if he is technically a rapper!

  20. Leon Says:

    Shack, Montell Jordan was the first person I thought about regarding 1-hit rappers. But research shows that he had 3 number one hits.
    “This Is How We Do It” , “Let’s Ride”, & “Get It On Tonight.”
    Plus he had 2 additional top ten hits.

  21. Shack II Says:

    Thx. for the correction/research.