Song of the Day #3,748: ‘Sidekick’ – Walk the Moon

The other day, my daughters and I were talking about one-hit wonders, specifically the idea that some one-hit wonders must have started out with a lot of long-term potential.

When A-Ha had a huge hit with ‘Take On Me,’ their fans probably thought the band would enjoy international success for years to come. And in Europe, they did have a strong run of several Gold albums. But 33 years later, can anybody reading this blog name another A-Ha song without using Google?

That got me thinking, which modern-day bands that have the talent to be enduring favorites will more likely end up as one-hit wonders?

Twenty years from now, will your average music fan be able to name a Walk the Moon song that isn’t ‘Shut Up and Dance?’

I hope so, because Walk the Moon is a great band. Talking is Hard, the album on which ‘Shut Up and Dance’ appears, is as satisfying a pop record as I’ve heard in a decade. Their self-titled studio debut is very good as well, and last year’s What if Nothing expands on their winning formula.

But let’s be honest. ‘Shut Up and Dance’ was too popular and the rest of their output is too obscure for them to escape one-hit wonder status. Years from now, ‘Shut Up and Dance’ will still show up on ‘oldies’ playlists but only a handful of true fans will remember anything else.

This week I’m going to write about five talented artists I believe are sadly destined for one-hit wonder status. I’d love to hear a case for any of them avoiding that fate.

[Verse 1]
We walk out the cinema
About to go our separate ways and I…
I almost wave goodbye
When you let your hair fall in your face
And I often wonder why the things that I want
Are so hard to find
But I often fail to see the things that I need
Are right here by my side

[Pre-Chorus]
Something in the air is giving me bad ideas
Something in the air is giving me dangerous thoughts like:

[Chorus]
Why don’t you stay at mine tonight?
(Why don’t you stay at mine tonight?)
Why don’t you stay with me and be my sidekick, sidekick?
Do you, do you, do you want to be my sidekick, sidekick?

[Verse]
Keys left hanging in the door
A trail of shoes and winter coats
And we’re kissing on the kitchen floor
Our friendship up against the ropes
And don’t you wonder why
The things that you want
Are so hard to find
Well it just occurred to me
The one that I need
Could be right here by my side

Something in the air is giving me bad ideas
Something in the air is giving me wicked thoughts like:

[Chorus]
Why don’t you stay at mine tonight?
(Why don’t you stay at mine tonight?)
Why don’t you stay with me and be my sidekick, sidekick?
Do you, do you, do you want to be my sidekick, sidekick?
Do you, do you, do you want to be my sidekick, sidekick?
Do you, do you, do you want to be my sidekick, sidekick?
Do you, do you want to be my?
Do you want to me my?

Something in the air is giving me bad ideas
Something in the air is telling me you could be my sidekick, sidekick
Do you, do you, do you wanna be my sidekick, sidekick?
Do you, do you want to be my sidekick, sidekick?
If so, come on LET’S GO!!

AY AY AY AY!
AY AY AY AY!

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,748: ‘Sidekick’ – Walk the Moon

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Great idea for a theme week.

    I think you are probably right about Walk the Moon. They were doomed to one hit wonder status the moment they chose the band’s name. I can’t rationally support this theory, yet somehow I know it’s true.

  2. Amy says:

    Love this idea, though it’s just a bit cruel to those you select. Still, better to be a one hit wonder than a no hit wonder. With today’s pick, like many of the single hits of the past, there’s nothing about the song, fun and enjoyable as it is, that made me seek out the rest of the album. That might be one factor, along with the dreaded band name ;), for some of the songs we’ll find here.

  3. Maddie says:

    I love Walk the Moon, so I certainly hope they have a few more hits left in them… or, more importantly, enough of a fan base to continue making some great albums and touring. 🙂

  4. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    I think Walk the Moon is likely to be a one hit wonder. They still might release more discography that could become a hit, but, yes, due to their band name and their lack of keeping that fire from this smash I would say their time as a Billboard #1 artist is probably done.

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