He made every sound in that song with his mouth, and affected a silly accent for the lead vocals (McFerrin was born and raised in Manhattan), but most of his new fans assumed he was just some Jamaican guy who got lucky. But Bobby McFerrin is not on this list because of his many talents. Bobby McFerrin deserves your admiration because he chose to be a one-hit wonder. He never tried to replicate his massive success. He never tried to do a sequel. He always said that the song was a one-off thing he did strictly for fun and not something he had any interest in repeating.
Let me make this even more impressive. McFerrin made this statement in the '80s -- the greediest sell out decade in modern history. The '80s saw brave rock pioneers like David Bowie turn to pure pop s**t for his '85 and '87 albums. It was the decade where Bruce Springsteen, the most earnest rocker of all time, danced with Courteney Cox on stage, married a supermodel and released the genuinely cheesy album "Tunnel of Love."
Bobby McFerrin stopped at one in the '80s. It would be like if Wendy's made one "Where's the Beef?" commercial, if Stallone made one Rocky, if I thought about having sex with The Facts of Life girls just one time.
Well, not all of them.