#8 – Barenaked Ladies – “One Week” – (1998)

Stunt is one of my all-time favorite albums. Who doesn’t (or didn’t at some point in time) love this song? It is BNL’s only Hot 100 #1 hit in the United States (for one week) and it just might be their most well known song. Ed Robertson gets to show off his ability to talk really really fast in the parts of the song that everyone thinks they can sing but ends up just making noise through. During those times when he is rapping, he is rattling off pop culture reference after pop culture reference. And is it just me or is the music video very similar to that of Smash Mouth’s “All Star?” Other singles from Stunt include “Call and Answer” and “Alcohol” (which I can’t recall every hearing on the radio). The best song from the album has to be “It’s All Been Done” (“One Week” included). Two other tracks that were apparently never singles but I swear I heard on the radio (maybe I just listened to them on the album a lot back in the day) are “I’ll Be That Girl” and “Light Up My Room.” There are some great other versions of “One Week” as well. The Bluegrass Version is classic and the Bathroom Sessions Version is great as well.