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The hottest one-hit surprise yearly since 1955

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The hottest one-hit surprise yearly since 1955

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Achieving one-hit wonder standing can cement a musician’s place in music historical past — it solely takes one smash hit to be remembered as a legend.

We used Billboard’s Hot 100 year-end charts to infer what the preferred one-hit surprise was yearly since 1955, when the listing first got here out. Some had been the highest tune of all the 12 months, like 2012’s Gotye smash “Somebody That I Used to Know,” whereas others got here in additional down the listing, like “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin, which was the 37th biggest song in 1988.

Take a stroll down reminiscence lane with these 64 one-hit wonders.

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1955: “The Yellow Rose of Texas” by Mitch Miller

Miller did not obtain a lot chart success moreover this tune, however it did hit No. 1 in the summer of 1955.

Listen to “The Yellow Rose of Texas” here.

1956: “The Wayward Wind” by Gogi Grant

Grant had just one other song make it into the Hot 100: “Strange Are the Ways of Love,” which solely peaked at No. 80.

Listen to “The Wayward Wind” here.

1957: “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” by Billy Williams

This cowl was Williams’ highest-charting tune. His next biggest song, “Nola,” reached No. 39.

Listen to “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” here.

1958: “Witch Doctor” by Ross Bagdasarian Sr.

Ross Bagdasarian Sr., often known as David Seville, a stage title, is best-known as the creator of “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” He had a tune hit No.1 with them, however “Witch Doctor” is the one tune that charted that was below his start title.

Listen to “Witch Doctor” here.

1959: “Sleep Walk” by Santo & Johnny

“Sleep Walk” was a No. 1 song for Santo & Johnny, and their solely high 20 hit.

Listen to “Sleep Walk” here.

1960: “Running Bear” by Johnny Preston

Preston really had another top 10 hit, but it surely has fallen into obscurity over the many years. He is now mostly known for “Running Bear,” which tells the doomed love story of two Native Americans in warring tribes.

Listen to “Running Bear” here.

1961: “My True Story” by The Jive Five

The Jive Five had four songs total chart on the Hot 100, however solely “My True Story” made it to the highest 10. It peaked at No. three in 1961.

Listen to “My True Story” here.

1962: “Stranger on the Shore” by Acker Bilk

Acker Bilk was a preferred clarinet participant, however this did not translate into chart success. His next-highest song after his No. 1 hit “Stranger on the Shore” peaked at No. 59.

Listen to “Stranger on the Shore” here.

1963: “Rhythm of the Rain” by The Cascades

“Rhythm of the Rain” hit No. 3 on the charts — after that, The Cascades solely peaked at No. 60.

Listen to “Rhythm of the Rain” here.

1964: “We’ll Sing within the Sunshine” by Gale Garnett

Garnett followed up her lone top five hit with “Lovin’ Place,” which solely reached No. 54, and was her final tune to chart.

Listen to “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine” here.

 

1965: “You Were on My Mind” by We Five

We Five broke up two years after releasing “You Were on My Mind,” however acquired again collectively a 12 months later. However, this was their only song to reach the top five.

Listen to “You Were on My Mind” here.

 

1966: “Cool Jerk” by The Capitols

“Cool Jerk” was simply certainly one of many songs based mostly on the ’60s widespread dance, the jerk. This was The Capitols’ only top 10 hit.

Listen to “Cool Jerk” here.

1967: “Little Bit O’ Soul” by The Music Explosion

The Music Explosion had just two songs make it to the Hot 100 — “Soul” reached No. 2, whereas the opposite solely made it to No. 63.

Listen to “Little Bit O’ Soul” here.

1968: “Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)” by John Fred & His Playboy Band

“Judy” made it to the top of the charts in 1968. The title is a play on The Beatles classic, “Lucy within the Sky with Diamonds” — Fred misheard the lyrics.

Listen to “Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)” here.

1969: “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies

The Archies earns the excellence of being the one animated band on this listing. The Archie Comics characters notched another top 10 hit, “Jingle Jangle,” but it surely merely doesn’t have the endurance of “Sugar, Sugar.”

Listen to “Sugar, Sugar” here.

1970: “O-o-h Child” by Five Stairsteps

Five Stairsteps had 17 songs chart on the Hot 100, however “O-o-h Child” will all the time be their signature tune, and was launched to a brand new technology by its inclusion in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” soundtrack.

Listen to “O-o-h Child” here.

1971: “Mr. Big Stuff” by Jean Knight

“Mr. Big Stuff” almost reached the summit of the Hot 100, however fell simply quick at No. 2. Knight’s follow-up peaked at No. 50.

Listen to “Mr. Big Stuff” here.

1972: “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass

Another one-hit surprise brought back from obscurity by “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Brandy” is a big departure from Looking Glass’ regular sound.

The No. 1 song peaked in August 1972, however Looking Glass did not chart one other tune within the high 25.

Listen to “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” here.

1973: “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” by Vicki Lawrence

Lawrence is finest recognized for her time as an actress on “The Carol Burnett Show,” however she confirmed off her vocal chops with “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” her only song to crack the top 50.

Listen to “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” here.

1974: “Seasons within the Sun” by Terry Jacks

Jacks had only three songs in the Hot 100, however his different two songs solely reached spots 68 and 97 respectively, whereas “Seasons” made all of it the way in which to the highest.

Listen to “Seasons in the Sun” here.

1975: “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas

Douglas’ only other song to chart was “Dance the Kung Fu” in 1975, which reached 48, whereas the unique earned the No. 1 spot.

Listen to “Kung Fu Fighting” here.

1976: “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry

“Play That Funky Music” has endured by the years — it is not possible to learn the tune’s title with out singing the remainder of the lyrics. Wild Cherry had other songs chart, however the highest follow-up solely made it to No. 43.

Listen to “Play That Funky Music” here.

1977: “Angel in Your Arms” by Hot

Hot’s chart success was restricted to 1977 and 1978, throughout which they had three songs chart. However, “Angel in Your Arms,” reached No. 6, whereas the opposite two solely made it to 65 and 71.

Listen to “Angel in Your Arms” here.

1978: “Emotion” by Samantha Sang

Sang regularly collaborated with the Bee Gees, and certainly one of them really wrote this tune. “Emotion” is the only song of hers to crack the top 50.

Listen to “Emotion” here.

1979: “Ring My Bell” by Anita Ward

“Ring My Bell” reached No. 2 on the Hot 100. Ward’s solely different tune to chart, “Don’t Drop My Love” peaked at No. 87.

Listen to “Ring My Bell” here.

1980: “Funkytown” by Lipps Inc.

Yes, this tune existed earlier than its iconic inclusion in “Shrek 2.” Lipps Inc’s other song to chart, “Rock It,” peaked at solely No. 64.

Listen to “Funkytown” here.

 

 

1981: “Believe It or Not (Theme from ‘The Greatest American Hero’)” by Joey Scarbury

The theme song to “The Great American Hero” made all of it the way in which to the second-highest spot on the Hot 100 in ’81.

Listen to “Believe It or Not” here.

1982: “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell

“Tainted Love” is Soft Cell’s only song to ever make it onto the Hot 100.

Listen to “Tainted Love” here.

1983: “Maniac” by Michael Sembello

“Maniac” is one of two of Sembello’s songs to make it onto the Hot 100. “Maniac” reached No. 1, whereas the opposite made it to only No. 34.

Listen to “Maniac” here.

1984: “Missing You” by John Waite

Of all of Waite’s songs to make it onto the Hot 100, solely “Missing You” cracked the highest 25 — and it really rose to the highest of the charts.

Listen to “Missing You” here.

1985: “Take on Me” by A-ha

A-ha skilled a lot success of their native nation of Sweden, however “Take On Me” is their lone American hit.

Listen to “Take On Me” here.

1986: “Party All the Time” by Eddie Murphy

The comedian dabbled in music with “Party All the Time,” which reached No. 2.

Listen to “Party All the Time” here.

1987: “Shake You Down” by Gregory Abbott

Abbott had one other song chart on the Hot 100, however “Shake You Down” did considerably higher, reaching No. 1, whereas his different tune peaked at solely 56.

Listen to “Shake You Down” here.

1988: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin

Contrary to widespread perception, this reggae basic was not sung by Bob Marley, however by Bobby McFerrin. The tune, which reached No. 1, was McFerrin’s only to chart at all.

Listen to “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” here.

1989: “Waiting for a Star to Fall” by Boy Meets Girl

“Waiting for a Star to Fall” made it to No. 5. After that, little was heard from Boy Meets Girl.

Listen to “Waiting for a Star to Fall” here.

1990: “Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles

Myles won a Grammy for “Black Velvet,” which was additionally her only song to crack the top 25.

Listen to “Black Velvet” here.

1991: “One More Try” by Timmy T

Timmy T’s “One More Try” made it to No. 1 — his next-highest song peaked at 40.

Listen to “One More Try” here.

1992: “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot

Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby’s Got Back” is likely one of the most beloved one-hit wonders of all time, and his most successful song by far.

Listen to “Baby Got Back” here.

1993: “Whoomp! (There It Is)” by Tag Team

All three of Tag Team’s songs that made it onto the Hot 100 are some model of “Whoomp!,” together with an Addam’s Family model, and a Disney model sung by Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy.

Listen to “Whoomp! (There It Is)” here.

1994: “Baby, I Love Your Way” by Big Mountain

Big Mountain had four songs chart on the Hot 100, however “Baby” is way and away probably the most enduring, and best-selling, Big Mountain tune.

Listen to “Baby, I Love Your Way” here.

1995: “I Know” by Dionne Farris

“I Know” is Farris’ one and only song to ever chart on the Hot 100, and it peaked at No. 4.

Listen to “I Know” here.

1996: “Macarena” by Los del Río

The original version of the “Macarena” didn’t do too well, however as soon as the duo Bayside Boys remixed it, the tune blew up and have become Los Del Rio’s signature hit.

Listen to “Macarena” here.

1997: “B—-” by Meredith Brooks

This tune, generally mistaken for an Alanis Morissette tune, peaked at No. 2, and was Brooks’ lone top 25 hit.

Listen to “B—-” here.

1998: “I Don’t Want to Wait” by Paula Cole

Technically talking, Paula Cole had a higher-charting hit with “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?,” however “I Don’t Want to Wait” is well Cole’s signature hit. In 1998, the tune was chosen as the theme song for “Dawson’s Creek,” and the 2 have turn out to be inextricably linked.

Listen to “I Don’t Want to Wait” here.

1999: “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer

“Kiss Me” reached No. 2, and was Sixpence None the Richer’s lone mainstream hit — the remainder of their success got here from the Christian music community.

Listen to “Kiss Me” here.

2000: “Everything You Want” by Vertical Horizon

“Everything You Want” garnered Vertical Horizon their only No. 1 song — their follow-up peaked at 23.

Listen to “Everything You Want” here.

2001: “What Would You Do?” by City High

City High released two singles total: one was “What Would You Do?” which reached No. 8, and the opposite was “Caramel,” which peaked at 18.

Listen to “What Would You Do?” here.

2002: “Wherever You Will Go” by The Calling

This was The Calling’s lone song to chart.

Listen to “Wherever You Will Go” here.

2003: “No Letting Go” by Wayne Wonder

This was the only song Wayne Wonder released to make it onto the Hot 100.

Listen to “No Letting Go” here.

2004: “The Reason” by Hoobastank

Hoobastank had two songs peak at 44 and 68 respectively earlier than “The Reason,” which was their first and final tune to crack the highest 5.

Listen to “The Reason” here.

2005: “Listen to Your Heart” by DHT that includes Edmée

DHT, which stands for Dance House Trance, only had one song to chart on the Hot 100.

Listen to “Listen to Your Heart” here.

2006: “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter

Powter joins the one-hit surprise membership with “Bad Day,” his one and only song to chart on the Hot 100 — and it was a No. 1.

Listen to “Bad Day” here.

2007: “Party Like a Rockstar” by the Shop Boyz

Shop Boyz have but to follow up “Rockstar” with a commercially profitable tune.

Listen to “Party Like a Rockstar” here.

2008: “Sexy Can I” by Ray J that includes Yung Berg

“Sexy Can I” is Ray J’s signature song, although he virtually earned one other high 10 hit with “One Wish.”

Listen to “Sexy Can I” here.

2009: “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon

“Use Somebody” is Kings of Leon’s lone song to crack the top 25: they’ve did not chart a tune since 2010, that means it has virtually been a decade since their final profitable hit.

Listen to “Use Somebody” here.

2010: “Like a G6” by Far East Movement that includes The Cataracs and Dev

Far East Movement had a No. 7 song with “Rocketeer,” however we wager that the one Far East Movement hit you’ll be able to sing off the highest of your head is “Like a G6,” an infectious ear worm of a tune.

Listen to “Like a G6” here.

2011: “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People

“Pumped Up Kicks” was Foster the People’s first and only song to achieve mainstream success.

Listen to “Pumped Up Kicks” here.

2012: “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye that includes Kimbra

Gotye, a Grammy Award-winning artist, has yet to follow up the smash success of “Somebody” seven years later.

Listen to “Somebody That I Used to Know” here.

2013: “Harlem Shake” by Baauer

As of 2019, “Harlem Shake” is still Baauer’s only song to ever chart.

Listen to “Harlem Shake” by here.

2014: “Rude” by MAGIC!

MAGIC! have yet to replicate the success of reggae-pop infusion “Rude.”

Listen to “Rude” here

2015: “Cheerleader” by Omi

Omi’s song “Cheerleader” hit No. 1, however he hasn’t had a tune chart since then.

Listen to “Cheerleader” here.

2016: “Panda” by Desiigner

“Panda” peaked at No. 1. The rapper’s next-best selling single is “MIC Drop,” which peaked at 28 in 2017.

Listen to “Panda” here.

2017: “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man has been a gaggle for years, however “Feel It Still” is their one and only song to chart, and landed on the high spot besides.

Listen to “Feel It Still” here.

2018: “The Middle” by Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

“The Middle” cracked the highest 10 in a number of international locations, and was even nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance on the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. The tune is a collaboration between Russian-German document producer Zedd, American nation music singer Maren Morris, and American duo Grey, whom we have now but to listen to extra from.

Listen to “The Middle” here.


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