- One-hit wonders vary from catchy tunes to horrible ear worms.
- We used Billboard’s year-end charts, which return to 1955, to infer the preferred one-hit surprise from annually.
- In 1976, the world was enamored with “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
1959: “Sleep Walk” by Santo & Johnny
“Sleep Walk” was a No. 1 song for Santo & Johnny, and their solely high 20 hit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1965: “You Were on My Mind” by We Five
1966: “Cool Jerk” by The Capitols
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.
1968: “Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)” by John Fred & His Playboy Band
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1982: “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell
“Tainted Love” is Soft Cell’s only song to ever make it onto the Hot 100.
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.
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.
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.
1986: “Party All the Time” by Eddie Murphy
The comedian dabbled in music with “Party All the Time,” which reached No. 2.
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.
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.
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.
1990: “Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1999: “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer
2000: “Everything You Want” by Vertical Horizon
“Everything You Want” garnered Vertical Horizon their only No. 1 song — their follow-up peaked at 23.
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.
2002: “Wherever You Will Go” by The Calling
This was The Calling’s lone song to chart.
2003: “No Letting Go” by Wayne Wonder
This was the only song Wayne Wonder released to make it onto the Hot 100.
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.
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.
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.
2007: “Party Like a Rockstar” by the Shop Boyz
Shop Boyz have but to follow up “Rockstar” with a commercially profitable tune.
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.”
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.
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.
2011: “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People
“Pumped Up Kicks” was Foster the People’s first and only song to achieve mainstream success.
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.
2013: “Harlem Shake” by Baauer
As of 2019, “Harlem Shake” is still Baauer’s only song to ever chart.
2014: “Rude” by MAGIC!
MAGIC! have yet to replicate the success of reggae-pop infusion “Rude.”
2015: “Cheerleader” by Omi
Omi’s song “Cheerleader” hit No. 1, however he hasn’t had a tune chart since then.
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.
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.
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.