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Blast from the Past: What's your favorite "One-Hit Wonder" song/artist?
one man's opinion...

Posted on 01/19/2014 6:15:37 AM PST by ken5050

I was clicking through some links on Wikipedia last night, and stumbled across the "List of One-hit Wonders" in the United States." Amazingly, they have separate, detailed individual lists for each decade ( I've posted the links below..)I was astonished at how many there were, how many I'd liked, and many I'd pretty much forgotten; and I spent several hours on YouTube, reminiscing, and then downloading some of the tunes. So, enjoy.. if you have a favorite, opine below...


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From Wikipedia: "A one-hit wonder is a Top 40 phenomenon; the combination of artist and song that scores huge in the music industry with one single, but is unable to repeat the achievement. The term can refer to the artist, the song, or both together."

List of 1950's US OHWs

List of 1960's US OHWs

List of 1970's US OHWs

List of 1980's US OHWs

List of 1990's US OHWs

List of 2000's US OHWs

List of 2010's US OHWs

Gotta warn y'all: It's addictive, and time consuming.....I came of age in the 60's, and still haven't finished with that decade's list.

Everyone have a great day!!!

1 posted on 01/19/2014 6:15:37 AM PST by ken5050
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To: ken5050

Play that Funky Music White Boy.


2 posted on 01/19/2014 6:18:42 AM PST by Daveinyork (IER)
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To: ken5050

3 posted on 01/19/2014 6:19:44 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Daveinyork

AWB had a few hits, I think.
How about kung fu fighting?


4 posted on 01/19/2014 6:20:53 AM PST by winodog
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To: ken5050

In the lists from 2011 and 2012, I recognize some country music performers who have popular songs on the radio now. A singer or group who steadily produces reasonably successful material isn’t a “one-hit wonder” just because one song is exceptionally successful.


5 posted on 01/19/2014 6:22:04 AM PST by Tax-chick (Tell the mad chameleon he's not welcome anymore.)
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To: Daveinyork

Lots of songs to bring back good memories. But I am curious about what their criteria happened to be. There are a few artists that would not be categorized as “One Hit Wonders” such as Devo, Don Williams, Mickey Gillie, Emylou Harris, Donald Fagen, etc.


6 posted on 01/19/2014 6:22:35 AM PST by rjsimmon (1-20-2013 The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: ken5050

A favorite of my dad’s that was a hit long before I was born: “Questions Of My Life” by the Marmalades. I swear he could quote every lyric from memory. Whenever it came on the radio the volume went up and the whole car had to be silent on pain of death.


7 posted on 01/19/2014 6:23:41 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: ken5050
Talahatchee Bridge, Bobby Gentry (Ode to Billy Joe)
8 posted on 01/19/2014 6:26:37 AM PST by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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To: ken5050

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX1-e0w3mUw


9 posted on 01/19/2014 6:26:43 AM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: ken5050

“Sally Sayin’ Somthin’” by Billy Harner. He was also my barber.


10 posted on 01/19/2014 6:27:19 AM PST by mkmensinger
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To: ken5050

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0x8S1U7O3w


11 posted on 01/19/2014 6:27:39 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Tax-chick

Good morning..I almost didn’t post those links..IMHO, a OHW has to age, ripen, many years, like a good wine..


12 posted on 01/19/2014 6:27:39 AM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: ken5050

Ides of March - Vehicle.


13 posted on 01/19/2014 6:27:50 AM PST by jurroppi1
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To: billhilly
yup..and she was hot....

well..off to Mass...

14 posted on 01/19/2014 6:28:26 AM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: ken5050

“Ride, Captain Ride” - Blues Image

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAnGe40-o9Q


15 posted on 01/19/2014 6:29:36 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: rjsimmon

One-hit-wonder lists usually say more about the compilers own lack of knowledge than they do about the music business.

That said, there ARE actually one-hit-wonders, just a lot fewer of them than a lot of writers imagine.


16 posted on 01/19/2014 6:29:51 AM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Daveinyork
How about the "classic" "Oh Babe, What Would Ya Say" by Hurricane Smith?

I kind of liked the sound.

17 posted on 01/19/2014 6:30:47 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: ken5050

You have to look back from a distance of a lot more than 2 or 3 years.


18 posted on 01/19/2014 6:31:54 AM PST by Tax-chick (Tell the mad chameleon he's not welcome anymore.)
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To: ken5050

I just poured myself another cup of coffee. I suspect that I won’t be doing much today other than going through all those great links.

Thanks for posting this!


19 posted on 01/19/2014 6:32:10 AM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: ken5050
In the mid 2000 decade I started 'collecting' some of the songs I remember listening to late into the nights in the early 1960s. The one TV channel we could get went off the air about 10:30 p.m., so the only late night option was AM radio from some of the super stations of that era. I managed to collect about 250 classics. Some songs were sung by 'other' artists, but I had my preferences.

One of the most difficult to find was Sunday Morning Coming Down. Kristofferson wrote it and both he and Johnny Cash sang it (IIRC). But the version I liked was sung by Ray Stevens, who was noted for his comedic songs. The Stevens version was the best, but it didn't show up on most of the music websites. I did eventually run across it in mp3 format on some obscure website -- and I saved it.

I still occasionally put on the earphones, auto load, and listen to many of those old classics late into the night.
20 posted on 01/19/2014 6:32:22 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Daveinyork

Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZQxH_8raCI


21 posted on 01/19/2014 6:33:02 AM PST by GMMC0987
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To: mountainlion; Tax-chick
They didn't make the list, but they should have..they were basically a OHW, IMHO:

We Five: "You Were On My Mind" Gawd, she had a great set of pipes..

22 posted on 01/19/2014 6:33:29 AM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: ken5050

Yes, ‘Tip Toe Through The Tulips,’ - Tiny Tim.


23 posted on 01/19/2014 6:34:06 AM PST by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: Tax-chick
2- 3 decades is more like it....

BTW..you did get my freepmail about the contribution?

24 posted on 01/19/2014 6:34:36 AM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: ken5050

Melanie Safka’s “Brand New Key”

When first released, “Brand New Key” was banned by some radio stations because some saw sexual innuendo in the lyrics. It was a multi-million 70s tune. She had other top 40s hits but nothing like “I Got A Brand New Pair of Roller Skates, You Got A Brand New Key”. It was one of those tunes you couldn’t get out of your mind.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbvFOf9lshI


25 posted on 01/19/2014 6:37:09 AM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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To: BBB333

More like “Miss Vicky”...IIRC she did a nude centerfold..


26 posted on 01/19/2014 6:37:31 AM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: BBB333
Yes, ‘Tip Toe Through The Tulips,’ - Tiny Tim.

Arrrgggghhh!!!

27 posted on 01/19/2014 6:38:19 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: ken5050

Yellow Balloon by the Yellow Balloon.


28 posted on 01/19/2014 6:39:10 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: oh8eleven

Crabby Appleton - “Go Back”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEn6UGDmT6U


29 posted on 01/19/2014 6:39:57 AM PST by GMMC0987
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To: ken5050

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1lyu1KKwC74&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D1lyu1KKwC74

The Verve - “Bittersweet Symphony”


30 posted on 01/19/2014 6:40:04 AM PST by maggief
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To: shove_it

I remember that well..BTW just Googled her...last year Miley Cyrus did a video of one of her songs..


31 posted on 01/19/2014 6:40:13 AM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: ken5050

Greg Kihn Band - Break up song.

Tommy Tutone - Jenny Jenny (867-5309).


32 posted on 01/19/2014 6:41:45 AM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: ken5050

Brutal to narrow it down. But for me ... Earth Angel.


33 posted on 01/19/2014 6:41:47 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Paine in the Neck

Sukiyaki

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C35DrtPlUbc


34 posted on 01/19/2014 6:42:09 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: ken5050

Come on Eileen - Drexy’s Midnight Runners


35 posted on 01/19/2014 6:42:37 AM PST by circlecity
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To: ken5050
Funny you should post this thread. Last night I came across this video of a one-hit wonder song that I haven't heard since it briefly made the Top-20 in 1966.

Click on photo to watch the video.


36 posted on 01/19/2014 6:42:46 AM PST by Maceman
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To: ken5050

“They didn’t make the list, but they should have..they were basically a OHW, IMHO:

We Five: “You Were On My Mind” Gawd, she had a great set of pipes..” and a great set of t... too.


37 posted on 01/19/2014 6:42:49 AM PST by ABN 505
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To: ken5050
Glenn Yarbrough - "Baby The Rain Must Fall"

I was just a kid, but it struck a chord.

38 posted on 01/19/2014 6:42:58 AM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: ken5050

The Wonders - That Thing You Do!

39 posted on 01/19/2014 6:43:21 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: ken5050

We Five - my all-time favorite. 1965.
The guitar licks were ahead of their time too.
I have the original on vinyl, performed by Richard and Sylvia.
(I think they wrote it)

How about Red Rubber Ball as a OHW?


40 posted on 01/19/2014 6:43:22 AM PST by spankalib ("I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.")
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To: Daveinyork

867-5309 (Jenny) by Tommy Tutone


41 posted on 01/19/2014 6:45:55 AM PST by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: ken5050

According to the posted list, in 1977, some guy named Ted Nugent had a hit. I wonder whatever happened to him?


42 posted on 01/19/2014 6:46:02 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Anti-Complacency League! Baby!)
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To: ken5050

The Shadows of Knight-Gloria

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMZ1wZgl3m0


43 posted on 01/19/2014 6:46:43 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: ken5050

I find it very hard to listen to all the Ads before you can listen to any music. I used to just put the tunes on auto play but now you have to hear an ad just to get to your song. Any solutions to that or just stop listening?


44 posted on 01/19/2014 6:47:14 AM PST by ABN 505
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To: ken5050

That is an AWESOME song-—drumming really original-—and I got it on my iTunes lists.


45 posted on 01/19/2014 6:47:51 AM PST by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Hah! We both said Jenny!


46 posted on 01/19/2014 6:48:30 AM PST by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: ken5050

Concrete and Clay-—don’t know the band.


47 posted on 01/19/2014 6:49:04 AM PST by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: ken5050

Focus - Hocus Pocus


48 posted on 01/19/2014 6:49:42 AM PST by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: ken5050
"Falling" by LeBlanc& Carr

"Jackie blue" by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils

"Come & get your love" by Redbone

"Gimme dat ding" by the Pipkins

"Hocus pocus" by Focus

"Hold your head up" by Argent

"In the summertime" by Mungo jerry

Moving on to the eighties...

"Major Tom (voellig losgeloest)" by Peter Schilling

"Mexican radio" by Wall of voodoo

"No myth" by Michael Penn

And many, many more...

CC

49 posted on 01/19/2014 6:50:05 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Fresh Wind

I think every rock and roller started by learning 3 songs: Gloria, Louie,
Louie, and House of the Rising Sun.


50 posted on 01/19/2014 6:50:59 AM PST by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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