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Jeannie C. Riley - Harper Valley P.T.A.

T. Rex - Bang A Gong (Get It On)

Ten Years After - I'd Love to Change the World

Terry Jacks - Seasons in the Sun

Rick Derringer - Rock & Roll Hootchie Koo

Some other chart entries by above listed artists:

Jeannie C Riley - The Girl Most Likely

T Rex - Hot Love

Ten Years After - I'm Going Home (big boost from movie Woodstock)

Terry Jacks - Which Way You Going, Billy?

Rick Derringer - Hang On Sloopy

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Phew. I read over most of this topic, so that I'd be able to pick something that hasn't been mentioned before. It is interesting how some bands manage to be one-hit wonders in certain places and make it big in others. Personally, I wouldn't think A-Ha, Soft Cell, T. Rex, and a few others as one hit wonders, but radio programming is different in other areas of the world. It's all good :headphones:

Here are my picks for my fave one hit wonders:

"Susanna" by The Art Company

"Doot Doot" by Freur

"Never Never" by The Assembly

"The Promise" by When In Rome

"Two Occasions" by The Deele

"Would I Lie To You?" by Charles And Eddie

"I've Been Thinking About You" by Londonbeat

"Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand" by The Primitive Radio Gods

"Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve Pipe

"Nearly Lost You" by The Screaming Trees

bittersweet symphony is by 'the verve'... i've seen a lot of people get confused with that one. 'verve pipe' had 'the freshman'. i love 'em both...but is the verve one-hit?

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i've been waitin for a post like this... i don't think ALL he good songs have been named. a zillion more come to my mind.

'mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm' by the crash test dummies

'no rain by' blind melon (i know its already been mentioned but i need it to be mentioned again cuz i love it!)

'cat's in the cradle' and 'everything about you' by ugly kid joe (one of them is a hit right? or both?)

'dancing in the moonlight' and 'achilles' heel' by toploader (think the first one made it BIG)

and i heard this one recently and realised how i really liked it 'its all about the money' by meja

another childhood favourite which i haven't stopped liking is 'Tom's Diner' by DNA feat. Suzanne Vega (doo doo doo doo do do doo doo)

And I really really really like "Hey Jealousy' by the Gin Blossoms

and then of course 'What's Up' by 4-non blondes. They deserved to be more then just one-hit wonders. So did blind melon... i love ALL their songs so far...not just 'no rain'.

No more names come to mind... the lemonheads aren't one-hit wonders right?

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bittersweet symphony is by 'the verve'... i've seen a lot of people get confused with that one. 'verve pipe' had 'the freshman'. i love 'em both...but is the verve one-hit?

They're definetly not one-hit wonders!

They've had...

- Bittersweet Smphony

- Sonnet

- The Drugs Don't Work

- Lucky Man

- Come On

..just to mention a few!

Their album 'Urban Hymns' was very popular when it first came out, they were/are one of the most famous 'Brit Pop' bands.

:drummer:

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Turning Japanese - The Vapors... :guitar:

Fab song!!!!!

**MUSICAL INTERLUDE**

I got your picture of me and you

You wrote "I love you" I wrote "me too"

I sit here staring and there's nothing else to do

Oh it's in color

Your hair is brown

Your eyes are hazel

And soft as clouds

I have to kiss you when there's no one else around

I got your picture, I got your picture

I'd like a million of you over myself

I want a doctor to take a picture

So I can look at you from inside as well

You've got me turning up and turning down

and turning in and turning 'round

I'm turning Japanese

I think I'm turning Japanese

I really think so

Turning Japanese

I think I'm turning Japanese

I really think so

Turning Japanese

I think I'm turning Japanese

I really think so

Turning Japanese

I think I'm turning Japanese

I really think so

I got your picture, I got your picture

I'd like a million of you over myself

I want a doctor to take a picture

So I can look at you from inside as well

You've got me turning up and turning down

and turning in and turning 'round

I'm turning Japanese

I think I'm turning Japanese

I really think so

Turning Japanese

I think I'm turning Japanese

I really think so

Turning Japanese

I think I'm turning Japanese

I really think so

Turning Japanese

I think I'm turning Japanese

I really think so

No sex, no drugs, no wine, no women

No fun, no sin, no you, no wonder it's dark

Everyone around me is a total stranger

Everyone avoids me like a Psyclone Ranger

Everyone

That's why I'm turning Japanese

I think I'm turning Japanese

I really think so

Turning Japanese

I think I'm turning Japanese

I really think so

Turning Japanese

I think I'm turning Japanese

I really think so

Turning Japanese

I think I'm turning Japanese

I really think so...

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Black Is Black

Los Bravos

Black is black

I want my baby back

It's gray, it's gray

Since she went away, Ooh-Ooh

What can I do

'Cause I-I-I-I-I'm feelin' blue

If I had my way

She'd be back today

But she don't intend

To see me again, Ooh-Ooh

What can I do

'Cause I-I-I-I-I'm feelin' blue

I can't choose

It's too much to lose

My love's too strong

Wow! Maybe if she

would come back to me

Then it can't go wrong

Bad is bad

That I feel so sad

It's time, it's time

That I found peace of mind, Ooh-Ooh

What can I do

'Cause I-I-I-I-I'm feelin' blue

I can't choose

It's too much to lose

My love's too strong

Wow! Maybe if she

would come back to me

Then it can't go wrong

Black is black

I want my baby back

It's gray, it's gray

Since she went away, Ooh-Ooh

What can I do

'Cause I-I-I-I-I'm feelin' blue

'Cause I-I-I-I-I'm feelin' blue

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One of my favorite one hit wonders is..........

The Hustle by Van McCoy (1975)

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

The disco era needed a soundtrack by which hedonists could get busy on the dance floor, and the lite jazz groove perfectly fit the bill in 1976. Honk once if you love flutes. Honk twice if you've ever gotten busy on the dance floor.

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The seventies had a slew of one hit wonders. How many of these do you remember. Some of them were huge hits! On this list are a few TV or movie stars such as Vickie Lawrence, Steve Martin, David Soul (Hutch) and David Naughton (Dr. Pepper guy and Werewolf of London).

Alive and Kicking - Tighter, Tighter - 1970

Bobby Bloom - Montego Bay - 1970

Blues Image - Ride Captain Ride - 1970

Edison Lighthouse - Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) - 1970

Frijid Pink - House of the Rising Sun - 1970

Norman Greenbaum - Spirit in the Sky - 1970

Jaggerz - The Rapper - 1970

Marmalade - Reflections of My Life - 1970

Mungo Jerry - In the Summertime - 1970

Shocking Blue - Venus - 1970

White Plains - My Baby Loves Lovin' - 1970

Wadsworth Mansion - Sweet Mary - 1970

Pipkins - Gimme Dat Ding - 1970

Mountain - Mississippi Queen - 1970

Free - All Right Now - 1970

The Five Stairsteps - O-o-h Child - 1970

The Tee Set - Ma Belle Amie - 1970

Mashmakhan - As The Years Go By - 1970

R. Dean Taylor - Indiana Wants Me - 1970

Lynn Anderson - Rose Garden - 1970

Robin McNamara - Lay a Little Lovin' On Me - 1970

Miguel Rios - A Song Of Joy (Himno A La Alegria) - 1970

Jefferson - Baby Take Me In Your Arms - 1970

The Ides Of March - Vehicle - 1970

Christie - Yellow River - 1970

Eddie Holman - Hey There Lonely Girl - 1970

Pacific Gas & Electric - Are You Ready? - 1970

Crabby Appleton - Go Back - 1970

Brewer & Shipley - One Toke Over the Line - 1971

Buoys - Timothy - 1971

Coven - One Tin Soldier (The Legend of Billy Jack) - 1971

Paul Humphrey and His Cool Aid Chemists - Cool Aid - 1971

Ocean - Put Your Hand in the Hand - 1971

Richie Havens - Here Comes the Sun - 1971

Les Crane - The Desiderata - 1971

Daddy Dewdrop - Chick-A-Boom - 1971

Tom Clay - What The World Needs Now Is Love - 1971

Think - Once You Understand - 1971

Ten Years After - I'd Love to Change the World - 1971

Tin Tin - Toast And Marmalade For Tea - 1971

The Beginning of the End - Funky Nassau - Part 1 - 1971

Mac and Katie Kissoon - Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep - 1971

Liz Damon's Orient Express - 1900 Yesterday - 1971

Sammi Smith - Help Me Make It Through The Night - 1971

Jean Knight - Mr. Big Stuff - 1971

Bloodrock - D.O.A. - 1971

The Bells - Stay Awhile - 1971

Denise LaSalle - Trapped By A Thing Called Love - 1971

Cymarron - Rings - 1971

The Free Movement - I've Found Someone Of My Own - 1971

The Undisputed Truth - Smiling Faces Sometimes - 1971

Ashton, Gardner & Dyke - Resurrection Shuffle - 1971

Apollo 100 - Joy - 1972

Argent - Hold Your Head Up - 1972

Bullet - White Lies, Blue Eyes - 1972

Climax - Precious and Few - 1972

Joey Heatherton - Gone - 1972

Hillside Singers - I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (in Perfect Harmony) - 1972

Hot Butter - Popcorn - 1972

Mouth & MacNeal - How Do You Do - 1972

Danny O'Keefe - Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues - 1972

Jonathan Edwards - Sunshine - 1972

Chakachas - Jungle Fever - 1972

Delegates - Convention '72 - 1972

Malo - Suavecito - 1972

Hurricane Smith - Oh, Babe, What Would You Say? - 1972

Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen - Hot Rod Lincoln - 1972

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Mister, Can't You See - 1972

Daniel Boone - Beautiful Sunday - 1972

T. Rex - Bang A Gong (Get It On) - 1972

Sailcat - Motorcycle Mama - 1972

Bloodstone - Natural High - 1973

Brownsville Station - Smokin' in the Boys Room - 1973

Focus - Hocus Pocus - 1973

Clint Holmes - Playground in My Mind - 1973

King Harvest - Dancing in the Moonlight - 1973

Vicki Lawrence - The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia - 1973

Skylark - Wildflower - 1973

Stories - Brother Louie - 1973

Jud Strunk - Daisy a Day - 1973

Timmy Thomas - Why Can't We Live Together - 1973

Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell - Dueling Banjos - 1973

Manu Dibango - Soul Makossa - 1973

Loudon Wainwright III - Dead Skunk - 1973

Barbara Fairchild - Teddy Bear Song - 1973

New York City - I'm Doin' Fine Now - 1973

B.W. Stevenson - My Maria - 1973

Shirley Brown - Woman to Woman - 1974

William DeVaughn - Be Thankful For What You Got - 1974

David Essex - Rock On - 1974

First Class - Beach Baby - 1974

Terry Jacks - Seasons in the Sun - 1974

George McCrae - Rock Your Baby - 1974

MFSB - TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) - 1974

Mocedades - Eres Tu (Touch the Wind) - 1974

Maria Muldaur - Midnight at the Oasis - 1974

Paper Lace - The Night Chicago Died - 1974

Reunion - Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me) - 1974

Billy Swan - I Can Help - 1974

Blue Swede - Hooked on a Feeling - 1974

Byron MacGregor - The Americans - 1974

Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells - 1974

Marvin Hamlisch - The Entertainer - 1974

Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting - 1974

Rick Derringer - Rock & Roll Hootchie Koo - 1974

Sister Janet Mead - The Lord's Prayer - 1974

Sami Jo - Tell Me A Lie - 1974

Wednesday - Last Kiss - 1974

Johnny Bristol - Hang On In There Baby - 1974

Morris Albert - Feelings - 1975

Head East - Never Been Any Reason - 1975

Sammy Johns - Chevy Van - 1975

Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony - The Hustle - 1975

Pilot - Magic - 1975

Minnie Riperton - Lovin' You - 1975

Sweet Sensation - Sad Sweet Dreamer - 1975

Gwen McCrae - Rockin' Chair - 1975

Bazuka - Dynomite - 1975

Ace - How Long - 1975

Kraftwerk - Autobahn - 1975

Jessi Colter - I'm Not Lisa - 1975

Benny Bell - Shaving Cream - 1975

Elvin Bishop - Fooled Around and Fell in Love - 1976

Rick Dees - Disco Duck - 1976

Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes - Get Dancin' - 1976

Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band -A Fifth of Beethoven - 1976

Vicki Sue Robinson - Turn the Beat Around - 1976

Starland Vocal Band - Afternoon Delight - 1976

Wild Cherry - Play that Funky Music - 1976

Thin Lizzy - The Boys are Back in Town - 1976

Larry Groce - Junk Food Junkie - 1976

Brass Construction - Movin' - 1976

Cate Bros. - Union Man - 1976

Cyndi Grecco - Making Our Dreams Come True - 1976

Pratt & McClain - Happy Days - 1976

Silver - Wham Bam - 1976

Debby Boone - You Light Up My Life - 1977

David Dundas - Jeans On - 1977

Floaters - Float On - 1977

Q - Dancin' Man - 1977

David Soul - Don't Give Up on Us - 1977

Piero Umiliani - Mah Na Mah Na - 1977

Thelma Houston - Don't Leave Me This Way - 1977

Sanford-Townshend Band - Smoke From a Distant Fire - 1977

Odyssey - Native New Yorker - 1977

William Bell - Trying To Love Two - 1977

Dean Friedman - Ariel - 1977

Ram Jam - Black Betty - 1977

Meri Wilson - Telephone Man - 1977

Paul Nicholas - Heaven On The 7th Floor - 1977

Alicia Bridges - I Love the Nightlife (Disco 'Round) - 1978

Walter Egan - Magnet and Steel - 1978

Foxy - Get Off - 1978

Nick Gilder - Hot Child in the City - 1978

Alan O'Day - Undercover Angel - 1978

Samantha Sang - Emotion - 1978

John Paul Young - Love Is In the Air - 1978

Patti Smith Group - Because The Night - 1978

Anita Ward - Ring My Bell - 1978

Eruption - I Can't Stand The Rain - 1978

Steve Martin - King Tut - 1978

Boney M - Rivers of Babylon - 1978

Jimmy Horne - Dance Across The Floor - 1978

LeBlanc & Carr - Falling - 1978

Rubicon - I'm Gonna Take Care Of Everything - 1978

Bobby Caldwell - What You Won't Do for Love - 1979

Instant Funk - I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl) - 1979

Nick Lowe - Cruel to be Kind - 1979

Sniff 'n' the Tears - Driver's Seat - 1979

Amii Stewart - Knock on Wood - 1979

Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays - 1979

Patrick Hernandez - Born to be Alive - 1979

The Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star - 1979

M - Pop Muzik - 1979

David Naughton - Makin' It - 1979

Ian Gomm - Hold On - 1979

Barbara Mandrell - I Don't Want to Be Right - 1979

Randy Vanwarmer - Just When I Needed You Most - 1979

Roger Voudouris - Get Used To It - 1979

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Oops...almost forgot to answer the question of the original poster of this thread. Hard to say what my favorite one hit wonder song is because there are so many. I will go with a few and all out of the seventies.

Suavecito - Malo

One Tin Soldier - Coven

Mississippi Queen - Mountain

I Don't Like Mondays - Boomtown Rats

Oh Babe, What Would You Say - Hurricane Smith

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T Rex were hardly a one hit wonder!!

Jimmy... you also listed Thin Lizzy and Patti Smith...

I agree with both of you. If you look on the list Richie Havens is also there. Now we all know he was great! The fact of one hit wonders is they only had one single on the charts, I believe in the Top 40 if not the Top 100. One hit wonders do refer to the artist, not the song as well.

If you take a look at the list I posted above you will find quite a few arguments about who and who is not a one hit wonder, but in keeping with the definition of one hit wonders they all qualified.

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Patti Smith hit the charts with "In exelcis Dio (Gloria)" and "Hey Frederick", as I can recall... I will have to check... though if you checkd already, you must be right.

In any case, I wouldn´t apply that definition to "one hit wonder". Then Lou Reed would also be in that list with "Walk on the wild side", for instance...

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