Here are some of the best one hit wonder songs. Every one of these artists managed to get famous with just one song and never recorded anything that would be in the top charts again.
#1 The Knack — “My Sharona”
This is a song from the band’s debut album Get The Knack released in 1979. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and was number one on Billboard’s 1979 Top Pop Singles year-end chart. Their second album didn’t get much attention, but their hit “My Sharona” is still popular today.
#2 The Buggles — “Video Killed The Radio Star”
This song was released on the band’s debut single in 1979. The track topped sixteen international music charts. Although the band is active to this very day, they didn’t make any more hits.
#3 Wild Cherry — “Play That Funky Music”
This single was released in 1976 and it is ranked number 73 on Billboard’s list of the top-selling 100 songs of all time. The band didn’t make any more hits and broke up three years later.
#4 Dexy’s Midnight Runners — “Come On Eileen”
This single was released in 1982. This song was ranked number 18 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the ’80s.
#5 A-ha — “Take On Me”
The single reached number one in 36 countries and is one of the world’s best-selling singles of all time. The band is currently active and planning to go on tour in 2018.
#6 Soft Cell — “Tainted Love”
The original was recorded by Gloria James in 1965, but didn’t get much attention until Soft Cell made a cover of it. It was very popular during the synthpop era.
#7 Ram Jam — “Black Betty”
Released in 1977, it reached #18 on the Billboard singles charts and then pretty much disappeared after that.
#8 Carl Douglas — “Kung Fu Fighting”
“Kung Fu Fighting” is a disco song by Carl Douglas. It was released as a single in 1974 and owes it popularity to the kung fu movies that had a cult following at the time.
#8 Proclaimers — “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” is a song written and performed by Scottish duo The Proclaimers. It was released as the lead single from their 1988 album Sunshine.
#9 Mungo Jerry — “In The Summertime”
Released in 1970, the song reached number one in the charts around the world. Although, the song took only ten minutes to write and compose this song became their only hit.
#10 Lipps Inc. — “Funkytown Video”
“Funkytown” is a song by American disco act Lipps Inc. from their debut album Mouth to Mouth (1979). This song holds the unique record for reaching the number one spot in 28 countries.
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