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Old 12-03-2012, 06:25 PM   #41
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Sure I've listed it elsewhere in some music genre thread, but this is my all time favorite one-hit-wonder (Les Cooper and the Soul Rockers with tenor Sax solo by Joe Grier). Top 40 at it's best!

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Old 12-03-2012, 06:49 PM   #42
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Okay, here are some really obscure ones, but I recall every one (almost like it was yesterday). Just can't recall what I had for lunch.





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I could go on - but I'll stop, for now.
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Laurie Anderson. Not sure this was even a "hit" but it was her best known work. She was amazing. Saw her in concert twice and she had a way of connecting. It was more of a conversation than a concert - in a very good way. BTW, she's married to Lou Reed. Bet they're an interesting couple!


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Maria Muldaur '70's



In 1969... weighs 3 times that now...


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Or Randy Newman! That guy is a music icon!

I looked at wiki, and there are many definitions. Gets pretty specific, something like an artist with only a single 'hit' that makes the top 100. Other defs say top 40, but then the artists could have another song(s) in the 100-60 range.

And then... it is the song by a specific artist? Or does the same song count if done by different artists?

It boggles the mind!

I always thought of it as an artist known for a big hit (loose definition), and then they never are 'known by the general music loving public' (another loose definition) for anything but that one song. So I wouldn't include artists that went on to have a bunch of minor hits, or other successful careers in the music biz (composer, arranger, etc). But that's just me, we should let the ISO board have the last word on this.

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Useless trivia- the ultimate one hit wonder has to be Benny Mardones. He is the only one hit wonder to chart his only hit single twice. "Into the Night" was a top 20 in 1980 and then a top 20 again in 1989. Talk about maximizing your one and only hit!
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This cheesy Toni Basil song (Mickey) always finds it way to the top of any one-hit wonder list. I did not realize until I just looked it up.....Basil was 39 years old when she did this song (in 1982) so she will turn 70, yes SEVENTY next year!

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At the very end of the 1966 - 1967 school year, this song burst onto the AM radio scene, just in time for summer. Whenever the phrase "One Hit Wonder" is mentioned, I always think of this song. I thought someone had posted it already, but I see not.

"but she's tied to the dock and she can't get free"

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Here's one I got in my head the other day. Yikes!

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Not sure if I should be ashamed or not, but I always liked this song....
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OK, I lied. I have about 5-6 I'd like to include, but I'll add just one more (maybe). Jimmy Buffett's version is great too, but he's hardly a one hit wonder candidate.
Everclear may be a one-hit wonder band, but surely it'd be for "Santa Monica", wouldn't it?

I don't see how you could call Randy Newman a one-hit wonder either. I was he was, because I don't care for his music very much.
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One-hit wonders that I haven't seen mentioned yet that I like or liked once upon a time:

I Wanna Be Rich by Calloway
The Middle by Jimmy Eat World
100 Years by Five For Fighting
In A Big Country by Big Country
Cars by Gary Numan
Venus by Shocking Blue
Tainted Love by Soft Cell
All Right Now by Free
No Rain by Blind Melon
Tubthumping by Chupawamba
For What It's Worth by Buffalo Springfield
What if God was One of Us by Joan Osbourne
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I always thought this lead singer sounded like John Lennon.

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1980 - I don't think I heard this song when it was first out, just off in the distance later on other people's radios or in a store. One day remembered enough of the lines to google it, and found it on youtube. More of an easy-listening song.

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Not sure if I should be ashamed or not, but I always liked this song....
Yes. Who knew that Hutch could sing?
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Everclear may be a one-hit wonder band, but surely it'd be for "Santa Monica", wouldn't it?

I don't see how you could call Randy Newman a one-hit wonder either. I was he was, because I don't care for his music very much.
May well be, and there are at least a half dozen Everclear songs I really like. OTOH, some of the songs other posters have contributed wouldn't qualify as "hits", even of the 1-hit wonder type. I'd be surprised if most people would even recognize some of these songs or artists, I'd think that would be a prerequisite...except we're just having a little fun here anyway.
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I liked Zager and Evans 'In the Year 2525' a lot...
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I liked Zager and Evans 'In the Year 2525' a lot...
So popular it's posted twice in the same thread
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So popular it's posted twice in the same thread

My bad... I did not read the whole thread...


Edit to add: OUCH... it was the OP!!!


Still, I like it so why not twice
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