On September 25th, National One-Hit Wonder Day brings back memories while turning up the volume. We honor all the musical artists and chart-topping songs that make them memorable.
These songs make us sing whether we should or not. We know all the words even though we don’t know why. They’re the songs groups of friends will burst out in chorus together and make memories, too. Movie soundtracks love them. Wedding dances love them. We all love them!
The real kicker is, the artists or groups only made us swoon once. After that, they faded away. Some continued with moderate success. Others, however, were never heard of again, musically.
Listed below are just a few of the well-known one-hit wonders from days gone by. Here is a playlist with some of my favorites.
- 1955 – “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” by The Penguins
- 1963 – “Six Days on the Road” by Dave Dudley
- 1968 – “Tip Toe Thru The Tulips” by Tiny Tim
- 1969 – “Smile a Little Smile for Me” by The Flying Machine
- 1970 – “One Tin Soldier” by The Original Caste
- 1970 – “The House of the Rising Sun” by Frijid Pink
- 1972 – “Hot Rod Lincoln” by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
- 1983 – “Puttin’ on the Ritz” by Taco
- 1988 – “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin
Do any of these bring back memories?
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