ONE-HIT WONDERS!

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Some of my favorite songs fall under the heading of, ‘One-Hit Wonders.’ The very fact that a song is a “hit” means that it’s catchy and has enough lasting power to make it to the top and hang out for a while. Very often these are the songs that you can’t get out of your head. They’re also songs that seem to come out of nowhere, and usually provide a fresh and unique alternative or direction from the current music — probably why people take notice.

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

Which decade do you suppose had the most ‘one hit wonders?’ The answer may surprise you. If you go strictly off of the top 100’s, the 1960’s had 454 One-Hit Wonders, followed by the 1950’s with 412, and the 1970’s with 373, the 1980’s had 287. (I know, it seems like the 80’s had more…)

The longest-charting one-hit wonder of all time to hit the #1 spot is Daniel Powter’s, “Bad Day” from 2006. It stayed on the chart for 32 weeks. (I don’t think it was worth 32 weeks of listening, do you?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tr6H1a7YUac

Name your favorite one-hit wonder from each of the decades or just one or two that stand out in your mind. (The 60’s and 70’s were my favorite decades so it was very difficult to choose – so many good ones.)

 1958 – “Willie and the Hand Jive” – Johnny Otis

1966 – “Psychotic Reaction” – The Count Five

1967 – “Friday on my Mind” – The Easy Beats

1968 – “Indian Reservation” – Don Fardon

1969 – “Smile a Little Smile For Me” – The Flying machine

1970 – “Love Grows (Where my Rosemary Goes)” – Edison Light House

1970 – “O-o-h Child” – Five Stairsteps

1972 – “All the Young Dudes” – Mott the Hoople

1974 – “Rock On” – David Essex

1982 – “Tainted Love” – Soft Cell

1983 – “Come on Eileen” – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

1997 – “How Bizarre” – OMC

1997 – “Tubthumping” – Chumbawamba

1999 – Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega

1999 – “She’s so High” – Tal Bachman

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