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My 35 Favorite One Hit Wonders Of The Rock and Roll Era

  • Sep 25, 2010
I have been collecting records for more than 45 years now. I thought it might be fun to pick out my 40 favorite one hit wonders. Believe it or not I did give this considerable thought and did a bit of research before putting my list together. My list contains tunes that were hits between 1954 and 2000 and includes a number of different genres. I hope my list will bring back some pleasant memories for you. The tunes are presented in no particular order. Enjoy!
5
Lovergirl
I just can't sit still when I hear this tune from 1985.
6
Signs
One of my favorite singles from the 1970's.
7
Break My Stride
All the elements of the "perfect" pop tune.
8
A Fifth of Beethoven
What a great idea for a record! This definitely works for me and made it all the way to #1 back in 1976.
9
Wildflower
I had no idea that David Foster played the keyboards for this group.
10
Smiling Faces Sometimes
Sounds as great today as it did in 1970.
11
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
Obscure group on a small label had a big hit in 1967.
12
Are You Ready?
Fabulous blues-rock tune from 1970.
13
The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)
Remember spinning this tune on a 10 Watt college radio station back in 1979. I think on a good weather day the signal covered the entire campus!
14
Lookin' For Love
Huge crossover hit for country artist Johnny Lee in 1980. From the motion picture "Urban Cowboy".
15
Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)
One of the most beloved doo-wop tunes of all-time hit the charts late in 1954.
16
Into The Night
This terrific tune had the distinction of having two seperate runs on the Billboard Hot 100 in both 1980 and 1989.
17
I Wanna Be Rich
A really catchy R&B number that is one of my favorite tunes of the 1990s.
18
Spirit In The Sky
It is incomprehensible to me how anyone named Norman Greenbaum could have a hit record. But he did. It says so right here.
19
Vehicle
This group sounded a lot like Blood Sweat and Tears but could only manage this one big hit. I thought the group was very talented.
20
Key Largo
Don't here this much on the radio anymore but I always enjoy it when I do.
21
Pretty Little Angel Eyes
One of the great "oldies but goodies" from the early 1960's
22
Snap Your Fingers
Another early 60's fave. What a great tune and Joe Henderson have a fine voice indeed. Very surprised that we did not hear more from him.
23
The Cheater
This song remains extremely popular on oldies radio stations and shows. From 1966.
24
Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)
A hard rock group whose only hit record was a pop tune. Go figure!
25
Elusive Butterfly
After hearing this song I thought that Bob Lind was a creative genius who would be making hit records for years to come. Shows you how much I know. Great song though.
26
Reach Out Of The Darkness
Even those who grew up in the 1960's might have a hard time remembering this one as you rarely hear it anywhere.
27
Morning Girl
Interesting story surrounds this one. This was really a chamber-sized orchestra of Nashville Symphony Orchestra musicians who experimented with some different sounds and wound up wth a hit record.
28
Will You Be Staying After Sunday
Not a huge hit by any means but one of the brightest pop records of the late 1960s.
29
The Night Chicago Died
I always loved this song. Very unique. Evidently lots of people agreed because it hit #1 in 1974.
30
I Fought the Law
Sadly Bobby Fuller died while this song was riding high on the charts in the Summer of 1966. It has never been determined if it was a murder on suicide.
31
The Boy From New York City
This was a Top Ten hit in 1965. This tune had legs because The Manhattan Transfer recorded it again in 1981 and it went Top Ten a second time.
32
Native New Yorker
A huge hit at the height of the disco craze in 1977.
33
Cruel To Be Kind
Absolutely, positively one of my favorite tunes of the late 1970's.
34
Tired Of Toein' The Line
Son of rockabilly pioneer Johnny Burnette had his one and only hit in 1980. I was the one and only time he hit Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart.

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October 06, 2010
Good God.... I haven't thought of Paper Lace in 30 years. Shame on you Paul! :)
 
September 25, 2010
Lots of great memories on this list.
 
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