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These are Top 40 "One Hit Wonders” in the U.K. singles and/or U.S.A Billboard Top 100 charts. Artists have a single hit song in the top 40 lists. That same song may be a top 40 hit in a number of countries but the artist does not have more than one top 40 hit song in the UK or US charts.

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2 in a Room
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Wiggle It
(1990) #1 hit in UK Hot Dance Music/Club Play List and #3 in the UK. Then #15 in hot 100.
Ace
   became a one-hit wonder with   
How Long?
(1974) #3 US. #20 UK. Album: Five-A-Side.
Althia and Donna
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Uptown Top Ranking
(1977) #1 UK. Album: Absolute Reggae .
Ann-Margaret
   became a one-hit wonder with   
I Just Don't Understand
(1961) US #17
Barbara George
   became a one-hit wonder with   
I Know
(1962) #1 US R & B charts, #3 Billboard Top 100 charts.
Barbara Lynn
   became a one-hit wonder with   
You'll Lose a Good Thing
(1962) #1 US R & B charts, #10 in the US pop charts.
Barry Mann
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Who Put the Bomp(In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)
(1961) #7 Billboard's Hot 100, did not chart in the UK. In the 1960's and beyond, Barry Mann and his wife Cynthia Weil became a hugely successful songwriting team.
The Bell Notes
   became a one-hit wonder with   
I've Had It
(1959) #6 Billboard top 100.
Betty Harris
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Cry to Me
(1963) #10 R&B charts, #29 Pop charts
Billy Bland
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Let the Little Girl Dance
(1960) #11 on the US Black Singles chart and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Billy Joe and the Checkmates
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Percolator (Twist)
(1962) US #10. Album: Collector's Delight, Volume 1
Blue Zoo
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Cry Boy Cry
(1982) #13 UK singles charts
The Bobbettes
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Mr. Lee
(1957) A #1 R&B hit and a Top Ten pop hit. They also had other top 100 hits.
Bobby Day
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Rockin' Robin
(1958) #2 US and #29 UK charts
Bob Luman
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Let's Think About Livin'
(1960) #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #9 on the Billboard country charts.
Bob Moore
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Mexico
(1961) #7 US
Bruce Channel
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Hey! Baby
(1962) US Chart #1 UK Chart: #2
Buzz Clifford
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Baby Sittin' Boogie
(1961) #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, #27 R&B, and #28 Country
Claudine Clark
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Party Lights
(1962) #5 on both pop and R & B charts
Clout
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Substitute
(1978) UK #2. Clout had other hits in Europe,
The Contours
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance)
(1962) US #3 A composition originally meant for The Temptations.
Crescendos
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Oh Julie
(1958) #4 on the U.S. Black Singles chart and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100
Curtis Lee
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Pretty Little Angel Eyes
(1961) #10 US
The Danleers
   became a one-hit wonder with   
One Summer Night
(1958) #4 on the Billboard Black Singles chart, and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
Deee-Lite
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Groove is in the Heart
(1990) Album: World Clique. #4 on the Billboard Black Singles chart, and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
Deep Blue Something
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Breakfast at Tiffany's
(1995) "Well, that's one thing we've got" UK #1
Domenico Modugno
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)
(1958) US #1. UK #10
Don and Juan
   became a one-hit wonder with   
What's Your Name
(1962) #7 Billboard's Hot 100.
Dream Academy
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Life in a Northern Town
(1985) US #7 UK # 15
Eddie Holland
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Jamie
(1962) Top 30 hit in US.
Edison Lighthouse
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
(1970) US #5. UK #1. Originally recorded using session musicians. When it became a hit, they put together a band from members of the group Greefield Hammer in order to perform the song live. Tony Burrows sang lead. He was the voice of several studio groups, including White Plains, The Pipkins, and Brotherhood Of Man, First Class and the Flowerpot Men. He famously appeared on one UK TV show 3 times in one night when 3 different groups (all fronted by him) were due to perform their current chart hits.
The Elegants
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Little Star
(1958) US #1 Uk # 25
Emilio Pericoli
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Al Di La
(1962) U.S. (#3 AC, #6 Pop) and #30 in UK
Ernie Maresca
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)
(1962) US #6
Erroll Dunkley
   became a one-hit wonder with   
OK Fred
(1979) UK #11.
The Exciters
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Tell Him
(1962) US #4 UK #46
The Fendermen
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Mule Skinner Blues
(1960) #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Franck Pourcel
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Only You
? (1959) US Top 10
Furniture
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Brilliant Mind
(1986) #21 Uk charts
The Hollywood Argyles
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Alley-Oop
(1960) US #1 Uk # 24
The Impalas
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)
(1959) #2 Pop charts, #14 R & B
It's Immaterial
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Driving Away From Home
(1986) #18 UK singles chart
Ivy Three
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Yogi
(1960) #22 on the US Black Singles chart and #8 on the Billboard Hot 100
The Jags
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Back Of My Hand
(1979) #17 UK singles chart
The Jarmels
   became a one-hit wonder with   
A Little Bit of Soap
(1961) US #12
Jerry Keller
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Here Comes Summer
(1959) #1 UK. #14 in the US Billboard Hot 100
Jesse Belvin
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Guess Who
? (1959) Top 40
Joanie Sommers
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Johnny Get Angry
(1962) #7 in the US Billboard Hot 100
Jody Reynolds
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Endless Sleep
(1958) US # 5. Album: K-tel Jukebox
Joe Henderson
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Snap Your Fingers
(1962) US #8.
John Farnham
   became a one-hit wonder with   
You're the Voice
(1986) UK #6. Had numerous hits in Australia.
John Zacherle
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Dinner With Drac
(1958) #6 US Billboard top 100. Zacherle was best known for his ghoulish character Ronald/Zacherley
Kirby Stone Four
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Baubles, Bangles and Beads
(1958) #15 US
Kokomo
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Asia Minor
(1961) # 8 on the US pop charts. UK # 35, in spite of being banned by the BBC.
Kyu Sakamoto
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Sukiyaki
(1963) US #1. UK #6. US #1. UK # 6. ‘Ue o muite arukō’ ("I look up when I walk") topped the Billboard pop charts - to date the first & only song sung entirely in Japanese to do so. The lyrics tell the story of a man who looks up & whistles while he is walking so that his tears won't fall. The song describes him doing this through each season of the year. The original Japanese title was considered too difficult for American audiences to remember and pronounce, therefore a word that people could associate with Japan was used - Sukiyaki, even though the word does not actually appear in the song.
Larry Finnegan
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Dear One
(1962) US#11. Whilst Larry was a ‘One Hit Wonder” in the USA, in Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland and elsewhere on the continent of Europe Larry was a popular artist notching up a total of 11 hits.
Larry Hall
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Sandy
(1960) #15 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Laurie London
   became a one-hit wonder with   
He's Got The Whole World in His Hands
(1958) #1 US charts.
Lipps Inc.
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Funkytown
(1980) US #1. #2 UK.
The Lotus Eaters
   became a one-hit wonder with   
First Picture Of You
(1983) UK #15
Martha and the Muffins
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Echo Beach
(1980) UK #10. Martha & the Muffins did have other hits in Canada. In 2005, "Echo Beach" was named the 35th greatest Canadian song of all time on the CBC Radio One series 50 Tracks.
Mike Clifford
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Close to Cathy
(1962) US #12
The Mock Turtles
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Can You Dig It?
(1991) UK # 18. Re-released in 2003 - UK #19.
The Monotones
   became a one-hit wonder with   
The Book of Love
1958) US #5. Most people remember this as 'Who Wrote the Book of Love'.
M
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Pop Muzik
(1979) UK #2. US # 1.
Nathaniel Mayer
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Village Of Love
(1962) US # 22
Patrick Hernandez
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Born to Be Alive
(1978) US #16. The fourth movie in the National Lampoon's Vacation comedy series, Vegas Vacation, prominently featured Hernandez's "Born to Be Alive" as the Griswolds were entering Las Vegas in a limousine.
Reg Owen
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Manhattan Spiritual
(1958) US #10
Robin Luke
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Susie Darlin'
(1958) US #5
Ron Holden and the Thunderbirds
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Love You So
(1960) US #7
Rosie and the Originals
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Angel Baby
(1960) US #5. Rosie Hamlin wrote the lyrics for "Angel Baby" as a poem when she was 14. The recording company insisted David Ponci be named as the author of the song, as he was the eldest member of the group. This led to a protracted battle over royalties.
Sheb Wooley
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Purple People Eater
(1958) US #1. Wooley followed up "People Eater" with a series of lesser-known novelty hits. Wooley also wrote the theme song for the tv show Hee Haw. Wooley enjoyed a string of country hits, his most successful being "That's My Pa," which reached No. 1 of Billboard magazine's Hot C&W Sides chart in 1962.
The Silhouettes
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Get a Job
(1958) UK #1 singles & US R & B charts. "Get A Job"' is included in the soundtracks of the movies, American Graffiti, Trading Places and Stand By Me.
Sly Fox
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Let's Go All The Way
(1985) US #7. UK #3.
Sniff N The Tears
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Driver's Seat
(1978) US #11. UK #42. The song is not really about the joys of driving, according to the official Sniff'n The Tears website. Rather, it is about the conflicting emotions that occur after the end of a relationship. The line "The news is blue. I'll never remember my time with you" points out the difficulty of imagining never being with the significant other again.
Sugar Minott
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Good Thing Going
(1980) UK #4
Tasmin Archer
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Sleeping Satellite
(1992) UK #1. A philosophical song about the moon landings.
Teddy Bears
   became a one-hit wonder with   
To Know Him is to Love Him
(1958) US #1. UK #2. This is the song that launched Phil Spector's career.
Tonight
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Drummer Man
(1978) UK #14.
Travis and Bob
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Tell Him No
(1959) US #8.
Troy Shondell
   became a one-hit wonder with   
This Time
(1961) US #6
Valerie Carr
   became a one-hit wonder with   
When the Boys Talk About the Girls
(1958) US #19. UK #29.
The Vapors
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Turning Japanese
(1980) UK #3 US #36.
The Voxpoppers
   became a one-hit wonder with   
Wishing For Your Love
(1958) US #18.
Zager and Evans
   became a one-hit wonder with   
In the Year 2525
(1969) US #1. UK #1.


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