One Hit Wonders - U.K. and U.S.
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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.
(1990) #1 hit in UK Hot Dance Music/Club Play List and #3 in the UK. Then #15 in hot 100.
(1974) #3 US. #20 UK. Album: Five-A-Side.
(1977) #1 UK. Album: Absolute Reggae .
(1962) #1 US R & B charts, #3 Billboard Top 100 charts.
(1962) #1 US R & B charts, #10 in the US pop charts.
(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.
(1959) #6 Billboard top 100.
(1963) #10 R&B charts, #29 Pop charts
(1960) #11 on the US Black Singles chart and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
(1962) US #10. Album: Collector's Delight, Volume 1
(1982) #13 UK singles charts
(1957) A #1 R&B hit and a Top Ten pop hit. They also had other top 100 hits.
(1958) #2 US and #29 UK charts
(1960) #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #9 on the Billboard country charts.
(1962) US Chart #1 UK Chart: #2
(1961) #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, #27 R&B, and #28 Country
(1962) #5 on both pop and R & B charts
(1978) UK #2. Clout had other hits in Europe,
(1962) US #3 A composition originally meant for The Temptations.
(1958) #4 on the U.S. Black Singles chart and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100
(1958) #4 on the Billboard Black Singles chart, and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
(1990) Album: World Clique. #4 on the Billboard Black Singles chart, and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
(1995) "Well, that's one thing we've got" UK #1
(1962) #7 Billboard's Hot 100.
(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.
(1962) U.S. (#3 AC, #6 Pop) and #30 in UK
(1960) #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
(1959) #2 Pop charts, #14 R & B
(1986) #18 UK singles chart
(1960) #22 on the US Black Singles chart and #8 on the Billboard Hot 100
(1979) #17 UK singles chart
(1959) #1 UK. #14 in the US Billboard Hot 100
(1962) #7 in the US Billboard Hot 100
(1958) US # 5. Album: K-tel Jukebox
(1986) UK #6. Had numerous hits in Australia.
(1958) #6 US Billboard top 100. Zacherle was best known for his ghoulish character Ronald/Zacherley
(1961) # 8 on the US pop charts. UK # 35, in spite of being banned by the BBC.
(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.
(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.
(1960) #15 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
(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.
(1991) UK # 18. Re-released in 2003 - UK #19.
1958) US #5. Most people remember this as 'Who Wrote the Book of Love'.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(1992) UK #1. A philosophical song about the moon landings.
(1958) US #1. UK #2. This is the song that launched Phil Spector's career.
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