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One Hit Wonders (1950s-1980s)

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InsaneRecords uses the definition of a one-hit wonder by music journalist Wayne Jancik who defines as "an act that has won a position on Billboard's national, pop, Top 40 just once.

1950s

Bobby Day

Bobby Day – "Rockin' Robin" (1958) Listen now

Frankie Ford Frankie Ford – "Sea Cruise" (1959) Listen now

The Jamies Jamies - "Summertime, Summertime" (1958) Listen now

Larry Hall

Larry Hall – "Sandy" (1959) Listen now

Laurie London

Laurie London – "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" (1958) Listen now

The Monotones

Monotones – "The Book of Love" (1958) Listen now

The Mystics

Mystics – “Hushabye” (1959) Listen now

Ronald & Ruby Ronald & Ruby – "Lollipop" (1958) Listen now

the Silhouettes Silhouettes – "Get a Job" (1957) Listen now


1960s

? and the Mysterians ? and the Mysterians – "96 Tears" (1966) Listen now

The American Breed American Breed – "Bend Me, Shape Me" (1967) Listen now

Blues Magoos Blues Magoos – "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" (1966) Listen now

Bobby Pickett Bobby Pickett – "Monster Mash" (1962) Listen now

Bruce Channel Bruce Channel – "Hey! Baby" (1961) Listen now

Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield – "For What It's Worth" (1967) Listen now

The Capitols Capitols – "Cool Jerk" (1966) Listen now

The Cascades Cascades – "Rhythm of the Rain" (1962) Listen now

The Casinos Casinos – "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" (1967) Listen now

The Chatays Chantays – "Pipeline" (1963) Listen now

Cilla Black Cilla Black – "You're My World" (1964) Listen now

The Clique Clique – "Sugar On Sunday" (1969) Listen now

The Contours Contours – "Do You Love Me" (1962) Listen now

Curtis Lee Curtis Lee – "Pretty Little Angel Eyes" (1961) Listen now

Deon Jackson Deon Jackson – "Love Makes the World Go Round" (1966) Listen now

Don & Juan Don & Juan – "What's Your Name" (1962) Listen now

Doris Troy Doris Troy – "Just One Look" (1963) Listen now

Eddie Holman Eddie Holman – "Hey There Lonely Girl" (1969) Listen now

The Exciters Exciters – "Tell Him" (1962) Listen now

The Gentrys Gentrys – "Keep on Dancing" (1965) Listen now

Human Beinz Human Beinz – "Nobody But Me" (1968) Listen now

Iron Butterfly Iron Butterfly – ”In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (1968) Listen now

John Fred John Fred – “Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)” (1968) Listen now

Johnny Maestro Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge – "The Worst That Could Happen" (1968) Listen now

Jonathon King Jonathan King – "Everyone's Gone to the Moon" (1965) Listen now

Keith Keith – "98.6" (1967) Listen now

The Knickerbockers Knickerbockers – "Lies" (1966) Listen now

Lemon Pipers Lemon Pipers – “Green Tambourine” (1968) Listen now

Len Berry Len Barry – "1-2-3" (1965) Listen now

Music Machine Music Machine – "Talk Talk" (1966) Listen now

The Reflections Reflections – "(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet" (1964) Listen now

Roy Clark Roy Clark – "Yesterday When I Was Young" (1969) Listen now

The Singing Nun Singing Nun – "Dominique" (1963) Listen now

Spiral Starecase Spiral Starecase – "More Today Than Yesterday" (1969) Listen now

The Standells Standells – "Dirty Water" (1965) Listen now

Steam Steam – "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" (1969) Listen now

The Surfaris Surfaris – "Wipe Out" (1963) Listen now

Syndicate of Sound Syndicate of Sound – “Little Girl” (1966) Listen now

Terry Stafford Terry Stafford – "Suspicion" (1964) Listen now

Thunderclap Newman Thunderclap Newman – "Something in the Air" (1969) Listen now

The Youngbloods Youngbloods – “Get Together" (1969) Listen now

Zager & Evans

Zager & Evans – "In the Year 2525" (1969) Listen now


1970s

Ace Ace – "How Long" (1975) Listen now

Alicia Bridges Alicia Bridges – "I Love the Nightlife" (1978) Listen now

Alive n Kickin' Alive N Kickin' – "Tighter, Tighter" (1970) Listen now

Anita Ward Anita Ward – "Ring My Bell" (1979) Listen now

Arlo Guthrie Arlo Guthrie – "City of New Orleans" (1972) Listen now

Billy Paul Billy Paul – "Me and Mrs. Jones" (1972) Listen now

Billy Swan Billy Swan – "I Can Help" (1974) Listen now

Bobby Bloom Bobby Bloom – "Montego Bay" (1970) Listen now

Boomtown Rats Boomtown Rats – "I Don't Like Mondays" (1979) Listen now

Brewer & Shipley Brewer & Shipley – "One Toke Over the Line" (1970) Listen now

The Buggles Buggles – "Video Killed the Radio Star" (1979) Listen now

Carl Douglas Carl Douglas – "Kung Fu Fighting" (1974) Listen now

Cheryl Lynn Cheryl Lynn – "Got to Be Real" (1978) Listen now

Clint Holmes Clint Holmes – "Playground in My Mind" (1972) Listen now

Dave Dundas David Dundas - “Jeans On” (1977) Listen now

David Essex David Essex – “Rock On” (1974) Listen now

Dean Friedman Dean Friedman – "Ariel" (1977) Listen now

Debby Boone Debby Boone – "You Light Up My Life" (1977) Listen now

Edison Lighthouse Edison Lighthouse – "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" (1970) Listen now

Eric Burdon & War Eric Burdon & War - "Spill the Wine" (1970) Listen now

The First Class First Class – "Beach Baby" (1974) Listen now

Five Stairsteps Five Stairsteps – "O-o-h Child" (1970) Listen now

Free Free – "All Right Now" (1970) Listen now

Gary Numan Gary Numan – "Cars" (1979) Listen now

Hurricane Smith Hurricane Smith – "Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?" (1972) Listen now

Ides of March Ides of March – "Vehicle" (1970) Listen now

The Jaggerz Jaggerz – "The Rapper" (1970) Listen now

Jean Knight Jean Knight – "Mr. Big Stuff" (1971) Listen now

Jigsaw Jigsaw – “Sky High” (1975) Listen now

King Harvest King Harvest – "Dancing in the Moonlight" (1972) Listen now

The Knack Knack – "My Sharona"(1979) Listen now

Lauren Wood Lauren Wood – "Please Don't Leave" (1979) Listen now

Looking Glass Looking Glass – "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" (1972) Listen now

M M – "Pop Muzik" (1979) Listen now

Mungo Jerry Mungo Jerry – "In the Summertime" (1970) Listen now

Nazareth Nazareth – "Love Hurts" (1975) Listen now

Nick Lowe Nick Lowe – "Cruel to Be Kind" (1979) Listen now

Norman Greenbaum Norman Greenbaum – "Spirit in the Sky" (1970) Listen now

Pilot Pilot – "Magic" (1974) Listen now

Pratt & McClain Pratt & McClain – “Happy Days” (1976) Listen now

Ram Jam Ram Jam – “Black Betty” (1977) Listen now

Rex Rex – "Get It On" (1973) Listen now

Shocking Blue Shocking Blue – "Venus" (1970) Listen now

Shoes Shoes – "Too Late" (1979) Listen now

Sniff n' the Tears Sniff 'n' the Tears – "Driver's Seat" (1979) Listen now

Starland Vocal Band Starland Vocal Band – "Afternoon Delight" (1976) Listen now

Sugarhill Gang Sugarhill Gang – "Rapper's Delight" (1979) Listen now

Terry Jacks Terry Jacks – "Seasons in the Sun" (1974) Listen now

Timmy Thomas Timmy Thomas – "Why Can't We Live Together" (1972) Listen now

Tom Johnsson Tom Johnston – "Savannah Nights" (1979) Listen now

Vicki Lawrence Vicki Lawrence - “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” (1973) Listen now

B.W. Stevenson B.W. Stevenson – "My Maria" (1973) Listen now

Walter Egan Walter Egan – "Magnet and Steel" (1978) Listen now

Wild Cherry Wild Cherry – "Play That Funky Music" (1976) Listen now


1980s

A Flock of Seagulls A Flock of Seagulls – "I Ran (So Far Away)" (1982) Listen now

After the Fire After the Fire – "Der Kommisar" (1981) Listen now

Alannah Myles Alannah Myles – "Black Velvet" (1989) Listen now

Aldo Nova Aldo Nova – "Fantasy" (1982) Listen now

Animotion Animotion – "Obsession" (1984) Listen now

Baltimora Baltimora – "Tarzan Boy" (1985) Listen now

Bertie Higgins Bertie Higgins – "Key Largo" (1981) Listen now

Big Country Big Country – "In a Big Country" (1983) Listen now

Billy Vera Billy Vera – "At This Moment" (1987) Listen now

Biz Markie Biz Markie – "Just a Friend" (1989) Listen now

Bobby McFerrin Bobby McFerrin – "Don't Worry, Be Happy" (1988) Listen now

Bow Wow Wow – "I Want Candy" (1982) Listen now

Bruce Willis Bruce Willis – "Respect Yourself" (1987) Listen now

Chris de Burgh Chris de Burgh – "The Lady in Red" (1986) Listen now

Church Church – "Under the Milky Way" (1988) Listen now

Cutting Crew Cutting Crew – "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" (1986) Listen now

Dead or Alive Dead or Alive – "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (1984) Listen now

Devo Devo – "Whip It" (1980) Listen now

Dexys Midnight Runners Dexys Midnight Runners – "Come On Eileen" (1982) Listen now

Don Johnson Don Johnson – "Heartbeat" (1986) Listen now

Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde – "Genius Rap" (1981) Listen now

Dream Academy Dream Academy – "Life in a Northern Town" (1985) Listen now

E.U. E.U. – "Da' Butt" (1988) Listen now

Eddie Murphy Eddie Murphy – "Party All the Time" (1985) Listen now

Eddy Grant Eddy Grant – "Electric Avenue" (1982) Listen now

Edie Brickell Edie Brickell & New Bohemians – "What I Am" (1988) Listen now

Fabulous Thunderbirds Fabulous Thunderbirds – "Tuff Enuff" (1986) Listen now

Force MDs Force MDs – "Tender Love" (1985) Listen now

Frank Stallone Frank Stallone – "Far From Over" (1983) Listen now

Frankie Goes to Hollywood Frankie Goes to Hollywood – "Relax" (1983) Listen now

General Public General Public – "Tenderness" (1984) Listen now

Georgia Satellites Georgia Satellites – "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" (1986) Listen now

Gloria Loring Gloria Loring – "Friends and Lovers" (1986) Listen now

Godley & Creme Godley & Creme – "Cry" (1985) Listen now

Grover Washington Jr. Grover Washington, Jr. – "Just the Two of Us" (1981) Listen now

Haircut One Hundred Haircut One Hundred – "Love Plus One" (1982) Listen now

Information Society Information Society – "What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)" (1988) Listen now

J.J. Fad J.J. Fad – "Supersonic" (1987) Listen now

Jack Wagner Jack Wagner – "All I Need" (1984) Listen now

Jeff Healey Jeff Healey – "Angel Eyes" (1989) Listen now

Jermaine Stewart Jermaine Stewart – "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" (1986) Listen now

Jimmy Harnen Jimmy Harnen with Synch – "Where Are You Now?" (1989) Listen now

John Waite John Waite – "Missing You" (1984) Listen now

Johnny Hates Jazz Johnny Hates Jazz – "Shattered Dreams" (1988) Listen now

Jump in the Saddle Band Jump 'n the Saddle Band – "The Curly Shuffle" (1984) Listen now

Kajagoogoo Kajagoogoo – "Too Shy" (1983) Listen now

Kon Kan Kon Kan – "I Beg Your Pardon (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden)" (1988) Listen now

LA. Guns L.A. Guns – "The Ballad of Jayne" (1989) Listen now

Limahl Limahl - "The Never Ending Story" (1984) Listen now

Lips Inc. Lipps Inc. – "Funkytown" (1980) Listen now

Love & Rockets Love & Rockets – "So Alive" (1989) Listen now

Madness Madness – "Our House" (1982) Listen now

Martika Martika – "Toy Soldiers" (1989) Listen now

Mary Jane Girls Mary Jane Girls – "In My House" (1984) Listen now

Matthew Wilder Matthew Wilder – "Break My Stride" (1983) Listen now

Men Without Hats Men Without Hats – "The Safety Dance" (1982) Listen now

Michael Damian Michael Damian – "Rock On" (1989) Listen now

Michael Sembello Michael Sembello – "Maniac" (1983) Listen now

Midnight Oil Midnight Oil – "Beds Are Burning" (1987) Listen now

Mike Reno Mike Reno – "Almost Paradise" (1984) Listen now

Modern English Modern English – "I Melt with You" (1982) Listen now

Murry Head Murray Head – "One Night in Bangkok" (1984) Listen now

Musical Youth Musical Youth – "Pass The Dutchie" (1982) Listen now

Nena Nena – "99 Luftballons" (1983) Listen now

Nu Shooz Nu Shooz – "I Can't Wait" (1986) Listen now

Oran 'Juice' Jones Oran "Juice" Jones – "The Rain" (1986) Listen now

The Outfield Outfield – "Your Love" (1986) Listen now

Patrice Rushen Patrice Rushen – "Forget Me Nots" (1982) Listen now

Patrick Swayze Patrick Swayze – "She's Like the Wind" (1987) Listen now

Paul Hardcastle Paul Hardcastle – "19" (1985) Listen now

Peter Shilling Peter Schilling – "Major Tom (Coming Home)" (1983) Listen now

Pretty Poison Pretty Poison – "Catch Me (I'm Falling)" (1987) Listen now

Quarterflash Quarterflash – "Harden My Heart" (1981) Listen now

Red Rider Red Rider – "Lunatic Fringe" (1981) Listen now

Roachford Roachford - "Cuddly Toy" (1989) Listen now

Rob Base & E-Z-Rock Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock – "It Takes Two" (1988) Listen now

Robbie Dupree Robbie Dupree – "Steal Away" (1980) Listen now

Rockwell Rockwell – "Somebody's Watching Me" (1984) Listen now

Rodney Dangerfield Rodney Dangerfield – "Rappin' Rodney" (1983) Listen now

Scritti Politti Scritti Politti – "Perfect Way" (1985) Listen now

Shannon Shannon – "Let the Music Play" (1983) Listen now

Simple Minds Simple Minds – "Don't You (Forget About Me)" (1985) Listen now

Soft Cell Soft Cell – "Tainted Love" (1981) Listen now

Stacey Q Stacey Q – "Two of Hearts" (1986) Listen now

Swing Out Sister Swing Out Sister – "Breakout" (1986) Listen now

Taco Taco – "Puttin' On the Ritz" (1983) Listen now

TalkTalk Talk Talk – "It's My Life" (1984) Listen now

Thomas Dolby Thomas Dolby – "She Blinded Me with Science" (1982) Listen now

Till Tuesday 'Til Tuesday – "Voices Carry" (1985) Listen now

Timbuk 3 Timbuk 3 – "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" (1986) Listen now

Tom Tom Club Tom Tom Club – "Genius of Love" (1981) Listen now

Tommy Tutone Tommy Tutone – "867-5309/Jenny" (1981) Listen now

Toni Basil Toni Basil – "Mickey" (1981) Listen now

Toto Coelo Toto Coelo – "I Eat Cannibals" (1983) Listen now

T'Pau T'Pau – "Heart and Soul" (1987) Listen now

Twisted Sister Twisted Sister – "We're Not Gonna Take It" (1984) Listen now

The Vapors Vapors – "Turning Japanese" (1980) Listen now

Vixen Vixen – "Edge of a Broken Heart" (1988) Listen now

The Waitresses Waitresses – "I Know What Boys Like" (1982) Listen now

Wall of Voodoo Wall of Voodoo – "Mexican Radio" (1983) Listen now

When in Rome When in Rome – "The Promise" (1988) Listen now

World Party World Party - "Ship of Fools (World Party song)" (1986) Listen now

XTC XTC – "Dear God" (1986) Listen now

Yello Yello – "Oh Yeah" (1985) Listen now

Ziggy Marley Ziggy Marley & Melody Makers – “Tomorrow People” (1988) Listen now

 


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