Greatest One Hit Wonders of Every Decade
Today, September 25 is 'One Hit Wonder Day.' A one hit wonder is a good song that was a hit by an artist whose other efforts fell short on the record charts. Here are a few of those hit songs, from singers or groups who were basically never heard from again, or at the very least, never had chart success again.
1950s: SEA CRUISE by Frankie Ford sold over a million copies.
1960s: DOMINIQUE by The Singing Nun reached Number One in six countries.
1970s: BRANDY (You're a Fine Girl) by Looking Glass forced Barry Manilow to change the original title of his song "Brandy" to "Mandy, so as not to get the two songs confused.
1980s: 99 Luftballons by Nena has "one of the best hooks of the 80s," according to critic Scott Miller.
1990s: BARELY BREATHING by Duncan Shiek was his breakout hit, remaining on the charts for over a year.
2000s: CRAZY by Gnarls Barkley won a Grammy in 2007.
2010s: SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW by Gotye (feat. Kimbra) was recorded at his parent's house.