Top Ten One Hit Wonders


The Top Ten

1 Take On Me - A-ha

A masterpiece. Barbie girl is number 2?!?!?! This makes me lose faith in humanity. - Alex12345269 of the greatest band hit wonder to some.

Great music video. Great beat. Great everything

Actually "The Sun Always Shines On T.V." hit #2 in the U.K. and #20 in the U.S.. So they are a 2 hit wonder. - westofohio

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2 The Final Countdown - Europe

They were technically a two-hit wonder, with "Carrie" charting higher. But who remembers that song anymore?

Way better than vanilla ice

This band is awesome, they have many good songs, like Superstitious or Cherokee

Yeah these guys were 2 hit wonders

3 Too Shy - Kajagoogoo

Catchiest song ever nothing
Else to say but that - Pepedeli

4 Maniac - Michael Sembello
5 Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice

Worst song ever topped off by the beat was stolen from queens "under pressure. " but still his only "hit" song.

Even vanilla ice hated it. Also, ripped off one of the best songs ever

Not a one hit wonder he had another top ten hit a rap remix of the classic play that funky music which he got sued for as well - Thecyanryan

This song is horrible and it copied a riff from one of Queen's best songs. One hit wonder for sure

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6 Come on Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners

This is definitely on the best one hit wonders list of all time. Gotta love the beat to this song, so catchy - cranfan4ever

Come on Eileen is the best song ever! It's so upbeat a happy and I love it

Not a one hit wonder because they had geno

I can't understand 90% of the lyrics, and I love it anyway. by the way Geno was only a hit in the UK.

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7 Tainted Love - Soft Cell

Tainted Love did have great other songs so technically not a one hit wonder, but definitely the best on this list - DeadAsian

I listed to this song about 10000000000 times. I wist they made more hits

This is what helped Rihanna's SOS. - MadonnaCarey

Good but played too much

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8 The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats

Another hit as well - Thecyanryan

I love every men without hats song, except safety dance. go figure.

9 Turning Japanese - The Vapors

I fell in love with this song when I heard it on Jackass. LOVED IT EVER SINCE

This song is weeaboo

10 Barbie Girl - Aqua

This is, by far, one of the most misunderstood songs in history. The dumb general public didn't get that Aqua was making a social comment. Instead, they took this song way too literally. It deserves a better reputation than the one it has. - tarot_contralto

stupid cheerleader-type people made this band die because of one misinterpreted song - Queen-aholic

I have NO idea why this song got so popular, its stupid and ANNOYING! - vanishing_truth

Not One Hit wonders. Just a 90s group.

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The Contenders

11 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

Survivor isn't a one hit wonder band. I've heard other songs by them on the radio.

U.S. Top Ten Hits
#1...Eye Of The Tiger
#8...High On You
#4...The Search Is Over
#2...Burning Heart
#9...Is This Love - westofohio

Ether this or Gangnam Style. This is one of the best songs in the 80's. - funnyuser

Psy did some other popular songs like Gentleman and Hangover, and is still extremely popular in South Korea. - Not_A_Weeaboo

Idiots tjese guys had a bunch of hits

Had 5 songs in Billboard top 10, one at 13, one at 33, one at 51 and 9 others in top 100. Sounds more like a 17 Hit wonder. - neteng1958

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12 Born to Be Alive - Patrick Hernandez
13 My Sharona - The Knack

Their not a one hit wonder, had a couple top 40 songs

Awesome Song! Why is this not on the list already?

They had 2 other Top 40 hits:
#11...Good Girls Don't
#38...Baby Talks Dirty - westofohio

14 I Love To Love - Tina Charles
15 In a Big Country - Big Country

Brilliant song

16 Macarena - Los Del Rio


17 Tubthumping - Chumbawamba

Yes, this song is VERY repetitive, and all over the place, but it's a good motivational song, and a fantastic song to work out to... I just can't believe it's so low on the list, and I am astounded that Kung Fu Fighting is even lower. I expected that song to at least be in the top ten!

18 Der Kommissar - After The Fire
19 Rock Me Amadeus - Falco

If this is a one hit wonder, Michael Jackson is a one hit wonder as well. He's the most legendary Austrian musician of all time and Austrians will be able to sing every word of his greatest hits compilations by heart. - Martin_Canine

This is the best song of all time

They had 1 other top 40 hit in U.S. or U.K.:
Vienna Calling hit #18 in U.S. - westofohio

20 Cum on Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot

They also have Bang Your Head, another awesome song. - matty925

Not only a one hit wonder, but a one hit wonder that is actually a cover. - jc11king

It may be a one hit wonder, but Band Your Head (Metal Health) is also very popular. - PokemonYesTeletubbiesNo

21 Who Let the Dogs Out - Baha Men

This song is what pretty much made the Baha Men famous. They're really old. Like, they started their career in the early 80's and had their first album in the early 90's so I guess they had to wait a long time for a song of theirs to be a big hit.

possibly the weirdest song ever made - moose4life19

22 What Is Love? - Haddaway

i have listend to this song around 14,983,637 times...i am still not bored with it. - mrawesom707

Do you know any other song from them? Nope: one hit wonder. Best stuff only if you love night at the roxbury though - jewunit69

I can't listen to this without trying to do the head bob from night at the Roxbury. Pure disco.

"Life" hit #6 in U.K. and #41 in U.S.
"I Miss You" & "Rock My Heart" both hit #9 in U.K. - westofohio

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23 (I Just) Died In Your Arms - Cutting Crew
24 The Promise - When In Rome
25 A Thousand Miles - Vanessa Carlton
26 99 Red Balloons - Nena

With 8 Top 5 hits, Nena is one of the most successful artists of all time in Germany and she managed to have hit singles in four decades.
That's, like, the exact opposite of a one hit wonder. - Martin_Canine

27 Steal My Sunshine - Len
28 Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood


29 Funkytown - Lipps Inc.
30 Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...) - Lou Bega

Why is Nena with 2 songs here (kinda like that)?

This song is sure to entertain you a lot!

C'est un merveilleux mambo pour danser

31 One Night In Bangkok - Murray Head

Of course, this is their most known song, but what about their masterpieces like 'Say it ain't so'? You can't simply ignore them.

Why the hell is Who Let The Dogs Out above this masterpiece

A masterpiece written by Björn from ABBA. This explains why Murray Head had only one hit song, this one. - Metal_Treasure

32 I Can't Wait - Nu Shooz
33 Blue (Da Ba Dee) - Eiffel 65
34 Cars - Gary Numan

Wow as if this makes the list, don't get me wrong it's a great song but "are friends electric" sorry was that not a hit "she's got claws" what about that, I'm 17 so wasn't around at the time of release but come on people! - DeadAsian

I have this song on my IPOD and waste 3/4 of the battery listening to this song! I do like Tainted Love too... in algebra I can synchronize my heartbeat to this song. XD - fireinside96

35 Black Betty - Ram Jam
36 Bodies - Drowning Pool
37 No Rain - Blind Melon

Awesome song. Kicks all other one hit wonders (except Goanna and GANGajang) - CrowdedChisel

38 Mickey - Toni Basil
39 I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
40 She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby
41 Break My Stride - Matthew Wilder

Literally only song he's known for. Smashing hit in the 80s, and the only song with Matthew Wilder's name titled to it. - XerNosam

42 Whip It - Devo
43 Art of Letting Go - Mikaila
44 Bad Day - Daniel Powter

Any 90s or 2000s kid recognizes this song

This song's actually good. - PokemonYesTeletubbiesNo

I do I like to tease my sister with it comes on that one commercial about all the nfl teams with their bad seasons.
But he is a one hit wonder

45 A**hole - Dennis Leary
46 Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis

What about that one song she did called I See You? The song played at the end credits of the movie Avatar?

Not a one hit wonder idiots.

One of the worst songs written in all of the music industry.

List of Top 10 Hits
"A Moment Like This" U.K.-#1
"Bleeding Love" U.K. & U.S. - #1
"Better In Time" U.K.-#2 U.S.-#11
"Footprints In The Sand" U.K.-#2
"Forgive Me" U.K.-#5
"Run" U.K.-5 U.S.-#81
"Happy" U.K.-2 U.S.-#31
"Collide" U.K.-#4
"Trouble" U.K.-#7
"One More Sleep" U.K.-#3 - westofohio

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47 Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye

I'm not really a big fan of this song. I prefer the Mayday Parade (featuring Vic Fuentes) cover. They just made it sound, well, better. - music-is-life

Poor Gotye: once at top of the pop. Now he's just somebody that we used to know. - SuperAJ303

48 867-5309 / Jenny - Tommy Tutone

How could this not be on the list as always is considered one of the most awesome 1 hit wonders - cranfan4ever

49 Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes
50 Locked Away - R. City
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Top Remixes (8)

1. Take On Me - A-ha
2. Too Shy - Kajagoogoo
3. Maniac - Michael Sembello
1. Take On Me - A-ha
2. The Promise - When In Rome
3. (I Just) Died In Your Arms - Cutting Crew
1. Come on Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
2. Tainted Love - Soft Cell
3. My Sharona - The Knack

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