Top Ten One Hit Wonders


The Top Ten

1 Take On Me - A-ha Take On Me - A-ha

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

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

2 The Final Countdown - Europe The Final Countdown - Europe

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

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

Way better than vanilla ice

Yeah these guys were 2 hit wonders

3 The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats

Another hit as well - Thecyanryan

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

4 Too Shy - Kajagoogoo

Catchiest song ever nothing
Else to say but that - Pepedeli

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

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

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

7 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

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

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

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

Really empowering song. Should be higher up on the list.

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8 Come on Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners

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

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

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9 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

10 Bad Day - Daniel Powter

I listen to this all the time! One of the best one hit wonders of all time!

This is literally one of my favorite songs of all time.

This song's actually good. - PokemonYesTeletubbiesNo

Any 90s or 2000s kid recognizes this song


The Newcomers

? Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede
? Possum Kingdom - Toadies

The Contenders

11 Fly Away - Lenny Kravitz

Are you kidding? Lenny Kravitz is not a one hit wonder. But, I do enjoy this song. It's got R&B beats and a catchy chorus.

What about Are You Gonna Go My Way? - Gg2000

I like both Fly Away and Are You Gonna Go My Way? Don't forget, there's at least 3 other great Lenny Kravitz songs like Again, Dig In, Where Are We Runnin'? and American Woman.

12 Turning Japanese - The Vapors

They have a few other nice songs. None of them are really popular, but I read that they tried really hard to not be one hit wonders, so I decided to listen to some of their other tracks.
I will admit though, they were a one hit wonder, and boy; was it a hit!
I can never get enough of this song, the oriental riff is captivating and the lyrics are just something else...
If you haven't listened to it yet, highly recommended!

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

This song is weeaboo

13 Cum on Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot

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

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

14 Black Betty - Ram Jam

Great classic song. - Userguy44

15 Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve

The person who said that the Verve are not one-hit wonders is wrong. "Bitter Sweet Symphony" is the band's only top 40 hit. They never had another top 40 hit, only "Bitter Sweet Symphony" was a top 40 hit.

Wrong. In fact, "The Drugs Don't work" is the band's only #1 hit. Even this song didn't accomplish that. And what about "Lucky Man", "Sonnet", etc.? - Adrian_4

This is a great song but "The Verve" aren't really a one-hit wonder band especially in the UK. In fact they were one of the most popular front-runners of the Britpop movement in the UK of the 90s along with Oasis & Blur - Joeljohns249

16 I Love To Love - Tina Charles
17 My Sharona - The Knack

This is a great song. - Userguy44

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

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

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

18 Born to Be Alive - Patrick Hernandez
19 Mother - Danzig

Not totally, but kind of. Though it did not hit the top 40, that song was the closest they ever got to a hit ( #43). - JoLeKosovo

Forgot to mention the song itself is amazing. - JoLeKosovo

20 Macarena - Los Del Rio


21 In a Big Country - Big Country

Brilliant song

22 What Is Love? - Haddaway

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

I don't know if it is an OHW song, but it is a perfect hit for sure!

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

23 Tubthumping - Chumbawamba

This is what happens when a bunch of anarchistic punk rockers decide to make a pop song so they can later spook their new fans. No joke. - Gg2000

It’s extremely catchy and funny. - Userguy44

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!

24 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

25 Rock Me Amadeus - Falco

Der Kommissar? That was a big hit. - JC_How

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

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

26 Der Kommissar - After The Fire
27 Barbie Girl - Aqua

Ok I remember having a Dr Jones - Aqua tape.

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

28 Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson

Ooh yes - PintyZopeyJr

29 All Star - Smash Mouth

Not really I'm a Believer was also a hit.

30 (I Just) Died In Your Arms - Cutting Crew

A great rock song of the 80s - Metal_Treasure

31 Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye

But you didn’t have to place so low! - Cohaki

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

I can’t stand this song. - Userguy44

32 The Promise - When In Rome

This is probably my favorite one hit wonder. - JC_How

33 Best Day of My Life - American Authors
34 I'll Be There for You - The Rembrandts

This song is definitely a one hit wonder and was only popular because it was a theme song for a T.V. show.

35 Bulletproof - La Roux
36 A Thousand Miles - Vanessa Carlton
37 Like a G6 - Far East Movement, The Cataracs & Dev
38 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

39 Funkytown - Lipps Inc.
40 Steal My Sunshine - Len

Another favorite. - JC_How

41 Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett
42 Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...) - Lou Bega

Ahhh...a funny song - Metal_Treasure

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

43 Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood


What about Two Tribes? Guess it wasn’t a hit. - Userguy44


44 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

45 One Night In Bangkok - Murray Head

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

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.

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

46 I Can't Wait - Nu Shooz
47 No Rain - Blind Melon

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

48 Blue (Da Ba Dee) - Eiffel 65
49 (I've Had) The Time of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
50 Bodies - Drowning Pool
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Top Remixes (12)

1. Take On Me - A-ha
2. Too Shy - Kajagoogoo
3. Maniac - Michael Sembello
1. The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
2. Fly Away - Lenny Kravitz
3. Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve
1. Take On Me - A-ha
2. The Promise - When In Rome
3. (I Just) Died In Your Arms - Cutting Crew

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