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There have been countless artists that had one big hit. There was only one, but it was big enough to make them famous.

Why only one though? I’ve often wondered that. If they had such success with that one song, why didn’t they continue?

I’m sure there are many different answers to that question. But one thing is for sure, when we hear one of the songs we are talking about here, it can take us back to a special time in our life.

I put together a short list of one hit wonders. As we take a look at it, see if something out of nowhere pops into your mind.

I’ll bet it will. Maybe a memory of making out on a date, a car, a friend, a particular grade in school or a job you were working at.

Are you ready to fire up some memory cells? Here we go with some of the biggest one hit wonders of all time:

  • “In the Year 2525″ – Zager & Evans (1969)
  • “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” – Steam (1969)
  • “Venus” – Shocking Blue (1970)
  • “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” – Vicki Lawrence (1973)
  • “Brother Louie” – Stories (1973)
  • “Seasons in the Sun” – Terry Jacks (1974)
  • “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)” – MFSB (1974)
  • “The Night Chicago Died” – Paper Lace (1974)
  • “I Can Help” – Billy Swan (1974)
  • “Kung Fu Fighting” – Carl Douglas (1974)
  • “Loving You” – Minnie Riperton (1975)
  • “The Hustle” – Van McCoy (1975)
  • “Welcome Back” – John Sebastian (1976)
  • “Afternoon Delight” – Starland Vocal Band (1976)
  • “Play that Funky Music” – Wild Cherry (1976)
  • “A Fifth of Beethoven” – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band (1976)
  • “Disco Duck” – Rick Dees & his Cast of Idiots (1976)
  • “Don’t Give Up on Us” – David Soul (1977)
  • “Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)” – Bill Conti (1977)
  • “Undercover Angel” – Alan O’Day (1977)
  • “You Light Up My Life” – Debby Boone (1977)
  • “Hot Child in the City” – Nick Gilder (1978)
  • “Knock on Wood” – Amii Stewart (1979)
  • “Ring My Bell” – Anita Ward (1979)
  • “Pop Music” – M (1979)
  • “Funkytown” – Lipps, Inc. (1980)
  • “Baby, Come to Me” – Patti Austin with James Ingram (1982)
  • “Mickey” – Toni Basil (1982)
  • “Come on Eileen” – Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1983)
  • “Miami Vice Theme” – Jan Hammer (1985)
  • “Shake You Down” – Gregory Abbott (1986)
  • “Don’t Worry Be Happy” – Bobby McFerrin (1988)
  • “When I’m With You” – Sheriff (1989)
  • “Nothing Compares 2 U” – Sinead O’Connor (1990)
  • “I’m Too Sexy” – *R*S*F (Right Said Fred) (1992)
  • “Baby Got Back” – Sir Mix-A-Lot (1992)
  • “How Do You Talk to an Angel” – Heights (1992)

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