The 17 Greatest One-Hit Wonders in Classic Rock

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Snappy's post on David Essex inspired this awesome list of the Greatest One-Hit Wonders in Classic Rock brought to you by Society of Rock (so you know it's legit). For easy reference, the band name is followed by the year of release and peak chart position on the U.S. Top 100.

17. Black Betty - Ram Jam, 1972, 18. (I have a friend who saw this band get in a physical fight onstage, perhaps explaining why there weren't more hits).

16. The Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy, 1976, 12. (My favorite band, and this is a bit unfair as they had more chart success in Europe).

15. Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks 1974, 1. (As a sensitive kid, this actually made me cry once).

14. Rock On - David Essex - 1974, 5.

13. Blinded By the Light - Manfred Man, 1977, 1.

12. Dancing in the Moonlight - King Harvest, 1972, 13.

11. Evil Woman Don't Play Your Games With Me, 1969, 19.

10. Layla - Derek and the Dominos, 1972, 10. (Jim Gordon!)

9. Easy Livin' - Uriah Heap, 1972, 39.

8. Come On Eileen, Dexy's Midnight Runners, 1982, 1.

7. Tainted Love - Soft Cell, 1981, 8.

6. Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum, 1970, 3. (I saw Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers play this).

5. Rock and Roll Hootchie Coo - Rick Derringer, 1973, 23.

4. Love Hurts - Nazareth, 1976, 8. (Didn't know this was an Everly Brothers cover).

3. We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister, 1984, 21.

2. Brother Louie - Stories, 1973, 1. (They left it off the album!).

1. Mississippi Queen - Mountain, 1970, 21.

 

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“Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum


PS: Oops! Already on your list.
 
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A tie for me....if you are OK with classic rock starting in the mid-60s:
Psychotic Reaction & Little Girl - both videos are "classics" of production of that era...and remarkably, all the guitarists had wireless connections to their amps decades before they were available. But the drums are cool on both.

 


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