The 17 Greatest One-Hit Wonders in Classic Rock

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The Kingsmen - Louie Louie




MaCoys - Hang on sloopy




The Shangri-Las -Leader Of The Pack



My Boyfriends Back - The Angels

 
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THE SEEDS " You're Pushin too Hard" Always hated that song.
 

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Also play.... played "Turn Down Day" By the Cyrkle. Great song, Not esay drum wise and singing. I sing the harmony part. Great changes in it.
 

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Fever Tree "San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native)"
From Houston, TX

 

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I guess this is based on high Chart Success across the country, but really I heard alot more Thin Lizzy, Derek & The Dominos and Rick Derringer on the air quite frequently back in the 70's. WPLJ and WNEW in NYC played these artists regularly. The main thing to remember here though is, back then if you looked at The Billboard Charts every artists regardless of genre competed against everyone else. That was much much harder to chart back then.

Just look at 1973's Top 20:

1Tony Orlando and DawnTie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree
2Jim CroceBad Bad Leroy Brown
3Roberta FlackKilling Me Softly With His Song
4Marvin GayeLet’s Get It On
5Paul McCartney and WingsMy Love
6Kris KristoffersonWhy Me
7Elton JohnCrocodile Rock
8Billy PrestonWill It Go Round In Circles
9Carly SimonYou’re So Vain
10Diana RossTouch Me In The Morning
11Vicki LawrenceThe Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia
12Clint HolmesPlayground In My Mind
13StoriesBrother Louie
14Helen ReddyDelta Dawn
15Billy PaulMe And Mrs. Jones
16Edgar Winter GroupFrankenstein
17Dobie GrayDrift Away
18SweetLittle Willy
19Stevie WonderYou Are The Sunshine Of My Life
20CherHalf Breed

The artists above are in Pop, Rock, R&B, Soul & Country. Today the genres are all specific. I think that makes it a bit easier.

Anyway...

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). What about Don't Believe A Word, Jailbreak, Emerald, Bad Reputation, Soldier of Fortune, Anything You Want To Do?

10. Layla - Derek and the Dominos, 1972, 10. (Jim Gordon!) What about Bell Bottom Blue Or Why Does Love Got Too Be So Sad?

5. Rock and Roll Hootchie Coo - Rick Derringer, 1973, 23. What about Teenage Love Affair?
 

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The Shangri-La's also had a good song in Remember (Walking in the Sand) that got a lot of air time. Billy Joel at age 14 played piano on that recording.

Melanie also had "Lay Down" which was quite popular.....and dozens of other songs on here albums. Don't consider either of these 2 as OHW's.

 
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I still have the 45 of David Essex Rock On (the flip side is a song called On and On).
 

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Greg Khin - all his albums started with " K " .

Sonor Phonics - real nice

 


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