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Iconic one-hit wonders over the past 50-plus years


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Iconic one-hit wonders over the past 50-plus years



Elektra

1969: ‘Apricot Brandy’ by Rhinoceros



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1970: ‘Hitchin’ a Ride’ by Vanity Fare



Alston

1971: ‘Funky Nassau’ by The Beginning of the End



Warner Bros. Records

1972: ‘Suavecito’ by Malo



Bell Records

1973: ‘The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia’ by Vicki Lawrence



Pye Records

1974: ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ by Carl Douglas



Epic

1975: ‘Lovin’ You’ by Minnie Riperton



Windsong/RCA Records // Wikimedia Commons

1976: ‘Afternoon Delight’ by Starland Vocal Band



20th Century Records

1977: ‘Do You Wanna Make Love’ by Peter McCann



Parachute Records

1978: ‘I Will Still Love You’ by Stonebolt



John Mathew Smith // Wikimedia Commons

1979: ‘Ring My Bell’ by Anita Ward



David McNew // Getty Images

1980: ‘Whip It’ by Devo



Solar

1981: ‘Fantastic Voyage’ by Lakeside



Mercury

1982: ‘Take Off’ by Bob and Doug McKenzie



Ueli Frey // Wikimedia Commons

1983: ‘Come On Eileen’ by Dexys Midnight Runners



Andreas Rentz // Getty Images

1984: ‘99 Luftballons’ by Nena



giorgioerriquez // Wikimedia Commons

1985: ‘Never Ending Story’ by Limahl



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1986: ‘Rock Me Amadeus’ by Falco



RCA

1987: ‘(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life’ by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes



Priority Records

1988: ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’ by The California Raisins



Stiff Records

1989: ‘Iko Iko’ by The Belle Stars



Solar

1990: ‘I Wanna Be Rich’ by Calloway



OHN MACDOUGALL/AFP // Getty Images

1991: ‘I’m Too Sexy’ by Right Said Fred



David Corio/Redferns // Getty Images

1992: ‘Baby Got Back’ by Sir Mix-a-Lot



Montecruz Foto // Flickr

1993: ‘Slam’ by Onyx



Kevin Winter // Getty Images

1994: ‘Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon’ by Urge Overkill



Daniel Åhs Karlsson // Wikimedia Commons

1995: ‘Cotton Eye Joe’ by Rednex



Lime Inc./Quality Music

1996: ‘Macarena’ by Los Del Mar



BulsaraAndDeacon // Wikimedia Commons

1997: ‘Barbie Girl’ by Aqua



DeepSouth2010 // Wikimedia Commons

1998: ‘Sex and Candy’ by Marcy Playground



Kevinross9 // Wikimedia Commons

1999: ‘Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)’ by Baz Luhrmann



BMG

2000: ‘Right Now’ by SR-71



Fryderyk Gabowicz/picture alliance via Getty Images

2001: ‘Because I Got High’ by Afroman



Epic

2002: ‘My Neck, My Back (Lick It)’ by Khia



Kevin Winter // Getty Images

2003: ‘Stacy’s Mom’ by Fountains of Wayne



Atlantic

2004: ‘Tempted to Touch’ by Rupee



Catchy Tunes

2005: ‘Listen to Your Heart’ by D.H.T



yoowan // Wikimedia Commons

2006: ‘Steady, As She Goes’ by The Raconteurs



Dan Cox // Flickr

2007: ‘Boston’ by Augustana



Dan Cox // Wikimedia Commons

2008: ‘Shake It’ by Metro Station



Chelsea Guglielmino // Getty Images

2009: ‘Goodbye’ by Kristinia DeBarge



davwil00 // Flickr

2010: ‘Bulletproof’ by La Roux



Frederick M. Brown // Getty Images

2011: ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ by Gotye



Neilson Barnard // Getty Images

2012: ‘(Kissed You) Goodnight’ by Gloriana



VEGARD WIVESTAD GROTT/AFP // Getty Images

2013: ‘I Love It’ by Icona Pop


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