A One-Hit Wonder is a song by a group or an artist which made it into the top 40 on Billboard…these groups and artists may have had other popular songs that made it into the top 100 but didn’t make it into the top 40 with any other song…they may also have received extensive airplay on local radio stations for various songs…

for our Top Ten List please refer to:

Top Ten One-Hit Wonders of the 60’s

One-Hit Wonders of the 60’s: Popular and Rare

This list is just a random collection of one-hit wonders and may include a few anecdotes about the group or artist. This is not meant to be an all-inclusive listing as we are very particular as to what songs we want to list.

The links go to ( as with our other lists ) the song we Blipped on Blip. The songs also reflect the year the song charted, and not necessarily the year it was released.

1960 – Ron Holden and the Thunderbirds –  Love You So

1960 – Rosie and the Originals –  Angel Baby

1961 – Barry Mann –  Who Put the Bomp

1961 – The Jarmels – A Little Bit of Soap

1961 – Curtis Lee – Pretty Little Angel Eyes

1962 – The Rebels –  Wild Weekend

1962 – Ernie Maresca – Shout! Shout!

1962 – Bruce Channel –  Hey! Baby

1962 – Joe Henderson – Snap Your Fingers

1962 – The Contours – Do You Love Me

1962 – The Exciters – Tell Him

1962 – Nathaniel Maye – Village Of Love

1963 – Sukiyaki – Kyu Sakamoto

1963 – The Cascades – Rhythm Of The Rain

1963 – Barry And The Tamerlanes – I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight

1963 – Johnny Cymbal – Mr. Bass Man

1963 – The Murmaids – Popsicles And Icicles

1963 – Joey Powers – Midnight Mary

1963 – Kai Winding – More

1963 – The Rocky Fellers –  Killer Joe

1964 – Astrud Gilberto ~ The Girl From Ipanema

1964 – The Reflections – (Just Like) Romeo & Juliet

1964 – The Nashville Teens – Tobacco Road

1964 – J. Frank Wilson and The Cavaliers – Last Kiss

1965 – Castaways – Liar Liar

1965 – Ad Libs – The Boy From New York City

1965 – The Gentrys – Keep On Dancing

1966 – The Music Machine – Talk Talk

1966 – Count Five –  Psychotic Reaction

1966 – Swingin’ Medallions – Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love)

1966 – Shades Of Blue –  Oh How Happy

1966 – The Standells –  Dirty Water

1966 – Verdelle Smith –  Tar and Cement

1967 – Every Mothers’ Son –  Come On Down To My Boat

1967 – Blues Magoos –  (We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet

1967 – The Yellow Balloon – Yellow Balloon ( this Canadian group had no other song so the B-side of this single had the same song backwards )

1967 – Jon & Robin and The In Crowd –  Do It Again A Little Bit Slower

1967 – The Hombres – Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)

1967 – The Sunshine Company –  Back On The Street Again

1967 – Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth

1967 – The Soul Survivors –  Expressway to Your Heart

1967 – The Electric Prunes – I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night

1967 – John Fred & His Playboy Band –  Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)

1968 – Amboy Dukes –  Journey to the Center of the Mind

1968 – Friend and Lover –  Reach Out of the Darkness

1968 – Vanilla Fudge – You Keep Me Hangin’ On

1968 – Richard Harris –  MacArthur Park

1968 – Iron Butterfly –  In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

1968 – Status Quo –  Pictures of Matchstick Men

1968 – Four Jacks and A Jill –  Master Jack

1968 – Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts –   Angel of the Morning

1968 – The Balloon Farm –  A Question Of Temperature

1968 – Blue Cheer –  Summertime Blues

1969 – Crazy Elephant –   Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’

1969 – Smith –   Baby It’s You

1969 – Desmond Dekker and the Aces –  Israelites

1969 – Steam – Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye

1969 – Thunderclap Newman –  Something in the Air

1969 – Bubble Puppy –   Hot Smoke and Sassafras

1969 – Mercy – Love (Can Make You Happy)

Note: some one-hit wonders found on our other lists may not be included here on this list.

There are in total 60 songs listed…more may be added at a future date.

You might want to check out our other one-hit wonder collection lists:

One-Hit Wonders: Popular and Rare

Top Twenty One-Hit Wonders in the UK: 1960-1999

Top Ten One-Hit Wonders of the 90’s

Top Ten One-Hit Wonders of the 80’s

Top Ten One-Hit Wonders of the 70’s

Top Ten One-Hit Wonders of the 60’s

also our number-one hit collections:

Number One Hits in the UK: 1960s

Number One Hits in the UK: 1970s

Number One Hits in the UK: 1980s

Number One Hits in the UK: 1990s

also our hit collections:

Canadian Rock Classics

100 Greatest Rock Classics: 1960-1999

Rock Classics: Remembering the Classics…songs that never made our other lists

Rock Classics: Remembering the Classics…songs that never made our other lists : Part Two

Rock Classics: that almost never get played anymore

Rock Classics: that almost never get played anymore: Part Two

Rock Classics: that almost never get played anymore: Part Three

Weird and Wacky Rock Classics: sometimes NSFW

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6 thoughts on “One-Hit Wonders of the 60’s: Popular and Rare”
  1. You seem to know a lot of different songs. I have one that runs through my head and drives me crazy. It’s from the 1960s. I can’t find it anywhere, probably because I don’t know the lyrics and I don’t know the title and I don’t know who sang it. I think it might have been a British band, but I don’t know. The singer is a female and the chorus starts with: Heart beat, feel the rhythmn of the people. Any idea what this song is?

  2. The Electric Prunes had two songs hit the Billboard Top 40:

    I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) —  #11 in 1967
    Get Me To The World On Time —  #27 in 1967

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