Let’s All Celebrate National One-Hit Wonder Day!

by | Sep 25, 2020

Sometimes one hit is all you need . . .

Today is National One-Hit Wonder Day! Way back in 2018 I wrote an IFOD on all the holidays and observances there are (about six a day). Here’s that IFOD: Happy __________ Day!!!! According to daysoftheyear.com, “One-Hit Wonder Day was established by music journalist Steve Rosen back in 1990 to pay tribute to those who have had their five minutes (or less) of fame and subsequently vanished, leaving us only a catchy (hopefully!) tune to remember them by.”

The Top-Selling One-Hit Wonders

According to Business Insider, the top selling one-hit wonder singles are:

Someone I Used to Know by Gotye (8x Platinum)

Eye of the Tiger by Survivor (8x Platinum):

Let Her Go by Passenger (6x Platinum)

Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) by Silentó (6x Platinum)

Other Huge One-Hit Wonders Include:

Take on Me by Aha (and one of the best music videos of all time with over 1 billion YouTube views!)

I Melt With You by Modern English

Macarena by Los del Rio

Tainted Love by Soft Cell

What I Am by Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians

Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin

The Middle by Jimmy Eat World

My Sharona by The Knack

Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners


In the Meantime by Spacehog

Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega

Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice

Baby Got Back by Sir Mix A-Lot

Tubthumping by Chumbawumba

Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover by Sophie B. Hawkins

Big Country by In A Big Country

99 Luftballons by Nena


All Right Now by Free

Torn by Natalie Imbruglia

Bound for the Floor by Local H (this wasn’t a big hit but I LOVED IT!)

What is Love by Haddaway (We have Will Ferrel and SNL to thank for the popularity of this song)


  1. No MacArthur Park?

  2. The video by AHa – Take me On was incredible.

  3. I’m wondering what Business Insiders criteria are for one hit wonders, considering the band Survivor had several other singles that charted in the top 10.

    Now I’m off to listen to the fictional 1964 one hit wonder, “That Thing You Do” by the fictional band The Wonders, which became a real one hit wonder in 1996.

    • Sort of embarrassing that you know that. LOL

  4. How Long, by Ace


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