No matter which way you look at it, the music industry is absolutely littered with one hit wonders. From performers that spent years grasping desperately for that one opportunity, to those who just happened to be in the right place at the right time, these artist-song combinations took the world by storm and continue to define their acts to this day. Love them or hate them, here are the 25 Best One Hit Wonders Ever To Top The Charts.
Shocking Blue - Venus
Written by Robbie van Leeuwen and performed by Dutch rock band Shocking Blue, “Venus” topped charts in 9 different countries and sold over 8 million copies across the world. Since the peak of its popularity in 1970, it has appeared in numerous movies, television shows, and commercials.
Norman Greenbaum - Spirit in the Sky
This 1970 gospel rock song spent a whopping 15 weeks at the number 3 spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 in addition to taking the number one spot on charts in the UK, Canada, and Australia.
Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
Despite the recording studio initially refusing to record the song, “You Spin Me Round” went on to rank first in the UK and eleventh in the US.
Fountains of Wayne - Stacy's Mom
Fountains of Wayne’s only mainstream hit, “Stacy’s Mom,” is based on a childhood friend of bassist Adam Schlesinger, who allegedly attempted to romance Schlesinger’s grandmother.
Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks
Although it was released in the summer of 2010, “Pumped Up Kicks” remained a sleeper hit until spring of 2011 when it gained mainstream popularity and peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song tells the depressing story of a troubled and homicidal youth who fantasizes about taking revenge against the popular kids at his school.