National One-Hit Wonder Day – September 25th Holidays & Remembrances

by Sherry Riter in Other  

Every day of the year there is some kind of holiday or something recognized, so if you ever need a reason to celebrate or take up a cause you won’t have a shortage of reasons.

Today is September 25th and National One-Hit Wonder Day, so let me give you the run down of some of the special things that are remembered and recognized on this day:

  • Ataxia Awareness Day
  • Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner With Your Kids (4th Monday)
  • Math Story Telling Day
  • World School Milk Day (last Wednesday)
  • National Comic Book Day
  • National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims
  • National Women’s Health & Fitness Day (Last Wednesday)
  • National Food Service Workers Day
  • National One-Hit Wonder Day

Did you see the last one in the list? That’s the one I want to tell you about today.

National One-Hit Wonder Day

What is a one-hit wonder?

one-hit wonder: (noun)
– a group or singer that has only one hit record before returning to obscurity.
– a person or thing that has an unrepeated success of some kind
– a singer, composer or group that only ever has one successful piece such as a hit song, bestselling book, etc.

Usually when the term one-hit wonder is used it is referring to musical artists that only have one memorable song/hit. So September 25th is set aside to recognize the one-hit musical artists that had a catchy tune we still remember and maybe sometimes sing!

Here are a few one-hit wonders who reached the Top 40 with just one single in the decade or lifetime:

(1955) The Penguins – “Earth Angel”
(1958) Laurie London – “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”
(1958) The Elegants – “Little Star”
(1958) The Teddy Bears – “To Know Him Is to Love Him”
(1959) The Tempos – “See You in September”
(1961) Barry Mann – “Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)”
(1961) The Capris – “There’s a Moon Out Tonight”

(1963) Norman Greenbaum – “Spirit in the Sky”
(1964) Astrud Gilberto – “The Girl from Ipanema”
(1968) Hugo Montenegro – “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”
(1969) Norman Greenbaum – “Spirit In The Sky”
(1970) Edison Lighthouse – “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)”
(1970) The Ides of March – “Vehicle”

(1971) Brewer & Shipley – “One Toke Over the Line”
(1972) Looking Glass – “Brandy”
(1973) Rick Derringer – “Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo”
(1974) Carl Douglas – “Kung Fu Fighting”
(1974) Blue Swede – “Hooked On A Feeling”
(1976) Rick Dees – “Disco Duck”
(1977) David Soul – “Don’t Give Up on Us”

(1979) Patrick Hernandez – “Born to Be Alive”
(1980) The Vapors – “Turning Japanese”
(1980) Devo – “Whip It”
(1980) Benny Mardones – “Into the Night”
(1980) The SOS Band – “Take Your Time (Do It Right)”

(1981) Soft Cell — “Tainted Love”
(1981) Terri Gibbs – “Somebody’s Knockin”
(1982) Toni Basil — “Mickey”
(1982) Naked Eyes – “Always Something There To Remind Me”
(1983) Men Without Hats – “The Safety Dance”
(1983) Dexys Midnight Runners – “Come On Eileen”
(1984) Nena — “99 Luftballons”
(1984) Murray Head -“One Night in Bangkok”
(1985) a-ha — “Take On Me” (In the United States they are considered one-hit wonders because they are usually only remembered by the general public for the number one hit single, “Take on Me”)
(1988) Patrick Swayze – “She’s Like the Wind”

(1990) Vanilla Ice — “Ice Ice Baby”
(1990) Gerardo — “Rico Suave”
(1990) The Archies – “Sugar, Sugar”
(1991) Forced Entry – “Never A Know, But The No”
(1991) Monty Python – “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”
(1992) Right Said Fred — “I’m Too Sexy”

(1994) The Tractors – “Baby Likes To Rock It”
(1995) Perfect Stranger – “You Have The Right to Remain Silent”
(1996) James Bonamy’s – “I Don’t Think I Will”
(1996) Kevin Sharp – “Nobody Knows”
(1996) Los del Rio – “Macarena”

(1999) New Radicals – “You Get What You Give”
(2000) Baha Men — “Who Let the Dogs Out?”
(2000) Tim Rushlow – “She Misses Him”
(2001) Afroman – “Because I Got High”
(2001) Cyndi Thompson – “What I Really Meant to Say”
(2002) The Mock Turtles – “Can You Dig It?”
(2002) Rebecca Lynn Howard – “Forgive”
(2002) Kellie Coffey – “When You Lie Next To Me”
(2003) A Flock Of Seagulls -“I Ran”
(2006) Heartland – “I Loved Her First”

I’m sure you recognized many of the one-hit wonders listed above. I sure did!

Fond memories.

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 teresa vett September 25, 2013 at 11:48 am

Wow, I had no idea I loved so many of those songs like Brandy. Of course I knew, “You are like the Wind” was his only hit song. I would have loved to have had just one hit, lol. They may have had only one hit, but they made a big impact to never be forgotten. Thank you for sharing


2 Sherry Riter October 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

I’m glad you enjoyed the post Mom. 🙂 Thanks for reading it and taking the time to comment.


3 K.J. Stevens September 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm

I too loved the flashback/ memory jog…The only thing I caught as being incorrect was in the year 2003 .
The band A Flock Of Seagulls from The U.K. had the hit “I ran” in 1983 not 2003…The band also had several other top 40 hits ‘Space-age Love song” being one…Just thought I’d add my two bits…Again, though many thanks for the compilation…
K.J. Stevens

P.S. I once was a D.J. in both major-market radio and as well as a private mobile D.J., just to add some perspective…Cheers


4 Sherry Riter January 18, 2016 at 11:58 pm

Thank you for the correction!

Cool about being a D.J. – so fun!


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