60 Of The Most Bizarre One Hit Wonders Of The 1960s and 1970s

By Sarah Norman | February 4, 2024

Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler, 'The Ballad Of The Green Berets' 

Prepare to be transported back in time as we dive into the world of music to explore the quirkiest and most eccentric one-hit wonders that graced the airwaves during the colorful decades of the 1960s and 1970s. From psychedelic pop gems to offbeat disco delights, join us on a musical journey filled with delightful oddities, unexpected chart-toppers, and artists whose fleeting moments in the spotlight left a lasting imprint on music history. Get ready to groove, laugh, and reminisce about the most bizarre and unforgettable tunes that captured hearts for a moment, forever etching their place in the annals of musical curiosities. Let's turn up the volume and rediscover the delightful eccentricities of the bygone era's one-hit wonders!

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Politically charged songs promoting war have been hits in every era, but only in the '60s could a ballad song in a weird talky voice by an actual Staff Sergeant hit Number 1 on the Billboard charts. The single moved more than two million units and the album sold nearly 10 million copies. It's insane that this song was a thing. With success like that it's hard to go anywhere but down, and that's exactly what Sadler did when his followup single, "The A Team" failed to chart as successfully.

Carl Douglas, "Kung Fu Fighting"

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Was everyone Kung Fu fighting in the 1970s? According to Carl Douglas they were. This goof off novelty song was originally a B-side for the single "I Want to Give You My Everything," but that song didn't pop nearly as hard as Douglas' ode to getting windmill kicked in the face.

The single sold 11 million copies and became a staple of film and television but that was all she wrote for Douglas' career as a pop star.