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

By Sarah Norman | August 11, 2023

Sugarhill Gang, "Rapper’s Delight"

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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As far as one hit wonders go, "Rapper's Delight" may be one of the most important. Released in 1979 by a trio of rappers who were put together kind of like a hip hop boy band, the single rips from Nile Rodgers and Chic while giving an insight into the world of New York hip hop to people who would never be introduced to this kind of flavor.

Listening back today, "Rapper's Delight" is incredibly dated, but it's clear that we'd never have acts like The Beastie Boys, Biggy, or Wu-Tang without it.

 Nick Lowe, "Cruel to Be Kind"

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Nick Lowe is the kind of artist who doesn't really need hits. As a songwriter he crafts funny, acerbic pop tunes that work no matter the era, and as a producer he's helmed some of the most popular albums of the '70s and '80s. That doesn't mean he can't be a one hit wonder. With his sad sack single "Cruel to Be Kind," Lowe had his first and only solo foray into the U.S. singles charts while simultaneously racking up hits across the globe. Even though the chart success was never replicated Lowe managed to stay busy as touring troubadour and producer.