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

By Sarah Norman | August 18, 2023

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, "Fire"

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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It's hard to imagine a song that begins with the phrase, "I am the god of hellfire and I bring you... fire" being a hit today, but that's what was so great about the Groovy era. Incredibly weird songs could become a part of the cultural consciousness by virtue of their inherent strangeness. The fact that the song kind of sounds like lounge music makes the whole thing even more interesting. This was Arthur Brown's only real hit, but he continued to milk it for all it's worth well into the 2000s. 

Sugarhill Gang, "Rapper’s Delight"

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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.