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

By Sarah Norman | August 25, 2023

Bobby "Boris" Pickett, 'The Monster Mash'

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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Bobby "Boris" Pickett may be a one-hit wonder from the 1960s, but he wrote and recorded one of the greatest bops of the decade with "The Monster Mash." Written as a way to cash in on the glut of horror movies and dance crazes at the time, the success of "The Monster Mash" was a huge shock to the singer. He tried to follow up the massive hit with similarly themed monster songs ("The Monster Swim," "The Monster Rap"), but he never achieved the same level of success. The song remains a total banger, and there's nothing wrong with that.

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, "Fire"

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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.