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

By Sarah Norman | September 15, 2023

Mungo Jerry, "In the Summertime"

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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In the early '70s no one really knew what kind of music would take hold of the public consciousness. Psychedelic rock was slowly morphing into heavy metal, and hippie inspired pop tunes were still hanging around like a bad headache. Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime" is neither. It's a bombastic track about being happy no matter the time that sold more than 30 million copies, something that seemed to weigh on the group's constantly changing lineup. They never followed up on the success of this single, leaving them an oddity of the 1970s.

John Fred, "Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)"

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This world-wide Number One single is one of the strangest things to come out of the 1960s. Inspired by "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," the track is more of a lounge inspired pop track than a stoned out song like what the Beatles kicked out, and listening to it today makes for a seriously strange experience.

The lyrics to "Judy In Disguise" are complete nonsense: "Come to me tonight, come to me tonight/Taking everything in sight/Except for the strings on my kite, etc" so we're not surprised that audiences tired of John Fred pretty quickly.