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24 Number One Songs That Are 1970s One-Hit Wonders

24 Number One Songs That Are 1970s One-Hit Wonders

The 1970s were huge for one-hit wonders. But like all decades, only a tiny percentage of songs released during the 10 years between 1970 and 1980 reached #1 on the Billboard Top 40. It’s these elite few that became the top songs of the 70s. Eight of the ten years in the 1970s saw one-hit wonders hit #1 on the Billboard Top 40. There were two songs in 1970, two in 1973, five in … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Featured, Lists

More Than Just the Two of Us – Sneaker

More Than Just the Two of Us – Sneaker

Sweaty hands. Awkward comments. Rapidly beating heart. Insecurity about your clothes and haircut. I remember junior high well. Trying to be “cool” was virtually impossible for most seventh graders–especially while dancing with a boy or girl you liked. It was even worse when a sensitive ballad was gently wofting from the speakers. It didn’t matter if you were listening to “Don’t Give Up On Us” by David Soul, “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Respect Yourself – Bruce Willis

Respect Yourself – Bruce Willis

It’s easy to forget that big-screen icon Bruce Willis once fancied himself a rhythm and blues singer. But he did. And under the moniker “Bruno” he delivered a debut album cleverly titled The Return of Bruno (see how he did that? Made buyers think they missed Introducing Bruno). We’ll add Willis to our growing list of actors-turned-singers-turned-actors. Or maybe it should be singers-turned-actors-turned-singers-turned-one-hit wonders. Let’s not argue semantics here. Celebrity crossover worked for David Soul … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

It’s Now or Never – John Schneider

It’s Now or Never – John Schneider

TV shows are often a great launching pad into musical stardom (or vice versa). David Soul parlayed his success as Hutch from Starsky and Hutch into a massive number one hit with “Don’t Give Up on Us” in 1977. John Schneider followed Soul’s lead and turned an Elvis Presley cover of “It’s Now or Never” into a #14 hit on the Billboard Top 40 in 1981. What do Soul and Schneider have in common? Let’s explore… Blonde … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Country

Undercover Angel – Alan O’Day

Undercover Angel – Alan O’Day

As you dig deep into one-hit wonder history, you discover lots of one-hit wonder artists actually hit the Billboard Top 40 many times as songwriters for other artists. Today’s starring player fits that description perfectly. Alan O’Day has spent five decades in the music business writing hit songs or movie and TV theme songs other people made famous. Here is a quick list of his career highlights: “The Drum” by teen idol Bobby Sherman hit … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Don’t Give Up On Us Lyrics – David Soul

Don’t Give Up On Us Lyrics – David Soul

Click here to read how “Don’t Give Up On Us” became a one-hit wonder Don’t Give Up On Us lyrics Don’t give up on us, baby Don’t make the wrong seem right The future isn’t just one night It’s written in the moonlight Painted on the stars We can’t change ours Don’t give up on us, baby We’re still worth one more try I know we put a last one by Just for a rainy evening When maybe stars are few Don’t give up on us, I know We … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop