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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 »

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Dynomite Part 1 – Tony Camillo’s Bazuka

Dynomite Part 1 – Tony Camillo’s Bazuka

Disco started in the gay night clubs of New York City in the mid-1970s. It became mainstream following Saturday Night Fever’s success in 1977 and was a cursed and hated genre by 1979 when “Disco Sucks” slogans appeared on everything from t-shirts to bumper stickers. One of the biggest complaints is that disco was produced by studio groups who didn’t tour, didn’t perform but merely churned out records that all sounded the same. If you were … Read entire article »

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General Hospi-Tale – The Afternoon Delights

General Hospi-Tale – The Afternoon Delights

There is a certain charm in novelty songs, those quirky little musical nuggets that capture a moment in time with a popular song based on a pop cultural event. How else can you explain “Pac-Man Fever” by Buckner and Garcia or “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees? They’re silly, stupid, disposable but certainly charming in small doses. Very small doses. “General Hospi-Tale” by The Afternoon Delights is exceedingly stupid, anachronistic and disposable since it manages to name-check key … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry

Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry

It’s time to honor one of the all-time classic one-hit wonders. “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry sounded amazing when it was released in 1976 and still sounds amazing today. It’s white-boy funk at its finest and makes people shake their booties, even if they detest 1970s music. Ask any songwriter and it’s likely they’ll tell you that one or two of their best songs were written in a fit of inspiration. While it’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Take Your Time (Do It Right) – The SOS Band

Take Your Time (Do It Right) – The SOS Band

Is “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” by The SOS Band the last great disco one-hit wonder? I would argue it’s a natural bridge between late 1970s disco and early 1980s funk/r&b hits. The funky and distinctive analog synthesizer sounds of early ’80s funk in the mix peg it as a funk tune in the tradition of bands like The Gap Band and Cameo. But the guitar work, background vocals and orchestral bells peg this song … Read entire article »

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Knock on Wood – Amii Stewart

Knock on Wood – Amii Stewart

Even if Amii Stewart didn’t have two “iis” in her first name because one obviously wasn’t enough. Even if “Knock on Wood” wasn’t an enduring disco one-hit wonder. Even if no one remembered “Knock on Wood” all these years later (plenty of people still do, of course). I would still have to honor Stewart for her gutsy fashion choice for her album cover. Not many men or women can select such a, well, I’m not really sure … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s