Statistics About The Most Famous One Hit Wonders

The most famous one-hit wonders typically achieve a peak level of success with their one hit song, but struggle to sustain longevity in the music industry.

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"The United States is credited with producing 12 of the top 20 best-selling one-hit wonders of all time."

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"In 1997, the one-hit wonder "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba sold 880,000 copies in the UK."

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"The top three best-selling one-hit wonders worldwide are Los Del Rio, Aqua, and Eiffel 65."

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"The term "one-hit wonder" was first used by the media in 1977."

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"The "Macarena" spent 14 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart."

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"More than 400 songs have had one-week runs at number one on Billboard Hot 100."

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"The song "Love Hurts" by Nazareth, a one-hit wonder, was covered over 180 times."

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"The 1980s produced the most one-hit wonders with over 200 charting on Billboard Hot 100."

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"The song "Take On Me" by A-ha reached number one in 36 countries."

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"The song "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice was the first hip hop single to top the Billboard charts."

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"In Australia, the highest selling one-hit wonder is "Doctorin' The Tardis" by The Timelords."

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""Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye has been certified multi-platinum in over 10 countries."

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"OMC's "How Bizarre" stayed at No. 1 for five weeks on the UK Singles Chart."

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"The Baha Men's song "Who Let The Dogs Out?" won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording."

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"Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" holds the record for longest time at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for a one-hit wonder."

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"Psy's "Gangnam Style" was the first video to exceed one billion views on YouTube."

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"Europe’s one-hit wonder "The Final Countdown" is the most played song in sporting events."

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