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Most succesful one-hit-wonders

This week list was a suggestion from Kev who emailed me to say, “Recently, on Radio Two, someone said that the Archies’ Sugar Sugar was the most successful one hit wonder. Is that correct? What are the most successful one hit wonders?

Well Kev, it depends on what criteria is used to calculate that. Sales alone are not definitive because before digital compiling began, the method was a bit primitive and were not accurate. When I was producing and co-presenting shows on Capital Gold which included the 1000 number ones, most successful number twos and most successful one-hit-wonders, we used a method which was a points system devised and compiled by Neil Warwick who was my co-author on the Complete Book of the British Chart which involved giving EVERY songs that ever charted points. The higher up the chart the more points they got and bonus points for each week at number one. This was obviously linked to the sales that gave them the chart position. We couldn’t assume it was ok to use it without permission from the OCC (Official Charts Company), so we presented them with the system who agreed it was accurate and endorsed it and approved it for use on the air.

That one-hit-wonders programme was broadcast over 10 years ago, so I recently asked Neil to compile an up to date list and here is the top 30.

Position Act Title Chart Entry Year Weeks on Chart Peak Position
30 Tommy Dorsey Tea For Two Cha Cha 1958 19 3
29 Yolanda Be Cool vs D Cup We No Speak Americano 2010 22 1
28 Alan Walker Faded 2016 33 7
27 Mixtures The Pushbike Song 1971 21 2
26 Nico & Vinz Am I Wrong 2014 33 1
25 Lou Busch And His Orchestra Zambesi 1956 17 2
24 Simon Park Orchestra Eye Level 1972 24 1
23 Lee Marvin Wand’rin’ Star 1970 23 1
22 Al Hibbler Unchained Melody 1955 17 2
21 Muriel Smith Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me 1953 17 3
20 Bodyrockers I Like The Way 2005 40 3
19 Las Ketchup The Ketchup Song (Asereje) 2002 26 1
18 Vance Joy Riptide 2014 60 10
17 B. Bumble And The Stingers Nut Rocker 1962 26 1
16 Percy Faith And His Orchestra Theme From A Summer Place 1960 31 2
15 Magic! Rude 2014 31 1
14 Kalin Twins When 1958 18 1
13 Clive Dunn Grandad 1970 28 1
12 Kungs vs Cookin’ On 3 Burners This Girl 2016 28 2
11 Dream Weavers It’s Almost Tomorrow 1956 18 1
10 Jane Birkin And Serge Gainsbourg Je T’aime…Moi Non Plus 1969 34 1
9 Lilly Wood & Robin Schulz Prayer In C 2014 47 1
8 Wink Martindale Deck Of Cards 1959 41 5
7 Portugal The Man Feel It Still 2017 45 3
6 Archies Sugar Sugar 1969 26 1
5 Walk The Moon Shut Up & Dance 2015 48 4
4 Lumineers Ho Hey! 2012 50 8
3 Kitty Kallen Little Things Mean A Lot 1954 23 1
2 Obernkirchen Children’s Choir The Happy Wanderer (Der Frohliche Wanderer) 1954 26 2
1 Gotye feat Kimbra Somebody That I Used To Know 2012 53 1

 

 

 

 

My thanks, as ever to Neil Warwick who has spent endless years, months, day and hours accumulating the mammoth database.

 

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