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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|5||Walk The Moon||Shut Up & Dance||2015||48||4|
|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.