How Well Do You Remember the One-Hit Wonders of the '60s?

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How Well Do You Remember the One-Hit Wonders of the '60s?
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Do you hold a special place in your heart for one-hit wonders? We've compiled a list of them that hit the charts in the 1960s. If you think you know every one-hit wonder of the decade, take this quiz to find out how much you really know.

We're gonna be honest. In our opinion, the best one-hit wonder of the 1960s was "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!," by Napoleon XIV. This song was the stuff of nightmares for many kids of the '60s, and if you're old enough to remember it, we bet you agree with us. The song was Napoleon XIV's only chart topper in the U.S., reaching number three on the Billboard Charts. The song was about a guy who was going mad after breaking up with his girlfriend. But what was even crazier than the hit single was the single's B-side. The song on the B-side was "!aaaH-aH ,yawA eM ekaT ot gnimoC er'yehT," which is They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" backward... yes, backward. And the entire B-side of the single was "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" played backward. Additionally, the name of the artist on the B-side was VIX NOELOPAN, which is, you guessed it, Napoleon XIV spelled backward. This guy had issues.

Take this quiz so you can brag to your friends about how much you know about one-hit wonders of the 1960s.








The Tornados
Telstar
The Tornados hit the chart in both the U.S. and the U.K. with "Telstar" in 1962. The song was actually an instrumental tune.
The Twist
Sammy
Johnny Angel

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The Surfaris
Surfs Up
Wipe Out
The Surfaris hit the charts with "Wipe Out" in 1963. The song was featured in the movie "Dirty Dancing."
Beach Party
Beach Bingo

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Barry McGuire
The Twist
Milli Vanilli
Kiss
Eve of Destruction
Barry McGuire had a hit with "Eve of Destruction" in 1965. The song was a protest of war.

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The New Vaudeville Band
Johnny Angel
Winchester Cathedral
The New Vaudeville Band hit the big time with "Winchester Cathedral" in 1966. The song sold more than three million copies.
Kiss
Express Yourself

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Napoleon XIV
They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!
Napoleon XIV released "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaaa!" in 1966. The B-side of the single was the song played in reverse. Weird.
Surfs Up
Material Girl
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

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Norman Greenbaum
Spirit in the Sky
Norman Greenbaum had a hit with "Spirit in the Sky" in 1969. The song made it as high as number three on the charts in the U.S.
Thriller
Billie Jean
This Is Us

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The Hollywood Argyles
Alley Oop
The Hollywood Argyles had a hit with "Alley Oop" in 1960. The song hit number one on the charts in July of that year.
Material Girl
Overload
Bumper Crop

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Mark Dinning
Surfs Up
Teen Angel
Mark Dinning released "Teen Angel" in 1960. The song was written by Dinning's sister and brother in law.
Thriller
1984

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Larry Verne
Mr. Custer
Larry Verne hit number one with "Mr. Custer" in 1960. Verne did have another song, "Mr. Livingston," but it definitely wasn't a hit.
Material Girl
Thriller
Billie Jean

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Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs
Thriller
Frankenstein
Johnny Angel
Stay
Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs released "Stay" in 1960. The song holds the record as the shortest number one song in history.

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Ernie K-Doe
1984
Mother-in-Law
Ernie K-Doe hit number one in 1961 with "Mother-in-Law." But was the song really about his mother-in-law?
Major Tom
Thriller

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Bruce Channel
Hey Jude
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
Hey Baby
"Hey Baby" was Bruce Channel's only number one hit. The song hit the big time in 1962.
Dancing Queen

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Mr. Acker Bilk
Stranger on the Shore
Mr. Acker Bilk hit number one with "Stranger on the Shore" in 1962. The song was a clarinet instrumental.
Sky High
Lucy in the Sky
Sky Rockets at Night

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David Rose
Thriller
The Stripper
David Rose hit it big with "The Stripper" in 1962. He is also known for proposing to Judy Garland.
Kitsch
How Deep Is Your Love

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Kyu Sakamoto
Sukiyaki
Kyu Sakamoto hit number one in the U.S. with "Sukiyaki" in 1963. A Taste of Honey took the song to number three in 1981.
Grover
Happy Birthday
Seashells

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The Singing Nun
Thriller
Billie Jean
Dominique
Yes, there really was a singing nun. Debbie Reynolds played her in the 1966 movie.
Surfs Up

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Lorne Greene
Ringo
Yes, THAT Lorne Greene. The actor hit it big with his only hit in December of 1964.
Lassie
Bingo
Birthday

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John Fred and His Playboy Band
Thriller
Dancing Queen
Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)
John Fred and His Playboy Band recorded "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)" in 1968. If you think of it as a play on "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," by the Beatles, you'll never be able to read that title again - you'll sing it.
Faith

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The Lemon Pipers
Fried Green Tomatoes
Yellow Submarine
Green Tambourine
The Lemon Pipers reached number one in 1968 with "Green Tambourine." The song was actually re-released in 2001.
Tambourine Man

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Paul Mauriat
Blue Velvet
Blue Suede Shoes
Dancing Shoes
Love Is Blue
Paul Mauriat reached number one with "Love Is Blue." The song was released in 1968.

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Hugh Masekela
Grazing in the Grass
"Grazing in the Grass" was Hugh Masekela's only number one hit. The song hit number one in 1968.
The Green Green Grass of Home
Home on the Range
Home Is Where the Heart Is

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Jeannie C. Riley
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Dancing Queen
Harper Valley P.T.A.
Jeannie C. Riley recorded "Harper Valley P.T.A." in 1968. The song later became the inspiration for a movie and a television series.
Boogie Shoes

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Zager & Evans
In the Year 2525
Zager & Evans released "In the Year 2525" in 1969. The song hit number one in the U.S. and the U.K.
Boogie Shoes
Boogie Nights
Boogie Queen

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Steam
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
Steam hit number one with "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" in 1969. The song was recorded by a studio band.
Dancing Queen
Queen of Hearts
Heartland

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Don and Juan
What's Your Name
This New York duo hit the charts with "What's Your Name" in 1962. The song reached the number seven position.
Bingo Is His Name-o
Name that Tune
Satisfaction

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Spiral Starecase
Yesterday When I Was Young
More Today Than Yesterday
Spiral Starecase released "More Today Than Yesterday" in 1969. The song did well in the U.S. and Canada, but not in the U.K.
Blue Suede Shoes
Boogie Nights

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Roy Clark
Looks Like a Party
Boogie Nights
Material Girl
Yesterday, When I Was Young
"Yesterday, When I Was Young" was Roy Clark's only chart hit. The song was a hit for Clark in 1969, but it was originally released in 1964 by another artist.

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The Contours
Do You Love Me
The Contours had a hit with "Do You Love Me" in 1962. The song hit the charts again in 1988.
Love Is a Drug
Satisfaction
Ground Control

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The Cascades
Rhythm of the Night
Rhythm of the Rain
The Cascades has a hit with "Rhythm of the Rain" in 1962. The group was originally called the Silver Strands.
Night Stalker
Night Talker

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The Exciters
Johnny Angel
Beauty School Dropout
Tell Him
"Tell Him" was The Exciters only chart hit. The song was released in 1962.
Satisfaction

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Doris Troy
Looking Glass
Just One Look
Doris Troy recorded "Just One Look" in 1963. Troy was a backup singer for the Rolling Stones.
Thriller
Heart of Glass

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The Chantays
Pipeline
The Chantays recorded "Pipeline" in 1963. The group toured with The Righteous Brothers and Roy Orbison.
Thriller
Jazz Man
Piano Man

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The Reflections
Thriller
Surfin' Safari
Billie Jean
Just Like Romeo and Juliet
The Reflections recorded "Just Like Romeo and Juliet" in 1964. The song was featured on American Bandstand.

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Cilla Black
We Are The World
You're My World
British singer Cilla Black hit the U.S. charts with "You're My World" in 1964. It was her only hit in the U.S.
Material Girl
Downtown

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Eddie Holman
Material Girl
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Funny Girl
Hey There Lonely Girl
Eddie Holman's only chart topper was "Hey There Lonely Girl." The song was released in 1969.

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