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Here are the US 1961 one hit wonders. All the one hit wonder songs by the artists you remember, and maybe some one hit wonders you forgot. Find a one hit wonder.
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  1 Angel Baby 4   Jan 1961  
  Rosie & The Originals  
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  Rosie Hamlin wrote Angel Baby when she was 14, and the song became famous when she was 15. She was not listed as the writer on the record. Although Angel Baby was the only top 20 hit for Rosie & The Originals, Rosie followed-up with Lonely Blue Nights, which received minor radio airplay.  

  2 Yes, I'm Lonesome Tonight   Jan 1961  
  Thelma Carpenter  
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  Yes, I'm Lonesome Tonight was an answer song to 1960 number one song Are You Lonesome Tonight by Elvis Presley. Vaughn Deleath originally popularized Are You Lonesome Tonight in 1924. Thelma Carpenter was a popular singer during the big band era, and sang with many top groups. She also was an actress.  

  3 (Ghost) Riders In The Sky   Mar 1961  
  The Ramrods  
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  This instrumental version of (Ghost) Riders In The Sky was a top 20 near miss and by far the most popular song by The Ramrods.  

  4 Wheels 7   Mar 1961  
  The String-A-Longs  
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  Number 7 hit instrumental song Wheels was a top 20 one hit wonder for The String-A-Longs. The group followed-up with other instrumentals that received moderate airplay. Wheels was written by Richard Stephens and Jimmy Torres.  

  5 Baby Sittin' Boogie 6   Mar 1961  
  Buzz Clifford  
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  Baby Sittin' Boogie was the only top 20 hit for Buzz Clifford. He received some airplay for other songs too, like Three Little Fishes.  

  6 Asia Minor 10   Apr 1961  
  Kokomo  
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  Instrumental song Asia Minor was based on Piano Concerto in A Minor by Edvard Grieg. Kokomo was actually Jimmy Wisner, hiding his identity from other classically trained musicians. Kokomo was a top 20 one hit wonder, but Jimmy Wisner received some airplay with other songs as Jimmy Wisner Trio also. The 1970s group Kokomo was unrelated.  

  7 Baby Blue 5   May 1961  
  The Echoes  
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  Vocal group The Echoes made the top 20 once, with the song Baby Blue. The group had other popular songs out, like the follow-up, Sad Eyes (Don't You Cry), but no more top 20s.  

  8 Good Goodbye (So So Long) 14   May 1961  
  The Bob Knight Four  
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  Good Goodbye (So So Long) was the only top 20 hit for The Bob Knight Four. The group received minor radio airplay with other songs too, like Two Friends.  

  9 In My Heart   Jun 1961  
  The Timetones  
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  In My Heart was also released as Here In My Heart. The Timetones received moderate radio airplay with In My Heart, and slight airplay with I've Got A Feeling.  

  10 Peanut Butter 16   Jun 1961  
  The Marathons  
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  The Marathons was actually The Vibrations. The record company wanted a group that sounded like The Olympics, so they secretly borrowed The Vibrations. When the record company for The Vibrations found out, it took the song and released it as by Vibrations Recorded As Marathons. The Vibrations, under its correct name, was a top instrumental surf band with many songs like The Watusi. Peanut Butter was written by: Bill Barnum, Martin Cooper, Cliff Goldsmith, Fred Smith.  

  11 Rama Lama Ding Dong 11   Jun 1961  
  The Edsels  
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  Rama Lama Ding Dong was the only top 20 hit for The Edsels. The group received minor airplay for other songs, like Bone Shaker Joe.  

  12 Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You) 6   Jul 1961  
  Little Caesar And The Romans  
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  Those Oldies But Goodies was the only top 20 tune for doo-wop group Little Caesar And The Romans. Fellow group Nino And The Ebb Tides held back to back chart positions with this same song in July, 1961. Little Caesar And The Romans followed up with other songs including Memories Of Those Oldies But Goodies, which included tributes to many classic songs.  

  13 You Can't Sit Down 19   Jul 1961  
  Philip Upchurch Combo  
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  You Can't Sit Down was an instrumental top 20 one hit wonder. The 45 RPM single had parts one and two on its sides. Part two was more famous. This was the most popular song by Philip Upchurch Combo, later known as Phil Upchurch. He received slight radio airplay with other songs, like Softly, and played guitar on many records for decades to come.  

  14 Pretty Little Angel Eyes 1   Aug 1961  
  Curtis Lee  
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  Pretty Little Angel Eyes was the only top 20 hit for Curtis Lee. He had other songs that received radio airplay including Under The Moon Of Love. Pretty Little Angel Eyes was written by Tommy Boyce and Curtis Lee.  

  15 Wizard Of Love 8   Sep 1961  
  The Ly-Dells  
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  Although Wizard Of Love was the only top 20 hit for The Ly-Dells, the group received minor radio airplay with other songs like Genie Of The Lamp.  

  16 I Just Don't Understand 20   Sep 1961  
  Ann-Margret  
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  I Just Don't Understand was the most popular song by actress and performer Ann-Margret, just making the top 20. She had a few other songs that received radio airplay too, like It Do Me So Good.  

  17 A Little Bit Of Soap 8   Sep 1961  
  The Jarmels  
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  A Little Bit Of Soap was the only top 20 hit for The Jarmels. The group received some airplay with other songs too, like Little Lonely One, a regional east coast song.  

  18 When We Get Married 13   Sep 1961  
  The Dreamlovers  
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  This was the only top 20 hit for The Dreamlovers, who became a classic doowop group with other songs like For The First Time and If I Should Lose You. The Dreamlovers sang backup for Chubby Checker.  

  19 Lover's Island 16   Sep 1961  
  The Blue Jays  
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  Lover's Island was the only top 20 hit for The Blue Jays. The group received minor radio airplay with other songs like Tears Are Falling too. In the 1950s, there was another group with the same name.  

  20 Nag   Sep 1961  
  The Halos  
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  Nag was the greatest hit and a top 20 near miss for The Halos. The group received slight radio airplay with other songs, including Come Softly To Me.  

  21 Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) 10   Sep 1961  
  Barry Mann  
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  Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) was the only top 20 hit for Barry Mann. He had a string of songs that received minor airplay, including The Princess And The Punk in 1976.  

  22 Mexico 13   Oct 1961  
  Bob Moore And His Orchestra  
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  Although instrumental song Mexico was a top 20 one hit wonder for Bob Moore, he received some airplay in 1963 with another regional instrumental, Kentucky. This song was written by Boudleaux Bryant.  

  23 I Really Love You 15   Oct 1961  
  The Stereos  
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  I Really Love You was originally released in monophonic sound. This was the only top 20 song for The Stereos, which received no measurable radio airplay with any other song.  

  24 Let's Get Together 6   Oct 1961  
  Hayley Mills  
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  Let's Get Together was the only top 20 song for Hayley Mills, who had a near miss a few months later with Johnny Jingo. Let's Get Together was from the movie The Parent Trap.  

  25 This Time 5   Nov 1961  
  Troy Shondell  
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  Although This Time was the only top 20 hit for Troy Shondell, some other songs by him received minor radio airplay like Tears From An Angel. Singer Tommy James named his backup band The Shondells after Troy Shondell.  

  26 Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night   Dec 1961  
  Kenny Dino  
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  Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night was performed in 1990 by Led Zeppelin member Robert Plant. His version of the song reached number 8 on the rock chart. Kenny Dino was actually Kenny Doino. He received slight airplay with other songs too, like Betty Jean.  


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1961 Top Pop One Hit Wonders

1Pretty Little Angel Eyes
 Curtis Lee
2Angel Baby
 Rosie & The Originals
3This Time
 Troy Shondell
4Baby Blue
 The Echoes
5Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You)
 Little Caesar And The Romans
6Wheels
 The String-A-Longs
7Let's Get Together
 Hayley Mills
8Baby Sittin' Boogie
 Buzz Clifford
9Wizard Of Love
 The Ly-Dells
10A Little Bit Of Soap
 The Jarmels
11Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)
 Barry Mann
12Asia Minor
 Kokomo
13Rama Lama Ding Dong
 The Edsels
14Mexico
 Bob Moore And His Orchestra
15Good Goodbye (So So Long)
 The Bob Knight Four
16When We Get Married
 The Dreamlovers
17I Really Love You
 The Stereos
18Peanut Butter
 The Marathons

Top 100 One Hit Wonders

list of the most popular songs that were by one-time top 20 makers from 1960 To 2000

One Hit Wonders by Year

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1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
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1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
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1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
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Welcome to the chart archive

Tunecaster Music Encyclopedia and Chart Archive includes one hit wonder pages for every year from 1960 through 2000 including 1961. One Hit Wonders are songs which are the most popular by an artist. There are different views on what qualifies a song for a One Hit Wonder. A One Hit Wonder could be an artist that had only one song in the top 10, top 20, or even top 40. On these pages, strictly speaking, an artist is a One Hit Wonder if the artist had exactly one song make the pop or rock top 20. No artist can be considered a One Hit Wonder who made the top 20 twice. This strict definition may create some strange results where a super group like Metallica makes the Pop Top 20 charts once, despite a long list of rock number one songs. Superstar side projects with temporary or transient names may be technical One Hit Wonders.
Additionally, a One Hit Wonder listed on this 1980 page may be a song that is significantly more popular than other songs by the same artist, even though it did not make the top 20. Is it really a one hit wonder? You decide.