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  1 Small Sad Sam 20   Jan 1962  
  Phil McLean  
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  Phil McLean squeezed onto the chart to make number 20 with this parody of the recent number one hit Big Bad John by Jimmy Dean.  

  2 Funny How Time Slips Away   Jan 1962  
  Jimmy Elledge  
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  Jimmy Elledge had a top 20 near miss with Funny How Time Slips Away. In the 1970s, he received some renewed interest with the country song One By One. This song was written by Willie Nelson.  

  3 It Will Stand   Jan 1962  
  The Showmen  
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  It Will Stand was the most popular song by The Showmen. The group received minor airplay with other songs like Our Love Will Grow. General Norman Johnson was the lead singer of The Showman, and of group Chairmen Of The Board.  

  4 I Know (You Don't Want Me No More) 2   Jan 1962  
  Barbara George  
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  I Know was based on the gospel song Just A Closer Walk With Thee. Although I Know was the only top 20 hit for Barbara George, she received some radio airplay with other songs like You Talk About Love. This song was written by Barbara George.  

  5 Hey! Baby 1   Mar 1962  
  Bruce Channel  
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  Hey! Baby featured harmonica player Delbert McClinton. Although Hey Baby was a number one hit for Bruce Channel, he never made the top 20 again. He received some airplay with other songs like the follow-up Number One Man.  

  6 Tuff 20   Mar 1962  
  Ace Cannon  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Tuff was a top 20 one hit wonder instrumental for Ace Cannon. The follow-up, Blues (Stay Away From Me) was fairly popular too. Ace Cannon was a saxophone player for Bill Black's Combo, whose group played on solo records by Ace Cannon too. The song Tuff was from album Tuff-Sax. This song was written by Ace Cannon.  

  7 Percolator (Twist) 11   Mar 1962  
  Billy Joe & The Checkmates  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Instrumental song Percolator (Twist) was a top 20 one hit wonder for Billy Joe And The Checkmates. He followed-up with Rocky's Theme, which received slight play.
Billy Joe was actually Lew Bedell, a record producer, a New York radio and TV star, and comedian. The Checkmates here are not related to the Emile Ford Checkmates nor to The Checkmates, Ltd. This song was written by Lou Bideu and Ernie Freeman.
 

  8 Let Me In 3   Mar 1962  
  The Sensations  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Let Me In was the only top 20 hit for The Sensations. Leader Yvonne Baker, aka Yvonne Mills, recorded other popular soul songs with the group. This song was written by Yvonne Mills.  

  9 What's Your Name 3   Mar 1962  
  Don & Juan  
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  What's Your Name was the only top 20 hit for Don & Juan. The duo followed-up with other songs that received slight radio airplay like Two Fools Are We.  

  10 Johnny Angel 1   Mar 1962  
  Shelley Fabares  
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  Johnny Angel was turned into an episode of The Donna Reed Show on TV which featured Shelley Fabares as a guest.  

  11 You Better Move On   Apr 1962  
  Arthur Alexander  
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  You Better Move On was a near top 20 miss for Arthur Alexander. He received airplay with some other songs too, like Anna (Go To Him). Arthur Alexander was a songwriter from Florence, Alabama. He wrote songs for many top artists of the 1960s and 1970s, including Sharing The Night Together, a 1978 number one song for Dr Hook.  

  12 Dear One 10   Apr 1962  
  Larry Finnegan  
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  The popular version of Dear One was the original demo record. Larry Finnigan received airplay with other songs too, like The Other Ringo (A Tribute To Ringo Starr).  

  13 Cinderella 20   Apr 1962  
  Jack Ross  
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  Before novelty singer Jack Ross had his first and only top 20 entry with Cinderella, he made a name for himself with song Happy Jose (Ching, Ching).  

  14 Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) 13   May 1962  
  Ernie Maresca  
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  Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) was the only top 20 hit for Ernie Maresca. He had other songs that received slight radio airplay, like My Son.  

  15 I Wish That We Were Married 7   May 1962  
  Ronnie And The Hi-Lites  
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  Ronnie Goodson was 12 years old when he wished that he was married. He later trumpeted on number one song Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) by John Fred & His Playboy Band. Although I Wish That We Were Married was the only top 20 hit for Ronnie And The Hi-Lites, the group received slight airplay with other songs, like A Slow Dance.  

  16 Village Of Love 8   Jun 1962  
  Nathaniel Mayer And The Fabulous Twilights  
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  Although Village Of Love was the only top 20 hit for Nathaniel Mayer, he received minor airplay for other songs like I Had A Dream.  

  17 I Love You 4   Jun 1962  
  The Volume's  
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  The Volume's followed-up I Love You with Come Back Into My Heart, which received slight radio airplay.  

  18 Theme From Ben Casey   Jun 1962  
  Valjean  
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  Theme From Ben Casey was by far the most popular song by piano player Valjean. The theme received extra attention because Ben Casey was a TV series.  

  19 Snap Your Fingers 9   Jun 1962  
  Joe Henderson  
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  Although Snap Your Fingers was the only top 20 hit for Joe Henderson, he received airplay with some other songs. This song was the follow-up to Baby Don't Leave Me.  

  20 Al Di La' 7   Jul 1962  
  Emilio Pericoli With Giampiero Boneschi's Orchestra  
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  Al Di La' was the only top 20 hit for Emilio Pericoli, who did not have any noticeable airplay with any other song. This song was remade in 1964 by Ray Charles Singers, and hit number 19 for that group. Emilio Pericoli With Giampiero Boneschi's Orchestra song was from the movie Rome Adventure.  

  21 Johnny Get Angry 9   Jul 1962  
  Joanie Sommers  
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  Johnny Get Angry featured a kazoo solo. Joanie Sommers was a TV and movie actress. She received some airplay with other songs, including Kookie's Love Song, from the TV show 77 Sunset Strip, where she replaced Connie Stevens. This song was written by Sherman Edwards and Hal David.  

  22 Bongo Stomp   Jul 1962  
  Little Joey And The Flips  
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  Bongo Stomp was the only top 20 hit and the only song that received noticeable radio airplay by Little Joey And The Flips.  

  23 Summertime, Summertime   Jul 1962  
  The Jamies  
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  Summertime, Summertime was a top 20 near miss song for The Jamies, who never received mentionable airplay with another song. The song was quite popular in 1958, but the 1962 revival was even more popular.  

  24 You'll Lose A Good Thing 6   Aug 1962  
  Barbara Lynn  
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  Although You'll Lose A Good Thing was the only top 20 hit for Barbara Lynn, she received some radio airplay with other songs, like Second Fiddle Girl and This Is The Thanks I Get.  

  25 Party Lights 8   Aug 1962  
  Claudine Clark  
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  Party Lights was a B-side hit. The A side, Disappointed, did not do very well. Claudine Clark received slight airplay with other songs too, like Telephone Game.  

  26 Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow 20   Sep 1962  
  The Rivingtons  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow was the only top 20 song for The Rivingtons. The group later received some notice with The Bird's The Word. In 1964, The Trashmen put these two songs together to create Surfin' Bird, and had its own one hit wonder.  

  27 A Wonderful Dream 8   Sep 1962  
  The Majors  
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  A Wonderful Dream was a top 20 one hit wonder for The Majors. The vocal group received some notice with later songs, but never reached the chart again.  

  28 Monster Mash 1   Oct 1962  
  Bobby Boris Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Bobby Boris Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers hit number one in 1962 with Monster Mash. The song became a top 20 one hit wonder and a Halloween classic. Later in 1962, the monsters mashed again with his Christmas song follow-up, Monsters Holiday, which was quite popular too. In 1973, the original Monster Mash was re-released and reached number 7.  

  29 I Remember You 11   Oct 1962  
  Frank Ifield  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although I Remember You was the only top 20 hit for Frank Ifield, he received some radio airplay with other songs like Lovesick Blues and No One Will Ever Know.  

  30 Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance) 1   Oct 1962  
  The Contours  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Do You Love Me was the only top 20 hit for The Contours. The song hit the top 20 a second time in 1988 when it was featured in the movie Dirty Dancing. The Contours also received some airplay with other songs like Shake Sherry and Can You Do It.  

  31 Close To Cathy 15   Oct 1962  
  Mike Clifford  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Close To Cathy was easily the most popular song by Mike Clifford. He received minor airplay with other songs too like What To Do With Laurie.  

  32 Torture 20   Oct 1962  
  Kris Jensen  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  This was the only top 20 tune for Kris Jensen. The follow-up, Don't Take Her From Me, received little notice.  

  33 Bobby's Girl 1   Dec 1962  
  Marcie Blane  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Marcie Blane stopped recording immediately after Bobby's Girl was popular. Her follow up, What Does A Girl Do, was not very popular, leaving Marcie Blane as a number one song top 20 one hit wonder.  

  34 Telstar 1   Dec 1962  
  The Tornadoes  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Telstar was inspired by the United States launch of the first communications satellite, which provided the first TV broadcasts across the continents. The Tornadoes followed-up Telstar with other instrumental songs that received some radio airplay like Ridin' The Wind and Robot. Telstar was written by Joe Meek.  


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1962 Top Pop One Hit Wonders

1Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance)
 The Contours
2Hey! Baby
 Bruce Channel
3Johnny Angel
 Shelley Fabares
4Bobby's Girl
 Marcie Blane
5Telstar
 The Tornadoes
6Monster Mash
 Bobby Boris Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers
7I Know (You Don't Want Me No More)
 Barbara George
8What's Your Name
 Don & Juan
9I Love You
 The Volume's
10Let Me In
 The Sensations
11You'll Lose A Good Thing
 Barbara Lynn
12Party Lights
 Claudine Clark
13I Wish That We Were Married
 Ronnie And The Hi-Lites
14Al Di La'
 Emilio Pericoli With Giampiero Boneschi's Orchestra
15A Wonderful Dream
 The Majors
16Village Of Love
 Nathaniel Mayer And The Fabulous Twilights
17Dear One
 Larry Finnegan
18Snap Your Fingers
 Joe Henderson
19Johnny Get Angry
 Joanie Sommers
20I Remember You
 Frank Ifield

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

1960 1961 1962 1963 1964
1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994
1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 late 1950s

1962 Pop Top 100 Songs

the top pop songs of 1962 in order

1962 Number One Pop Song Calendar

number one pop songs on any date, birthday, wedding, graduation, etc

Welcome to the chart archive

Tunecaster Music Encyclopedia and Chart Archive includes one hit wonder pages for every year from 1960 through 2000 including 1962. 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.