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Biggest 1962 One Hit Wonders
ranked most popular 1962 songs
1.Do You Love Me
(Now That I Can Dance)
The Contours
2.Hey! Baby
Bruce Channel
3.Johnny Angel
Shelley Fabares
4.Bobby's Girl
Marcie Blane
5.Telstar
The Tornadoes
6.Monster Mash
Bobby Boris Pickett
And The Crypt-Kickers
7.I Know (You Don't Want Me No More)
Barbara George
8.What's Your Name
Don & Juan
9.I Love You
The Volume's
10.Let Me In
The Sensations
11.You'll Lose A Good Thing
Barbara Lynn
12.Party Lights
Claudine Clark
13.I Wish That We Were Married
Ronnie And The Hi-Lites
14.Al Di La'
Emilio Pericoli With Giampiero Boneschi's Orchestra
15.A Wonderful Dream
The Majors
16.Village Of Love
Nathaniel Mayer
And The Fabulous Twilights
17.Dear One
Larry Finnegan
18.Snap Your Fingers
Joe Henderson
19.Johnny Get Angry
Joanie Sommers
20.I Remember You
Frank Ifield

1962 Pop Top 100 Songs
the top songs of 1962 in order

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Tunecaster has 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 supergoup 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 1962 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.

     

1962 One Hit Wonders Page

One Hit Wonders from 1962 at Tunecaster

Here are the US 1962 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. Small Sad Sam

     
    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.  
    Jan 1962
     
       
     
    Funny How Time Slips Away by Jimmy Elledge listen
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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
     
     
    It Will Stand by The Showmen listen
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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)

     
    Jan 1962
     
     
    Barbara George
     
     
    I Know (You Don't Want Me No More) by Barbara George listen
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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

     
    Mar 1962
     
       
     
    Hey! Baby by Bruce Channel listen
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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

     
    Mar 1962
     
     
    Ace Cannon
     
     
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    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)

     
    Mar 1962
     
     
    Billy Joe & The Checkmates
     
     
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    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

     
    Mar 1962
     
       
     
    Let Me In by The Sensations listen
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    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

     
    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

     
    Mar 1962
     
       
     
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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
     
       
     
    You Better Move On by Arthur Alexander listen
    You Better Move On by Arthur Alexander listen
     
     
     
    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

     
    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

     
    Apr 1962
     
       
     
    Cinderella by Jack Ross listen
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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.  
    May 1962
     
     
    Ernie Maresca
     
     
    Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) by Ernie Maresca listen
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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

     
    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

     
    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

     
    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
     
     
    Theme From Ben Casey by Valjean listen
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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

     
    Jun 1962
     
     
    Joe Henderson
     
     
    Snap Your Fingers by Joe Henderson listen
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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'

     
    Jul 1962
     
     
    Emilio Pericoli With Giampiero Boneschi's Orchestra
     
     
    Al Di La' by Emilio Pericoli With Giampiero Boneschi's Orchestra listen
    Al Di La' by Emilio Pericoli With Giampiero Boneschi's Orchestra listen
     
     
     
    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

     
    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

     
    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

     
    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.  
    Sep 1962
     
       
     
    Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow by The Rivingtons listen
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    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

     
    Sep 1962
     
       
     
    A Wonderful Dream by The Majors listen
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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.  
    Oct 1962
     
     
    Bobby Boris Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers
     
     
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    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. Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance)

     
    Oct 1962
     
       
     
    Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance) by The Contours listen
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    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.
     
     
  30. I Remember You

     
    Oct 1962
     
     
    Frank Ifield
     
     
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    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.
     
     
  31. Close To Cathy

     
    Oct 1962
     
     
    Mike Clifford
     
     
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    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

     
    Oct 1962
     
       
     
    Torture by Kris Jensen listen
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    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

     
    Dec 1962
     
       
     
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    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

     
    Dec 1962
     
       
     
    Telstar by The Tornadoes listen
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    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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