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Here are the US 1965 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 The 81   Jan 1965  
  Candy And The Kisses  
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  The 81 was a Philadelphia dance craze and the most popular song by Candy And The Kisses.
Candy Nelson and sister Suzanne Nelson were members of the group. The group received minor airplay with others songs like Keep On Searchin'.
 

  2 Leader Of The Laundromat 18   Jan 1965  
  The Detergents  
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  Leader Of The Laundromat was a spoof of the 1964 number one song Leader Of The Pack by The Shangri-Las. This was the only top 20 hit for novelty group The Detergents. Singer Ron Dante later sang for The Archies and The Cuff Links. This song was written by Vance and Pockrist.  

  3 The Jerk 5   Jan 1965  
  The Larks  
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  The Jerk was a top 20 one hit wonder for soul vocal group The Larks. The follow-up, Mickey's East Coast Jerk, was a continuation of The Jerk dance concept. The Larks that did The Jerk was not the same group that did It's Unbelievable. The Jerk was written by Don Julian.  

  4 Hawaii Tattoo 11   Jan 1965  
  The Waikikis  
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  Hawaii Tattoo was the only US hit for Belgian instrumental group The Waikikis. The song was written by Michael Thomas. and from album Hawaii Kai.  

  5 Whenever A Teenager Cries 10   Feb 1965  
  Reparata And The Delrons  
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  Whenever A Teenager Cries was a top 20 one hit wonder for female vocal group Reparata And The Delrons. Internationally, the group was also popular for the song Captain Of Your Ship. Whenever A Teenager Cries was written by Ernie Mareska.  

  6 Boy From New York City 7   Feb 1965  
  The Ad Libs  
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  Boy From New York City was the only top 20 hit by The Ad Libs. The group received minor radio airplay with other songs like Giving Up. In 1981, The Manhattan Transfer hit number 4 with its version of this song.  

  7 The Birds And The Bees 3   Mar 1965  
  Jewel Akens  
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  The Birds And The Bees was the only top 20 hit for Jewel Akens. He received minor radio airplay with other songs too, like Georgie Porgie.  

  8 Goldfinger 8   Mar 1965  
  Shirley Bassey  
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  Goldfinger was the only US top 20 hit for Shirley Bassey. She had a string of popular songs throughout the world over a long period of time, including the 1998 alternative and dance song History Repeating by Propellerheads Featuring Miss Shirley Bassey. Goldfinger was from the movie Goldfinger.  

  9 Land Of 1000 Dances 2   May 1965  
  Cannibal And The Headhunters  
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  Land Of 1000 Dances was the only top 20 hit for Cannibal And The Headhunters. The group received minor radio airplay with other songs like Nau Ninny Nau.  

  10 The Mouse 3   May 1965  
  Soupy Sales  
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  TV comedian Soupy Sales made a big splash in radio with his routine The Mouse, and became a top 20 one hit wonder.  

  11 Baby The Rain Must Fall 16   May 1965  
  Glenn Yarbrough  
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  Although Baby The Rain Must Fall was the only top 20 hit for Glenn Yarbrough, he received radio airplay with other songs like It's Gonna Be Fine and Goodbye Girl. The song was from the movie Baby The Rain Must Fall. This song was written by Elmer Bernstein and Ernie Sheldon.  

  12 Concrete And Clay 6   Jun 1965  
  Unit Four Plus Two  
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  This was the only top 20 hit for Unit Four Plus Two, whose follow-up, You've Never Been In Love Like This Before, received very little play.  

  13 Soul Sauce (Guacha Guaro) 16   Jun 1965  
  Cal Tjader  
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  Mostly instrumental song Soul Sauce was a rework of Dizzy Gillespie song Guacha Guaro. Drummer Cal Tjader was a fixture of the San Francisco Latin music scene, working with many famous artists. Soul Sauce, however, was a top 20 one hit wonder. This song was written by Chano Pozo and Dizzy Gillespie.  

  14 Hold On Baby   Jun 1965  
  Sam Hawkins  
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  Hold On Baby was the only popular song by soul singer Sam Hawkins. This song was written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich.  

  15 A Walk In The Black Forest 15   Jun 1965  
  Horst Jankowski  
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  Although the instrumental song A Walk In The Black Forest was the only top 20 hit for Horst Jankowski, he was a popular jazz and swing piano player. He received some radio airplay with other songs like his remake of the 1950 Bing Crosby song Play A Simple Melody. A Walk In The Black Forest was written by Horst Jankowski.  

  16 Temptation 'Bout To Get Me   Jul 1965  
  The Knight Bros.  
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  Temptation 'Bout To Get Me was the most popular song by The Knight Bros. The duo received slight radio airplay with other songs too like Love (Can't You Hear Me).  

  17 You Turn Me On (Turn On Song) 8   Jul 1965  
  Ian Whitcomb And Bluesville  
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  You Turn Me On was the only top 20 song for UK writer, actor, and musician Ian Whitcomb. This song was written by Ian Whitcomb.  

  18 Here Comes The Night 19   Jul 1965  
  Them  
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  Here Comes The Night was the only top 20 song for Them, whose 1966 record Gloria missed the top 20 but became a pop and rock classic. The group included member Van Morrison. Here Comes The Night was written by Bert Berns.  

  19 It's Gonna Take A Miracle 11   Sep 1965  
  The Royalettes  
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  The Royalettes had a shrot string of popular soul songs, but It's Gonna Take A Miracle was a top 20 one hit wonder.  

  20 Treat Her Right 2   Oct 1965  
  Roy Head  
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  Treat Her Right was a huge pop crossover and the only top 20 hit for country singer Roy Head. This song was written by Roy Head.  

  21 The Dawn Of Correction   Oct 1965  
  The Spokesmen  
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  The Dawn Of Correction was an alternate viewpoint from 1965 number one song Eve Of Destruction by Barry McGuire, and received some airplay a few weeks later. The Spokemen did not have another noticeable song.  

  22 Keep On Dancing 3   Oct 1965  
  The Gentrys  
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  Keep On Dancing was the only top 20 hit for The Gentrys. The group received some airplay for other songs too like Spread It On Thick.  

  23 Liar, Liar 10   Oct 1965  
  The Castaways  
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  Liar, Liar was the only top 20 hit for The Castaways. The group followed-up with other songs that received slight radio airplay like Goodbye Babe.
This group The Castaways was from Minnesota. There were other unrelated groups also called The Castaways.
 

  24 Everyone's Gone To The Moon 9   Nov 1965  
  Jonathan King  
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  Everyone's Gone To The Moon was the only top 20 hit for Jonathan King. He received some radio airplay for other songs too, like his 1975 version of Una Paloma Blanca, which was more popular by George Baker Selection.  

  25 You've Got To Hide Your Love Away 7   Nov 1965  
  The Silkie  
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  The Silkie was accompanied by group The Beatles on You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, which was originally performed by The Beatles. In 2002, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam hit number 18 rock with the song.
The Silkie followed-up with The Keys To My Soul, which received slight radio airplay. The song was from the movie Help!. This song was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
 

  26 May You Always 17   Dec 1965  
  Harry Harrison  
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  Harry Harrison was a DJ at WMCA, WABC, and also WCBS-FM radio in New York for over 40 years. The spoken word song May You Always was his only top 20 hit. This song was previously a 1959 number 17 hit for The McGuire Sisters. This song was written by Larry Marks and Dick Charles.  

  27 Harlem Nocturne 20   Dec 1965  
  The Viscounts  
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  The instrumental song Harlem Nocturne was the only top 20 hit by The Viscounts. The song was actually a top 20 near miss in 1960, but finally made the top 20 in 1965 The group received some airplay with other songs too, like the popular 1921 Isham Jones And His Orchestra song Wabash Blues.  


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1965 Top Pop One Hit Wonders

1Land Of 1000 Dances
 Cannibal And The Headhunters
2The Birds And The Bees
 Jewel Akens
3Treat Her Right
 Roy Head
4Keep On Dancing
 The Gentrys
5The Mouse
 Soupy Sales
6The Jerk
 The Larks
7Concrete And Clay
 Unit Four Plus Two
8Everyone's Gone To The Moon
 Jonathan King
9Goldfinger
 Shirley Bassey
10You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
 The Silkie
11You Turn Me On (Turn On Song)
 Ian Whitcomb And Bluesville
12Boy From New York City
 The Ad Libs
13Whenever A Teenager Cries
 Reparata And The Delrons
14Hawaii Tattoo
 The Waikikis
15Liar, Liar
 The Castaways
16It's Gonna Take A Miracle
 The Royalettes
17Baby The Rain Must Fall
 Glenn Yarbrough
18A Walk In The Black Forest
 Horst Jankowski
19Soul Sauce (Guacha Guaro)
 Cal Tjader
20May You Always
 Harry Harrison

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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 1965. 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.

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