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  1 Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) 1   Jan 1968  
  John Fred & His Playboy Band  
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  Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) featured trumpet playing by Ronnie Goodson of Ronnie And The Hi-Lites. The song was a take-off of 1967 song Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds by The Beatles. While this number one song was the only top 20 hit for John Fred, he had other songs that received some radio airplay, like Hey Hey Bunny.  

  2 Bend Me, Shape Me 2   Jan 1968  
  The American Breed  
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  Bend Me, Shape Me for rock group The American Breed. The prior year, The American Breed had a top 20 near-miss with Step Out Of Your Mind.  

  3 Nobody But Me 9   Jan 1968  
  The Human Beinz  
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  This remake of a 1963 song by The Isley Brothers became a top 20 one hit wonder for The Human Beinz, whose follow-up, Turn On Your Love Light was only slightly popular. This song was written by Ronald Isley.  

  4 Can't Find The Time 16   Feb 1968  
  Orpheus  
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  Band Orpheus made this top 20 one hit wonder in 1968, which received more play in late summer, 1969. The group followed-up in 1969 with Brown Arms In Houston, which was not well-known. This song was written by Bruce Arnold.  

  5 I'm Gonna Make You Love Me 14   Mar 1968  
  Madeline Bell  
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  I'm Gonna Make You Love Me featured guest backup singer Dusty Springfield. In 1966, Dee Dee Warwick received some radio play with I'm Gonna Make You Love Me, but this was the first top 20 version of the song.
Although this was the only top 20 hit for Madeline Bell, she received slight airplay with the follow-up Picture Me Gone. Madeline Bell was also a member of Blue Mink and of Space. This song was written by: Kenny Gamble, Jerry Ross, Jerry Williams.
 

  6 I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag   Apr 1968  
  Country Joe And The Fish  
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  I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag was an anthem in the movement against the Vietnam War, and performed at Woodstock. The song was popular in 1968, but was not released as a single until 1970. Click listen to hear the original, click extra to see the Woodstock video.
While I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag was the most popular song by Country Joe And The Fish, the group received radio airplay with other songs too.
 

  7 Playboy 7   Apr 1968  
  Gene And Debbe  
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  Country singer Gene Thomas joined Debby Neville to make this top 20 one hit wonder. The duo released other songs including the follow-up, Lovin' Season, but never had another top 20 hit. Playboy was written by Gene Thomas.  

  8 Summertime Blues 11   Apr 1968  
  Blue Cheer  
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  Psychedelic rock band Blue Cheer released a short album of songs called Vincebus Eruptum. The album was well received on rock radio, particularly the song Out Of Focus. The EP also made Blue Cheer a pop top 20 one hit wonder with this remake of the 1958 number 4 Eddie Cochran song.  

  9 Sweet Inspiration 15   Apr 1968  
  The Sweet Inspirations  
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  The namesake song Sweet Inspiration by The Sweet Inspirations was the only top 20 hit for the soul group, who was also known for remakes of songs like Let It Be Me and Unchained Melody. The group featured famous solo singer Cissy Houston.  

  10 The Unicorn 8   May 1968  
  The Irish Rovers  
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  The Unicorn was the only top 20 song for Irish folk band, The Irish Rovers.  

  11 Master Jack 14   Jun 1968  
  Four Jacks And A Jill  
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  Although Master Jack was the only top 20 hit for Four Jacks And A Jill, the group received slight airplay with other songs like Hey Mister.  

  12 Reach Out Of The Darkness 2   Jun 1968  
  Friend And Lover  
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  Reach Out Of The Darkness was the only top 20 hit for Friend And Lover. The group followed-up with If Love Is In Your Heart and other songs, which received some radio airplay.  

  13 I Love You 14   Jun 1968  
  People  
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  I Love You was the only top 20 hit for People. The group received slight airplay with other songs, including Chant For Peace.  

  14 Angel Of The Morning 6   Jun 1968  
  Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts  
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  Angel Of The Morning was the only top 20 hit for Merrilee Rush. She received some radio airplay with other songs, like Save Me.
A 1981 Juice Newton remake of Angel Of The Morning hit number 2. A 2001 rework and remake, retitled simply Angel, by Shaggy Featuring Rayvon, hit number one.
 

  15 Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me 16   Jun 1968  
  Tiny Tim  
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  Tiny Tim became a one hit wonder with his novelty version of Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me. Other song remakes that he was famous for include Great Balls Of Fire and the B-side of this record, I Got You, Babe. The song Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me was from album God Bless Tiny Tim. This song was written by Joe Burke and Al Dubin.  

  16 MacArthur Park 2   Jun 1968  
  Richard Harris  
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  MacArthur Park was turned down by The Association. Richard Harris sang the song in a single take. Richard Harris never had another top 20 hit, but he received some radio airplay with other songs like My Boy. In 1974, MacArthur Park was done by The Four Tops and missed the top 20. In 1978, Donna Summer took her disco version to number one. MacArthur Park was written by Jimmy Webb.  

  17 The Horse 4   Jul 1968  
  Cliff Nobles & Co.  
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  The Horse was actually the B-side instrumental version of Love Is All Right.The vocals by soul singer Cliff Nobles were not included, leaving just backing band 'company' on the song. Some of these musicians later formed popular 1970s instrumental band MFSB. Cliff Nobles & Co. followed-up with Horse Fever which received some notice. The Horse was written by Jesse James.  

  18 Here Comes The Judge 13   Jul 1968  
  Pigmeat Markham  
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  Apollo Theater star and TV courtroom comedy man Pigmeat Markham took his signature act and turned it into a one hit wonder. He followed-up with Sock It To 'Em Judge which also became well-known.  

  19 Pictures Of Matchstick Men 15   Jul 1968  
  The Status Quo  
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  While Pictures Of Matchstick Men was the only top 20 hit for The Status Quo, the group had a long string of songs played on rock stations. The 1989 Camper Van Beethoven version of Pictures Of Matchstick Men became a rock number 14 hit. This song was written by Francis Rosi.  

  20 Journey To The Center Of The Mind 20   Aug 1968  
  The Amboy Dukes  
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  Journey To The Center Of The Mind was the only top 20 hit for The Amboy Dukes. The group had other songs that received airplay, and group leader Ted Nugent went on to have a long album rock career.  

  21 You Keep Me Hangin' On 11   Aug 1968  
  Vanilla Fudge  
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  Vanilla Fudge became a top 20 one hit wonder with this remake of The Supremes song. Nevertheless, Vanilla Fudge was a big album rock group known for many songs including rock classic Season Of The Witch. You Keep Me Hangin' On was written by Holland-Dozier-Holland.  

  22 Love Makes A Woman 5   Aug 1968  
  Barbara Acklin  
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  Love Makes A Woman was the only top 20 hit for Barbara Acklin. She received some radio airplay with other songs, including her vocal remake of the Young-Holt Unlimited 1969 number 3 instrumental song, Soulful Strut, renamed Am I The Same Girl. The song Love Makes A Woman was from album Love Makes A Woman.  

  23 Harper Valley P.T.A. 1   Sep 1968  
  Jeannie C. Riley  
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  Although the 1968 song Harper Valley P.T.A. was the only top 20 song for Jeannie C. Riley, she received some radio airplay with other songs, like The Girl Most Likely. The song was from the movie Harper Valley P.T.A.. This song was written by Tom T. Hall.  

  24 Listen Here 18   Sep 1968  
  Eddie Harris  
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  Eddie Harris had a top 20 one hit wonder with instrumental song Listen Here. This song was written by Eddie Harris.  

  25 Girl Watcher 6   Sep 1968  
  The O'Kaysions  
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  Girl Watcher was the only top 20 song for The O'Kaysions, whose follow-up, Love Machine, was fairly popular.  

  26 In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida   Sep 1968  
  Iron Butterfly  
    YouTube    
  In The Garden Of Eden was changed to In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, according to singer Doug Engle from Iron Butterfly. This song is often considered a one hit wonder. The song received pop radio play, but did not make the top 20. Iron Butterfly was a psychedelic album rock group whose other songs received rock play, including Soul Experience and Easy Rider (Let The Wind Pay The Way).  

  27 Shape Of Things To Come 16   Oct 1968  
  Max Frost And The Troopers  
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  Max Frost And The Troopers was a band of musicians created for movie Wild In The Streets. An album of the same name was released and this song became a top 20 one hit wonder. The group released a second single from the album, Fifty Two Per Cent. Shape Of Things To Come was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.  

  28 Fire 3   Nov 1968  
  The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown  
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  Fire featured the drummer from Emerson, Lake And Palmer, Carl Palmer. Fire was a number one song for The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, and his only top 20 hit. He followed-up with a remake of the 1956 classic Screamin' Jay Hawkins song I Put A Spell On You, and got some radio play with it.  

  29 Court Of Love 6   Nov 1968  
  The Unifics  
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  Soul vocal group The Unifics made a top 20 one hit wonder with Court Of Love. The group followed with popular soul songs including The Beginning Of My End.  

  30 Little Arrows 19   Nov 1968  
  Leapy Lee  
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  Although Little Arrows was the only top 20 hit for actor Leapy Lee, he also received slight airplay for the song Good Morning.  

  31 Quick Joey Small (Run Joey Run) 20   Nov 1968  
  Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus  
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  Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Chorus was a production by Ohio Express members Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz. The lead singer was Joey Levine who also sang for Ohio Express and Reunion.  

  32 Shame, Shame 20   Dec 1968  
  Magic Lanterns  
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  This double word song produced a single top 20 song for Magic Lanterns.  

  33 Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero (The More I Love You) 8   Dec 1968  
  Rene & Rene  
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  In 1964, Rene & Rene had a popular song called Angelito. More than four years later, the duo finally made the top 20 with this one hit wonder.  


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1968 Top Pop One Hit Wonders

1Harper Valley P.T.A.
 Jeannie C. Riley
2Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)
 John Fred & His Playboy Band
3Reach Out Of The Darkness
 Friend And Lover
4Bend Me, Shape Me
 The American Breed
5Fire
 The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
6MacArthur Park
 Richard Harris
7The Horse
 Cliff Nobles & Co.
8Angel Of The Morning
 Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
9Girl Watcher
 The O'Kaysions
10Playboy
 Gene And Debbe
11Love Makes A Woman
 Barbara Acklin
12Court Of Love
 The Unifics
13The Unicorn
 The Irish Rovers
14Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero (The More I Love You)
 Rene & Rene
15Nobody But Me
 The Human Beinz
16You Keep Me Hangin' On
 Vanilla Fudge
17Summertime Blues
 Blue Cheer
18Here Comes The Judge
 Pigmeat Markham
19Master Jack
 Four Jacks And A Jill
20Sweet Inspiration
 The Sweet Inspirations

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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 1968. 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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