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Biggest 1969 One Hit Wonders
ranked most popular 1969 songs
1.Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
Steam
2.In The Year 2525
(Exordium & Terminus)
Zager & Evans
3.Take A Letter To Maria
R.B. Greaves
4.Smile A Little Smile For Me
The Flying Machine
5.More Today Than Yesterday
Spiral Starecase
6.Love (Can Make You Happy)
Mercy
7.Color Him Father
The Winstons
8.Tracy
The Cuff Links
9.Baby It's You
Smith
10.My Pledge Of Love
The Joe Jeffrey Group
11.Quentin's Theme
The Charles Randolph Grean Sounde
12.Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'
Crazy Elephant
13.Polk Salad Annie
Tony Joe White
14.Israelites
Desmond Dekker & The Aces
15.Cinnamon
Derek
16.When I Die
Motherlode
17.Black Pearl
Sonny Charles
And The Checkmates, Ltd.
18.Hot Smoke & Sasafrass
The Bubble Puppy
19.Nobody But You Babe
Clarence Reid
20.Nothing But A Heartache
The Flirtations

1969 Pop Top 100 Songs
the top songs of 1969 in order

1969 Number One Song Calendar
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Tunecaster has one hit wonder pages for every year from 1960 through 2000, including 1969. 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 1969 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.

     

1969 One Hit Wonders Page

One Hit Wonders from 1969 at Tunecaster

Here are the US 1969 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. Cinnamon

     
    Jan 1969
     
     
    Derek
     
     
    Cinnamon by Derek listen
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    Derek was actually Johnny Cymbal using his brother's name to remain incognito. He had one top 20 hit under each name.
     
     
  2. Hot Smoke & Sasafrass

     
    Mar 1969
     
     
    The Bubble Puppy
     
     
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    Hot Smoke & Sasafrass was the only top 20 hit for The Bubble Puppy. The group followed-up with If I Had A Reason, which received slight radio airplay.
     
     
  3. The Pledge Of Allegiance

     
    Apr 1969
     
     
    Red Skelton
     
     
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    This recording of The Pledge Of Allegiance came from a popular, acclaimed speech on the TV show The Red Skelton Hour. The speech was pressed on a record, and received moderate radio airplay.
     
     
  4. Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'

     
    Apr 1969
     
       
     
    Gimme Gimme Good Lovin' by Crazy Elephant listen
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    Crazy Elephant was a production of Ohio Express members Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz, a duo that produced other one hit wonder groups. The lead singer for Crazy Elephant was Robert Spencer, also in The Cadillacs. Gimme Gimme Good Lovin' was the only top 20 hit for Crazy Elephant. The group had other songs that received minor radio airplay too.
     
     
  5.  
    Apr 1969
     
       
     
    Will You Be Staying After Sunday by The Peppermint Rainbow listen
    Will You Be Staying After Sunday by The Peppermint Rainbow listen
     
     
     
    Will You Be Staying After Sunday was a top 20 near miss and by far the most popular song by The Peppermint Rainbow. The song made #21 Cashbox and #32 Billboard. This song was written by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschorn.
     
     
  6. Nothing But A Heartache

     
    May 1969
     
     
    The Flirtations
     
     
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    Nothing But A Heartache was by far the most ppopular song by soul vocal group The Flirtations, and its only top 20 song.
     
     
  7. Love (Can Make You Happy)

     
    May 1969
     
     
    Mercy
     
     
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    Although Love (Can Make You Happy) was the only top 20 hit for Mercy, the group received minor radio airplay for other songs like Hello Baby. Love (Can Make You Happy) was from the movie Fireball Jungle.
     
     
  8. Morning Girl

     
    Jun 1969
     
     
    The Neon Philharmonic
     
     
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    Morning Girl was the only top 20 hit for The Neon Philharmonic. The group received slight airplay with other songs too, like Flowers For Your Pillow. The song Morning Girl was from album The Moth Confesses. This song was written by Tupper Saussy.
     
     
  9. More Today Than Yesterday

     
    Jun 1969
     
     
    Spiral Starecase
     
     
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    Although More Today Than Yesterday was the only top 20 hit for Spiral Starecase, the group received some airplay with other songs like No One For Me To Turn To.
     
     
  10. Israelites

     
    Jun 1969
     
     
    Desmond Dekker & The Aces
     
     
    Israelites by Desmond Dekker & The Aces listen
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    The Israelites was the only top 20 hit for Desmond Dekker & The Aces. He received airplay with other songs too, like You Can Get It If You Really Want.
     
     
  11. In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)

     
    Jul 1969
     
       
     
    In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus) by Zager & Evans listen
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    In The Year 2525 was recorded in 1964, but became popular around the time of the first manned moon landing. Although the song took a long time to make it, it was written in about half an hour. This song became a number one hit and the only top 20 song for the duo. Zager & Evans received slight airplay for other songs like Mr. Turnkey.
     
     
  12. Color Him Father

     
    Jul 1969
     
     
    The Winstons
     
     
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    Color Him Father was the only top 20 hit for The Winstons. The follow-up, Love Of The Common People, received moderate play.
     
     
  13. Quentin's Theme

     
    Jul 1969
     
       
     
    Quentin's Theme by The Charles Randolph Grean Sounde listen
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    Charles Randolph Grean was a song writer and producer. His band was most famous for Quentin's Theme. The song was from the TV show Dark Shadows. This song was written by Robert Cobert.
     
     
  14. Black Pearl

     
    Jul 1969
     
     
    Sonny Charles And The Checkmates, Ltd.
     
     
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    Black Pearl was the only top 20 hit for Sonny Charles And The Checkmates, Ltd.. The follow-up, Proud Mary, which was listed as by The Checkmates, Ltd. Featuring Sonny Charles, received some play. Black Pearl was written by: Phil Spector, Toni Wine, Irwin Levine.
     
     
  15. My Pledge Of Love

     
    Aug 1969
     
     
    The Joe Jeffrey Group
     
     
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    Although My Pledge Of Love was the only top 20 hit for The Joe Jeffrey Group, the group received minor airplay with other songs like My Baby Loves Lovin', which was more famous as by White Plains. This song was written by Joe Stafford Jr..
     
     
  16. Good Old Rock 'N Roll

     
    Aug 1969
     
     
    Cat Mother And The All Night News Boys
     
     
    Good Old Rock 'N Roll by Cat Mother And The All Night News Boys listen
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    The number 20 song Good Old Rock 'N Roll was a tribute to late 1950s and early 1960s rock and roll, including a medley of many popular songs.
    Cat Mother And The All Night News Boys received some radio airplay with other songs too like Can You Dance To It.
     
     
  17. In A Rainbow

     
    Aug 1969
     
     
    Sweetwater
     
     
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    In A Rainbow was made famous when Sweetwater performed at the legendary weekend rock concert Woodstock. Sweetwater broke up soon afterward. No other song by Sweetwater received noticeable radio airplay.
     
     
  18. Nobody But You Babe

     
    Aug 1969
     
     
    Clarence Reid
     
     
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    Nobody But You Babe was the only top 20 song and by far the most popular tune for soul singer and writer Clarence Reid.
     
     
  19. Polk Salad Annie

     
    Aug 1969
     
     
    Tony Joe White
     
     
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    Polk Salad Annie was a pop top 20 one hit wonder for country star Tony Joe White. This song was written by Tony Joe White.
     
     
  20. When I Die

     
    Aug 1969
     
     
    Motherlode
     
     
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    Canadian band Motherlode had a top 20 one hit wonder with When I Die. The group dfollowed-up with a remake of the recent Jr. Walker & The All Stars number 3 song What Does It Take (To Win Your Love).
     
     
  21. Birthday

     
    Sep 1969
     
       
     
    Birthday by Underground Sunshine listen
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    Birthday was a remake of the 1966 rock song by The Beatles. The Underground Sunshine version of the song was a top 20 near miss. This group received minor airplay with other songs too, like Don't Shut Me Out. Birthday was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
     
     
  22. Keem-O-Sabe

     
    Sep 1969
     
     
    The Electric Indian
     
     
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    The Electric Indian included keyboard player Daryl Hall, and others who later became part of group MFSB. The instrumental song Keem-O-Sabe was a number 20 song and the most popular song by The Electric Indian. The group received some airplay with other songs too, including the B-side, Broad Street. Keem-O-Sabe was written by Bernice Borisoff and Bernard Binnick.
     
     
  23. Life And Death In G & A

     
    Oct 1969
     
       
     
    Life And Death In G & A by Abaco Dream listen
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    Abaco Dream peaked into the top 20 once to become a one hit wonder with Life And Death In G & A. This Abaco Dream song was written by Sly Stone, but showed up on the label as his real name, Sylvester Stewart. Abaco Dream was a side project for Sly & The Family Stone.
     
     
  24. Mah-Na-Mah-Na

     
    Oct 1969
     
     
    Piero Umiliani, From The Movie Sweden Heaven And Hell
     
     
    Mah-Na-Mah-Na by Piero Umiliani, From The Movie Sweden Heaven And Hell listen
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    Piero Umiliani was a movie soundtrack composer. Mah-Na-Mah-Na was his most popular song, as it was recycled on TV shows Sesame Street and the muppet shows and movies that started there. The song was popular in the US in 1969, and made #8 in the UK in 1977. Mah-Na-Mah-Na was from the movie Sweden Heaven And Hell.
     
     
  25.  
    Oct 1969
     
     
    The Clique
     
     
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    Sugar On Sunday was a remake of an album track by Tommy James And The Shondells, and made The Clique a top 20 one hit wonder. The B-side if this single, Superman (LISTEN), received some notice, especially in 1986 when alternative band R.E.M. remade Superman and its version became a number 14 rock hit. Sugar On Sunday was written by Tommy James and Mike Vale.
     
     
  26. Tracy

     
    Oct 1969
     
     
    The Cuff Links
     
     
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    Tracy was a top 20 one hit wonder for The Cuff Links. The studio group made other songs too, like moderately popular follow-up, When Julie Comes Around.
    In fact, The Cuff Links included singer Ron Dante as the voice of all parts. Ron Dante made additional top 20 songs as the leader of The Archies and The Detergents. Tracy was written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss.
     
     
  27. Jealous Kind Of Fella

     
    Oct 1969
     
     
    Garland Green
     
     
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    Soul singer Garland Green crossed-over to the pop top 20 for one hit wonder song Jealous Kind Of Fella. This song was written by: Josephine Armstead, Garland Green, Rudolph Browner, Maurice Dollison.
     
     
  28. You, I

     
    Oct 1969
     
     
    The Rugbys
     
     
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    You, I was a top 20 near miss and the only popular song by The Rugbys. This song was written by Steve McNicol.
     
     
  29. Something In The Air

     
    Nov 1969
     
     
    Thunderclap Newman
     
     
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    Something In The Air was a top 20 near miss for Thunderclap Newman. The group did not release any other song. Thunderclap Newman guitarist, Jimmy McCulloch, later became a member of Paul McCartney & Wings.
     
     
  30. Baby It's You

     
    Nov 1969
     
     
    Smith
     
     
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    In 1962, The Shirelles took Baby It's You to number 6. Smith got the song up to number 6 again. Smith followed-up with other songs, like Take A Look Around, that received some radio airplay. The lead singer of Smith, Gayle McCormick, also received minor radio airplay with solo songs.
     
     
  31. Smile A Little Smile For Me

     
    Nov 1969
     
       
     
    Smile A Little Smile For Me by The Flying Machine listen
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    This was the only top 20 song for The Flying Machine. The band followed-up with a remake of The Marmalade song Baby Make It Soon. The group received slight airplay with other songs like Hanging On The Edge Of Sadness. Smile A Little Smile For Me was written by Tony Macaulay and Geoff Stephens.
     
     
  32. Take A Letter To Maria

     
    Nov 1969
     
       
     
    Take A Letter To Maria by R.B. Greaves listen
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    R.B. Greaves was the nephew of Sam Cooke.
     
     
  33.  
    Dec 1969
     
       
     
    Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye by Steam listen
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    Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye was a number one song and the only top 20 hit for Steam. The group followed-up with I've Gotta Make You Love Me, which received moderate airplay.
     
     
  34. Groovy Grubworm

     
    Dec 1969
     
     
    Harlow Wilcox And The Oakies
     
     
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    Instrumental song Groovy Grubworm was by far the most popular song for Harlow Wilcox.
     


     






 
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