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  1 Cinnamon 13   Jan 1969  
  Derek  
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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 14   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' 8   Apr 1969  
  Crazy Elephant  
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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 Will You Be Staying After Sunday   Apr 1969  
  The Peppermint Rainbow  
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  6 Nothing But A Heartache 17   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) 4   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 17   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 5   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 10   Jun 1969  
  Desmond Dekker & The Aces  
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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) 1   Jul 1969  
  Zager & Evans  
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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 6   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 9   Jul 1969  
  The Charles Randolph Grean Sounde  
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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 14   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 6   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 20   Aug 1969  
  Cat Mother And The All Night News Boys  
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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 16   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 10   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 12   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  
  Underground Sunshine  
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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 20   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 20   Oct 1969  
  Abaco Dream  
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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  
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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 Sugar On Sunday 20   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, 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 6   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 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.  

  28 Jealous Kind Of Fella 16   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.  

  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 6   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 2   Nov 1969  
  The Flying Machine  
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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 3   Nov 1969  
  R.B. Greaves  
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  R.B. Greaves was the nephew of Sam Cooke.  

  33 Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye 1   Dec 1969  
  Steam  
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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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1969 Top Pop One Hit Wonders

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

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

1969 Pop Top 100 Songs

the top pop songs of 1969 in order

1969 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 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 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.