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Here are the US 1978 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 Short People 1   Jan 1978  
  Randy Newman  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Short People featured singing by Eagles members. The song became a pop one hit wonder for singer-songwriter Randy Newman, who also made the Rock Top 20 twice. This song was written by Randy Newman.  

  2 Native New Yorker 10   Feb 1978  
  Odyssey  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  While Native New Yorker was the only top 20 hit for Odyssey, the group had a string of songs that received extensive dance radio play like Don't Tell Me, Tell Her.  

  3 Emotion 2   Feb 1978  
  Samantha Sang  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Emotion was the only US top 20 hit for Samantha Sang. Follow-up You Keep Me Dancing received extensive dance play. In 1999, Emotion was remade by Destiny's Child and became a number 10 hit. Samantha Sang song Emotion was from album Emotion. This song was written by Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb.  

  4 Take This Job And Shove It   Mar 1978  
  Johnny Paycheck  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Take This Job And Shove It received extensive radio airplay in different formats, and became the most well-known song by Johnny Paycheck. He had a long string of popular country songs too, like She's All I Got. The song Take This Job And Shove It was from album Take This Job And Shove It.  

  5 Falling 8   Mar 1978  
  Le Blanc & Carr  
    YouTube    
  While Falling was the only top 20 hit for LeBlanc & Carr, the duo had other songs that received some radio airplay like Something About You.  

  6 Before My Heart Finds Out 14   Mar 1978  
  Gene Cotton  
    YouTube    
  Before My Heart Finds Out was a top 20 one hit wonder for Gene Cotton, who was popular with country music songs.  

  7 I'm Gonna Take Care Of Everything   Apr 1978  
  Rubicon  
    YouTube    
  I'm Gonna Take Care Of Everything received moderate airplay unlike any other song for Rubicon. Some band members of Rubicon later joined Night Ranger.  

  8 Because The Night 8   Jun 1978  
  Patti Smith Group  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Because The Night was the only top 20 hit for Patti Smith. She had a string of popular rock songs also, including the 1988 number 16 rock hit People Have The Power. A live version of Because The Night by Bruce Springsteen became a number 4 rock hit also. This song was written by Bruce Springsteen.  

  9 Thank God It's Friday 13   Jul 1978  
  Love And Kisses  
    YouTube    
  Disco anthem Thank God It's Friday was a top 20 one hit wonder for Love And Kisses. The group followed-up with another dance song, How Much, How Much I Love You.  

  10 I Can't Stand The Rain 17   Jul 1978  
  Eruption  
    YouTube    
  The remake of the 1973 Ann Peebles moderately radio played song I Can't Stand The Rain was the only top 20 hit for Eruption. Eruption also received some radio airplay with One Way Ticket.  

  11 King Tut 14   Jul 1978  
  Steve Martin And The Toot Uncommons  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  King Tut was the only top 20 hit for Steve Martin. He had some other songs that received slight radio airplay like Cruel Shoes and Help I Need A Doctor. Steve Martin was a movie actor and a popular guest on the TV show Saturday Night Live where he performed King Tut.  

  12 Magnet And Steel 4   Aug 1978  
  Walter Egan with Stevie Nicks  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Magnet And Steel featured guest singers from Fleetwood Mac. Although this was the only top 20 hit for Walter Egan, he received some airplay with other songs like Hot Summer Nights. Magnet And Steel was written by Walter Egan.  

  13 Kiss You All Over 1   Sep 1978  
  Exile  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Kiss You All Over was a top 20 one hit wonder for Exile. The group had a string of international dance hits.  

  14 Fool (If You Think It's Over) 5   Sep 1978  
  Chris Rea  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Fool (If You Think It's Over) was the only pop top 20 song for Chris Rea, who went on to become a rock and alternative artist.  

  15 Hot Shot   Sep 1978  
  Karen Young  
    YouTube    
  Dance classic Hot Shot was by far the most popular song soul and dance singer Karen Young, but it was not a top 20 hit.  

  16 Hot Child In The City 1   Sep 1978  
  Nick Gilder  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Hot Child In The City was the only top 20 hit for Nick Gilder. He was in Sweeney Todd, and received some solo airplay from other songs like Here Comes The Night.  

  17 Love Is In The Air 3   Sep 1978  
  John Paul Young  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Love Is In The Air was a top 20 one hit wonder. John Paul Young received some airplay with other songs like Lost In Your Love.  

  18 Oh! Darling 4   Sep 1978  
  Robin Gibb  
    YouTube    
  The remake of The Beatles song was the only top 20 hit solo for Bee Gees member and song writer Robin Gibb.  

  19 I Will Still Love You 8   Oct 1978  
  Stonebolt  
    YouTube    
  I Will Still Love You was a top 20 one hit wonder for Stonebolt. The follow-up, Love Struck, received minor airplay.  

  20 Get Off 11   Oct 1978  
  Foxy  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Get Off was the only top 20 hit for Foxy. The follow-up, Hot Number, was a top 20 near miss.  

  21 I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round) 2   Dec 1978  
  Alicia Bridges  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round) was the only top 20 hit for Alicia Bridges, she received minor airplay with other songs like Under The Cover Of Darkness.  

  22 In The Bush 14   Dec 1978  
  Musique  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  In The Bush was the only top 20 hit for dance session group Musique.  


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1978 Top Pop One Hit Wonders

1Hot Child In The City
 Nick Gilder
2Kiss You All Over
 Exile
3Emotion
 Samantha Sang
4I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round)
 Alicia Bridges
5Short People
 Randy Newman
6Love Is In The Air
 John Paul Young
7Magnet And Steel
 Walter Egan with Stevie Nicks
8Oh! Darling
 Robin Gibb
9Fool (If You Think It's Over)
 Chris Rea
10Because The Night
 Patti Smith Group
11I Will Still Love You
 Stonebolt
12Native New Yorker
 Odyssey
13Falling
 Le Blanc & Carr
14Get Off
 Foxy
15King Tut
 Steve Martin And The Toot Uncommons

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Tunecaster Music Encyclopedia and Chart Archive includes one hit wonder pages for every year from 1960 through 2000 including 1978. 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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