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Biggest 1979 One Hit Wonders
ranked most popular 1979 songs
1.Ring My Bell
Anita Ward
2.Pop Muzik
M
3.Knock On Wood
Amii Stewart
4.Heaven Knows
Donna Summer With Brooklyn Dreams
5.Lotta Love
Nicolette Larson
6.Just When I Needed You Most
Randy Vanwarmer
7.Cruel To Be Kind
Nick Lowe
8.Makin' It
David Naughton
9.Dancin' Shoes
Nigel Olsson
10.Come To Me
France Joli
11.What You Won't Do For Love
Bobby Caldwell
12.Driver's Seat
Sniff 'N' The Tears
13.Hold On
Ian Gomm
14.Born To Be Alive
Patrick Hernandez
15.I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)
Instant Funk

1979 Pop Top 100 Songs
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Tunecaster has one hit wonder pages for every year from 1960 through 2000, including 1979. 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 1979 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.

     

1979 One Hit Wonders Page

One Hit Wonders from 1979 at Tunecaster

Here are the US 1979 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. New York Groove

     
    Jan 1979
     
     
    Ace Frehley
     
     
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    Kiss guitarist broke out to have a solo one hit wonder with disco-rock song New York Groove.
     
     
  2. Lotta Love

     
    Feb 1979
     
       
     
    Lotta Love by Nicolette Larson listen
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    Lotta Love was a top 20 one hit wonder for Nicolette Larson. Her second most popular song was 1979 number 30 song Let Me Go, Love. Lotta Love was written by Neil Young.
     
     
  3.  
    Mar 1979
     
     
    Donna Summer With Brooklyn Dreams
     
     
    Heaven Knows by Donna Summer With Brooklyn Dreams listen
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    This collaboration between dance group Brooklyn Dreams and 'disco queen' Donna Summer was the only top 20 song for Brooklyn Dreams.
     
     
  4. Dancin' Shoes

     
    Mar 1979
     
     
    Nigel Olsson
     
     
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    Singer and drummer with Elton John Nigel Olsson had a single top 20 solo entry with Dancin' Shoes. He followed-up with his version of Little Bit Of Soap which was fairly popular too. The song Dancin' Shoes was from album Nigel. This song was written by Carl Storie.
     
     
  5.  
    Mar 1979
     
       
     
    What You Won't Do For Love by Bobby Caldwell listen
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    What You Won't Do For Love was a top 20 one hit wonder for Bobby Caldwell, whose second most popular song was Real Thing, a 1991 mostly unknown song.
     
     
  6.  
    Mar 1979
     
       
     
    Stay The Night by Faragher Brothers listen
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    Brothers Danny and Jimmy Faragher gained moderate airplay with Stay The Night. Months later, the duo released Thanks A Lot. They also had solo music, and were leading members of Peppermint Trolley Company and Bones.
     
     
  7. Knock On Wood

     
    Apr 1979
     
       
     
    Knock On Wood by Amii Stewart listen
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    Knock On Wood was a minor hit for Eddie Floyd in 1966. This song was the only top 20 hit for Amii Stewart. She followed-up with other songs that received radio airplay.
     
     
  8. I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)

     
    Apr 1979
     
     
    Instant Funk
     
     
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    I Got My Mind Made Up was the only top 20 hit for Instant Funk. The group had a string of fairly popular soul songs like Crying.
     
     
  9. Such A Woman

     
    May 1979
     
     
    Tycoon
     
     
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    Such A Woman was a top 20 near miss and by far the most popular song for rock band Tycoon.
     
     
  10. Get Used To It

     
    Jun 1979
     
     
    Roger Voudouris
     
     
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    Get Used To It was the only song to receive noticeable radio airplay for Roger Voudouris. The song just made it into the top 20.
     
     
  11. It Must Be Love

     
    Jun 1979
     
     
    Alton McClain & Destiny
     
     
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    It Must Be Love received moderate radio airplay. A lesser know song by the group, Crazy Love, received minor radio airplay, as did other songs.
     
     
  12. Just When I Needed You Most

     
    Jun 1979
     
     
    Randy Vanwarmer
     
     
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    Although Just When I Needed You Most was the only top 20 hit for Randy Van Warmer, he received airplay with other songs, like Suzi.
     
     
  13.  
    Jun 1979
     
       
     
    Ring My Bell by Anita Ward listen
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    Ring My Bell was the only top 20 hit for Anita Ward. She followed-up with Don't Drop My Love, which received slight radio airplay. This song was written by Frederick Knight.
     
     
  14. Makin' It

     
    Jul 1979
     
     
    David Naughton
     
     
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    Actor David Naughton starred in the comedy TV show Makin' It, and sung the theme song. He never had another song that received mentionable radio airplay.
     
     
  15. Saturdaynight

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    Sep 1979
     
     
    Herman Brood
     
     
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    Saturdaynight was the only rock top 20 hit for Herman Brood. The song also got moderate airplay on pop stations. He never had another song that received noticeable airplay.
     
     
  16. Born To Be Alive

     
    Sep 1979
     
     
    Patrick Hernandez
     
     
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    Born To Be Alive was the only top 20 hit for Patrick Hernandez. He followed-up with Disco Queen, which received slight radio airplay.
     
     
  17. Cruel To Be Kind

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    Sep 1979
     
       
     
    Cruel To Be Kind by Nick Lowe listen
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    Cruel To Be Kind was the only pop top 20 hit for Nick Lowe. He received pop and rock airplay for other songs including the 1985 rock top 20 remake of the 1977 Dave Edmunds song I Knew The Bride. In 1996, Spacehog remade Cruel To Be Kind and received moderate rock radio airplay with the song.
     
     
  18. Driver's Seat

     
    Sep 1979
     
     
    Sniff 'N' The Tears
     
     
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    Although Driver's Seat was the only top 20 hit for Sniff 'N' The Tears, the group received slight radio airplay with other songs like New Lines On Love.
     
     
  19. Pop Muzik

     
    Oct 1979
     
       
     
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    M was Robin Scott, a singer and musician from the UK. Although Pop Muzik was the only top 20 hit for M, he followed-up with Moonlight And Muzak, which received very slight airplay and became a moderate hit in the UK. The song Pop Muzik was from album New York - London - Paris - Munich.
     
     
  20. Come To Me

     
    Oct 1979
     
       
     
    Come To Me by France Joli listen
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    This song was written by Tony Green, who performed the male vocal part on the record. Come To Me was a top 20 one hit wonder for France Joli, who had a string of popular dance songs after.
     
     
  21. Starry Eyes

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    Oct 1979
     
     
    The Records
     
     
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    Starry Eyes was the most popular song by The Records. The Records received minor radio play with others songs too like Hearts In Her Eyes.
     
     
  22.  
    Nov 1979
     
     
    Ian Gomm
     
     
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    Hold On was the only top 20 hit and the only song to receive mentionable airplay for Ian Gomm.
     
     
  23. Video Killed The Radio Star

     
    Dec 1979
     
       
     
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    Video Killed The Radio Star received some radio airplay, but became a classic song after it was revived as the opening song on the new video network MTV in 1981. Buggles also received some airplay years later with the song I Am A Camera.
     
     
  24. Rapper's Delight

     
    Dec 1979
     
       
     
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    Rapper's Delight borrowed from Good Times by Chic. Modern use of term hip-hop came from Rapper's Delight, but the term was also used earlier in 1963 You Can't Sit Down by The Dovells.
     


     






 
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