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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 18   Jan 1979  
  Ace Frehley  
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  2 Lotta Love 2   Feb 1979  
  Nicolette Larson  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  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 Heaven Knows 2   Mar 1979  
  Donna Summer With Brooklyn Dreams  
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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 6   Mar 1979  
  Nigel Olsson  
    YouTube    
  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 What You Won't Do For Love 6   Mar 1979  
  Bobby Caldwell  
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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 Stay The Night   Mar 1979  
  Faragher Brothers  
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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 1   Apr 1979  
  Amii Stewart  
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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) 18   Apr 1979  
  Instant Funk  
    YouTube    
  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 20   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  
    YouTube    
  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 4   Jun 1979  
  Randy Vanwarmer  
    YouTube    
  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 Ring My Bell 1   Jun 1979  
  Anita Ward  
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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 4   Jul 1979  
  David Naughton  
    YouTube    
  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 11     Sep 1979  
  Herman Brood  
    YouTube    
  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 13   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 5 4   Sep 1979  
  Nick Lowe  
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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 7   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 1   Oct 1979  
  M  
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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 7   Oct 1979  
  France Joli  
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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 20     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 Hold On 11   Nov 1979  
  Ian Gomm  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Song writer Ian Gomm had a Pop Top 20 one hit wonder and rock chart near-miss with Hold On. He also received some rock radio play with 24 Hour Service. The song Hold On was from album Gomm With The Wind.  

  23 Video Killed The Radio Star   Dec 1979  
  Buggles  
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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  
  Sugarhill Gang  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  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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1979 Top Pop One Hit Wonders

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

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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 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 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.