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Here are the US 1996 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 Missing 1   Jan 1996  
  Everything But The Girl  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Everything But The Girl was a huge international group, Missing was a number one and its only US hit.  

  2 Breakfast At Tiffany's 22 2   Jan 1996  
  Deep Blue Something  
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  Breakfast At Tiffany's was followed-up with the song Halo, which received minor radio airplay a few weeks later. The song Breakfast At Tiffany's was from album Home.  

  3 One Of Us 10 2   Jan 1996  
  Joan Osborne  
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  One Of Us was the only top 20 hit by Joan Osborne. Although she released other songs, they received virtually no radio airplay.  

  4 Anything 12   Jan 1996  
  3T  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  3T was a group of three sons of Tito Jackson, member of The Jackson 5. This was the group's only top 20 hit.  

  5 Drown 5     Mar 1996  
  Son Volt  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Drown was the only rock top 20 hit for Son Volt. The group received slight radio airplay with other songs too, like Back To Your World. The song Drown was from album Trace.  

  6 Feels So Good (Show Me Your Love) 11   Mar 1996  
  Lina Santiago  
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  7 Chains 18   May 1996  
  Tina Arena  
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  Chains was the only top 20 song for Tina Arena, but she had a string of moderately popular dance songs.  

  8 Everything Falls Apart 4 2   May 1996  
  Dog's Eye View  
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  Although Everything Falls Apart was the only pop or rock top 20 hit for Dog's Eye View, the group received some radio airplay with the follow-up Small Wonders. Singer Peter Stuart also had popular solo songs. Both songs were from the album Happy Nowhere. This song was written by Peter Stuart.  

  9 Insensitive 1   May 1996  
  Jann Arden  
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  Canadian star Jann Arden broke into the US top 20 once with Insensitive, a number one tune.  

  10 Theme From Mission: Impossible 7 5   Jun 1996  
  Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen  
    YouTube    
  Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen were members of U2. As a side-project, this instrumental was the duo's only top 20 song. The song was from the movie Mission: Impossible. This song was written by Lalo Schifrin.  

  11 Here In Your Bedroom 4 29   Jun 1996  
  Goldfinger  
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  Here In Your Bedroom was the only rock top 20 song for alternative group Goldfinger, who had a string of popular songs including 2002 rock top 20 near miss Open Your Eyes.  

  12 Mother Mother 1 14   Jun 1996  
  Tracy Bonham  
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  Mother Mother was the only pop or rock top 20 hit for Tracy Bonham. Her follow-up, The One, was a rock top 20 near miss. The song was from album The Burdens Of Being Upright.  

  13 Flood 5 18   Jun 1996  
  Jars Of Clay  
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  Christian rock group broke out to become both a pop and rock top 20 one hit wonder with Flood. The song was from album Jars Of Clay.  

  14 Banditos 6     Jun 1996  
  The Refreshments  
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  The Refreshments followed up Banditos with the song Down Together which received some alternative music radio airplay. Both songs were from the original album Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy.  

  15 Forever More   Jun 1996  
  Puff Johnson  
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  Forever More was the most popular song for soul singer Puff Johnson. The next year, she received some play with All Over Your Face.  

  16 MacArena (Bayside Boys Mix) 1   Jun 1996  
  Los Del Rio  
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  Los Del Rio recorded different versions of MacArena for years before the Bayside Boys Mix version reached number one on the top 20. The song became a dance craze, a top 20 one hit wonder, and the 1996 top song of the year. A few months later, MacArena Christmas received some notice.  

  17 Hay 25   Jul 1996  
  Crucial Conflict  
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  Hay was a top 20 near-miss and by far the most popular song by rap and hip-hop group Crucial Conflict.  

  18 Sucked Out 12     Aug 1996  
  Superdrag  
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  Sucked Out was the only rock top 20 hit for Superdrag. The group followed-up with Destination Ursa Major, which received slight airplay. The song Sucked Out was from album Regretfully Yours.  

  19 Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand 1 4   Aug 1996  
  Primitive Radio Gods  
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  Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand was a number one rock hit, the top rock song of the year, and the only rock top 20 hit for Primitive Radio Gods. The group followed-up with Motherfucker, which, even in the edited version, received virtually no radio airplay. This song was from album Rocket.  

  20 Popular 6 12   Aug 1996  
  Nada Surf  
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  Popular was the only rock top 20 hit for Nada Surf. The group returned to some airplay nearly ten years later with the song Always Love. The song Popular was from album High/Low.  

  21 My Boo 5   Sep 1996  
  Ghost Town DJ's  
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  My Boo was the only top 20 hit for Ghost Town DJ's. The group had no mentionable radio airplay with any other song.  

  22 Ocean 16     Oct 1996  
  Sebadoh  
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  Ocean was the only rock top 20 hit for Sebadoh. The group followed-up with Beauty Of The Ride, which received very slight radio airplay. The song Ocean was from album Harmacy.  

  23 Birmingham 14   Oct 1996  
  Amanda Marshall  
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  Birmingham was a US top 20 one hit wonder for popular Canadian singer, Amanda Marshall.  

  24 Mouth 1   Oct 1996  
  Merril Bainbridge  
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  Merril Bainbridge followed-up her number one pop song with the alternative song Under The Water.  

  25 Novocaine For The Soul 1 24   Oct 1996  
  Eels  
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  Novocaine For The Soul was the only rock top 20 entry for eels, and a pop top 20 near miss. Last Stop: This Town peaked at rock number 30. The song Novocaine For The Soul was from album Beautiful Freak.  

  26 Scooby Snacks 10     Nov 1996  
  Fun Lovin' Criminals  
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  Despite a long string of popular dance alternative songs, Fun Lovin' Criminals made the rock top 20 only once with Scooby Snacks, a reference to the cartoon show Scooby Doo. The song was from album Come Find Yourself.  

  27 I Luv U Baby   Nov 1996  
  The Original  
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  I Luv U Baby was the most popular song by The Original. The group had other songs that received minor radio airplay, like B 2 Gether.  

  28 Just Between You And Me 6   Dec 1996  
  DC Talk  
    YouTube    
  Just Between You And Me was the only top 20 song for famous Christian group DC Talk.  

  29 The Distance 2 12   Dec 1996  
  Cake  
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  This was the only top 20 song for Cake, whose later song, Never There made it to number 26. Cake also had a string of Rock Top 20 hits. The song The Distance was from album Fashion Nugget.  

  30 Tattva 10     Dec 1996  
  Kula Shaker  
    YouTube    
  Tattva was the only rock top 20 for Kula Shaker. The follow-up, Hey Dude, reached number 26 rock. The song Tattva was from album K.  


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1996 Top Pop One Hit Wonders

1MacArena (Bayside Boys Mix)
 Los Del Rio
2Missing
 Everything But The Girl
3Mouth
 Merril Bainbridge
4Insensitive
 Jann Arden
5Breakfast At Tiffany's
 Deep Blue Something
6One Of Us
 Joan Osborne
7Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand
 Primitive Radio Gods
8Everything Falls Apart
 Dog's Eye View
9My Boo
 Ghost Town DJ's
10Just Between You And Me
 DC Talk
11Popular
 Nada Surf
12Theme From Mission: Impossible
 Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen
13Feels So Good (Show Me Your Love)
 Lina Santiago
14Mother Mother
 Tracy Bonham
15Birmingham
 Amanda Marshall
16Anything
 3T
17Flood
 Jars Of Clay
18The Distance
 Cake

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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 1996. 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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