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Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicOther - Music · 2 months ago

Who is the biggest one hit wonder in the history of music?

Bobby McFerrin - 'Don't Worry, Be Happy'. it was the biggest song of the year (1988) and I literally cannot name another song he ever made.

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  • 1 month ago

    Sinéad O'Connor ~ Nothing compares to you.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-EF60neguk

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  • Racer
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Spirit In The Sky by Norman Greenbaum

    It was a gigantic hit that’s kept Greenbaum wealthy for the past 40 years because it’s been used in countless movies and TV commercials!

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  • 2 months ago

    Looking Glass - Brandy

    Paper Lace - The Night Chicago Died

    Kajagoogoo - Too Shy

    Devo - Whip It

    Natalie Imbruglia - Torn

    There's lots more.  Many were successful in their career and have a lot of fans, but the average person only remembers the one song that got a lot of air time.

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  • audrey
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Right Said Fred. I'm Too Sexy. Best song ever!

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  • mars
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Carly Rae Jepsen- "Call Me Maybe"? (18-million in sales).

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  • zeno
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Here are a few ...

    1) Otis redding : sitting on the dock of the bay.

    2) joe south : games people play.

    3) roger miller : king of the road.

    4) frank Sinatra : I did it my way.

    • Bro Jest
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      I know Redding and Miller had other hits - smaller ones, but still hits. But... Sinatra??? Are you kidding?

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  • 2 months ago

    McFerrin has actually done a lot of very interesting music though, from his early work as an unaccompanied jazz singer to collaborations with Chick Corea to his work in choral music. "Don't Worry, Be Happy" was kind of a lark and not typical.

    I can't really answer your question offhand, although I imagine I could google it.

    Meh, I googled it and I'm getting a lot of noise about what constitutes a one-hit-wonder and how to define "biggest" and not much in the way of hard data. Seems like a good question for "Ask A Librarian."

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  • W
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    That's a great candidate but there have been so many.

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