One Hit Wonders
Most American music industry insiders consider a song in the top forty positions of the
Billboard Hot 100 to be a hit. Thus, any performer who recorded only one song that reached the Top 40 is,
technically, a one-hit wonder. However, the term is more generally applied to musicians best known for only one
song, meaning that some artists who fit the above criteria are not considered one-hit wonders, while others who do
not are considered such.
Wayne Jancik's book The Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders (Billboard Books, 1998) defines
a one-hit wonder rather conservatively, as "an act that has won a position on Billboard's national, pop, Top 40
For our definition we will consider a one hit wonder as a solo or group who had only one
recording make the top 40. I know you will enjoy the songs I have selected. Obviously for size of
jukebox not all one hit wonders are here.