10 one-hit wonders everybody knows but nobody knows the name of!

1. 99 Luftballons – Nena (1983)

99 Luftballons is a song by the German band Nena from their 1983 self-titled album. An English-language version titled “99 Red Balloons”, with lyrics by Kevin McAlea appeared in 1984.

2. Eye of the tiger – Survivor (1982)

Eye of the Tiger is a song composed by American rock band Survivor. It was released as a single from their third album with the same name Eye of the Tiger it was also the theme song for the film Rocky III, which was released a day before the single. The song was written by Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan and keyboardist Jim Peterik.

3. Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas (1974)

Kung Fu Fighting is a disco song by Jamaican vocalist Carl Douglas, with production by British-Indian musician Biddu. “Kung Fu Fighting” was rated number 1 in the UK Channel 4’s Top 10 One Hit Wonders list in 2000.

4. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python (1991)

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life is a comedy song written by Monty Python member Eric Idle. The song became immensely popular and later on it reached a number 3 spot on the UK Singles Charts in 1991.

5. Video Killed the Radio Star – The Buggles (1979)

Video Killed the Radio Star is a song written by Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes and Bruce Woolley in 1978. It was first recorded by Bruce Woolley and The Camera Club for their album English Garden, and later by British group the Buggles, consisting of Horn and Downes. The track was recorded and mixed in 1979, released as their debut single on 7 September 1979 by Island Records.

6. Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin (1988)

Don’t Worry, Be Happy is a popular worldwide hit song by musician Bobby McFerrin. Released in September 1988, it became the first a cappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a position it held for two weeks. It’s also a one-hit wonder, the Australian series 20 to 1 ranked it as number 9 on their one-hit wonder list.

7. Funkytown – Lipps Inc. (1980)

Funkytown is a song by American disco act Lipps Inc. from their debut album Mouth to Mouth (1979). It was released as the album’s lead single in 1980. “Funkytown” held a unique record for reaching the number one spot in 28 countries, more than any other single release until Madonna’s “Hung Up” reached number one in 41 countries in 2005.

8. Born to Be Alive – Patrick Hernandez (1978)

Born to Be Alive is a song written by French singer Patrick Hernandez. It became a worldwide hit and reached number one on the US Disco chart. After this single hit record, Hernandez dropped out of the music business, and made it a one-hit wonder.

9. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice (1990)

Ice Ice Baby is a hip hop song written by American rapper Vanilla Ice, K. Kennedy and DJ Earthquake. It was based on the bassline of “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie. Ice Ice Baby was the only real hit Vanilla Ice ever had, and that’s why he is on this list.

10. Macarena – Los Del Río (1996)

Macarena is a Spanish dance song by Los del Río, the song goes about a woman who cheats on her boyfriend while he is being drafted into the army. In VH1’s 2002 documentary 100 Greatest One-hit Wonders, “Macarena” was ranked as Number 1. That’s why we had to include in or list as well.


Now you have some knowledge about one-hit wonders, try out our Quiz about one-hit wonders.


Who made the song "Who let the dogs out"?

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Who sang the song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"?

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Who sang the song "Eye of the Tiger”?

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Do you know who sang "99 Luftballons"?

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Which song made the band Aqua populair?

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Which annoying one-hit wonder is this?

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Which song made Los Del Rio an one-hit wonder?

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Who sang the song "Don't Worry, Be Happy"?

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Finish the lyrics: Everybody was Kung Fu fighting.... (Choose 2 answers)

Please select 2 correct answers

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Who sang the song "Ice Ice Baby"

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