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National One-Hit Wonder Day

Celebrate National One-Hit Wonder Day with a playlist of all your favorite one-hit wonders - it's the perfect way to jam out and reminisce!
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On September 25, let's celebrate National One-Hit Wonder Day with some of our favorite songs from the past! This day is dedicated to all those musicians who have given us one amazing hit that we still remember and sing along to today. Whether it was the early 2000's "I'm a Barbie Girl" or "Macarena" in the 90s, there are so many iconic one-hit wonders out there that deserve recognition. So turn up the volume and get ready to jam out to your favorite single hit wonder on National One-Hit Wonder Day!

History of National One-Hit Wonder Day

National One-Hit Wonder Day Dates

National One-Hit Wonder Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1958</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>The Four Preps Breakout Hit</div><div class='timeline-text'>"26 Miles (Santa Catalina)" by The Four Preps peaked at number 2 in Billboard Hot 100, making it their only top ten hit.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1969</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Spiral Starecase's One-Hit Wonder</div><div class='timeline-text'>"More Today Than Yesterday" by Spiral Starecase charts high on various international music rankings, becoming the band's only chart topper.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1982</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>"Eye of the Tiger"</div><div class='timeline-text'>The band Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" becomes a one-hit wonder, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1995</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>"Macarena" Dance Craze</div><div class='timeline-text'>"Macarena" by Los del Río becomes a global sensation, peaking at number one in several countries and becoming an iconic one-hit wonder.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Eiffel 65's "Blue (Da Ba Dee)"</div><div class='timeline-text'>Italian music group Eiffel 65's "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" from their debut album becomes their only international hit.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Call Me Maybe Fever</div><div class='timeline-text'>"Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen became a hit, reaching No. 1 in several countries and is widely recognized as a famous one-hit wonder.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National One-Hit Wonder Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Watch a one-hit wonder music video</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Watch the classic music video for your favorite one-hit wonder, whether it's "Barbie Girl" by Aqua or "Macarena" by Los Del Rio. Enjoy an evening filled with nostalgia and good music.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Play a one-hit wonder playlist</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Create your own playlist of one-hit wonder songs, or find one online. Have a dance party with friends, sing along, and reminisce about the good old days.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make a one-hit wonder karaoke night</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather up some friends and head to your local karaoke bar for a night of singing your favorite one-hit wonders. You can even make your own karaoke night at home if you don't want to leave the house.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Compete in a trivia contest</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Put your knowledge of one hit wonders to the test by competing in a trivia contest. You can play with friends, family, or even strangers on the internet.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a cover band</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some friends and put together a cover band to perform all of your favorite one hit wonders! You can have fun playing music together while also bringing back some great memories.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National One-Hit Wonder Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>The nostalgia factor</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>One-hit wonders always have an element of nostalgia associated with them. When you hear a song from the 90s or early 2000s that you used to jam out to in your childhood it can bring back fond memories and cause you to reflect on the good times. It's fun to celebrate the music that has been part of our lives for so long!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>The surprise factor</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Who doesn't love when a forgotten tune suddenly resurfaces in our memory, making us involuntarily sing along? One-hit wonders often become earworms, staying stuck in our heads for days on end until we finally give in and re-listen to the original track.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>A tribute to talented artists</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National One Hit Wonder Day is a great opportunity to recognize the overlooked musicians who created iconic tracks that are still standing today even though they weren't able to break through into mainstream success. We salute these gifted artists and their contribution to timeless music!</p></div></div>

5 Fascinating Facts for One-Hit Wonder Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Music charts dictate the one-hit wonder title</h3><p class='facts-content'>To be considered a one-hit wonder, a performer or group essentially needs to have had a song enter the Top 40, usually of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and never have another.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>One-Hit Wonders triumph in other charts</h3><p class='facts-content'>Many one-hit wonders in the US Top 40 have had successful records in other countries, or in different U.S. charts, like R&B, Country, or Adult Contemporary.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>One-hit wonders are not always considered failures</h3><p class='facts-content'>While some may see the "one-hit wonder" label as pointing to a failed career, many artists embrace it, as their hit continues to resonate with audiences years after initially reaching the charts.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>One-Hit Wonders make successful TV and movie soundtracks</h3><p class='facts-content'>Many one-hit wonders have found their way into popular movies and TV series, like Simple Minds' "Don't you (Forget About Me)" in "The Breakfast Club," and Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" in numerous films.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The term “one-hit wonder” came into popular use in the 80s.</h3><p class='facts-content'>Although the phenomenon dates back to the birth of recorded music, the term didn't enter the lexicon until the 80s when VH1 began airing "One-Hit Wonders," a television series that showcased artists known for just one successful song.</p></div></div>

National One-Hit Wonder Day FAQs

When is National One-Hit Wonder Day?

National One-Hit Wonder Day is celebrated on September 25 every year. In 2024 National One-Hit Wonder Day will occur on a Wednesday.

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