What Are Some Famous One-Hit Wonders From the 1960s and 1970s?


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"Wipe Out" by The Surfaris, "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum and "Grazing in the Grass" by Hugh Masekela are some famous one-hit wonders from the 1960s. Famous one-hit wonders from the 1970s include "Venus" by Shocking Blue and "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas.

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Released in 1963, "Wipe Out" sold over one million copies and won a golden disc. The original version of "Spirit in the Sky" sold over two million copies between 1969 and 1970 and climbed to number three on the U.S. Billboard Chart. "Venus," by the Dutch band Shocking Blue, landed at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970. Carl Douglas's "Kung Fu Fighting" came out in 1974 and rose to number one on both American and British charts. It eventually sold over 11 million copies worldwide to become one of the best-selling singles in history.

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