Special Report

Biggest One-Hit Wonders

Having a song chart on the American Top 40 is a dream for musicians around the globe. Many artists often have just one great song within them, or at least only one that achieves such mainstream popularity. Only about 40% of all artists who had a song in the Top 40 have done so a second time.

Some of those artists who managed to reach the Top 40 only once were able to achieve the No. 1 spot on the charts. The music industry has a term for those massive hits by artists who do not repeat a similar level of success — one-hit wonders.

To determine the 40 biggest one-hit wonders, 24/7 Wall St. identified the songs with the longest stays on the weekly American Top 40 charts from 1980 to 2012 by artists with no more than two Top 40 hits.

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