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Biggest One-Hit Wonders of All Time

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31. I’ve Been Thinking About You
> Artist: LondonBeat
> Weeks on Top 40: 14
> Entered charts: Feb. 16, 1991
> Left charts: May 18, 1991

The British-American ensemble scored a No. 1 hit on Billboard with the dance-pop song, “I’ve Been Thinking About You,” released from their album “In the Blood.” The song was No. 1 for one week on the Billboard Hot 100 and was on the chart for 19 weeks.

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30. La Bamba
> Artist: Los Lobos
> Weeks on Top 40: 14
> Entered charts: July 18, 1987
> Left charts: Oct. 17, 1987

Los Lobos, three-time Grammy Award winners from Los Angeles, had a hit with their Latin-infused rocker “La Bamba” in 1987. The song was No. 1 for three weeks on Billboard and stayed on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 21 weeks.

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29. At This Moment
> Artist: Billy Vera & The Beaters
> Weeks on Top 40: 14
> Entered charts: Dec. 6, 1986
> Left charts: March 14, 1987

The quintessential club band, Billy Vera and the Beaters have been putting on popular shows around Southern California since 1979. But the group — modeled after the classic Ray Charles and Little Richard R&B bands of the 1950s, complete with four saxophones — has had only this one big hit, a song Vera wrote.

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28. Come On Eileen
> Artist: Dexys Midnight Runners
> Weeks on Top 40: 14
> Entered charts: Feb. 26, 1983
> Left charts: May 28, 1983

Dexys Midnight Runners’ biggest hit remains a favorite of bar patrons. It came off the British band’s second album, “Too-Rye-Ay.” “Come On Eileen” spent one week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and was on the chart for 23 weeks.

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27. Good Vibrations
> Artist: Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
> Weeks on Top 40: 15
> Entered charts: Aug. 10, 1991
> Left charts: Nov. 30, 1991

Marky Mark may have been a one-hit wonder, but he also became a big star. “Mark” was actually Mark Wahlberg, and the video for “Good Vibrations” — not to be confused with the Beach Boys song of the same name — showed off his buff physique, which led to a job as a Calvin Klein underwear model. That, in turn, helped him land his role as a porn star in “Boogie Nights,” and the rest is show-biz history.

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