Special Report

Biggest One-Hit Wonders of All Time

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21. Unbelievable
> Artist: E.M.F.
> Weeks on Top 40: 16
> Entered charts: May 11, 1991
> Left charts: Aug. 24, 1991

The first album by this British band, led by guitarist and songwriter Ian Dench, resulted in four songs in the U.K. Top 40 in 1990. The song “Unbelievable” crossed the pond to America the following year, and the band toured the U.S., but without Dench. E.M.F. had repeatedly played this one song at every show, as it was the only one of theirs the audience had ever heard of.

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20. One More Try
> Artist: Timmy T
> Weeks on Top 40: 16
> Entered charts: Jan. 19, 1991
> Left charts: May 4, 1991

Californian Timmy T (born Timothy Torres) scored his only No. 1 hit, which stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 25 weeks. This song is not to be confused with the Rolling Stones tune of the same name from 1965.

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19. Maniac
> Artist: Michael Sembello
> Weeks on Top 40: 16
> Entered charts: July 2, 1983
> Left charts: Oct. 15, 1983

Although Michael Sembello had minor success with his song “Automatic Man,” it pales in comparison to the No. 1 hit “Maniac.” The single’s popularity was no doubt bolstered by its inclusion in the 1983 film “Flashdance.”

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18. I’m Too Sexy
> Artist: Right Said Fred
> Weeks on Top 40: 17
> Entered charts: Jan. 18, 1992
> Left charts: May 9, 1992

English duo Right Said Fred found quick success when they released their debut single “I’m Too Sexy” in 1992. While the goofy single only spent three weeks at No. 1, it stayed in the Top 40 for another 14.

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17. More Than Words
> Artist: Extreme
> Weeks on Top 40: 17
> Entered charts: April 13, 1991
> Left charts: Aug. 3, 1991

Extreme was formed by Massachusetts-born vocalist Gary Cherone (who went on to have a brief career as lead singer for Van Halen) and Portuguese guitarist Nuno Bettencourt (later to tour with Rihanna). The band recorded this acoustic love ballad as a contrast to their more usual rock music.

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