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A ONE-HIT WONDER is “an act that has won a position on Billboard’s
national, pop, Top 40 just once.”
.OMITTED from consideration as a One-Hit Wonder:
1). “One-off Pairings,” such as Barbara Streisand and Donna Summer. All
such are being omitted due to the artist involved having no intention of
being considered an act; an enduring act.
2). Cosmetic Name Changes,” such as the Moonglows name change
to Harvey & the Moonglows.
INCLUDED in consideration as a One-Hit Wonder:
“Pseudo groups & Studio-Only Acts,” such as White Plains, Billy Joe & the Checkmates, the Pets,
Max Frost & the Troopers, the Pipkins, and Edison Lighthouse. In each case if a viable recording
was created and receiving sales, the powers behind would construct a touring or further
functioning act to record. These would function as intentional and enduring acts; as long as it
was financially a viable situation.
A One-Hit Wonder is NOT the song, NOT the recording, BUT the artist!!!
The One-Hit Wonders book covered the rich heritage of one-off “pop music” winners encased in the time
zone of the “rock’n’ roll” era” (therein defined as beginning January 1, 1955) with a cut-off point set at
January 1, 1993. The “cut-off-point” was rather arbitrary. The cut-off point utilized for the site is 1980.