Exploring Unforgettable One-Hit Wonders: Musical Gems from the 60s and 70s

By Sarah Norman | April 27, 2024

Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler, 'The Ballad Of The Green Berets' 

Step into the time machine of music and embark on a whimsical adventure through the eccentric world of one-hit wonders from the groovy decades of the 1960s and 1970s. From trippy psychedelic beats to funky disco rhythms, get ready to groove to the tunes that once ruled the airwaves and left a lasting mark on musical culture. Join us as we unravel the stories behind these fleeting hits, celebrating the creativity and audacity of the artists who dared to be different. So, grab your dancing shoes, tune in, and let's journey back in time to rediscover the magic of these unforgettable musical oddities!

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Politically charged songs promoting war have been hits in every era, but only in the '60s could a ballad song in a weird talky voice by an actual Staff Sergeant hit Number 1 on the Billboard charts. The single moved more than two million units and the album sold nearly 10 million copies. It's insane that this song was a thing. With success like that it's hard to go anywhere but down, and that's exactly what Sadler did when his followup single, "The A Team" failed to chart as successfully.

Mountain, "Mississippi Queen"

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"Mississippi Queen" may sound like the kind of song to come out of the Skynyrd influenced world of southern rock, but it's actually performed by Mountain, a group of Long Island natives. The band got together in 1969, just in time to perform at Woodstock (talk about good timing) before snagging this #21 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970. The group broke up two years later proving the adage that it's best to get in and get out.