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

By Sarah Norman | May 2, 2024

Napoleon XIV, 'They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa'

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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The '60s were amazing because someone could score a Top 5 hit with a novelty song like "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" and audiences wouldn't bat an eye. The single, released by Jerry Samuels under his Napoleon XIV moniker was a part of an LP all about being insane, which is pretty fun but obviously doesn't have a lot of staying power. That doesn't mean we can't love this insane track all the same.

This novelty record was a nonsensical and fun hit by Napoleon XIV who was actually just one man using a pseudonym. Jerry Samuels came up with the song during his time at New York's Associated Recording Studios. The song featured a snare drum, a tambourine, and a siren that would go off as Samuels' voice rose to a fever pitch during the chorus.

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.