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Merrilee Rush


10.) Angel of the Morning - (1968) - Was recorded numerous times by several artists, but Merrilee Rush and The Turnabouts took it to the top ten then vanished. Merrilee's rendition of "Angel of the Morning" was recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, in early 1968, it climbed to #7 in the charts that year, and reportedly reached No. 1 in seven countries. The song earned Merrilee a Grammy Nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year.



Macarena Los Del Rio


9.) Macarena
- (1996) - Los Del Rio released this very popular dance hit which became every wedding party DJ's bread and butter. Released in the summer of 1996, Los Del Rio enjoyed the success of their multi-platinum smash summer hit "Macarena", selling over 17 million copies World Wide and becoming the second best selling single of all time. The song spent a record 14 weeks at #1 and 60 weeks in the top 100. This is the longest running #1 debut single in American music history.



Dexy's Midnight Runners


8.) Come On Eileen - (1982) - Dexys Midnight Runners had a big hit with this song but received no noticeable air time for any other releases. In the British charts, the song spent four weeks at number one in 1982, five weeks as number one in Australia and reached number one in April 1983 in the United States. It also holds the distinction of preventing Michael Jackson from having back-to-back number one hits in the U.S. The number one hits "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" were separated by Dexys Midnight Runners' one week stay at the top. The song was also successful in Ireland, where it reached number one and spent a total of eleven weeks in the charts.



Loan Osborne


7.) One Of Us -
(1996) - The only top hit for Joan Osborne. She released other songs , but try to name one. One of Us, released in March 1995 on the album Relish became a top 40 hit in November '95. The song supposedly deals with various aspects of belief in God by asking questions that invite the listener to consider how they might relate to God.



Rednex Cotton Eye Joe



6.) Cotton Eye Joe -(1995) - Was the only hit for a group called Rednex. They received no radio air time for any other song. Rednex is a Swedish band and although popular in the Netherlands, Austria, and Sweden, their only hit in the US remains "Cotton Eye Joe".



Nancy Sinatra These Boots



5.) These Boots Are Made for Walking - (1966) - Nancy Sandra Sinatra, the daughter of singer Frank Sinatra had a big hit with this one, but nothing else as a solo performer. Nancy did get a hit in 1967 with "Something Stupid", a duet with her father, and charted 13 times with other duets.




MacArthur Park


4.) MacArthur Park - (1968) - Richard Harris sang this entire song in a single take. He never had another song of note, good thing he didn't quit his day job as an actor. Being involved primarily in an acting career that encompassed both stage and screen, he was nominated twice for Academy Awards and won a Grammy. Although he did manage to release several albums, none of them are really noteworthy.




Right Said Fred I'm Too Sexy


3.) I'm Too Sexy - (1991)-released by Right Said Fred, an english pop band, this song received major air play, and still does today, but no follow up hits for this band . This song, a tongue-in-cheek dance song which poked fun at the fashion industry, became a huge hit in the United Kingdom, spending six weeks at number two, until reaching number one in the United States and 30 other countries around the world.




Scott McKenzie San Fransisco


2.) San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) - (1967) - This song, written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and sung by Scott McKenzie. Released in June 1967, "The Summer of Love", it became a theme song for the Haight-Ashbury counter-culture. In the early '60s Scott and John Phillips, along with banjo player Dick Weissman, became "The Journeymen" and recorded three albums for Capitol Records. In the late '60s John formed "The Mamas and the Papas" and throughout the 60's wrote a remarkable body of songs that captured and chronicled the personal and social upheavals of the decade.



Bobby Mcferrin Don't Worry


1.) Don't Worry, Be Happy - (1998) - Bobby McFerrin best known for his 1988 hit song "Don't Worry, Be Happy", is an accomplished jazz singer. McFerrin is known for his singing technique. Having a vocal range of four octaves, he can switch rapidly between normal and falsetto registers. McFerrin is also capable of throat singing, a practice common in central Asian regions which produces a two-or three-part chord of notes from one voice.



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| Top Lyricists | Music Magz | Top Venues

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