Musical Monday ~ One Hit Wonders Of 1975

Welcome to Musical Monday! Music has been known to affect our emotions. Listening to music can make us happy or sad, relaxed or motivated, put us to sleep or make us want to dance. Music absolutely plucks at our heartstrings bringing to the surface a multitude of emotions.

Someone once described music to me as a time machine. When we listen it often transports us back to a place in time. A certain song can bring back feelings of someone we loved, our wedding day, someone who died, or any of the many important times in our lives.

Music has always been a big part of my life. When I am sad listening to a sad song often allows me to release that sadness. Happy songs tend to take away my sadness. It has helped motivate me to do housework. Yep, just crank up the radio or a music television station and I’m good to go. Warning: Be careful not to turn your music up too loud though. I have actually blown out the speakers in a television once doing this.

I have been known to start singing in a store when a song that I like comes on, I tend to sing along with songs while I am driving, and it isn’t unusual to see me moving to the music in my computer chair as I sit and listen to music.

This week I am posting One Hit Wonders of 1975. Please leave a song title of your favorite One Hit Wonder of 1975 in the comments below. You may see your song posted in upcoming blog posts. Also please take the poll at the end of this post. And if you have enjoyed this blog post don’t forget to sign up to follow my blog so you’ll never miss a Musical Monday post. Follow buttons can be found on the right side of this blog. Thank you!

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  1. I think there must be some US / UK differences here, as I don’t remember some of these, despite it being my era (I’d be 18). This would also explain why there are others I don’t think of as one hit wonders – maybe they just had one hit in the States? Roger Whittaker was quite prolific – whistling as well as singing. I watched him right through – so funny! He was a) younger than I remembered (probably about 40, but that would have seemed ancient at the time) and b) more sleazy. I was also highly amused by the bored and surly looking teenagers in the audience. Obviously they weren’t impressed! Thanks for the memories – I’ll be humming these all night.

    • You are right Anabel. I read that Roger Whittaker has more hits in the UK and only one here, in the US. The only information that I have to find these “One Hit Wonders” is the Internet and although it’s been said that anything on the Internet is true, I sometimes doubt it…LOL I was thinking the same thing about the teenagers in the video. They didn’t seem to like the song very much : )

  2. Looking at the Hot 100 for 1975, “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas… he had one other song on the chart that year but it went nowhere. I think you can include Minnie Riperton’s “Loving You”, Van McCoy’s “Do The Hustle,” Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade,” and “Love Won’t Let Me Wait” by Major Harris. “I can help” by Billy Swan is another, as is “Wildfire” by Michael Martin Murphey are probably as well. A lot are crossovers, artists that might have done well on the R&B or country charts, or in the case of Roger Whittaker, Easy Listening. But you have a good list here! Great to hear some of these again…

    • Thanks for listening John! There were so many awesome songs in the 70’s! I actually had Loving You on the list but removed it because I already had 10 songs. Sometimes I have a hard time figuring out if a song was released in a certain year of if it really is a One Hit Wonder as there are many websites that contradict each other. The Internet can sometimes make one frustrated…lol

      • Plus, one-hit wonder where? An artist might have had a number of hits on the R&B chart or the country chart, but only one made it to the pop chart. Isaac Hayes is a good example: the theme from “Shaft” was a big Top 40 hit, but he had been active on the Soul charts for years before and after and never had another Top 40 song.

        Working with the Internet can be like drinking from a fire hose sometimes, can’t it? 😂

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