12 One-Hit Wonders


"99 Luft Ballons" by Nena (1984)

This protest song by German artist Nena came along toward the end of the Cold War. Although versions in both German and English ("99 Red Balloons") were released in the States, the German version proved more popular, floating all the way to number two. However, Nena could not duplicate the song's success and has not had a hit single outside of Europe since.