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Classic Rock One Hit Wonders
On The Acoustic

Welcome to this classic rock one hit wonders page that lists some great classics you can learn on acoustic guitar. Help yourself to the free chord sheets on the site, demos and tips. You can purchase full lesson tutorials for a small fee, see prices listed at the top of this page.


classic rock one hit wonders
Artists on this page:
Ambrosia - Blues Image
King Harvest
Peter Schilling - Player
Redbone - Rick Derringer
Sugarloaf
Tommy Tutone - Tonic

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Classic Rock One Hit Wonders
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1. Baby Come Back - Player

Iconic rock lone successes

Baby Come Back is a song by the British-American rock band Player. It came out in late 1977 as the lead single from their first album. The song became a big hit, reaching #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks in January 1978 and #10 on the R&B charts. It was written and performed by Peter Beckett and J.C. Crowley, the founders of Player.

According to the American Top 40 replay on November 5, 1977, "Baby Come Back" was written after two band members broke up with their girlfriends.

This one played in standard tuning with a down down up down up down - down up down up down up rhythm pattern. You'll have a bit of lead in her with the chords, Em7, Gbm, B7, A6/B, Gmaj7, Cmaj7, Fmaj7, Am, Asus2 and a Bm.

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2. Come And Get Your Love - Redbone

Vintage rock singular sensations

Come and Get Your Love is a song by American rock band Redbone. It was first released as a promo track called "Hail" and later appeared on their 1973 album, Wovoka, under its current name.

Released as the album's first single in 1974, the song became one of their biggest hits, reaching number five on the Billboard Hot 100. This made Redbone the first Native American band to reach the top five.

You'll play this with a 1-2 arpeggio up down rhythm pattern with a few riffs blended in while in standard tuning. The chords you'll need are D, Em, A7 and Bm.

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3. Dancing In The Moonlight - King Harvest

Traditional rock sole triumphs

Dancing in the Moonlight is a song written by Sherman Kelly. It was first recorded in 1970 by Kelly's band Boffalongo. In 1972, King Harvest made it a hit, reaching number 5 in Canada and number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 2000, the English band Toploader covered the song, and it became a worldwide hit, going multi-platinum in the UK. In 2018, Swedish EDM duo Jubël released a version that was popular in Europe.

Another song here that uses a bit of arpeggio mixed with strumming and in this case it's a 1-2-3 up down up down up pattern until you hit the chorus. Then you'll switch to a down up stop up and repeat rhythm pattern. A bit of lead in standard tuning using the chords Em, A7, D, A/Db, Bm, Bm/A, C# and Gb.

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4. Don't Call Us, We'll Call You - Sugarloaf

Timeless rock one-hit marvels

Don't Call Us, We'll Call You is a hit song by the American rock band Sugarloaf. Written by lead vocalist Jerry Corbetta, it was the title track of their fourth and final album. The song was recorded at Applewood Studios in Golden, Colorado, with session players Paul Humphries (drums), Max Bennett (bass), Ray Payne (guitar), and the "Flying Saucers" on harmony vocals.

The song reached number nine on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in the winter of 1974-1975 and number 12 on the Cash Box Top 100. It was their second biggest hit and stayed on the charts for 21 weeks. In Canada, it was even more popular, reaching number five.

This one has four chords which are A, C, D and a Dm in standard tuning. You'll need a down down up down and repeat rhythm pattern with some riffs blended in as you sing.


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5. How Much I Feel - Ambrosia

Retro rock singular hits

How Much I Feel is a 1978 song by the American rock band Ambrosia. Written by guitarist and vocalist David Pack, it was released in the summer of 1978 as the lead single from their third album, Life Beyond L.A.

The song reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and stayed at number two for three weeks on the Cash Box Top 100.

This one has two rhythm patterns. One is the primary one being down up pause down up down up down up and the other is down strokes when you reach the bridge. The original key is two frets higher but good luck singing there. In standard tuning with the chords Gmaj7, Dmaj7, Em, A7, Bm, Esus, A, Gb Bm/A and a Gbsus.

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6. If You Could Only See - Tonic

Nostalgic rock solo sensations

If You Could Only See is a song by the American rock band Tonic from their 1996 album Lemon Parade. It was released as the third single on March 18, 1997. The song was written by the band's frontman, Emerson Hart, and produced by Jack Joseph Puig.

Hart wrote it after his family disowned him for dating an older woman. The song became Tonic's biggest hit and was one of the most played rock songs on the radio in 1997.

For rhythm here you'll play a steady shuffle pattern in standard tuning and no lead work. The chords in this one are Am, C, D, Em, F and D played with a capo 1st fret (optional).

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7. Jenny Jenny - Tommy Tutone

Old-school rock lone achievers

867-5309/Jenny is a song by Tommy Tutone from their 1981 album Tommy Tutone 2. Written by Alex Call and Jim Keller, the song reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Rock Top Tracks chart in April 1982.

In a 1982 interview, lead guitarist Jim Keller said, "Jenny is a regular girl, not a hooker. Friends wrote her name and number on a bathroom wall as a joke. I called her on a dare, and we dated for a while. I haven't talked to her since the song became a hit, but I hear she thinks I'm a jerk for writing it."

This one has the chords Gbm, D, A, B, E and a Db. The rhythm pattern here is a down down up down down up up up down up down up and repeat. A few riffs and a bit of lead in this one while in standard tuning.

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8. Major Tom - Peter Schilling

Legendary rock one-time wonders

Major Tom (Coming Home) is from the Peter Schilling album Error In The System. It was a hit, reaching the top 15 in New Zealand and the US, and the top 50 in the UK.

The German album includes "Major Tom (Völlig losgelöst)," which hit number one in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and number two in the Netherlands, along with the song "Die Wüste lebt." Because "Major Tom (Coming Home)" was his only top 40 hit in the US, Peter Schilling is often considered a one-hit wonder there.

You can play a steady up ad down rhythm pattern or all down strokes or as I do here, play both. Very high vocally this one with the chords Em, A, D, C, G and Am in standard tuning. No lead but a few riffs throughout.

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9. Ride Captain Ride - Blues Image

Evergreen rock singular classics

Ride Captain Ride hails from the American rock band Blues Image. It was written by the band's singer and guitarist Mike Pinera and their keyboardist Frank "Skip" Konte. The song is on their 1970 album, "Open."

When it was released as a single in the spring of 1970, it became very popular, reaching No. 4 on the US and Canadian charts. It was Blues Image's only Top 40 hit and also reached No. 23 in Australia.

This one you can play with a steady down up pause up down up pause up in standard tuning. A few riffs in here with the chords D, C, Em, G, A, A#, A7 and an E.

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10. Rock And Roll Hoochee Coo - Rick Derringer

Historic rock one-time hits

Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo was first recorded by Johnny Winter in 1970 with his band "Johnny Winter And," which included Rick Derringer and other former members of the McCoys.

Rick Derringer later recorded the song for his 1973 solo debut album "All American Boy."

This one uses some shuffle rhythm all the way though with some chops and some lead in standard tuning. The chords you'll need here are F, G, A, C, D, and an E.

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