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One-Hit Wonder Day 2012 Is Sept. 25 (VIDEOS)

09/24/2012 07:12 pm ET | Updated Sep 24, 2012

The Korean pop hit "Gangnam Style" has become a viral smash and brought a lot of attention to Psy, the singer of the dance hit ditty.

But only time will tell whether Psy can put together a string of other hits like Elvis, The Beatles or Rihanna -- or whether he becomes the latest musician to be tagged with the label "one-hit wonder."

Pop culture historian Brent Mann admitted he's no psychic, but bet that Psy will soon join Los Del Rio, Kyu Sakamoto and the Baja Men on the list of great one-hit wonders.

"It's pretty fascinating, but that's precisely what this is," Mann, author of the 2003 book "99 Red Balloons And 100 Other All-Time Great One-Hit Wonders," told The Huffington Post.

Even if Psy never has another hit, his song is sure to be remembered in the future -- especially on Sept. 25, semi-officially celebrated as "National One-Hit Wonder Day" by music fans across America.

Music writer Steve Rosen created the calendar event back in 1990 to celebrate all those acts who came in, made their statement and didn't hang around -- even the embarrassing songs like "Macarena" or even "Afternoon Delight" by the Starland Vocal Band.

"You have to take the kitsch with the classics," Rosen told The Huffington Post last year. "It's interesting to hear a song like 'Disco Duck' and wonder what people were thinking."

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One-Hit Wonderful

Being a one-hit wonder is an ironic sort of fame. It's proof that you made an impact, however brief.

It's a title that musicians like Alan O'Day, who hit No. 1 in 1977 with "Undercover Angel," wear with honor.

"I am grateful. Believe me," O'Day told The Huffington Post. "A one-hit wonder is better than no hit. I love that song for who I was then, but I've grown since then and I'd like people to hear that."

Chris Butler, who as leader of The Waitresses, the early-1980s new wave band that gave the world "I Know What Boys Like," credits the song with giving him an incredible life since then, that includes a gig doing commentary on NPR.

"I've been unbelievably blessed," Butler told HuffPost. "The song has permeated everything imaginable. It's been great."

The song only hit No. 62 on the charts, but it's constantly recycled whenever a movie needs to show women in the 1980s.

"It wasn't a No. 1, but, even better, it went up halfway, hit a plateau, but never left," Butler said.

Interestingly, royalties from the song allowed Butler to put a down payment on a home in Bath, Ohio, that was the boyhood home of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

Almost everyone has a favorite one-hit wonder, but there is debate on what constitutes one.

For instance, the Norwegian pop group A-ha is considered a one-hit wonder for the 1985 hit "Take On Me," even though the group's follow-up hit, "The Sun Doesn't Shine On TV" hit No. 20.

Another point of controversy: Do musical acts that have had several hit albums, but only one charted single, such as the Grateful Dead or Jimi Hendrix, deserve the tag?

By the most basic metric, yes. But Rosen, the creator of the holiday, is willing to give the Dead its due and not brand the band a one-hit wonder.

Other artists, like Billy Vera, composer of the 1986 No. 1 ballad "At This Moment," said he benefits more from the one-hit wonder tag, even though he had four top 40 hits in the 1960s and 1970s before "At This Moment" was played on the popular sitcom "Family Ties" and hit it big.

"It doesn't bother me. Every time it gets used -- even on a one-hit wonder special on VH-1 -- I make money," Vera told HuffPost last year.

Regardless of who is a one-hit wonder, Mann said he believes the songs should be enjoyed and celebrated -- especially on Sept. 25.

"I say go to YouTube -- it's now the world's largest jukebox -- and plug in Thomas Dolby's 'She Blinded Me With Science,' Katrina and the Waves' 'Walking On Sunshine' and even Rick Dees' 'Disco Duck,' and just enjoy."

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