Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Based on a series of best-selling books by Wayne Jancik, the cable TV series 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders was an irreverent but affectionate journey through nearly 50 years of Top Ten lists from the annals of Billboard Magazine. True to its title, the five-part, five-hour series offered performances of, and background information about, 100 songs which represented the only time in which their creators ever achieved hit-record status. Beginning with 100 ("Kung Fu Fighting") and concluding with number one ("The Macarena"), the series gave generous airspace to such classics as "King Tut," "In a Gadda-Da-Vida," and "Achy Breaky Heart." Serving as host was actor William Shatner, renowned for his own recording triumph, a talk-sing version of the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders debuted May 6, 2002, on the VH1 cable network.