Counting Down the 25 Best One-Hit Wonders of All-Time

25. “Spirit in the Sky,” Norman Greenbaum (1969)

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“Spirit in the Sky” is a psychedelic rock song released in 1969 by Norman Greenbaum. The song’s distinctive sound, featuring a prominent fuzz guitar riff and Greenbaum’s gritty vocals, contributed to its immediate success and enduring popularity. “Spirit in the Sky” is celebrated for its fusion of rock and gospel elements, with lyrics expressing a desire for a positive afterlife. The track gained iconic status, becoming synonymous with the counterculture of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Over the years, the song has been prominently featured in various films, commercials, and TV shows, solidifying its place as a classic in the rock and pop music canon.