Billboard #1 Hits: #346: “Kung Fu Fighting”- Carl Douglas. December 7, 1974. #1 for 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “Kung Fu Fighting”- Carl Douglas
  • Record Company-Disco
  • Genre: Disco
  • Written by Carl Douglas
  • Time: 3:15
  • B-side:”Gamblin’ Man”
  • Album- Kung Fu Fighting and Other Great Love Songs
  • Grade:D
  • Peaked at #1 2 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. #1 in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, #1 in UK Singles Chart.

It’s incredible looking back on it- that this single was so popular- look at the list above of countries where it was #1. There must have been a bad taste bug going around in 1974. Carl Douglas a Jamaican drummer- had his moment of fame- it was his only hit. The TV show Kung Fu was also on at this time- maybe that helped the popularity of this turd, I don’t know.

3 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HIT: #346: “KUNG FU FIGHTING”- CARL DOUGLAS – DECEMBER 7, 1974

  1. I think you nailed the reasons why it did as well as it did. The excessive rhyming, with “ing” gets to be a little much. I don’t dislike the song, I just don’t like it all that much 😉

  2. 1974 was an odd year for music, with some of the worst stinkers ever – (You’re) Having My Baby, The Streak, Seasons in the Sun and The Night Chicago Died to name but a few – and this one’s right up there. I actually liked it OK back when it came out, but now share your low opinion of it.

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