Toppa Top 10: Ten Jamaicans Who Topped the Billboard Hot 100

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July 17, 2015

Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting (1974)

This wacky 1974 single was performed by Carl Douglas who despite spending most of his career in the UK, was actually born in Kingston, Jamaica. The song was originally slated to be a B-side and was recorded in only two takes. Initially the single experienced poor sales, but it got a boost from heavy club rotation and the dawn of the โ€œchopsockyโ€ film craze which helped the track top the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of December 7th and 14th and sell 11 million records worldwide. โ€”Saxon Baird