One Way Ticket (Neil Sedaka song)

"One Way Ticket" is a song written by Jack Keller and Hank Hunter. It was originally performed by American singer Neil Sedaka and popularized by British disco band Eruption.

"One Way Ticket"
One Way Ticket by Neil Sedaka Japan single variant 1.png
One of artworks for Japanese single
Single by Neil Sedaka
from the album Neil Sedaka Sings Little Devil and His Other Hits
A-side"Oh! Carol"
Songwriter(s)Jack Keller, Hank Hunter

Neil Sedaka versionEdit

The track was originally performed by Neil Sedaka and included as the B-side on Sedaka's 1959 single "Oh! Carol". In 1961, the song featured in the track listing of his third studio album, Neil Sedaka Sings Little Devil and His Other Hits, but was never released as a standalone single. Despite this, the song made it to number one on the Japanese pop charts, where it was affectionately called "The Choo-Choo Train Song".[1]

The lyrics allude to several popular songs of the late 1950s, including "Lonesome Town", "Heartbreak Hotel", "Bye Bye Love", "A Fool Such as I", and "I Cried a Tear".

Eruption versionEdit

"One Way Ticket"
Front cover of UK 7-inch single
Single by Eruption
from the album Leave a Light
B-side"Left Me in the Rain"
ReleasedJanuary 1979
LabelHansa, Ariola, RCA
Songwriter(s)Jack Keller, Hank Hunter
Producer(s)Frank Farian, Rainer M. Ehrhardt
Eruption singles chronology
"Leave a Light"
"One Way Ticket"
"Go Johnnie Go"

"One Way Ticket" was covered by British disco band Eruption for their second album, Leave a Light. The song became a big hit in Europe in the first half of 1979, topping charts in Austria and Switzerland, and reaching top 10 across Europe. "One Way Ticket" is now one of the band's trademark hits, along with their cover of "I Can't Stand the Rain".

Track listingEdit

  • 7" Single (1979)
A. "One Way Ticket" – 3:35
B. "Left Me in the Rain" – 3:54
  • 12" Single (1979)
A. "One Way Ticket" (Long Version) – 5:05
B. "Left Me in the Rain" – 3:54
  • CD Single (1994)
  1. "One Way Ticket" (Radio Version) – 3:58
  2. "One Way Ticket" (Club Mix) – 5:58
  3. "One Way Ticket" (Never Return Mix) – 5:44
  4. "If I Loved You Less" – 4:08

Chart performanceEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1979) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 10
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 5
French Singles Chart[6] 4
Irish Singles Chart[7] 13
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 32
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 9
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[12] 30
West Germany (Official German Charts)[13] 7

Year-end chartsEdit

Year-end chart performance for "One Way Ticket "
Chart (1979) Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[14] 42


  1. ^ Sedaka, Neil (1983). Laughter in the Rain: My Own Story. Putnam. p. 103. ISBN 978-0241110591.
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  3. ^ "Eruption – One Way Ticket" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ "Eruption – One Way Ticket" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ "Eruption – One Way Ticket" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  6. ^ "Discografie Eruption" (in French). Archived from the original on June 29, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  8. ^ "Eruption – One Way Ticket". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
  9. ^ "Eruption – One Way Ticket". Singles Top 100.
  10. ^ "Eruption – One Way Ticket". Swiss Singles Chart.
  11. ^ "ERUPTION Artist Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  12. ^ "Eruption Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
  13. ^ " – Eruption – One Way Ticket". GfK Entertainment charts. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  14. ^ "Kent Music Report No 288 – 31 December 1979 > National Top 100 Singles for 1979". Kent Music Report. Retrieved January 10, 2023 – via

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