91 Favorite One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s

Updated on January 7, 2020
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Make a 1980s nostalgia playlist featuring these favorite one-hit wonders from the era.  A one-hit wonder is an artist who achieves success primarily for one song.
Make a 1980s nostalgia playlist featuring these favorite one-hit wonders from the era. A one-hit wonder is an artist who achieves success primarily for one song. | Source

Let's Hear It for the '80s

I grew up in the 1980s, so bring on that great '80s nostalgia. The music was weird, sappy, and irreverent. Popular fashion was loud and brand-sensitive, with

  • neon clothes
  • leggings
  • Jordache jeans
  • big hair ("the higher the hair, the closer to heaven")
  • Members Only jackets
  • skinny ties
  • Madonna and Cyndi Lauper look-alikes and
  • shoulder pads that made women look like linebackers.

Techology was just beginning to become accessible to the average consumer, with Atari video game consoles, VCRs, microwaves, boomboxes, and Sony Walkmans.

Take a trip down memory lane with a playlist of favorite one-hit wonders from the 1980s. These are often iconic 1980s songs, but the musician who sang them achieved mainstream success for only a single hit. (Better once than not at all though, right?)

If you lived through the 1980s, see how many songs you remember. If you weren't born yet, then we're sure sorry about that because you missed a remarkable period in music and cultural history. But you can still get acquainted with the decade by making yourself an '80s one-hit wonders playlist.

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1. “867-5309 (Jenny)” by Tommy Tutone

If you've ever heard this catchy 1981 pop song, then you've got the phone number ground into your memory forever. And ever.

Jenny is allegedly a woman of questionable moral character, with her name and number advertised on a bathroom stall. However, that doesn't stop the socially awkward narrator from determining that Jenny is his dream girl. The only thing he needs to do is work up the courage to actually call her. ("Jenny, don't change your number.")

Having peaked at #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100, the song triggered large numbers of equally socially awkard people to call 867-5309 in different area codes and ask for "Jenny." (Cue eye roll.) People who have been assigned this phone number report that the phenomenon continues even today.

Unsurprisingly, many owners of the 867-5309 phone number have little appreciation for their nuisance callers. Take, for example, Lorene Burns, an Alabama resident who had the phone number in 1982 but was forced to change it:

"When we'd first get calls at 2 or 3 in the morning, my husband would answer the phone. He can't hear too well. They'd ask for Jenny, and he'd say 'Jimmy doesn't live here any more.' ... Tommy Tutone was the one who had the record. I'd like to get hold of his neck and choke him."

Now don't YOU get the urge to go dialing that number, ok?

2. “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” by Timbuk3

Studying nuclear science, the guy in this 1986 rock song is getting good grades and already has a high-paying job locked down after graduation. He boasts that his future is so bright that he's gotta wear shades.

For awhile it looked that way for this band as well. The song peaked at #19 on the US Billboard Hot 10, and they were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist the following year. But like many one-hit wonders, success went downhill from there.

Musical One-Hit Wonder

An artist who achieves mainstream success for a single song. ("Mainstream success" is often defined by a peak position in the top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100). The musician may have had successful songs, however, on country, R&B, or other recognized music charts or in other countries.

Remember Boomboxes?

Remember these?  Boomboxes were huge.  They were portable stereos that blasted your music at high volume.  (Hope you had good taste in music.)  Boomboxes came complete with cassette players and AM/FM radios.  They required as many as 10 D-batteries.
Remember these? Boomboxes were huge. They were portable stereos that blasted your music at high volume. (Hope you had good taste in music.) Boomboxes came complete with cassette players and AM/FM radios. They required as many as 10 D-batteries. | Source

3. "Nobody" by Sylvia

Remember what it was like before caller ID? Someone would call your landline (no cell phones, remember?), but you actually had to answer the phone to find out who was on the other end. Making a prank or anonymous call was easy back then.

In 1982, this cheating song crossed over from the country charts (where it was #1) to the US Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at #15. The narrator is a concerned wife who questions her husband about a woman who walks by in a restaurant and catches his eye. He's also working lots of late nights. In addition, her husband seems lost in thought, and there are some of those pesky hang-up phone calls.

Consistently, the cheating husband gives the excuse that it's "nobody." I hope the wife soon realizes that she's a Somebody who is undeserving of a philandering husband. "Nobody" deserves him.

Sylvia won the 1982 Female Vocalist of the Year from the Academy of Country Music and had other country hits, but no other song crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100. Today, Sylvia is a life coach to people in the music industry.

4. “Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo

In 1983, this pop song was an international hit and peaked at #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Although it was the band's only success in America, they scored other top tunes abroad.

The song is about a guy who tries to persuade a shy girl to stop being so standoffish. His intentions may be good, but from the perspective of an introvert he comes across as shaming her. He tells her, "you're too shy" and "try a little harder." But honestly, that's what we did back then. We shamed them. (Shame on us.)

5. "Baby I Lied " by Deborah Allen

A heartbroken woman confesses to her ex-lover that she was deeper in love than she thought when she claimed that she'd be alright if their relationship didn't work out. Now that he's left, she realizes that she was lying to both herself and him.

This 1983 country crossover song reached #26 on Billboard Hot 100. Although Deborah Allen had a few other hits on the country charts (e.g., "I've Been Wrong Before," "I Hurt for You"), this was her only song that went mainstream. Hence, she became a one-hit wonder.

Where were you and what were you doing in the 1980s? Tell us in the Comments Section below.

6. “She Blinded Me With Science” by Thomas Dolby

Thomas Dolby made science cool with this ditty before STEM was a well-known acronym. That was in 1982, when it peaked at #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100. In 2017, Dolby entertained the crowds at The March for Science in Washington, DC to celebrate Earth Day.

The iconic song is about a mad scientist who falls in love with his female lab assistant. Legendary music producer Mutt Lange sang backup on the track.

7. “Puttin’ On the Ritz” by Taco

If you're going to be a one-hit wonder, then why not make it a really big, worldwide hit? Heavy on the synthesizers, this pop tune reached #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1982.

Who would imagine that it was actually written decades earlier, in 1927, by composer Irving Berlin? Berlin was 95 years old at the time that Taco's version became a sensation, thus making Berlin the oldest living songwriter with a Top 10 Hit.

The phrase "puttin' on the Ritz" means to dress fashionably:

Dressed up like a million dollar trouper
Trying hard to look like Gary Cooper (super duper)
Come let's mix where Rockafellers
Walk with sticks or umbrellas in their mitts
Puttin' on the Ritz.

The song's video, heavily rotated on MTV, became controversial because it featured actors in blackface.

8. “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell

This 1982 rock song's has had it with his toxic lover. Whereas once he was attracted to her, now she repels him. The globally successful song was slow to reach its #8 position on the US Billboard Hot 100. However, it managed to park itself in the Hot 100 for nearly a year. Don't tell me you can't recall this one!

9. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister

A perfect anthem for rebellious teens everywhere, this high energy heavy metal song reached #21 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1984. Tired of being downtalked by elders, the narrators promise to fight those condescending, self-inflated authority figures that don't understand them:

Oh, we're not gonna take it
No, we ain't gonna take it
Oh, we're not gonna take it anymore.

10. “The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats

In 1983 when this odd but very catchy song peaked at #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, no one really understood what it was about, and many still don't.

At the time, punk or new wave music was taking hold, and some people in clubs were "pogo" dancing. The dance style involves keeping your torso, arms, and legs stiff as you rapidly jump up and down, like you're on a pogo stick. Sometimes people spun in the air or threw themselves in a random direction. Pogo dancing was a precuror to moshing.

Bouncers in bars didn't like the dance for safety reasons and threw out such dancers, hence the name of the song. The narrator asserts the right to free expression through dance:

Ah, we can dance if we want to
We can leave your friends behind
Cause your friends don't dance, and if they don't dance
Well they're are no friends of mine.


Although Men Without Hats scored another Top 40 hit with "Pop Goes the World" in 1987, they are far and away known for their song "The Safety Dance" so I'm still calling them a one-hit wonder.

Remember VHS Tapes and VCRs?

Remember back in the 1980s when you went to Blockbuster or the local mom and pop owned video store to rent a VHS movie?  The last movie on VHS was made in 2006.  The last VCR was manufactured in 2016, finally declaring the medium dead.
Remember back in the 1980s when you went to Blockbuster or the local mom and pop owned video store to rent a VHS movie? The last movie on VHS was made in 2006. The last VCR was manufactured in 2016, finally declaring the medium dead. | Source

11. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin

This is a very simple song, but it nonetheless won a Grammy Award in 1988 for Song of the Year. It also topped the US Billboard Hot 100.

The happy-go-lucky narrator advocates that even if your rent is late, you're penniless, or homeless, don't worry, be happy. Worrying just multiplies the trouble. What do you think?

12. “Obsession” by Animotion

Stalking wasn't yet a recognized "thing" back in 1984, but that didn't mean that obsessive wierdos or songs about them didn't exist. And the topic sure didn't keep it from reaching #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

The creepy guy in this tune feels out of control because of his intrusive thoughts about a woman who does not return his feelings. He has insomnia and is consumed by his desire to sleep with her:

I will have you
Yes, I will have you
I will find a way, and I will have you
Like a butterfly, a wild butterfly
I will collect you and capture you.

13. “Whip It” by Devo

Although the weird video for this 1980 song features a man whipping the clothes off a pioneer woman (say what?!?), the band claimed that the tune was actually a political encouragement song for President Jimmy Carter.

A political message, however, wouldn't sell, and the public assumed the song was about self-pleasuring or S&M. Thus, no one disabused listeners of their presumptions, and the song climbed to #14 on the US Billboard Hot 100. This made Devo a one-hit wonder.

How Much Do You Remember About the 1980s?

 
 
 
yuppies
"The Breakfast Club"
Sandra Day O'Connor appointed to Supreme Court
Lady Di and Prince Charles get married
CNN is launched
Black Monday on Wall Street
The Smurfs
Nintendo game boy is launched
Michael Jackson moonwalking
big hair
"Family Ties"
Mount St. Helens erupts
Cold War
John Lennon dies
Disney World builds Epcot
the Jane Fonda aerobics workout
personal computers
post office shootings ("going postal")
fall of the Berlin wall
Oliver North and the Iran Contra hearings
Ethiopian famine
Exxon Valdez oil tanker disaster
Chernobyl
Baby Jessica
leggings
Reaganomics
slap bracelets
Miami Vice
jelly shoes
Tiananmen Square

14. “All I Need” by Jack Wagner

Remember the soap opera General Hospital? The actor who played character Frisco Jones became a one-hit wonder when his 1984 ballad sailed to the #2 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (Madonna's song "Like a Virgin" kept it out of the top spot.)

The love song is about a guy who finds himself falling for a woman. However, he wasn't planning on kissing her or feeling this strongly, and he needs some time to put his feelings into perspective.

15. "I Loved 'Em Every One" by T.G. Sheppard

This country crossover song, celebrating one-night stands and a man who dates lots and lots of women, hit the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1981. But that was before HIV/AIDS became publicized as an epidemic.

The lusty narrator reflects back on all of the types of women he's held in his arms (and bedded, too). He says he's enjoyed himself and hopes that they did, too:

I've known some painted ladies that sparkled in the light
Country girls that loved the lovers moon
Some I never really knew, though I always wanted to
Some I only met once in a room ... .

The song peaked at #37, and although T.G. Shepard never had another mainstream hit, he did score several more hits on the country charts (e.g., "One Owner Heart," "Finally").

Remember the Cabbage Patch Kids?

One of the most popular toy fads of the 1980s, Cabbage Patch Kids are soft scuptured dolls.  After appearing on the cover of Newsweek in 1983 as the toy to have for Christmas, violent customer disturbances broke out at stores around the country.
One of the most popular toy fads of the 1980s, Cabbage Patch Kids are soft scuptured dolls. After appearing on the cover of Newsweek in 1983 as the toy to have for Christmas, violent customer disturbances broke out at stores around the country. | Source

16. “Harden My Heart” by Quarterflash

This is a great break-up song. After waiting in the rain and crying over a lover who has made a fool out of her, the narrator in this rock song has decided never to repeat the mistake of trusting the wrong person.

She has swallowed her tears and hardened her heart. In other words, she's pulling up her big girl panties! The 1981 tune climbed to #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

17. “Mickey” by Toni Basil

Singer Toni Basil was 39 years old when she bee-bopped around like a teenaged cheerleader in the video for this song. Initially, the title of the song was "Kitty," however Basil changed it to "Mickey" so that it would be about a man.

The song became an international hit and reached the top spot on the US Billboard Hot 100. Even today, its cheerleader chants make it one of the most recognizable tunes ever.

The narrator is a schoolgirl with a crush on Mickey, whom she flirts with and flatters:

Oh Mickey, you're so fine
You're so fine you blow my mind, hey Mickey
Hey Mickey ... .

Princess Diana and John Travolta dance at a November 1985 White House dinner for the Prince and Princess of Wales.
Princess Diana and John Travolta dance at a November 1985 White House dinner for the Prince and Princess of Wales. | Source

18. “Maniac” by Michael Sembello

Accompanying the film Flashdance, this 1983 song made Michael Sembello a one-hit wonder when it soared to #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song describes the utter commitment of a talented but yet undiscovered dancer. With a passion to succeed, she dances like she's never danced before.

19. "I've Never Been to Me" by Charlene

Singer Charlene must've believed in this pop ballad because she released it twice—once in 1977 to little fanfare and again in 1982. Upon its re-release, the song peaked at #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100. In spite of its success, the tune has been panned by several sources as one of the worst songs of all time. (Don't listen to the haters.)

The song features a jet setting woman who has lived a rich and self-indulgent life. She addresses a discontented mother and wife who seems to want more. As the narrator tells her story, she explains that she has ended up alone and bitter. She's been to paradise, but she's never discovered her true self.

20. "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles

A 1989 power ballad that commemorated the magic of Elvis Presley, this rock song reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

It was inspired by a bus loaded with Elvis fans. They were headed to Graceland to attend a 10th memorial of the King's death. The song references Elvis' early years, the mark he made on rock and roll and popular culture, and the black velvet paintings of him that adorned many fans' homes.

In the early 1980s, the Rubik's cube was a craze.  It's a 3x3x3 inch cube puzzle with six colors.  Top selling books were written about how to solve the puzzle. Speedcubing competitions also became popular.
In the early 1980s, the Rubik's cube was a craze. It's a 3x3x3 inch cube puzzle with six colors. Top selling books were written about how to solve the puzzle. Speedcubing competitions also became popular. | Source

Even More Favorite One-Hit Wonders From the 1980s

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. PacMan Fever
Buckner & Garcia
1981
22. Come on Eileen
Dexy’s Midnight Runners
1982
23. Video Killed the Radio Star
The Buggles
1979 (became hit in 1980)
24. Seven Year Ache
Rosanne Cash
1981
25. Killin' Time
Susan Anton* (featuring Fred Knoblock)
1980
26. It’s Raining Men
The Weather Girls
1982
27. I Know What Boys Like
The Waitresses
1982
28. Der Kommissar
After the Fire
1982
29. Da Butt
E.U.
1988
30. (I've Had) The Time of My Life
Bill Medley* & Jennifer Warnes
1987
31. What Are We Doin' in Love
Dottie West* & Kenny Rogers
1981
32. Stand By Me
Mickey Gilley
1980
33. Baby, Come to Me
Patti Austin* & James Ingram
1982
34. Angel Eyes
The Jeff Healey Band
1989
35. I Believe In You
Don Williams
1980
36. Break My Stride
Matthew Wilder
1983
37. The Rain
Oran "Juice" Jones
1986
40. Somebody’s Watching Me
Rockwell
1984
41. The Curly Shuffle
Jump 'N the Saddle Band
1983
42. It's Now or Never
John Schneider
1981
43. Personally
Karla Bonoff
1982
44. Electric Avenue
Eddy Grant
1982
45. Key Largo
Bertie Higgins
1981
46. Believe It or Not (Theme from The Greatest American Hero)
Joey Scarbury
1981
47. Yes, I'm Ready
Teri DeSario
1979 (became hit in 1980)
48. Somebody's Knockin'
Terri Gibbs
1980
49. Into the Night
Benny Mardones
1980 & 1989
50. Friends And Lovers
Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson
1986
51. Relax
Frankie Goes to Hollywood
1983
52. The Ballad of Jayne
L.A. Guns
1989
53. Party All The Time
Eddie Murphy
1985
54. Major Tom (Coming Home)
Peter Schilling
1983
55. Love Theme from Footloose (Almost Paradise)
Mike Reno & Ann Wilson
1984
56. Oh Yeah
Yello
1985
57. St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)
John Parr
1985
58. At This Moment
Billy Vera
1981
59. Respect Yourself
Bruce Willis
1987
60. I Melt With You
Modern English
1982
61. Miami Vice Theme
Jan Hammer
1985
62. 19
Paul Hardcastle
1985
63. Welcome to the Boomtown
David & David
1986
64. Let It Whip
Dazz Band
1982
65. Beds Are Burning
Midnight Oil
1987
66. Breakin'... There's No Stopping Us
Ollie & Jerry
1984
67. 99 Luftballoons
Nena
1983
68. Touch of Grey
Grateful Dead
1987
69. Turning Japanese
The Vapors
1980
70. Can't We Talk It Over In Bed
Grayson Hugh
1988
71. New Romance (It's a Mystery)
Spider
1980
72. Invisible
Alison Moyet
1984
73. They Don't Know
Tracey Ullman
1983
74. I Don't Mind At All
Bourgeois Tagg
1987
75. Sausalito Summernight
Diesel
1980
76. Pilot of the Airwaves
Charlie Dore
1980
77. A Girl in Trouble (Is a Temporary Thing)
Romeo Void
1984
78. Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime
The Korgis
1980
79. Forget Me Nots
Patrice Rushen
1982
80. Don't Disturb This Groove
The System
1987
81. The Promise
When in Rome
1988
82. Tired of Toein' the Line
Rocky Burnette
1980
83. Centipede
Rebbie Jackson
1984
84. Turn Up the Radio
Autograph
1984
85. I Know There's Something Going On
Frida
1983
86. Fantasy
Aldo Nova
1982
87. Pass the Dutchie
Musical Youth
1982
88. Beat So Lonely
Charlie Sexton
1985
89. Under the Milky Way
The Church
1988
90. Digging Your Scene
The Blow Monkeys
1986
91. Let's Go All the Way
Sly Fox
1985
Have a favorite one-hit wonder from the 1980s that should be on this playlist? Suggest it in the Comments Section below. *NOTE: With duets or multiple artists where only one artist is a one-hit wonder, the asterisk (*) signifies the one-hit wonder.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

  • Wasn't Falco a one-hit-wonder with his song, "Rock Me Amadeus" in 1985?

    Actually, Falco had a follow-up song that reached #18 called "Vienna Calling" in 1985, although you could probably argue that most people know him for that first song. Here's the YouTube for "Vienna Calling" in case you don't recall it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTlSjRMx5Ic.

  • Were either "Forever Young" by Alphaville or "Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant one-hit wonders?

    Alphaville technically didn't any Top 40 hits on the mainstream pop charts, including "Forever Young." Their success was on the international charts and the US dance charts, thus they're not a one-hit-wonder. I thought you may have had one with "Electric Avenue," but Eddy Grant actually had a second Top 40 pop hit in 1984 with "Romancing the Stone." You could probably argue that he's chiefly known for that first song. Good question, however.

  • Was Suzanne Vega, singer of "Luka" a one-hit wonder?

    Although Suzanne Vega achieved international success with other singles, her sad 1987 song "Luka" about child abuse is Vega's only song that reached the Top 40 on the mainstream Billboard charts. Therefore, YES, Suzanne Vega is a one-hit wonder unless she can come up with a new hit song in the future.

  • Is Julian Lennon a one-hit wonder?

    Believe it or not, he's not actually a one-hit-wonder. He had several singles in the early 1980s that were Top 40 mainstream pop hits: "Too Late for Goodbyes," "Valotte," "Say You're Wrong," and "Stick Around." Interesting, eh?

  • How about Lindsey Buckingham's "Trouble?" Wasn't that his only hit?

    This one surprised me so thanks for bringing it up. He had two hits to break the Top 40 mainstream pop charts: "Trouble" in 1981 and "Go Insane" in 1983.

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    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

      FlourishAnyway 

      5 minutes ago from USA

      MIchael - Read my previous responses.

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      Michael 

      5 hours ago

      Grateful Dead one hit wonder? Hardly! They were one of the most successful rock bands of all time!

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

      FlourishAnyway 

      10 days ago from USA

      Shannon - okay, thanks

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      shannon 

      10 days ago

      ICP remade Lets Go All The Way. You are welcome.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 days ago from USA

      Sly fox - Thanks for this suggestion. Adding it!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      Facundo - Thanks for stopping by, and I am glad you enjoyed this. I have an aunt originally from Argentina.

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      Facundo 

      2 weeks ago

      Loved the list and remember such great songs! Thanks!! Congrats from Argentina!

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

      FlourishAnyway 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      Christopher - Thanks for the suggestion. Although it didn't make this list because they technically didn't crack the Top 40, I've added them to the following playlist: https://hubpages.com/playlists/Pop-and-Rock-Songs-... Thanks again!

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      Christopher 

      2 weeks ago

      The Monroe’s

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

      FlourishAnyway 

      3 weeks ago from USA

      BriantheBrain - I’ve now had a chance to go through the list. It appears you’re a Dolby fan. He’s listed as a one-hit wonder because his other songs charted on the rock charts rather than the mainstream pop charts. There are other artists who are successful, for example, with a slew of hits on the country charts or adult contemporary charts but only managed one Top 40 mainstream pop hit on the US Billboard Hot 100. It’s just a definition thing and doesn’t take away from his talent. Thanks for being nice about the way you asked the question.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 weeks ago from USA

      BriantheBrain - I wanted to acknowledge your awesome comment and list of suggestions. I'm working my way through them and it'll take some time to get these updated because of the holidays and I've been ill recently. Again, you are fabulous!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 weeks ago from USA

      Lone Star - I've answered the Men Without Hats issue previously, and really, they're known for "Safety Dance." I decided to include them. Sorry. Soft Cell's "other" hit in the US was on the Dance chart, not the mainstream pop chart. They had multiple non-US hits though.

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      Lone Star 

      3 weeks ago

      Men without Hats were not a one-hit wonder. They had another hit with Pop goes the world. Soft cell were also not a one hit wonder

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      BriantheBrain 

      4 weeks ago

      Thomas Dolby a one hit wonder?????She Blinded Me With Science

      The Golden Age of Wireless · 1982

      Video for She Blinded Me With Science

      One of Our Submarines

      The Golden Age of Wireless · 1982

      Video for One of Our Submarines

      Europa & The Pirate Twins

      The Golden Age of Wireless · 1982

      Video for Europa & The Pirate Twins

      Hyperactive!

      The Flat Earth · 1984

      Video for Hyperactive!

      I Scare Myself

      The Flat Earth · 1984

      Video for I Scare Myself

      Windpower

      The Golden Age of Wireless · 1982

      Video for Windpower

      Airwaves

      The Golden Age of Wireless · 1982

      Video for Airwaves

      I Love You Goodbye

      Astronauts & Heretics · 1992

      Video for I Love You Goodbye

      The Ability to Swing

      Aliens Ate My Buick · 1988

      Video for The Ability to Swing

      Screen Kiss

      The Flat Earth · 1984

      Video for Screen Kiss

      Dissidents

      The Flat Earth · 1984

      Video for Dissidents

      Budapest by Blimp

      Aliens Ate My Buick · 1988

      Video for Budapest by Blimp

      My Brain Is Like a Sieve

      Aliens Ate My Buick · 1988

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      Flying North

      The Golden Age of Wireless · 1982

      Video for Flying North

      Airhead

      Aliens Ate My Buick · 1988

      Video for Airhead

      Oceanea

      Oceanea EP · 2010

      Video for Oceanea

      Field Work

      The Singular Thomas Dolby · 2009

      Leipzig

      The Golden Age of Wireless · 1982

      Video for Leipzig

      Pulp Culture

      Aliens Ate My Buick · 1988

      Video for Pulp Culture

      Hot Sauce

      Aliens Ate My Buick · 1988

      Video for Hot Sauce

      Urges

      The Golden Age of Wireless · 1982

      Video for Urges

      White City

      The Flat Earth · 1984

      Video for White City

      May the Cube Be With You

      Aliens Ate My Buick · 1988

      Video for May the Cube Be With You

      Radio Silence

      The Golden Age of Wireless · 1982

      Video for Radio Silence

      Eastern Bloc

      Astronauts & Heretics · 1992

      Video for Eastern Bloc

      The Devil Is an Englishman

      The Flat Earth [Collector's Edition] · 1984

      Video for The Devil Is an Englishman

      Mulu the Rain Forest

      The Flat Earth · 1984

      Video for Mulu the Rain Forest

      Commercial Breakup

      The Golden Age of Wireless · 1982

      Video for Commercial Breakup

      Close But No Cigar

      Astronauts & Heretics · 1992

      Video for Close But No Cigar

      I Live in a Suitcase

      Astronauts & Heretics · 1992

      Video for I Live in a Suitcase

      Cloud Burst at Shingle Street

      The Golden Age of Wireless · 1982

      Video for Cloud Burst at Shingle Street

      Silk Pyjamas

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      Luis - According to the definition, they are indeed one-hit wonders. My answer hasn't changed. Let me point out that mainstream Top 40 (pop) does not equal rock, alternative, country, adult contemporary, international charts, etc. Thank you for your suggestions. I added the two that qualified and welcome others that you feel might also qualify. Thanks again.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      Stella - I do too! My parents didn't want to spend the money on the real Cabbage Patch doll so my mother had a lady make a knock-off and it was authentic-looking. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Luis Cintron 

      4 weeks ago

      Twisted Sister and Midnight Oil are not one hit wonders so they should not be on this list. Loverboy and Ratt are also not one hit wonders, they are not on the list but were suggested by others. In my opinion collaborations should not be counted as one hit wonders and there are a few on this list. I would like to suggest "Our House" by Madness, "Voices Carry" by 'Til Tuesday, "Pass The Dutchie" by Musical Youth, "Beat So Lonely" by Charlie Sexton... I could go on!

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      Stella 

      4 weeks ago

      Thank you for that trip down memory lane.

      I was born in 1973, and so grew up in the 80's. I was born in the UK I remember seeing a video clip of all these grown women going absolutely crazy over the cabbage patch dolls.

      I remember vhs and really wanting to get Back to the Future. Of course, back then, you couldn't just go into a store and buy a movie, unless you wanted to spend a lot of money.

      I really miss the eighties.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      Landon Vincent - Rockwell is on the list already, but the other three artists actually had other mainstream Top 40 hits. I appreciate your comment.

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      Landon Vincent 

      5 weeks ago

      Four more songs I'd add on would be (I Just) Died in Your Arms by Cutting Crew, Walk the Dinosaur by Was (Not Was), Somebody's Watching Me by Rockwell, and Workin' For The Weekend by Loverboy. Other than those, great list!

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      Jk 

      5 weeks ago

      Thank you

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 weeks ago from USA

      Dean Yerkey - Oddly enough (and this surprised me!) the 1975 song by C.W. McCall wasn't his only mainstream Top 40 hit. He had one more, "WolfCreek Pass" that barely squeaked by at #40 the year prior.

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      Dean yerkey 

      5 weeks ago

      What about the truckers song...Convoy?

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 weeks ago from USA

      Matt - Thanks for stopping by.

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      Matt 

      5 weeks ago

      Harmony's baby up I like the music there's more music back then than it is now some of the stuff they have out now is just noise

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 weeks ago from USA

      Bryan - Great add! Thank you!

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      Bryan 

      6 weeks ago

      Aldo Nova Fantasy 82 or 83.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 weeks ago from USA

      Norman Khan - Tiffany (whose last name -- who knew? -- is Darwish) astoundingly had four other Top 40 songs: "Could've Been," "I Saw Him Standing There," "All This Time," and "Radio Romance." I appreciate the comment.

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      Noman Khan 

      6 weeks ago

      Great collectoon. Brought back so many memories. Wasn't " i think we are alone now" by Tiffany was also one hit wonder. It was also featured in one of the Full House episode. I didnt see it in the list. Thanks!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 weeks ago from USA

      Jerry B Hernandez - Glad you enjoyed this.

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      Jerry B Hernandez 

      6 weeks ago

      It was good music for me

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 weeks ago from USA

      LastCawz - A rententive memory indeed and entertaining stories to boot!

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      LaustCawz 

      6 weeks ago

      Flourish Anyway--I'm afraid I have too retentive a memory for my own good. It's rarely as much of a blessing as I'd like it to be.

      Suzanne Vega's original version of "Tom's Diner" is the opening track on her 2nd album, "Solitude Standing" & is entirely a capella. Furthermore, there are 2 additional lines at the end that weren't included in the hit version (originally a British bootleg remix by "DNA"). Ultimately, there was a "Tom's Album" that featured both versions & other references to the song (including a parody called "Jeannie's Diner"--as in "I Dream Of...").

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 weeks ago from USA

      LaustCawz - Fascinating backstory! You're a music encyclopedia. Thanks for sharing this information.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 weeks ago from USA

      Tim - Thanks for your comment!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 weeks ago from USA

      Joe - "Tom's Diner" didn't crack the Top 40 in the US but did okay in the UK, Denmark and Ireland. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Joe 

      6 weeks ago

      Didn't Suzanne Vega chart again with Tom's Diner? Great list by the way!

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      Tim 

      6 weeks ago

      Love the 80s!!!!! Think of them all the time!!!

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      LaustCawz 

      6 weeks ago

      "The Future's So Bright..." is actually a much darker song than people realize. The couple from the band, Pat & Barbara McDonald, have said that it's a song about impending fears of nuclear war, which seemed to be an all-too-real possibility in the '80s.

      Originally, the song being pushed to be the single from that first album ("Greetings From Timbuk 3") was "Life Is Hard", but when "...Future..." was used on the now-mostly-forgotten sitcom "Head Of The Class" (about a class of gifted students), that became the hit. When Timbuk 3 was invited as the musical guest on SNL, they played neither of these songs, but instead, opted for 2 other songs from the album, both of which were very impressive. I bought the album & the whole thing is very cool.

      One other thing about the '80s: the 1986 film "Troll" (made over a decade before J.K. Rowling's first "Harry Potter" book) features a character named Harry Potter, his wife Anne & their 2 kids, Wendy & Harry, Jr. & is about a wizard turned troll named Torok trying to take over an apartment building. The cast includes Sonny Bono, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, June (& Anne) Lockhart, Phil Fondacaro in a dual role & Noah Hathaway as Harry Potter, Jr.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 weeks ago from USA

      Rob - Thanks for the comment. You mention a lot of good popular groups with many hits.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 weeks ago from USA

      Gregory - You love the 1980s like I do! I think I like the music even better now than I do then because I have an appreciation of how good it truly was. Thanks for your comment, and have a great weekend!

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      Rob 

      7 weeks ago

      I enjoyed reading or feed and I'm definitely from the 80's and I would like to add simple minds(don't you forget about me)bon Jovi(wanted dead or alive)Cinderella(don't know what you got till it's gone)poison(something to believe in)Jefferson starship(jane)pat benatar(all of the above)she was awesome and beautiful I met my wife 20yrs ago and to this day my wife still looks like her

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      Gregory 

      7 weeks ago

      The 80s were the BEST EVER PERIOD. A WONDERFUL time in my life, once it's gone it's gone forever and it's not coming back makes me extremely sad and happy thinking about the 80s

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 weeks ago from USA

      LaustCawz - You're so fantastic. Additions have been made. Here are a couple of notes: "The Glamorous Life"--Sheila E. actually had several hits ("The Belle of St. Mark" and “A Love Bizarre”) which surprised me as well. Got the typo with Charlie Dore – thanks. Adam Ant had “Goody Two Shoes,” “Room at the Top” and “Wonderful.” His single, “Desperate but Not Serious” didn’t crack the US mainstream Top 40 but was elsewhere successful.

      On the Ann Wilson and Mike Reno song, this was the only song each of them had as individual contributors (although certainly, they both had hits as part of groups Heart and Loverboy, respectively).

      Hope your weekend is a happy one.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 weeks ago from USA

      Jennifer T - Way to go! Thank you for these additions! Hope your Thanksgiving was a happy one.

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      Jennifer T 

      7 weeks ago

      A fun trip down memory lane with your list. Hope you would consider adding these two greats to have the list amount go beyond 79.

      Don't Disturb This Groove by The System

      The Promise by When in Rome

      Both fantastic songs and fine examples of the 80s. Thanks!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 weeks ago from USA

      Michael - You're obviously an Adam Ant fan. I think he had 3 Top 40 hits so he's no one-hit wonder. I'm sure you know that though. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 weeks ago from USA

      Ellen - His only Top 40 hit on the US mainstream pop chart was "She Blinded Me with Science." No one said he wasn't a serious musician.

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      LaustCawz 

      7 weeks ago

      Thought of more: "Centipede"--Rebbie Jackson; "The Glamorous Life"--Sheila E. (That's Escovedo, daughter of Pete, Santana percussionist); "Turn Up The Radio"--Autograph; "The Curly Shuffle"--Jump 'N' The Saddle Band (Nyuk! Nyuk! Nyuk!)...Btw..."Pilot Of The Airwaves" is Charlie Dore (must be short for Charlene or something) & the hit single version is edited! Also, I thought the only other hit Adam Ant had was "Desperate But Not Serious". Plus, the only song I've ever heard by Romeo Void is "Never Say Never" (aka "I might like you better if we slept together"). "What About Love" was Ann Wilson's group Heart (they've had a bunch of hits as far back as the '70s, I think). Finally, John Waite started in the '70s, too, with his group The Babys (presumably as in "Hey, baby").

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      Michael Phillips 

      7 weeks ago

      Adam Ant also had a Top 40 hit in 1995 with the song "Wonderful". One of my all-time favorites!

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      Ellen Murphy 

      7 weeks ago

      I dont think that Thomas Dolby was a one hit wonder but his Blinded Me With Science is his most played hit. He had a good c.d. out called One of our Submarines is Missing in the 80s that did pretty well. And no he is a serious musiciian.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 weeks ago from USA

      Gregg Goldberg - I like that you appreciate Adam Ant so much. Thanks for giving him a shout out lest someone try to tag him as a one-hit wonder. Well played.

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      Gregg Goldberg 

      7 weeks ago

      Here's why A-ha (Take One Me) and Adam Ant (Goody Two Shoes) are not listed here, After the success of Take On Me, A-ha had a follow up The Sun Always Shines On TV that peaked at number 20 and was totally forgotten and Adam Ant had another Top 20 hit Room At the Top which peaked at number 17 several years after Goody Two Shoes

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 weeks ago from USA

      debysteele00 - You are terrific! I replaced John Waite with another of your suggestions. High five! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 weeks ago from USA

      Michael - Thank you for this one. Definitely forgotten and now added!

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      Michael Phillips 

      8 weeks ago

      Another good one that I'm sure many people have forgotten is - Diesel "Sausalito Summernight"

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      debysteele00@gmail.com 

      8 weeks ago

      Good God I am old. I am also semi- oblivious. I thought "Don't Worry, Be Happy" came out like 10 yrs. ago....you do such good lists, and I don't know if this is germain, but didn't John Waite have a hit with "Change" from "Vision Quest"? And may I suggest " Into the Night" by Benny Mardones, "Pilot of the Airwaves" by ? "A Girl in Trouble" by Romeo Void, "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime" by The Korgi's, "And the Beat Goes On" the Whispers, "Forget Me Not" by Patrice Rushen, "Only You" by Yaz, "Invisible" by Alison Moyet...The 80's had no shortage of one hit wonders, did it lol

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      LaustCawz - What great additions! Here are a couple of notes on the ones I did not add -- John Parr also had the number one “St. Elmo’s Fire” so he had two hits. Ratt also had “Lay It Down” (at #40) barely keeping them from being a one-hit wonder. Quarterflash had two additional hits, “Harden My Heart” (great song!) and “Find Another Fool." And Missing Persons just missed the Top 40 chart, ranking #42 with two songs, “Words” and “Destination Unknown.” Again, I appreciate your suggestions. Have a great day.

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      LaustCawz 

      2 months ago

      Didn't see "They Don't Know" by Tracey Ullman, "Round & Round" by Ratt or "I Don't Mind At All" by Bourgeois Tagg. Also, what about "Naughty, Naughty" by John Parr & "Take Me To Heart" by Quarterflash? Aren't these additional hits? Great to see you included "Baby, I Lied" by Deborah Allen, though. Didn't think anyone else remembered that. Did Missing Persons ever crack the Top 40? They sure got a lot of airplay on the west coast.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      Indiadeguaypao - Glad there are others who love that era as well! I'm still waiting for big hair to come back!

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      Indiadeguaypao 

      2 months ago

      I really loved my 80s i lived in chicago way back now i live in florida and i still listen to them they were the best years the music was good and had clean lirics compare to what they play now is a big no no for the songs when i guet together on cleaning the house or just macking a get together thats what we hear yes yes yes i wont change my 80s ever the songs were the best thank you.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      MIchael - You must be a fan. I made the change. Thanks for the catch, buddy.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      David - Thanks for the suggestion. She was a one-hit wonder but he had a couple of Top 40 songs. I'll list the song under her name featuring him since it's a close one.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      David - Thanks for the suggestion. I looked it up and I guess they also had a song "What About Love" in 1986. Two-hit wonder I guess. I appreciate you.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      Darren - Thanks for your comment. Have a great weekend!

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      David Kerr 

      2 months ago

      Great list of songs. I would also like to submit the song Killin Time by Fred Knoblock and Susan Anton. In the ealy 80s quite a few country songs crossed over into the Top 40.

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      David 

      2 months ago

      What about "Voices Carry" by Till Tuesday for a 1 hit wonder?

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      Darren Linville 

      2 months ago

      Some of these songs were good hits. I was in elementary school in the 80's. Sone i remember. Some i had no idea it was even a song

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      Michael Phillips 

      2 months ago

      The one mistake I saw was A Flock of Seagulls. They had at least 3 top 40 hits: I Ran, Space Age Love Song, and Wishing.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      AdamDod - Thanks for your comment.

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      AdamDod 

      3 months ago

      @Jimdenooij That sounds like Go West. They had hits in the UK with songs such as We Close Our Eyes, Goodbye Girl and King Of Wishful Thinking

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      Anonymous - Although I'm unfamiliar with the song you are searching for, I'm hoping a reader may recognize it and leave a comment.

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      Anonymous 

      9 months ago

      Help! There was a 40's style animation music video in the early to mid-1980s with a female lead singer that was similar to Alan Parsons' Project "Don't Answer Me". Anyone remember it?

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 months ago from USA

      Tim - That is very kind of you, albeit I don't deserve that comparison. I'm glad we've made strides to integrate.

      I had a fantastic time at Universal in particular and loved visiting with the live characters they had there (Scooby Doo and the Gang, Men in Black, Hello Kitty, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, Puss in Boots). My daughter was all about Harry Potter World of course. Glad to be back, however! Airport security was interesting -- a little bit of "just go on though."

      Thanks for your comment.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 months ago from USA

      Grace - Actually, both groups were according to the definition used. Please see the Q&A below the article on Twisted Sister, for example. Thanks for your comment.

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      Grace 

      12 months ago

      Twisted Sister was not a one-hit wonder and neither was Devo.

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      Tim Truzy 

      12 months ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Flourish,

      Thanks for the research efforts and the additions. I just wanted to mention the 1980’s really began to see rap as a commercial enterprise, too. That was a big change.

      I’m smiling at the Nina song. It really did catch the ending days of the Cold War. My wife and I just looked at that old video: a classic.

      Another important change musically occurred in the 1980s. The color barrier for musicians had broken down for performing and being played on many radio stations. Many people credit that to Michael Jackson and songs like “Beat It,” and the album Thriller, as a whole. when Michael had fabulous Edy playing the guitar, a duet with Paul from the Beatles, etc. During that decade, we saw a wide variety of musicians from various backgrounds making records together. This was already common in jazz, but it hadn’t really taken off in pop.

      Recently, I listened to some radio historians reminding the public one night of how there were “black” stations and “white” stations. You would not have heard Motown and the Beatles on the same station in the 1960s, for example.

      I stand behind what I said – for awesome memories through music and well researched articles on a variety of topics – Flourish is an original (Your heart is in it, like the great legendary Dick Clark.)

      You deserve a wonderful, amazing, and re-energizing vacation, dear soul.

      God be with you on your travels and safe return.

      Much respect and admiration,

      Tim

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 months ago from USA

      Tim, You're talking about the one-hit wonder, Nena and "99 Luftballoons" from 1983! Thank you -- added it, too! Have a great weekend!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 months ago from USA

      Hi, Tim,

      I had to research these suggestions. For Run DMC, they actually had two other songs hit the Top 40 mainstream pop charts, "You Be Illin" and "Down with the King." You're right about "Let It Whip," "Beds Are Burning" and "Breakin': Breakin'...There's No Stopping Us." Thank you for those great adds! I'm working on a 2000s list right now but publishing will have to wait until I return from Disney and Universal! The 1980s really take me back like no other time period does. Glad you enjoy it as much as I do. Have a wonderful week. I'll tell Mickey "hello" for you!

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      Tim Truzy 

      12 months ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Flourish,

      You made me think of another great 1980's song. What about that German group that sang about those 99 Red Balloons? Great dance tune and if I remember correctly, I love the part where they mention Captain Kirk.

      My wife loves that one, and I do, too.

      This list is right up a lot of people's childhood.

      Thanks, the clever songbird and musical Kacy Kason of Hub Pages.

      Love the memories you bring, Flourish.

      Sincerely,

      Smiling.

      Tim

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      jimdenooij 

      12 months ago

      i miss a band of which i forgot the name, a band with a handsome singer like Hewie Lewis and the news same kind of happy videos the singer walks around with a sledge hammer

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      Tim Truzy 

      12 months ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Flourish,

      The 1980’s were special. The rise of the high price sports sneakers, thanks to Michael Jordan (Air Jordan’s.) Break dancing. And “Back to the Future.” On the bad side of things: the introduction of the drug crack became an epidemic, demanding that authorities build more jails.

      There are a few songs I recall:

      Should Walk This way be on your list? It was a major success and Run-DMC and Aerosmith never did anything else together. There is also that song: Let it Whip by the Dazz Band. I don’t think they reached the chart any other time. Then, of course, one of my favorites, from an Australian group: Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil. Finally, the song: Breakin': Breakin'...There's No Stopping Us by Ollie/Jerry was a great dance tune.

      I remember reading Quincy Jones and Kacy Kason had indicated the 1980’s was like the 1960’s with regard to making great records. That Tainted love song originally done by the Supremes is another favorite of mine, for example. Those guys did that song justice in their interpretation.

      Love this playlist, Flourish. I don’t know how you keep doing this: making my mind and heart go to places they haven’t traveled in years – but I’m glad you do.

      To a talented, creative, and thoughtful writer,

      Keep us reminiscing and going forward, Flourish,

      Tim

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Sillyboy - Technically, they do qualify since their followup song, "Ain't So Easy" placed 51 rather than in the Top 40. If the new album they are supposedly collaborating on comes to fruition, maybe they'll be fortunate enough to have additional hits and no longer be one-hit wonders! Thanks for the suggestion, which I have added.

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      Sillyboy 

      2 years ago

      David & David: Welcome to the Boomtown

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Christopher Ealey - Yes, it did, and I will add it. I have it listed also on the following playlist: https://hubpages.com/playlists/Songs-About-Soldier... Such a heart-wrenching song. Thanks for making the suggestion!

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      Christopher Ealey 

      2 years ago

      I am curious about "19" did it make the top 10 in the 80s?

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Shyron - I've never seen that so I will check it out. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are doing okay.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      This is great stuff FlourishAnyway there was a video in the 80s by Rhino called "a-ha - take on me"

      about a comic strip character who takes a girl into the strip with him. It is really neat.

      Blessings my friend.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Dianna - It's neat that you still have your dolls. My mother bought me a handcrafted copycat version, so I never had the real thing. However, I liked it a lot because I got to custom order everything from the hair to the eyes to the clothes. It's neat to look back, isn't it? Have a great weekend.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      2 years ago

      I still have my cabbage patch dolls. And, leggings are making a come back (unfortunately, I do not look so good in them now). Great trip down memory lane.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Ryan - I've been thinking of you lately, with you living in Louisiana. I hope you and your family are safe. Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I love the 1980s! Although the 1970s are next, the 1990s are not far behind!

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      Ryan Fuller 

      2 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      Great list. I knew many of these songs. Definitely think you got this list perfect. I hope you plan on doing a 90's one next. I can see Ice Ice Baby on that list as well as Can't Touch this.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Jo, I know what you mean. Cyndi Lauper -- loud, colorful, outrageous -- yep, she was utter 80s. Girls just wanna have fun. Sounds like your girls were having fun and you were working really hard!

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      Jo Miller 

      2 years ago from Tennessee

      I don't know much about 80's music. I was a mom raising my two daughters and their music was just background noise. I have a picture of my youngest daughter dressed like Cyndy Lauper by her older sister. Was that 80's?

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Tamara - Thanks for your kindness. I'm gad you enjoy my music lists as much as I enjoy writing them! Have a great week!

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      Tamara Moore 

      2 years ago

      I am smiling as I read over your songs. The first one that came to my mind when I saw your post title was 'Achy Breaky Heart'...lol. But, not sure what year that was famous. Ha. There was also that one 'Let me Be Your Hero'. Your posts are always so much fun! Thank you :-)

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Louise - I love that you've saved those old cassette tapes. I have saved some of my most treasured ones, too, including Air Supply, Prince, and Chicago.

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      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      There's so many songs on this list I remember from the 80's. I've still got a lot of my tapes from back then too.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Heidi, Fer sure that's like a totally tubular recommendation so I like added it to the list. Thanks and have a fresh week. If even!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Larry - So many good ones, huh? Thanks for stopping by.

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