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103 Favorite One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

16. “Just Got Paid" by Johnny Kemp

The guy in this Top 10 hit has a pocket full of cash because it's Friday and he just got paid. He's rounded up his friends, checked his look in the mirror, and now they're rockin' to some monster tunes in his ride. The group is groovin' and huntin' for a party, '80s style. This Grammy-nominated #1 charted R&B song crossed over to the mainstream pop US Billboard Hot 100. However, Johnny Kemp couldn't repeat this success.

The Bahamian singer died in 2015 when he slipped on some rocks on a beach and drowned. He was in Jamaica with a cruise ship on which he was scheduled to perform.

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.

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.

Even More Favorite One-Hit Wonders From the 1980s

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.

SongArtistYear 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

92. Together

Tierra

1980

93. Wild World

Maxi Priest

1988

94. On the Loose

Saga

1981

95. Feel It Again

Hooneymoon Suite

1986

96. Tuff Enuff

The Fabulous Thunderbirds

1986

97. When I'm with You

Sheriff

1988

98. General Hospi-Tale

The Afternoon Delights

1981

99. Hooked On Classics (Part 1)

Louis Clark and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

1981

100. Tarzan Boy

Baltimora

1985

101. Pump Up the Volume

M|A|R|R|S

1987

102. Heartbreak Beat

Psychadelic Furs

1987

103. Mr. Sandman

Emmylou Harris

1981

Questions & Answers

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

Answer: 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.

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

Answer: 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.

Question: Is Julian Lennon a one-hit wonder?

Answer: 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?

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

Answer: 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.

Question: Shouldn't you remove Twisted Sister? They actually had a couple of hits, so they are not really a one hit wonder band.

Answer: According to the definition that was used in this listing, they actually are a one-hit wonder. Just because an artist or group is dubbed a one-hit wonder doesn't mean they are without talent. I enjoyed Twisted Sister back in the day.

Here's the definition again for your convenience:

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 in other countries.

Both "I Wanna Rock" (1984) and "Leader of the Pack" (1985) fell outside the Top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100, therefore making them a one-hit wonder because they had only one song that was mainstream hit. They did well in a number of other countries and on the rock charts.

Question: Didn't James Ingram have other hit songs, thus he is not a one-hit wonder?

Answer: James Ingram isn't a one-hit wonder, but he had a duet with an artist, Patti Austin, who was a one-hit wonder. The song was "Baby, Come to Me" (1982). I can see how it would be confusing as currently listed in the table, so I've tried to add clarity where there are duets or multiple artists and only one of them is a one-hit wonder. I've added the below notation and asterisks to the table. Hopefully this clear things up a little:

*NOTE: With duets or multiple artists where one artist is a one-hit wonder and the other is not, the asterisk (*) signifies the one-hit wonder.

Question: Is Crowded House, which had the song "Don't Dream it's Over," a one-hit wonder?

Answer: Australian rock band Crowded House actually had two hits reach the mainstream Top 40: "Don't Dream It's Over" (1986) and "Something So Strong" (1987).

Question: Is Modern English a one-hit wonder for their song, "I Melt with You"?

Answer: Modern English hit the (mainstream) Billboard US Hot 100 twice with that song, but they didn't crack the Top 40. They placed #78 in 1982 and #76 with the re-recording in 1990. However, note that in 1982 they did achieve Top 10 status on the Rock charts. Although it doesn't technically doesn't meet the definition of one-hit wonder for the article, it was their best known and highest charting single.

Question: Didn't the Weather Girls have a hit album under the name Two Tons O' Fun?

Answer: Most people know these ladies only for their song, "It's Raining Men" and only by their name the Weather Girls. However, you are right that they had another name. Before they were the Weather Girls, they were a duo called Two Tons O' Fun backing up a disco and R&B singer known mononymously as Sylvester. In backing up Sylvester, they had two Top 40 hits as Two Tons O' Fun. The songs were "Dance (Disco Heat) in 1978 and "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" in 1978.

The duo then released "It's Raining Men" in 1982 for which they are primarily known. They are widely cited as one-hit wonders but I guess technically if you want to split hairs their song "It's Raining Men" only reached #46 on the mainstream pop charts. To their credit, they did receive a Grammy nomination for the song, it hit #1 on the dance charts, and it has become a well-established gay anthem. So I guess put a big asterisk next to that one.

Question: How can the Grateful Dead's "Touch of Grey" be a one-hit-wonder?

Answer: While the band definitely had popularity and staying power, they only had one hit on the mainstream Top 40 charts. "Touch of Grey" reached #9. Their other hits achieved success on other charts, such as the mainstream rock charts or the adult contemporary charts. It doesn't take away from their status as a band, but technically, it does make them a one-hit-wonder. I know that sounds strange.

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

Answer: 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.

Question: Didn't Men Without Hats have another Top 40 hit with "Pop Goes the World", therefore not making them a one-hit-wonder?

Answer: You're actually right about this! I'll make a note of it. High five to you!

Question: Shouldn't Laura Branigan be on this list of one-hit wonders from the 1980s?

Answer: Actually, Laura Branigan, best known for her 1982 hit "Gloria," had a few follow-up singles that charted in the Top 40, including "Solitaire" (1983), "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" (1983), and "Self Control" (1984). They may not be as memorable as her initial hit, but they do save her from the label of "one hit wonder." Sadly, Laura Branigan died in 2004 from a brain aneurysm.

Question: What about "Touch Me by Samantha Fox? I loved that song in the 80's and don't remember her doing anything after that. Now that song is even banned by most radio stations here in Phoenix.

Answer: Samantha Fox actually had three additional Top 40 mainstream hits, "Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)" and "I Wanna Have Some Fun" -- both in 1988 -- as well as "I Only Wanna Be With You" in 1989.

Question: Why isn't "One Night in Bangkok" by Murray Head listed in one-hit wonders of the 80s? That was a big hit surely around the end of 1984 to the beginning of 1985?

Answer: This one is surprising. Technically, Murray Head wasn't a one-hit wonder. Yes, it's true that "One Night in Bangkok" (1984) was a hit for him and he never had another song after that to break the Top 40 position of the mainstream charts. However, he had an earlier song, "Superstar," from the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" which peaked at #14 in 1971. Interesting, huh?

Question: Why is Dexys Midnight Runners listed here? They had several hits in the 1980’s, and two were number one.

Answer: This comes down to an issue of definition. You must be a non-American reader, as Dexys Midnight Runners is a group that saw much more popularity outside of the United States. The following definition was used in the article for "one-hit wonder:"

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 the country, R&B, or other recognized music charts or in other countries.

Note that "Come on Eileen" (1982) is the only song that hit the top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number one. However, in the UK where you are probably from, the group had two number one hits, "Come on Eileen" and "Geno," (1980) plus five additional songs in the top 40. None of these except "Come on Eileen" charted in the US, however. The group performed well on the Irish music charts during the 1980s as well.

Unfortunately, they're still a one-hit wonder, according to the definition used. It doesn't mean they don't have talent.

Question: Didn't Sylvia sing "Snapshot," thus not making her a one-hit wonder?

Answer: Sylvia did have successful follow-up songs such as "Snapshot," "Like Nothing Ever Happened," and "I Never Quite Got Back (From Loving You)," plus a few successful singles prior to "Nobody." Here's the kicker, however: these were hits on the US country charts rather than the mainstream Top 40 charts. Her only mainstream pop Top 40 hit was "Nobody."

Question: Is Dtamarama a one-hit-wonder for their song, "Anything, Anything"?

Answer: Unfortunately, they didn't have any songs in the Top 40 mainstream Billboard pop charts. However, there's a silver lining. That song and three others made the Top 10 of the US Top 10 Alternative charts. They were able to repeat their success on the alternative charts at least.

Question: Was Soft Cell really a one hit wonder?

Answer: In America, Soft Cell only had one mainstream Top 40 song, although they had an additional hit on the dance charts. The band, however, enjoyed much larger chart success in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Question: Didn't Twisted Sister have two hits, like "I Wanna Rock"?

Answer: It's a matter of definition used. The term "musical one-hit wonder" used in this article and others follows this definition:

"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." This definition appears in the grey callout box of the article.

You are absolutely right about the song "I Wanna Rock" (1984) which reached #64 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Twisted Sister also had a remake of the 1960s song, "The Leader of the Pack" (1985) which reached #53.

Question: Boys still wore short shorts in the 1980s, so when did long shorts come into fashion?

Answer: In the 1980s, cargo pants, which are longer in length and valued for their utilitarianism, became popular. Then, in the early 1990s, college basketball stars like Michael Jordan pushed for long and baggy basketball shorts that further influenced the styles available at the time.

Question: Is A-ha, the ground that sang "Take Me On" a one-hit wonder?

Answer: "Take On Me" is the correct title and it was released in 1985, hitting #1 on the mainstream pop chart. This gave A-ha, a Norwegian synthpop/rock band, their first Top 40 hit, followed quickly by their second and last Top 40 song later that year, "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." The band therefore isn't a one-hit wonder, but I'm impressed with your musical memory of the 1980s!

Question: Wasn't Chris de Burgh, singer of "Lady in Red, considered a one-hit wonder?

Answer: This one surprised me! Although strongly identified with that one song, Chris de Burgh actually was not a one-hit wonder. He had another hit: "Don't Pay the Ferryman" (1982). Here's the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kNwvIEQsg0

Question: Is Spandau Ballet a one-hit wonder for their song, "True"?

Answer: English new wave band Spandau Ballet released the 1983 song, "True" which reached #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100. However, they also had additional Top 40 hits: "Gold" (1983) and "Only When You Leave" (1984). Thus, they are NOT one-hit wonders. This one surprised me as it probably did you. Thanks for asking the question.

Question: Is Dream Academy a one-hit wonder for their hit, "Life in a Northern Town" (1985)?

Answer: The English band actually had one other mainstream pop hit, "The Love Parade" (1986), thus saving them from one-hit wonder status.

Question: Was Candi Staton a one-hit-wonder?

Answer: American soul and gospel singer Candi Staton hit the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1970 with "Stand By Your Man" then again in 1976 with "Young Hearts Run Free," therefore making her NOT a one-hit-wonder.

Question: Was Fiction Factor a one-hit-wonder for their 1983 song, "(Feels Like) Heaven"? College stations picked this one up.

Answer: Although college stations in the US may have picked it up, unfortunately, the song did not chart on any of the US charts. However, it did well in many countries abroad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdoPdiSMaHw

Question: Were Katrina and the Waves a one-hit wonder for the song, "Walking on Sunshine"?

Answer: The 1985 song, "Walking on Sunshine" was the biggest hit for Katrina and the Waves. It reached #9 on the US Billboard Hot 100. However, they also had other songs reach the Top 40: "Do You Want Crying?" (1985) and "That's the Way" (1989). They are therefore NOT a one-hit wonder, although we certainly remember them best for that first song.

Question: Why are Mike Reno and Ann Wilson on the list as "one hit wonders", since they are the vocalists for Loverboy and Heart?

Answer: Some musicians have tried to make a go of it as both individual artists and as part of bands. These are considered separately on the charts. Even though these two artists' individual singing careers weren't a repeat commercial success, they sure did well in their group successes with Loverboy and Heart.

Question: Did the song "Love on the Phone" by Suzanne Fellini qualify her as a one-hit-wonder?

Answer: While Suzanne Fellini is best known for her 1980 new wave song "Love on the Phone," it didn't crack the Top 40. It peaked at #87. She is regarded as cutting edge but for some reason released one album then disappeared from popular music.

Question: What was the early 80's song with the lyrics "cool cool water"?

Answer: There was a song by Eddie Money in 1979 called "Gimme Some Water" that contained those lyrics. I'm thinking you probably mean that one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU-KVObNEd4

Question: Is the musical group The Church a one-hit-wonder for their song, "Under the Milky Way"?

Answer: Although the psychedelic rock band The Church released a number of popular singles that were hits in their native Australia and they had modest success on the US rock charts, they had only ONE song that crossed over to the Top 40 of the US Billboard Top 100. That was "Under the Milky Way," which peaked at #24. I've added this to the list of one-hit wonders, thanks to you!

Question: Is Golden Earring a one-hit wonder?

Answer: The Dutch rock band Golden Earring's hit was most popular in the Netherlands and Belgium, but they did have limited success in other countries too. In 1973 they hit the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at #13 with "Radar Love." Then in 1982, they found popularity at #10 on the US ROCK chart with "Twilight Zone." In 1986, they again found popularity on the US ROCK chart when they placed "Quiet Eyes" at #31. Therefore, YES, they are a one-hit wonder. Thanks for asking the question. I will add them to the list!

Question: Isn't Vixen a one-hit-wonder for their song "Edge of a Broken Heart"(1988)?

Answer: Vixen did release "Edge of a Broken Heart" in 1988 which peaked at #26 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. However, they also were able to follow that up with another Top 40 hit the following year, "Cryin," which reached #22.

Question: Were The Motels a one-hit wonder for their song, "Only the Lonely"?

Answer: The American new wave band, The Motels hit #9 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1982 with "Only the Lonely," and in 1983 followed it up with "Suddenly Last Summer" (#9) and "Remember the Nights (#36) in 1983 and "Shame" (#21) in 1984. Therefore, they are NOT a one-hit wonder.

Question: Is Robert Hazard a one-hit wonder for his song, "Escalator of Life"?

Answer: Robert Hazard's 1982 song, "Escalator of Life" peaked at #58 of the US Hot 100, thus he isn't a one-hit wonder according to the definition in the article. Robert Hazard is also known for composing and recording a demo of the song, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" which Cyndi Lauper made famous.

Question: Were the Bow Wow Wow's a one-hit wonder for their hit song, "I Want Candy"?

Answer: "I Want Candy" was released in 1982 and was their highest charting song on the Top 40 US Billboard Hot 100. Unfortunately, they failed to crack the Top 40 with any song. Although they don't meet the one-hit wonder definition in the article, note that "I Want Candy" did perform in the Top 40 on the US Dance and Rock charts as well as on international charts.

Question: Are Katrina and the Waves a one-hit wonder for their song, "Walking on Sunshine"?

Answer: Rock band Katrina and the Waves are best known for their 1985 song, "Walking on Sunshine" which reached #9 on the US Billboard Hot 100. However, they aren't one-hit wonders because they actually had additional songs to reach the mainstream pop Top 40: "Do You Want Crying?" (1985) and "That's the Way" (1989).

Question: Is Kim Carnes a one-hit wonder for her single, "Bette Davis Eyes"?

Answer: "Bette Davis Eyes" (1981) hit the top spot on the US Billboard Hot 100, but it actually wasn't Kim Carnes' only hit on the mainstream pop chart. She is sometimes referred to as a one-hit wonder but you'll see that that is wrong.

Other Top 40 hits by Kim Carnes included these Top 40 songs: "You're a Part of Me" (with Gene Cotton, 1978), "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer" (with Kenny Rogers, 1980), "Deep Inside My Heart" (with Randy Meisner, 1980), "Draw of the Cards" (1981), "Voyeur" (1982), "Does It Make You Remember" (1982), "Invisible Hands" (1983), "What About Me?" (with Kenny Rogers and James Ingraam, 1984), and "Crazy in the Night" (1985).

The sheer number of Top 40 hits she had surprised me. She is clearly best known for her most successful song, "Bette Davis Eyes." Here's a link to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPOIS5taqA8.

Question: Is Kim Wilde a one-hit wonder for "Kids in America"?

Answer: English pop singer-songwriter Kim Wilde hit the mainstream Top 40 US Billboard Hot 100 with "Kids in America" (#25). She was able to follow up that song with a second hit, a chart-topping song in 1986, called "You Keep Me Hangin' On." As a result, she is NOT a one-hit wonder.

Question: Why didn't you include New Order, Depeche Mode, and Pet Shop Boys as one-hit wonders?

Answer: The simple answer is that these groups each have had multiple hits on the Top 40 mainstream chart.

Question: Is Sniff 'n' the Tears a one-hit-wonder for their song, "Driver's Seat"?

Answer: Sniff 'n' the Tears was a British rock band best known for their hit, "Driver's Seat" which reached #15 on the US Billboard Hot 100. However, rather than the 1980s, they released this song in 1979. I will add them to the following playlist of one-hit wonders of the 1970s https://spinditty.com/playlists/One-Hit-Wonders-of...

Question: Are the Blow Monkeys a one-hit-wonder for their song, "Digging Your Scene?"

Answer: British new wave group The Blow Monkeys hit the US Billboard Hot 100 (#14) with their first single in 1986 but couldn't repeat the achievement. What an awesome addition to this list!

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Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 06, 2020:

Andrew Wilkinson - Check the definition. Devo is indeed a one-hit wonder. Sorry. Doesn't mean they weren't good.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 15, 2020:

MG - That's a sweet compliment. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe and healthy.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 14, 2020:

Hi Flourish, your brain must be computer with the way you can catalogue all these songs. I liked these selections and thank you for them.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 14, 2020:

Peggy - I think she'd be especially proud of William's choice of brides. I'm not sure about the Markle girl. Seems a bit unstable, but Harry loves her.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2020:

Seeing that photo of Diana dancing with John Travolta seems not that long ago, and yet it was. Too bad, she could not have been there to see her sons grow up and meet their wives and her grandchildren. That makes me think of the song (not from the 1980s) "Thanks for the Memories."

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 19, 2020:

MIchael - Read my previous responses.

Michael on January 18, 2020:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 08, 2020:

Shannon - okay, thanks

shannon on January 08, 2020:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 07, 2020:

Sly fox - Thanks for this suggestion. Adding it!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 04, 2020:

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

Facundo on January 04, 2020:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 29, 2019:

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!

Christopher on December 29, 2019:

The Monroe’s

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 27, 2019:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 26, 2019:

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!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 26, 2019:

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.

Lone Star on December 24, 2019:

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

BriantheBrain on December 21, 2019:

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

Video for My Brain Is Like a Sieve

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

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Mulu the Rain Forest

The Flat Earth · 1984

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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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 18, 2019:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 18, 2019:

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.

Luis Cintron on December 18, 2019:

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!

Stella on December 18, 2019:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 15, 2019:

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

Landon Vincent on December 15, 2019:

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!

Jk on December 14, 2019:

Thank you

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 14, 2019:

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.

Dean yerkey on December 13, 2019:

What about the truckers song...Convoy?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 11, 2019:

Matt - Thanks for stopping by.

Matt on December 09, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 08, 2019:

Bryan - Great add! Thank you!

Bryan on December 07, 2019:

Aldo Nova Fantasy 82 or 83.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 06, 2019:

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.

Noman Khan on December 06, 2019:

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!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 06, 2019:

Jerry B Hernandez - Glad you enjoyed this.

Jerry B Hernandez on December 05, 2019:

It was good music for me

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 03, 2019:

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

LaustCawz on December 02, 2019:

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...").

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 02, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 02, 2019:

Tim - Thanks for your comment!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 01, 2019:

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!

Joe on December 01, 2019:

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

Tim on December 01, 2019:

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

LaustCawz on December 01, 2019:

"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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 01, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 01, 2019:

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!

Rob on November 30, 2019:

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

Gregory on November 30, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 30, 2019:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 30, 2019:

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

Jennifer T on November 30, 2019:

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!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 30, 2019:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 30, 2019:

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.

LaustCawz on November 29, 2019:

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").

Michael Phillips on November 29, 2019:

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

Ellen Murphy on November 29, 2019:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 26, 2019:

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.

Gregg Goldberg on November 25, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 24, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 24, 2019:

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

Michael Phillips on November 22, 2019:

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

debysteele00@gmail.com on November 21, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 18, 2019:

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.

LaustCawz on November 18, 2019:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 17, 2019:

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

Indiadeguaypao on November 17, 2019:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 17, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 17, 2019:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 17, 2019:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 17, 2019:

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

David Kerr on November 17, 2019:

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.

David on November 16, 2019:

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

Darren Linville on November 16, 2019:

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

Michael Phillips on November 16, 2019:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 13, 2019:

AdamDod - Thanks for your comment.

AdamDod on October 12, 2019:

@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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 06, 2019:

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

Anonymous on April 06, 2019:

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?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 10, 2019:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 10, 2019:

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.

Grace on January 07, 2019:

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

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on January 06, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 05, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 05, 2019:

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!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on January 05, 2019:

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

jimdenooij on January 03, 2019:

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

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on January 03, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 07, 2017:

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.

Sillyboy on December 06, 2017:

David & David: Welcome to the Boomtown

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 12, 2017:

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!

Christopher Ealey on October 12, 2017:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 18, 2017:

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

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on September 17, 2017:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 15, 2017:

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.

Dianna Mendez on September 15, 2017:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 31, 2017:

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!

Ryan from Louisiana, USA on August 31, 2017:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 31, 2017:

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!

Jo Miller from Tennessee on August 31, 2017:

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?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 31, 2017:

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