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61 Favorite One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s

Updated on September 1, 2017
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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.

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.

What's in a Name? Locations with Names Associated with the 1980s

show route and directions
A markerArcade, New York, USA -
Arcade, NY, USA
get directions

Coin-operated arcades started to decline in 1983 as game consoles like Atari were introduced and microcomputers later became popular.

B markerBerlin Wall Memorial, Berlin, Germany -
Berlin Wall Memorial, Bernauer Str. 111, 13355 Berlin, Germany
get directions

Back in the 1980s, it was more than a memorial. It was a real thing, dividing East from West Berlin, until it was famously torn down in 1989.

C markerChallenger Point, Colorado, USA -
Challenger Point, Colorado, USA
get directions

This mountain point commemorates the seven crew members who died on January 28, 1986, when the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated after lift-off.

D markerMetal, France -
Métal, Lacour, France
get directions

Heavy metal became more mainstream in the 1980s.

E markerMullet, Albania -
Mullet, Albania
get directions

Mullet. The hairstyle that is "business in the front, party in the back."

F markerNeon, Kentucky, USA -
Neon, Fleming-Neon, KY 41840, USA
get directions

Nothing screams 1980s like neon clothes.

G markerParachute, Colorado, USA -
Parachute, CO, USA
get directions

Tight-fitting, nylon parachute pants were all the rage for teenage boys in 1984 and 1985.

H markerPrince County, Canada -
Prince County, PE, Canada
get directions

Prince, the musician, the phenomenon, produced nine albums in the 1980s.

I markerReagan, TN, USA -
Reagan, TN, USA
get directions

I doubt the former President ever visited here, but they must love him.

J markerWalkmans Cove, Indiana, USA -
Walkmans Cove, Fort Wayne, IN, USA
get directions

A Sony Walkman made you cool in the 1980s because finally you could listen to your tape casettes or AM/FM radio on the move.

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. I Ran (So Far Away)
A Flock of Seagulls
1982
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. (I Just) Died In Your Arms
Cutting Crew
1986
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. Missing You
John Waite
1984
50. Friends And Lovers
Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson
1986
51. Relax
Frankie Goes to Hollywood
1983
52. Steal Away
Robbie Dupree
1980
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
Have a favorite one-hit wonder from the 1980s that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 days 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 3 days 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 5 days 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 6 days 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks ago from USA

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

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      Larry Rankin 3 weeks ago from Oklahoma

      I love a lot of these songs.

      I had no idea there were so many one and dones from the 80s.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 weeks ago from Chicago Area

      Okay, like this is my favorite playlist yet! So many of my faves. I'm so stuck in the 80s when it comes to music.

      In line with the "do you remember the 80s?" list, I'd add Jan Hammer's Miami Vice theme song. Can't remember any other songs by him.

      Thanks for making my Monday morning!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      Rasma, I like that Twisted Sister song too! Have a great week!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      MsDora - Yes, it does happen to some authors, actors, and athletes, too!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

      Didn't know there were so many. Actually I rather enjoyed the music of Twisted Sister. Lots of others shine through like Maniac. Thanks for a trip back into the 1980s.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin is a song I never forget. I agree that once is better than never. Happens to some authors too.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      Wow, Linda. That's so interesting that you could actually hear it. I recall seeing the reporting of it on television. Thanks for sharing your memories.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      jericho911 - The Motels also had "Suddenly Last Summer" that reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 so I guess it saved them from being a one hit wonder. Only the Lonely does, however appear on my playlist about Loneliness and Feelings of Isoation: http://hubpages.com/playlists/Pop-Rock-Country-Son... Thanks so much for leaving a comment!

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      Linda Crampton 3 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I knew two songs from your list—Puttin' On the Ritz and Maniac. Thanks for sharing the information about the other ones and reminding me of the events in the 1980s. I live near enough to the border with Washington that I was able to hear the eruption of Mount St. Helens.

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      Kenneth Claude 3 weeks ago from Parts Unknown

      ONLY THE LONELY by The Motels.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      Clive - I had no idea she was 39 years old bouncing around like a cheerleader reliving her youth at the time. I still love that song. One hit is better than none.

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      Clive Williams 3 weeks ago from Nibiru

      I loved Mickie and Jennie. One hit wonders are the bomb

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      Mary - Your fella has good taste in music. I wonder how much one of those original Cabbage Patch dolls would go for now? As for the Rubik's cube, I've bought them recently for my nephews and nieces. I hope they're better at solving them than I ever have been. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      Linda - I'm so glad you enjoyed this so much. I enjoyed the 1980s, too and loved putting this together. Thanks for sharing where you were geographically and in your life during that time. I enjoy hearing about people's personal lives like this. Have a wonderful week.

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      Linda Lum 3 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Flourish, of all of your compilations, this is probably one of my favorites. This was my decade--when I got married, had my children, built a house (actually 2). I remember absolutely every one of these songs, the big hair, the clothing styles (shudder!), what was happening politically, globally, etc. And my husband and I were front and center for the eruption of Mount St. Helens. We live in Washington State and were both working for the USGS at that time!

      Thank you for an awesome article, and a great trip back on memory lane.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      Suhail & K2 - It's hard to believe that the 1980s were 30 years ago. I loved putting this article together. It brought back so many memories. I'm still waiting for big hair to come back. I've got that naturally nailed. I love your story about Columbia University and making friends with the neighbors. No one forgets kindness like that. It enriches everyone involved. Thanks for sharing your story.

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      Mary Wickison 3 weeks ago from Brazil

      Funny that you should write this now. My husband, a Brit, has been playing Radio Caroline in the evenings. That plays 60s, 70s, and 80s music. This was a ship which was anchored off the coast of England in the 60s when pop music was banned.

      Looking through the list, it is funny how they just dropped off the radar, yet Cabbage Patch dolls became collectible and Rubik's cubes are still popular.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 weeks ago from Mississauga, ON

      That is my era, Flourish Anyway! I remember everything about that decade, well almost everything about it ha-ha, especially after 1984, that is when I landed in the USA.

      That is the decade when in 1984 I moved from the soft music of Bee Gees, Police, ABBA, etc. to hard rock and heavy metal.

      Too many songs from that era that I listen to even sometimes these days or when played on FM, I say to myself wow that one is from the 80s too.

      My memory with boombox was that I carried it sometimes when I settled close to my University in Harlem (Columbia U). The area was quite dangerous and we, a group of 6 students who shared the apartment, were told to mix up with the neighbors. And that is exactly what we did. We not only mixed up playing basketball, but also introduced soccer to the under-privileged children there.

      I am glad that you wrote a blog on 1980s - super-awesome!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      Bill - Better to have one than no hit at all!

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh God I loved Black Velvet....what a great song that was....how is it possible to record such an incredible song and then no follow-up? Well, at least she had the one, right?

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      Brandy - I love that this is parent music. But technically I am flirting with 50 so you know. Time flies. Have a great week!

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      BrandyMD 3 weeks ago

      Thanks for the article. I enjoy music from every generation and genre. I've been told I enjoy "parent music" I find it funny, but I really find more appreciation for the older classics. The older the song is, the more ill most likely enjoy it. Thanks so much for these suggestions. I'll be looking into the ones I haven't heard yet.