They are songs that once you hear them, you are transported back to the 1980’s. Famous songs with beats and lyrics that won’t be forgotten. And with these songs being so memorable, it is a wonder that the artists who sang these songs only had one major hit on the billboard.
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Mickey by Toni Basil (1980)
Sing it with me, “Oh Mickey you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind; Hey Mickey.” I wonder who Mickey was…whoever he was, he blew her mind.
Whip It by Devo (1980)
It took three studio albums for the band Devo to get their one hit wonder. But after it was released, the song was a favorite of many.
Take on Me by A-Ha (1984)
“Take on Me” was a song released from A-Ha’s first album, “Hunting High and Low.” And after their first album, they continued hunting for another hit song.
Tainted Love by Soft Cell (1985)
Remaking Gloria Jones 1965 song and replacing the original recordings instruments with synthesizers and rhythm machines and then slowing down the speed of the song gained Soft Cell their one hit wonder.
“I Ran (So Far Away) by A Flock of Seagulls (1982)
A Flock of Seagulls was a band that was formed in Liverpool, England. Their one hit wonder was the second single from the bands self titled album.
Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners (1982)
While their song “Come On Eileen was a one hit wonder in the United States, British fans voted this song their number six all time favorite song.
867-5309 by Tommy Tutone (1981)
Who hasn’t tried to dial the phone number and see who answers? And can you imagine owning that phone number in 1981 when the song was released? Chaos. It has to be the most famous phone number in music history, but it led to their one hit wonder.
I Melt With You by Modern English (1982)
Originally known as “The Lepers”, the band changed their name to Modern English and released “I Melt With You” on their album “After the Snow”.
I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow (1982)
The band Strangeloves’ made this song a hit in 1965. While Bow Wow Wow’s remake didn’t break into the top 50, the catchy tune was a favorite that was played on MTV over and over.
Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1983)
The one hit wonder by Frankie Goes to Hollywood was met with resistance. The BBC banned the single in 1984 while it was number 6 on the English charts and went on to top the charts for five consecutive weeks. It is alleged that MTV banned their video also.
Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell (1984)
We know the song well, and even sang to the music. But did you know it was none other than the King of Pop, Michael Jackson and Jermaine Jackson in the chorus and adding back up vocals?
We’re Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister (1984)
An anthem that caused the volume level to increase dramatically by rebellious teenagers and a song despised by every parent, Dee Snider states he wrote this song with influence from rock band Slade and the Christmas carol, “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”
Maniac by Michael Sembello (1983)
This one hit wonder was made famous by the movie, “Flashdance”. Leg warmers worn by women who never danced a day in their life, but knew this song were also famous in 1983.
Turning Japanese by The Vapors (1980)
While The Vapors song was a one hit wonder, I had to listen to it again to remember the actual song. But once the song began, I remembered it. The band waited to release this song on their second album, fearing they would become one hit wonders. Well…
Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin (1988)
Bobby McFerrin made made music history with this song by being the first to reach the Billboards top 100 with an a cappella song. And he stayed there for two weeks. Does anyone else believe he was way to happy in the video?
Obsession by Animotion (1984)
Anomotion was able to reach number six on the American Billboards in thanks to heavy play on MTV. Their song was used in the video game “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City”.
I Know What Boys Like by The Waitresses (1982)
VH1 named this song as the 82nd top one hit wonder. The song was written by the guitarist in 1978 but didn’t release it until The Waitresses was formed.
The Safety Dance by Men Without Hats (1983)
This song was written by the lead singer after he was removed by a bouncer from a club for doing a dance called “pogoing”. The dance is simply jumping up and down. The song is a response to his eviction from the dance floor.
It’s Raining Men by The Weather Girls (1982)
What happens when Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand and Cher all turn down a song? You record it, release it and sell over 6 million copies worldwide. And earn a one hit wonder.
Funkytown by Lipps, Inc. (1980)
This funky town song held the record for being number one in twenty-eight countries until Madonna showed up singing the song “Hung Up” which became a number hit in forty-one countries.
Lady in Red by Chris DeBurgh (1986)
So who was the lady in red? The song was inspired, but not specifically written about his wife, who was wearing a red dress when they first met. The release of this song propelled him into music internationally.
Key Largo by Bertie Higgins (1981)
We had it all in the 80’s. Feathered hair and all. But he was really singing about the movie by the same title starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
Party All The Time by Eddie Murphy (1985)
Give Rick James major credit for writing and producing Eddie Murphy’s one hit wonder. When you are an actor and comedian, what else is there to do? How about reaching number two on the billboards just behind of Lionel Richie’s hit “Say You, Say Me”.
Too Shy by Kajagoogoo (1983)
If you don’t wan to be a one hit wonder band, try having a name that anyone can pronounce. Although they were a one hit wonder band in the United States, Kajagoogoo went on to have a couple more hits in the UK.
She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby (1982)
While his song experienced success in the United States, reaching number 5 and number 1 in Canada’s RPM Magazine, the song reached number 49 in Dolby’s home country of England.
There are many more one hit wonders of the 80’s. These are only a few. What was your favorite one hit wonder? Let me know, and check my Twitter to find out which one is my favorite.
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