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TOP 20 ONE HIT WONDERS OF THE ‘80s

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In this episode we countdown the Top 20 One Hit Wonders of the 80's!

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Ric Carson
Ric Carson 3 dias atrás
Devo is a one hit wonder? Come on man. Tons of hits!!!
jonathan _
jonathan _ 8 horas atrás
Their only top 40 hit unfortunately - got to #14 though and went gold. 🙂
Ron T
Ron T Dia atrás
Uncontrollable Urge!
Halia Eetus
Halia Eetus Dia atrás
So many of them are not one hit wonders at all, they've been internationally big with many top hits in many countries and a notable career. Just because some European band isn't back to top 10 in America does not mean they are just a one hit wonder. He has got the terminology all mixed up, so it was a failed list.
PJ Alex
PJ Alex 2 dias atrás
Yeah that's BS .....they had heaps of hits
French Fries
French Fries 2 dias atrás
many...many
Rob McDougall
Rob McDougall Dia atrás
Soft Cell had this massive one-hit wonder hit - and it was a cover - originally released back in the early 60s!
Dave AD
Dave AD 22 horas atrás
A song I always seem to relate to the 80’s is Driver’s Seat by Sniff ‘n The Tears. It did come out in 1978, but the tones and rhythms seem to be 80-ish.
Reene Keenie
Reene Keenie 22 horas atrás
Great song!
Lorri
Lorri Dia atrás
Ahhhh, I smiled through this whole thing. Take On Me is what I've always declared as THE BEST New Wave song made!!! Nice to see you agree.
James Webb
James Webb 2 meses atrás
There are a number of songs on this list that were possibly one hit wonders in the US, but in other counties there were follow up hits. A-ha had several hits in many countries. A great list with memories for all the songs. One you missed was "99 Red Balloons", both German and English versions
GP
GP 17 dias atrás
@goSammy 1971 99 " RED " Ballons was never a hit ANYWHERE ! 99 LUFT Balloons was the highest German song #2 US charts
Colin Wilson
Colin Wilson Mês atrás
@David Barrass You would think by Iran by A Flock of Seagulls and Solid like Iraq by Ashford and Simpson would have convinced those two countries not to go to war against each other. Not to mention the Beatles anthem Hey Jews. Wow! I have just achieved peace in the Middle Earth! Peace out!
Colin Wilson
Colin Wilson Mês atrás
@Drew's Page There's even a West End musical.
Thilo Mohr
Thilo Mohr Mês atrás
@Ben Harrison And defenitely also not a one hit wonder.
René Haagsma
René Haagsma Mês atrás
@David Barrass all great bands that you name. I was a great 'New Wave' fan. Also in the Netherlands they had more hits.
T Dunph
T Dunph Dia atrás
BRAVO Rick! Thank you so much for doing this. Brought back a lot of memories. So many that it sadly made me realize that is was such a long ago! Keep listening!
Andrew Hatez
Andrew Hatez 3 dias atrás
Impossible not to miss more than a few---here's one from 1982 by Haircut 100...Love Plus One. Stay healthy Rick!
Reene Keenie
Reene Keenie 22 horas atrás
Amazing song, but not a one-hit wonder.
CC Elms
CC Elms 2 dias atrás
You literally named my FAVORITE 80s song as #1!👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
Lorri
Lorri 18 horas atrás
Mine too!
Alex Perez
Alex Perez 3 dias atrás
I was really expecting "Enola Gay" by OMD to be in here, but maybe they had a few too many hits? Also, where's Swing Out Sister? It seemed like you couldn't go anywhere in Montreal in 1987 without hearing "Break Out." Good list, all the same. It certainly brings back memories.
Jenny Penny
Jenny Penny 2 meses atrás
I was surprised In a Big Country by Big Country wasn’t on the list. To this day I crank it up full blast when I’m lucky enough to hear it on the radio. Such a great song.
avh700
avh700 Dia atrás
@Dexter Haven Eddy had hits in Uk, not many albums were released by him alone and are out of print, but hits came through him via other artists as him being writer, producer, or owner of record company they were signed under.
Meredith M
Meredith M 2 dias atrás
In my brain there's a world where Big Country became a massive hit and U2 was the one hit wonder. I want to go to there.
Chris
Chris Mês atrás
Indeed. They did however write albums worth of great songs.
80s Music
80s Music Mês atrás
@Grubnar Just A Shadow is great too.
hendrsb33
hendrsb33 Mês atrás
I am SO glad I'm not the only Big Country fan around here. No one else I knew liked that band. THE CROSSING rocked my world when it came out. They are not a one-hit wonder to me.
falmark187
falmark187 2 dias atrás
A-ha has several other hit songs maybe not as big as Take On Me, but big enough not to be thought of as a one hit wonder
Steve Starr
Steve Starr 8 horas atrás
Flock of Seagulls was one of the acts at my first concert ever, in September 1982, at JFK Stadium in Philly. Flock of Seagulls, Blondie, Elvis Costello, and the main act was Genesis.
Derrick McLovin'
Derrick McLovin' 23 horas atrás
Awesome picks Rick! I would have loved to see Adam Ant- Goody Two Shoes on this list.
Gabriel Paiva
Gabriel Paiva Hora atrás
Yeah that could have made the list but Adam And The Ants have got many hits. Such as Kings Of The Wild Frontier, Stand And Deliver, Prince Charming, Beat My Guest...
NicciNic Nic
NicciNic Nic 16 horas atrás
Adam Ant was no one hit wonder. He had a lot of good songs.
Cheri Alcorn
Cheri Alcorn 10 horas atrás
Thank you so much for including Til Tuesday🎉. Loved voices carry…and Annie’s solo follow up. Beautiful and unusual voice
Chris K
Chris K 2 meses atrás
Why does "One Night in Bangkok" by Murray Head from Chess never get the respect it deserves? That song is massively awesome! I would have had that in the top 5 personally.
HoyaSaxaSD
HoyaSaxaSD 2 dias atrás
Because his name is freakin’ Murray Head! That’s why.
Shignila
Shignila 5 dias atrás
Totally agree
Heather Stuart
Heather Stuart 8 dias atrás
His brother is Anthony Stewart Head; aka Giles from Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Jamie Stuff
Jamie Stuff 10 dias atrás
I was fortunate to be able to see a stage performance of "Chess" back in the late '80s/early '90s. Seriously underrated; it is easily my favorite musical I've seen done live.
CJ
CJ 11 dias atrás
Wow that is at least top ten to me 👍 great choice
kincaide67
kincaide67 Dia atrás
Oh yeah - Melt With You was such a one-hit wonder that they recorded it at least 3 times for 3 different albums.
theactortony
theactortony 18 horas atrás
DEVO so much not a one hit wonder that they released “Devo’s Greatest Hits” and the even better “Devo’s Greatest Misses”. That said, I’m sure the band doesn’t mind the inclusion :-)
Ronnie Johnson
Ronnie Johnson Dia atrás
Broken Peach has an amazing version of Tainted Love.
Mad Mick
Mad Mick Dia atrás
I was more of a Hard Rocker and Metal during the 80's, but I'll Melt With You by Modern English and Voices Carry by Til Tuesday were songs I liked.
Dwayne Wladyka
Dwayne Wladyka 2 meses atrás
Two one hit wonders from the 1980s for me would be Turning Japanese, by The Vapours, and Mexican Radio, by Wall Of Voodoo. Cheers!
Jack Wezesa
Jack Wezesa 4 horas atrás
@JeffPDX1 I think 91 .
Jack Wezesa
Jack Wezesa 4 horas atrás
@Steven Antonucci What do all the people know !
Jack Wezesa
Jack Wezesa 4 horas atrás
@GreenDragonReprised Late 79!
Daniel Wagman
Daniel Wagman 4 dias atrás
Yes! Turning Japanese was a surprisingly good dance song!
Dwayne Wladyka
Dwayne Wladyka 11 dias atrás
@Glenn Phillips Yes. Devo are a great band too. Cheers!
Robert Williams
Robert Williams 2 dias atrás
A lot of these groups had more than one hit. A TRUE one hit wonder has only the one hit.
PJ Alex
PJ Alex 2 dias atrás
The song used to annoy me at the time but I saw a guy playing the solo to Final Countdown recently and I just went wow that solo is awesome
Frédéric Bérubé
Frédéric Bérubé 2 dias atrás
Take on me isn’t their only success!!! They also did The Living Daylight!! (James Bond #15!!)
Nunya Business
Nunya Business 2 dias atrás
I'm happy I recognized everything. I've got a few to add but I'm not sure if these were one hit wonders or no hit wonders I just like 😆. Some I might add are: Voice of the Beehive ~ The Beat of Love, The Kings ~ This beat goes on / switchin to glide , The Soupdragons ~ I'm Free, that got released on 1-1-1990 so I guess that doesn't count, but definitely a killer album, Jon Butcher Axis ~ Don't Say Goodnight, The Hoodoo Gurus ~ I Want You Back , Jon Astley ~ Jane's Getting Serious. I'm going sifting through the comments for the next 3 hours or so 😁. Cameo ~ Word Up!
Reene Keenie
Reene Keenie 22 horas atrás
Switching to Glide! My friends at college and I used to sing it in the car going to the bars! 🍻
Caracticus Thirdaisi
Hoodoo Gurus hits "What's my scene" and "Good Times" are both really good though...
mrzeigler113
mrzeigler113 2 meses atrás
About a week ago, I heard Eddy Grant’s “Electric Avenue,” and as I cranked it up in the car, I couldn’t help but marvel at how great it still sounds.
MetFan37
MetFan37 7 dias atrás
@Morgan Pottruff No it shouldn't - Eddy had another top 30 hit with "Romancing the Stone" from his superior next album "Going for Broke".
Cotronixco
Cotronixco 9 dias atrás
Yuck. Only one chord!
supertuber120
supertuber120 22 dias atrás
@Jason Murkin Actually I just looked it up to be sure. "Romancing The Stone" was Eddy Grant.
David Volsky
David Volsky 25 dias atrás
Eddy Grant also had “Romancing the Stone” from the film of the same name.
Alan Lindsay
Alan Lindsay 29 dias atrás
Great tune that is still not on Spotify. I check regularly. I wonder which ever label was attached to it is gone.
J Mack
J Mack Dia atrás
The 80s were tremendous, WOW, ............. .. Will we ever see such freedom?. It's up to us.....
Mike Whitmore
Mike Whitmore 2 dias atrás
I always thought Saturday Night by Bay City Rollers was the epitome of a 1-hit wonder band, but not so at all. Check out the Wikipedia - the Bay City Rollers are one of the best-selling bands of all time. I had no idea.
the guy from the thing
the guy from the thing 14 horas atrás
madness are so far from a one hit wonder - they still get huge crowds today!
NicciNic Nic
NicciNic Nic 16 horas atrás
Bette Davis eyes is still one of my favorite songs 💕
Shopping Americana Recordings
Maybe it's songs and bands that were one hit wonders over there Rick, but in the UK, Madness, Dexy's, Aha and others had shedloads of other top hits.
Reene Keenie
Reene Keenie 23 horas atrás
And Marmalade, The Hollies, etc. etc.
Lulu Mari
Lulu Mari Dia atrás
Don't forget that Americans think that beyond their borders there is a void!
OPT50
OPT50 3 dias atrás
I feel if someone does a different version of song,, iy should be something else just does the original justice, be even better.
Yuval Nahoom
Yuval Nahoom 4 dias atrás
Madness not just had more hits and should be booted off this list... they also gave birth to the American Band No Doubt
Rob Forsman
Rob Forsman 4 dias atrás
@earthsteward9 Pop goes the world. So definitely not a one hit wonder.
Mike Stevenson
Mike Stevenson 11 horas atrás
#1 is a fantastic song - not sure it's QUITE fair to call them one-hit wonders though!
Diamond Humphrey
Diamond Humphrey Dia atrás
Deniece Williams is not a one hit wonder. She is known for her many duets with Johnny Mathis, the songs "Free" "It's gonna take a miracle" "Silly" and "Too much too little too late". She and Johnny Mathis also sung the theme song to the show Family Ties back in the 1980's.
Jack Wezesa
Jack Wezesa 4 horas atrás
Those are 70s songs . They’re beautiful songs.
Little Ceasar
Little Ceasar 23 horas atrás
Voices Carry is so good and the video just defines the 80s.
dennis pettis
dennis pettis Dia atrás
I would have bet my home on Berlin take my breath away being #1,but very disappointed that it didn't make the list 😞.
bbemfkc
bbemfkc 2 meses atrás
Now that I think about it, for me, "Life in a Northern Town" by Dream Academy 1985 belongs somewhere on the list, too. At least as an honorable mention.
Joey Arenas
Joey Arenas Mês atrás
I am amazed a lot like the song Life In A Northern Town - Dream Academy! This is my #1 too! And growing up in the 80's in the tropical Asian country, life in a northern town was not just a favorite! It was a dream!
Phil L.
Phil L. 2 meses atrás
@acefox1 Yes, he did produce it.
dougmael
dougmael 2 meses atrás
Oh, man, do I love that song? ABSOLUTELY!
Rob Kinstle
Rob Kinstle 2 meses atrás
"The Salvation Army band played, and the children drank lemonade, and the morning lasted all day, all day." Brilliant song I was going to mention it but you beat me to it.
bbemfkc
bbemfkc 2 meses atrás
@L Yes. Hadn't thought about it that way, but you're right. Even the video
khuti007
khuti007 6 horas atrás
Rick, now you need a top 20 of the songs that didnt make the top 20...I got heaps Breaking glass ..Hazel O'Connor they also throw in one of the GREATEST sax solos of all time !! for free !!
Veronica Reither Reese
You missed the following: 1.Putting on the Ritz by Taco. 2. One Night in Bangkok by Murray Head. 3. Nineteen by Paul Hardcastle. 4. Never Been to Me by Charlene. 5. Piano in the Dark bt Brenda Russell. Bette Davis Eyes was my least favorite Kim Carnes song.
MOJAVEDESERT SONORANDESERT
Excellent list!
Tim Sterrett
Tim Sterrett 4 dias atrás
They played most of those songs during my first divorce,and love them all.
Bret Colson
Bret Colson 2 meses atrás
It's not really a list unless you include Dream Academy's "Life in a Northern Town"...timeless and soothing to this day.
Matt Foltz
Matt Foltz Dia atrás
Wanna hear a cool version of that song? Little Big Town and Sugarland performed it at the CMAs a few years ago. It's on BRvid.
Robert Williams
Robert Williams 2 dias atrás
Sorry...the Love Parade was a big hit as well.....so no one hit wonder for them.
shyman99
shyman99 4 dias atrás
@Kit Richardson - Who said A Flock Of Seagulls qualifies? No one with any knowledge of music.
Nadine Rogers
Nadine Rogers 5 dias atrás
Love that song!
Delikon Three
Delikon Three 6 dias atrás
@Greg Rupert David Gilmore produced their second album A Different Kind of Weather.
aleks1939
aleks1939 Dia atrás
Being in my early teens at the time, I had the biggest crush on Bow Wow Wow's Annabella Lwin. Between her and Transvision Vamp's Wendy James it's amazing I can still see.
Sam Grig
Sam Grig 2 dias atrás
I didn't know who did: #18 #17 Madness and a-ha are not one-hit wonders. They play "It must be Love" and "Wings of a Dove" in movies. a-ha had 13 Top 10 hits in the UK. 14 singles have been number 1 hits on radio lists around the world.
H
H 2 dias atrás
The 80s was a great time to be a teenager. I miss the freedom and simplicity tremendously. We are truly devolving.
Matt Foltz
Matt Foltz Dia atrás
Yes it was.
Mh3llancholic
Mh3llancholic Dia atrás
Rick I think there are at least 5 artists who are not one hit wonders... John Waite has follow up hits like Tears, Change, Every Step Of The Way........ A Flock Of Seagulls...Have you forgotten "The MOre You Live, The More You Love" , "A Space Age Love Song" or even "Who's That Girl"....
Philip McDonald
Philip McDonald 2 meses atrás
Madness! They must have had at least 10 hit singles in the UK at least, they are still big touring now. Dexys have a few songs too!
Sorarse
Sorarse Mês atrás
@mikosoft So that they were popular in the Netherlands, Argentina and Australia, to name a few, doesn't count as part of the rest of the world.
Michael Jones
Michael Jones 2 meses atrás
It Must Be Love was also a top 40 hit in the US, so not a one hit wonder there.
joe kinnn
joe kinnn 2 meses atrás
@Rog i think Soft Cell had 12 top 40 hits in the UK
Ralph Sam
Ralph Sam 2 meses atrás
@crispyryce If it's his opinion then does it need to be factually correct or parameters of his selections clearly defined to define a one hit wonder? I guess that's why so many comments here are pointing out with some information of their own that some of Rick's selections were not one hit wonders. A simple change of title by Rick to say "One hit wonders in the USA in the 1980's" would have sufficed.
crispyryce
crispyryce 2 meses atrás
@Ralph Sam If you do that, there's hardly any such thing as a one hit wonder. He only needs to go by his perspective since it's just an opinion of his in the first place.
Kevin Shapiro
Kevin Shapiro 12 horas atrás
When In Rome “The Promise” was a big miss on this list. I’d say it’s top 10 of all time. Great list though.
Jayne Bailey
Jayne Bailey 2 dias atrás
Love missing you all the great songs
Mexiken 👀
Mexiken 👀 2 dias atrás
Knew them all and still have about 3/4 of the albums on my phone.
John Manly
John Manly 16 dias atrás
Great list. For number 21, I'd pick "The Future's so Bright I Gotta Wear Shades" by Timbuk3. Awesome song! Maybe if you do a top 20 harmonica intros, you'll play it.
Mike T.
Mike T. 2 meses atrás
"In a Big Country", by Big Country. Quintessentially '80s, but it doesn't sound the least bit dated and is a really great song. Honorable mention: "Don't Dream It's Over" by Crowded House, a practically perfect pop song that sounds 80s and timeless, at the same time (but not really a one-hit wonder).
Dan Lesage
Dan Lesage 4 dias atrás
The whole first album by Crowded House is fantastic. Not a OHW
Samantha Fairweather
Samantha Fairweather 18 dias atrás
@Daniel Beotich it's because the American record label executives dont know a good thing when they hear it! Australia has the best music in the world! ( Except Danni Minogue!! Lol!) I mainly listen to classic Aussie Rock. Bands like The Angels, The Radiators, Cold Chisel and AC⚡DC. You know, good music. Someone's needs to make videos that showcase the Australian music scene and the great music that comes from Australia, ( all genres).
Lisa Knell
Lisa Knell 22 dias atrás
@XicaDaSilva22 yes, Big Country were inspirations to U2. U2 said Big Country “wrote the songs U2 wished they could write”. I was never able to see them live with Stuart, which is a huge regret. But based on live videos, one of the best live bands ever!! Mon the loud guitars!!
Bruce Lamberton
Bruce Lamberton 27 dias atrás
@el rondo rondo GREAT song (but needed more verses)
Bruce Lamberton
Bruce Lamberton 27 dias atrás
It was bad enough when you called Big Country one-hit wonders, but Crowded House???
Britain Afoot
Britain Afoot Dia atrás
Hold on one min, these have to be one hit wonders of the USA chart, Kajagoogoo and Soft Sell, Madness plus A-HA had multi top 40 entries between them. Am i missing something ?
Chavezoid
Chavezoid 10 horas atrás
OK Madness was not a one-hit-wonder. They were and still are an English Ska music staple. One Step Beyond, Night Boat to Cairo, It Must Be Love, Baggy Trousers, House of Fun, etc. were just a few of their hits. They had 17 top-ten hits and 31 top-40 in the UK. However, on the Billboard Top 100 in the US they got two: Our House and It Must be Love.
Silver Back
Silver Back 16 dias atrás
Madness's most successful period was from 1980 to 1986, when the band's songs spent a total of 214 weeks on the UK Singles Chart. (UB40 shared the same number of weeks, the largest for any British group in the decade, but over a longer period.) Madness have had 15 singles reach the UK top ten, including "One Step Beyond", "Baggy Trousers" and "It Must Be Love", one UK number-one single "House of Fun" and two number ones in Ireland, "House of Fun" and "Wings of a Dove"
Jack Wezesa
Jack Wezesa 3 horas atrás
Madness basically went unnoticed here in the US. We did enjoy the English Beat & the Specials though!
Alain Berlaty
Alain Berlaty 3 dias atrás
Great selection! By the way.
Rustyhguitar1
Rustyhguitar1 2 meses atrás
An Australian band “Pseudo Echo” did a killer cover of “Funkytown”. It had an edge and a life to it that lifted it above the Lipps Inc original.
John D
John D 9 dias atrás
I still like the Lipps Inc. version best. Back in the day I was put off by the Pseudo Echo guitarist flipping the bird while fretting his guitar in the video.
F U
F U 2 meses atrás
But it didn't have the lovely blonde girl dancing in the video.. Women aside, i liked the Pseudo's version a lot back then, i had it on a hits-compilation, which were popular back then. Of course i didn't know it was a cover because i was a teen.
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Horologic Rannygazoo
Horologic Rannygazoo 2 meses atrás
I never really liked that song, either version. But Pseudo Echo has some fantastic songs that were not hits in the US. "Stranger In Me" is still one of my favorite New Wave songs, and "Over Tomorrow" is a great hair metal song, if you dig that sort of thing (which I do).
X
X 2 meses atrás
You're kidding. That version sucks.
Mike Jones
Mike Jones 2 dias atrás
Ok been wondering when good music died now I know it was the 80’s. Music really fell off from the 70’s to the 80’s
Marty Reynolds
Marty Reynolds 3 dias atrás
Because of the 80s music, many people started to fall in love with country music! 80s music sucks!!
Bobby Gzzz
Bobby Gzzz Dia atrás
Awesome songs...i wud listen as i drove my 84 trans am with the t tops out blastin these tunes...my friend young sister wud listen with me to these songs...years ago..recently i learned about her having mental issues...was going to go visit her n talk n listen to these songs...but as most we r busy with this n that..n i put it off...n 1 nite she jumped off a tall bldg to her death...i cried cuz i never took the time to visit her...very sad...during these holidays please go out n visit the people u want n need to visit dont push it off til later...LATER MITE BE TO LATE...
ThatGuyWalter
ThatGuyWalter Dia atrás
What Makes This Song Great: Information Society - What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) 🙏
Green Grass
Green Grass 2 meses atrás
I would definitely put Major Tom (Coming Home) by Peter Schilling on here. That’s a GREAT song with a GREAT chorus.
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M M
M M Mês atrás
He missed one of the best songs from the 80s called Imagination by Belouis some!!!
Juergen Nieveler
Juergen Nieveler Mês atrás
​@Will S Indeed, Terra Titanic for example did quite well
Aaron Howard
Aaron Howard 2 meses atrás
Nice pick!
Will S
Will S 2 meses atrás
Peter had more than one hit, including another song on the charts...
Feljima Hill
Feljima Hill 14 horas atrás
Kim Carnes had Don't fall in love with a dreamer" and Men Without hats had pop goes the world.
Zippydaclown
Zippydaclown 15 dias atrás
I can't say that Deniece Williams was a O-H-W...she had plenty of R&B /Pop hits.
Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson 16 horas atrás
My good friend R Jeff Smith programmed the synth on Funkytown.
Matt Foltz
Matt Foltz Dia atrás
Berlin "Take My Breath Away" should have been in the Top 5.
John Davey
John Davey 2 meses atrás
A rather comprehensive list! Can't argue with any of these songs - as the list was rolling out, I was wondering if Mexican Radio by Wall of Voodoo, or Turning Japanese by the Vapors would show up. Other one hit wonders to consider would be Electric Avenue, Mickey, She Blinded Me with Science, The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades, In a Big Country, or Der Kommissar. You could probably do a top 50 list of One Hit Wonders of the 80s.
Tejay Schwartz
Tejay Schwartz Mês atrás
@lee.simpson They also had hits with Goodbye to you and Beat of a heart
Tejay Schwartz
Tejay Schwartz Mês atrás
@Bill Peschel Springfield had a load of hits
Stoojinator
Stoojinator 2 meses atrás
@Chuck Hutton You keep telling yourself that, Chucky.
Cloudtower Photography
Cloudtower Photography 2 meses atrás
@Doug Robinson Fair enough. In Ireland and the UK, Boys Of Summer was the only hit he had. I guess, for me, that song is the essence of the 80s, which also brought it to mind.
ChalkTalk
ChalkTalk 2 meses atrás
@Scott Atwood No bagpipes - all guitar effects!
JackF
JackF 4 dias atrás
I like the list but it seems like a number of these folks had more than one hit, at least on college/alternative radio.
Declan Hughes
Declan Hughes 25 dias atrás
Take On Me was a hit when it was released for the third time. It peaked at #2 in the UK. A-ha topped the UK singles chart with the follow up single The Sun Always Shines On TV they had many more hit in the UK and Europe afterwards , the A-ha movie was released a few years ago which documented the ups and downs of the band.
Gary Stump Sr
Gary Stump Sr 9 dias atrás
"Take On Me" while one of the catchiest songs of all time, the video was absolutely revolutionary at the time.
Michael Harrison
Michael Harrison 2 dias atrás
Jane Child has such an amazing voice!
Malstrom Johns
Malstrom Johns 24 dias atrás
Dang. You nailed it for the most part dude. I feel like Herbie Hancock, Rockit deserves a spot there. Especially for those of us that were introduced to music via MTV's emergence in the dawn of cable TV and music videos.
Frank Floyd
Frank Floyd 5 dias atrás
Well, he had a few other "hits" (Chameleon, watermelon man, etc)
Chris Rose
Chris Rose 13 dias atrás
I definitely agree Herbie Hancock should have made the list!!
Brian Rutherford
Brian Rutherford 2 meses atrás
Come On Eileen is a masterclass in how to write a catchy song. Its literally all hooks from the fiddle riff, the banjo, the 'Cmon Eileen' backing vocals, the chorus and the breakdown and release. Its an incredible song.
Robert Williams
Robert Williams 2 dias atrás
The follow up was just as catchy.
Dean Doucette
Dean Doucette 17 dias atrás
My favorite song of theirs is “This is What She’s Like” from their 1985 album “Don’t Stand Me Down”. A masterpiece. So much emotion.
Liam Woods
Liam Woods 25 dias atrás
I was 15 years old when Geno was released and rushed out to buy Searching for the Young Soul Rebels. It was fantastic. When Come On Eileen was released I never listened to them again, it still hurts me to listen to today!
Steve Moisan
Steve Moisan Mês atrás
@Lucas Holtgreven I came here to say the same thing - it's an amazing story, and I'm amazed Kevin was never murdered by a band member.
mid2170
mid2170 Mês atrás
Yes, it was sooooo catchy. But that song did NOT hold up over time! I never loved the song, but it was catchy. Now, like Han Reality and Jay Dawg, I can't stand it and want to scratch my ears out. I change the channel as soon as I hear it. As opposed to Voices Carry and Take On Me, both of which I still consider great songs and have on my play list.
Lisa Bailes
Lisa Bailes 24 dias atrás
I sat on the edge of my seat waiting of "Our House" and "Come on Eileen." I did not even think of "Take On Me" since I was sure they had had more than one hit. It is most definitely worthy of #1. Excellent choices!!
bzdtemp
bzdtemp 16 dias atrás
Weird that A-Ha only had one #1 hit in the US. I looked it up and they had three Top50 hits in the US, but worldwide they have sold more than 100 million albums, they played before 198 thousand people at a concert in Rio...
PopOff!
PopOff! 17 dias atrás
Madness definitely not a one hit wonder even in the states (It's Must Be Love). Same for a-ha well most of these acts really.
Rob McDougall
Rob McDougall Dia atrás
I see Men Without Hats about once a year (pre covid anyway). They have some other great songs, but they play Safety Dance twice Lol
JD Perkins
JD Perkins 2 dias atrás
DEVO was not a one hit wonder band. Girl U Want, Satisfaction, Through Being Cool, Jerkin' Back 'N' Forth, Freedom of Choice, and Working in a Coal Mine. I could keep going.
redeemed in Christ
I'm surprised you didn't mention break my stride by Matthew wilder
Jack Wezesa
Jack Wezesa 3 horas atrás
AWFUL!!
Miles Davies
Miles Davies 2 meses atrás
I wouldn't describe Madness as One Hit Wonders Rick! Here in the UK they were massive in the 80s - one hit after another
MattieBoy
MattieBoy 14 dias atrás
Yeah I thought the same thing. DEVO too. Just roll with it.
Ken.f.c.
Ken.f.c. Mês atrás
Yer right there
Paul Shuttleworth
Paul Shuttleworth Mês atrás
To not even mention how massive Madness are and just gloss over it is pretty insulting really. Disappointing Rick.
Anna Traustadottir
Anna Traustadottir 2 meses atrás
@alangil40 Well Madness had hits on many albums in Europe
alangil40
alangil40 2 meses atrás
I think One Hit Wonder can refer to one hit album even if that album produced more than one hit song. And the term would not apply if said band achieved hits on successive albums.
VanillaThunder
VanillaThunder 13 dias atrás
I read something interesting about John Waite…he had a hit with “The Babys”, as a solo artist and as the singer of Bad English. Pretty versatile guy.
Locutus
Locutus 8 dias atrás
Yes, I am surprised he was on this list. The Baby's had a lot of songs on rock radio back in late 70's early 80's. I saw him live a few years ago, he is late 60's and still sounds great.
Levi Bunyan
Levi Bunyan Dia atrás
Madness as a one hit wonder is blasphemy! Baggy Trousers is arguably a much bigger song!
Jack Wezesa
Jack Wezesa 4 horas atrás
Till Tuesday had 5 charted singles!
Neon Signs
Neon Signs 3 dias atrás
Madness, A-HA and A Flock of Seagulls have massive songs definitely they are not one hit wonders.
Eric Whitehead
Eric Whitehead 2 meses atrás
"She blinded me with science" was a big one growing up. Great list!
Tom Fratello
Tom Fratello Mês atrás
Thomas Dolby also had a hit with "Hyperactive" (1984).
txdrummer5150
txdrummer5150 21 dia atrás
I swear The Outfield would be on that list. Often overlooked but they were such a huge part of the 80's. I have always thought Til Tuesday deserved way more than they ever received. Amy's vocal on Voices Carry is other worldly amazing. Hell, her guest vocal on RUSH's Time Stand Still is incredible! Great list Rick. Asia, Scandal, and Quarterflash are tunes that, immediately take me back to the best decade of music ever. All the best sir!
Chris
Chris 6 dias atrás
The Outfield had LOTS of great songs
Ambra
Ambra 9 dias atrás
@Richard Hohenthaner oh wow - didn't know it was on TT already
Ambra
Ambra 9 dias atrás
There it is! I watch YT on my smart TV and grabbed my phone to mention The Outfield. _Your Love_ is one of those songs that everyone knows. Young kids and teens may not know exactly which movie/show/commercial/theme park/restaurant/sporting event etc. they first heard it, but it would be difficult to find someone who doesn't know that song
MattieBoy
MattieBoy 14 dias atrás
Yeah, i forgot about Quarterflash.
Familyfor ValuesFight
Familyfor ValuesFight 18 dias atrás
Dude- he has likes don’t hate on him- best produced channel..
Themistocles
Themistocles 18 dias atrás
Genius of Love from the Tom Tom Club, led by former Talking Heads bandmates (and real life wife and husband Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz). I think it's an iconic one-hit wonder song. It's so iconic even Mariah Carey sampled it.
Jack Wezesa
Jack Wezesa 3 horas atrás
Good BASS !
Jeff Brewitt
Jeff Brewitt 3 dias atrás
And currently, Latto sampled it
Rich Wigstone
Rich Wigstone 5 dias atrás
I just wanted to tell you Rick, how much my friend and I love your stuff. When I get into a depressed state, and have trouble wanting to play and write, all I have to do is put one of your videos on. It doesn't matter if it's an interview, 20 top what ever, or my favorite "What makes this song great". All I have to do is listen to your vast array of subjects, realizing what a great musician you are, and all of a sudden, I feel like being creative. You remind me what it is about music, and, creating that I love. Don't ever stop. You affect people a thousand different ways.
Noah
Noah 17 dias atrás
You inspired me to go back to my 80's library and I did find a semi-one hit wonder "At This Moment" by Billy Vera & the Beaters ... such a wonderful song and wonderful saxophone play for a truly memorable song from 1981 :)
Christine C
Christine C 8 dias atrás
How many of us cried when it appeared on "Family Ties"?!?! 80's kids know that episode!
Vlrissolo
Vlrissolo 25 dias atrás
Come On Eileen in my opinion is definitely number one! Nothing I've ever heard sounds like that song and it is so catchy I listen to it regularly and I'm 61 freaking years old!
Dean Doucette
Dean Doucette 17 dias atrás
Check out their second album. Love “This is What She’s Like”.
C Arch
C Arch 5 dias atrás
Eddie Murphy's Party All the Time was a huge hit on the dance floors of the 80s
Themistocles
Themistocles 18 dias atrás
The Vapors "Turning Japanese" is so 80s, so loud and so one-hit wonder. And I might also add to the mix When in Rome's "The Promise", the awkward song ending a very awkward but beautifully funny movie Napoleon Dynamite.
Anne Wyatt
Anne Wyatt 12 dias atrás
Donnie Iris was in Wild Cherry. He still performs at the age of 79. I saw him in this past summer in Akron. He can still wail to Ah Leah it was a fantastic fun concert. I highly recommend anyone to see him.
0329Christine
0329Christine 5 dias atrás
@Shawn McLaughlin Yeah, Donnie Iris is from the Pittsburgh metro area. He's a legend here. But he had some great songs!
Shawn McLaughlin
Shawn McLaughlin 5 dias atrás
@0329Christine I never heard that song here in the PNW. I only know is exists because of research after the fact. I think it charted but a huge concentration of its radio exposure and sales was in the Northern Midwest area and Pennsylvania. But, technically, you are right. Rick listed some others that weren’t the only charting hits of the artist, however.
0329Christine
0329Christine 5 dias atrás
Don’t forget “Love is Like a Rock.”
Shawn McLaughlin
Shawn McLaughlin 8 dias atrás
He also had a big hit, “The Rapper” in the early ‘70s as part of the group The Jaggerz. His stint with Wild Cherry was brief and post-“Funky Music.”
James Parker
James Parker 2 meses atrás
“In a Big Country” by the band Big Country is a great guitar tune that doesn’t get a lot of love!
J Wargo
J Wargo 2 meses atrás
It's also a huge ear worm. Just by reading your comment I now have the song stuck in my head.
blown22
blown22 2 meses atrás
Fields of Fire is arguably a better song. It was a bigger hit in the UK than In a BIg Country.
Kennis and Jerry
Kennis and Jerry 2 meses atrás
My favorite one hit wonder from the 80's. That guitar riff almost sounds like electric bagpipes!
David Mueller
David Mueller 2 meses atrás
Still touring too, in UK.
RockbertoRocks
RockbertoRocks 7 horas atrás
Katrina and the Waves was not a one hit wonder. They were a great band with other hit songs... Going Down To Liverpool, Red Wine & Whiskey, Que Te Quiero
Carmen Sandiego
Carmen Sandiego 14 dias atrás
This list is just not complete without 1981's Genius of Love by TomTom Club, a song sampled in damn near every year of every decade since.
John D
John D 7 dias atrás
@Carmen Sandiego I think I only got into them because I was living in New York at the time. And even then then, Wordy Rappinghood was a bit of a deep cut. I just really like it. :)
Carmen Sandiego
Carmen Sandiego 8 dias atrás
@John D Nice, I don't know if Wordy charted as high. I didn't think of it as a second hit, at least not on the west coast.
John D
John D 9 dias atrás
I still have Genius of Love and Wordy Rappinghood on my playlists today.
K5WXP
K5WXP 26 dias atrás
Wow! Haven't heard Jane Child in forever. That song would pack a dance floor every time! There's a live performance of 'Til Tuesday's "Voices Carry"on BRvid, and Aimee Mann rocks it. She carries herself with grace and rock goddess-ness. If that's even a word. 😆 Love your videos, Rick!
PVK Oz
PVK Oz 17 dias atrás
I was a crazy mad fan of Devo from the very beginning. Love 'em.
Danny Spitzer
Danny Spitzer 2 meses atrás
"Ah Leah" by Donnie Iris needs to be on there ! Also "The Promise" by When in Rome
Don Dee
Don Dee Mês atrás
Is Donnie Iris back on the street? (A joke reference based on that album's title.) "Ah Leah" is a great song.
Rob Learned
Rob Learned 2 meses atrás
Research is your friend when your memory is your enemy. Yes, I forgot about Love is Like a Rock.
shyman99
shyman99 2 meses atrás
@Rob Learned - Donnie will get a laugh that you called him a one-hit wonder when he had a bigger hit than "Ah Leah" called "My Girl". He also hit the top 40 with another single called "Love Is Like A Rock". Research is your friend.
Rob Learned
Rob Learned 2 meses atrás
Great catch ! Ah Leah is a monster of a song!!! Truly a one hit wonder.
Ingrid Brinkert
Ingrid Brinkert 2 meses atrás
Agree. Great tune. Some awesome lyrics....”you’re looking better than a bodyhas the right too”
Aaron K
Aaron K Dia atrás
If you are in your mid 40s to mid 60s and don't know all of these songs, have you really lived?
MsSawfiler
MsSawfiler 23 dias atrás
The Kings -This beat goes on/Switching to glide one of my all time favourites, got to meet the band when they were backing up 38 special, after their set they went to the bar and we joined the band members as we watched 38 special together. What a great evening, one ill never forget these guys were awesome!
Michael Wood
Michael Wood 4 dias atrás
After hearing Men without Hats (I knew Alan McCarthy, the keyboard player), Corey Hart's "I wear my sunglasses at night" popped into my mind as a one-hit wonder.
Mh3llancholic
Mh3llancholic Dia atrás
Not a one hit wonder dude!!
Robert Williams
Robert Williams 2 dias atrás
The Boy In The Box was a hit for Corey Hart....as well as Never Surrender.....so he is NOT a one hit wonder.
Rambo Moore
Rambo Moore 22 dias atrás
'Til Tuesday -Voices Carry is one of my all time favorite songs. Vocals, instruments, synths, lyrics, video and image! Incredible!
Joel Wright
Joel Wright 2 meses atrás
Great list. I have most of these on my 80s mix. I’d like to nominate “What I Am” by Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians for consideration. It was their only top 40 hit. Love that song.
Robert Wiles
Robert Wiles 2 meses atrás
@MGsteveR I still listen to shooting rubberbands quite often. Edie was from my neighborhood in Dallas, her stepmom signed the paychecks in the payroll office at my first job when i was a teenager. Good times! She gave it all up to marry Paul Simon. The New Bohemians story is actually kind of tragic, but they are back together now and have had several recent albums. DEEP ELLUM REPRAZENT!!!!
borgthederanged
borgthederanged 2 meses atrás
Ah, that was a great one! Heard it all the time!
Zeit Geist
Zeit Geist 2 meses atrás
I think Pee Wee Herman's "I Know What You Are But What Am I" is a much better song than Edie Brickell's "What I am". It has a catchier hook, a very distinctive intro, a bridge with modulation, and unexpectedly original choruses ("choruses" or "chori" ?) It really hit The Big Top.
Zeit Geist
Zeit Geist 2 meses atrás
@Flea 2.0 Bjorgen Edie Brickell and her Popeye song really killed back then.
Flea 2.0 Bjorgen
Flea 2.0 Bjorgen 2 meses atrás
It was Edie Brickell and New Bohemians. No “the”
Lenaisfat
Lenaisfat 15 dias atrás
#1 true 1 hit wonder of the 80s that nobody seems to remember is She’s A Beauty by the Tubes.
Robert Williams
Robert Williams 2 dias atrás
Once again...the Tubes had quite a few hits. So no, they are not a one hit wonder.
Ed Rimeikis
Ed Rimeikis 2 dias atrás
Tubes were definitely not a one hit wonder
Stan Takara
Stan Takara 4 dias atrás
Guitar solo is awesome in this song!
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