20 One Hit Wonders and Rhythms of the 80's
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20 One Hit Wonders and Rhythms of the 80's

20 One Hit Wonders and Rhythms of the 80Â’s
          "One Hit Wonder" is a catch phrase for a singer or band which made a single hit song all through their musical career. This collection are selected songs from the 80's which represent the masterpieces of individual singers and bands prior to their exit on the stage or their major hits in the latter years of their stay in the music industry. I hope it could stir back memories to inspire us to face our present with greater hope in life. 

Devo- Whip It (1980)  -    American band Devo released this hit single in 1980 which reached no. 14 on Billboard Hot 100 and became their only hit single.

The Vapors – Turning Japanese (1980)       From The Vapors’s album “New Clear Days” this was their only most popular song which was made controversial by the rumor that it describes about a male’s face during masturbation which the band strongly denied.

Lipps Inc. – Funkytown (1980)    -   This song reached no. 1 on US Billboard Hot 100 and dance charts in 1980 and became Lipps Inc. Only Top 40 hit song.

Toni Basil – Mickey (1982)     This song was the only hit of singer/choreographer Toni Basil which was based on her infatuation to actor/singer Mickey Dolenz. This single made it to no.1 in Billboard Hot 100 for a week and no. 2 in the UK charts.

Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie (1982)   -   This song was the British group Musical Youth’s only hit from their album “The Youth of Today”. It took the no. 1 slot in the UK singles chart for 3 weeks the year it was released.

Frank Stallone – Far From Over (1983)   -   Performed by Frank Stallone (Sylvester’s younger brother) as theme song for the film “Staying Alive” it peaked to number 10 in Billboard Hot 100 back in 1983. This was Frank’s only hit single.

Michael Sembello- Maniac (1983)     This song was Michael Sembello’s single from the album Bossa Nova Hotel and Flashdance soundtrack. This song reached no. 1 for two weeks in Billboard Hot 100 list of September 1983.

Nena- 99 Luft Balloons (1983)    -   This song was originally in German as sung by singer Nena. Despite in German, the song peaked to no.2 in American Billboard Hot 100 while the English version topped the charts in the UK.

Taco-Puttin On the Ritz (1983)     This song was Taco Ockerse’s only hit song as part of his “After Eight” album based on the original song by Irving Berlin written back in 1929. Taco’s synthpop version earned hit for this song placing it at no. 4 on Billboard Hot 100 chart of September 1983. 

Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax (1983)   -   This song was the band’s (FGTH) debut hit single which was considered one of the most controversial and successful records of the decade (1980).

Jack Wagner – All I Need (1984)       From the album of same title, this song by American actor and singer Jack Wagner became his only top 40 song and that peaked to no. 2 in the Billboard Hot 100 after a year of its release.

Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me (1984)      This song was Rockwell’s debut single which earned him a no.2 slot in Billboard Hot 100 the year of its release. This song features the back-up vocals of Michael Jackson and Jermaine Jackson.

Dead Or Alive- You Spin Me Round (like a record) (1984)    -    This song was the only hit by the British band Dead or Alive. From their album “Youthquake” this song peaked to no. 1 after 17 weeks of its release.

John Parr – St Elmo’s Fire (1985)   -   Included in John Parr’s album “St. Elmo’s Fire” this song also happened to be the soundtrack of the film of the same title. This song topped the Billboard Hot 100 the first week of September 1985.

Chris de Burgh – The Lady In Red (1986)      Included in Chris de Burgh’s album titled “Into the Light” this song became his remarkable hit above the rest of his songs and went to top the charts in the UK the year of its release.

The Outfield – Your Love (1986)     This song was included in The Outfield’s debut album titled “Play Deep”. The song made it to the no. 6 slot on Billboard Hot 100 chart of 1986.

Cutting Crew – I just died In Your Arms (1986)   -   Included in their album “Broadcast”, this song became Cutting Crew’s biggest hit reigning no. 1 in the US, Canada and Norway and making it at top 5 in other countries. The song also reaped the awards as the Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in the 1989 Grammy Awards.

Swing Out Sister – Breakout (1986)    From the album “It’s Better to Travel” this song by Swing Out Sister reached no. 4 in the UK charts in 1986 and no. 1 in the adult contemporary in the US.

JJ Fad- Supersonic (1987)   -   The only hit single from the rap group from California J.J. Fad included in the album of the same title. This song made it to Top 40 and the abum itself became a certified platinum.

Bobby Mc Ferrin _ Don’t Worry be Happy (1988)   -   Released in 1988 this song became the first a capella song to peak at no. 1 in Billboard Hot 100 which it retained for 2 weeks.





















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Comments (7)

Some of the songs brought back memories, others I dont remember at all. So far, the 80s are my favorite decade.

funky town, maniac, luft baloons, relax, lady in red, I just died in your arms tonight and Don't worry be happy used to be on my fav list! Thanks for the nostalgia attack

Being the rock addict that I am, my favorite is Cutting Crew's. But closely following are mickey, relax and 99 balloons:) Great selection!!! Will be back to vote. Stumbled up!

(Go) Mickey. Yep, heard it many times.

That was great, such memories

Great line up! made me smile lots, I remember 'Micky' being on of the songs I danced to at the youth club, still love it now and 'whip it' I still get excited about when I play it (strange that!) not may people know the song, so it must just have been my strangeness at that time! LOL