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Subject: Chart Action: Billboard's One Hit Wonders of the 80's

Written By: whistledog on 09/12/05 at 12:22 pm

Based on the American Billboard Hot 100, here's a list of artists who only had 1 hit appear into the charts.  The chart positions appear in the brackets.  Some of these artists have had other hits in other countries, or other hits as part of bands (ie: Glenn Shorrock, Mike Reno, Robin Zander, John Taylor, etc ...), but on their own / in America, they were all one hit wonders. 

The songs in blue are ones that reached the top 40
The red words differentiate which was the one hit wonder in a duet

I know what all of these songs sound like, and I gotta say, some of them shouldn't have been hits ;D

- 1980 -

All Night Thing - Invisible Man's Band
Ashes By Now - Rodney Crowell
Back of My Hand (I've Got Your Number) - The Jags
Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll - Vaugh Mason and Crew
Brite Eyes - Robbin Thompson Band
Cars - Gary Numan
Computer Game - Yellow Magic Orchestra    
Darlin' - Yipes
Don't Cry For Me Argentina - Festival
Don't Misunderstand Me - Rossington Collins Band
Don't Say No - Billy Burnette
Don't Want No-Body - JD Drews
Everybodys Got to Learn Sometime - The Korgis
First Be A Woman - Lenore O'Malley
Goodnight My Love - Mike Pinera
Gypsy Spirit - Pendulum
Help Me - Marcy Levy (duet with Robin Gibb) Marcy Levy was the 1 hit wonder here
High on Your Love - Debbie Jacobs
Honey, Honey - David Hudson
How Do I Survive - Amy Holland
I Believe in You - Don Williams
I Don't Like Mondays - Boomtown Rats
I Don't Want to be Lonely - Dana Valery
I Got You - Split Enz
I Love Women - Jim Hurt
I Only Want to Be With You - Tourists
I Wish I Was 18 Again - George Burns
Into the Night - Benny Mardones
Ive Just Begun to Love You - Dynasty
Just For the Moment - Ray Kennedy
Killin' Time - Susan Anton (duet with Fred Knoblock) Susan Anton was the 1 hit wonder here
King of the Hill - Rick Pinette (featuring Oak)
Leaving LA - Deliverance
Let Me Be - Korona
Let's Be Lovers Again - Valerie Carter (duet with Eddie Money) Valerie Carter was the 1 hit wonder here
Let's Do Something Cheap and Superficial - Burt Reynolds
Love and Loneliness - The Motors
Love on the Phone - Suzanne Fellini
Merry Christmas in the NFL - Willis Vigorish
Mirage - Eric Troyer
My Mistake - Kingbees
On the Rebound - Russ Ballard
Once A Night - Jackie English
One Life to Live - Wayne Massey
Only A Lonely Heart Sees - Felix Cavaliere
Only the Lonely - La Flavour
Peanut Butter - Twennynine featuring Lenny White
Pilot of the Airwaves - Charlie Dore
Real Love - Cretones
Scandel - RCR
Seasons - Grace Slick
Shotgun Rider - Joe Sun
Solitaire - Peter McIan
Stay in Time - Off Broadway
Switchin' to Glide - The Kings
Takin it Back - Breathless
Teacher Teacher - Rockpile
Turning Japanese - The Vapors
Voice of Freedom - Jim Kirk and the TM Singers
What Can You Get A Wookie For - Star Wars Intergalactic Droid Choir
When Things Go Wrong - Robin Lane and the Chartbusters
Who Shot JR - Gary Burbank with Band McNally
Who Were You Thinking Of - Dandy and the Doolittle Band
Who'll Be the Fool Tonight - Larsen Feiten Band
You and Me - Rockie Robbins


- 1981 -

96 Tears – Garland Jeffries
All I Have to Do is Dream – Victoria Principal (duet with Andy Gibb) Victoria Principal was the 1 hit wonder here
American Memories – Shamus M’ Cool
Back to the Sixties – Tight Fit
Bon Bon Vie – TS Monk
Can’t Hold Back – Kano
Ch Ch Cherie – Johnny Average Band
Double Dutch Bus – Frankie Smith
Fantastic Voyage – Lakeside
Fly Away – Peter Allen
General Hospi-tale – Afternoon Delights
Heavy Metal – Don Felder
Hooked on Classics – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
I Have the Skill – Sherbs
I Surrender – Arlan Day
It’s My Party – Dave Stewart and Barbra Gaskin
Just Like Paradise – Larry John McNally
Just So Lonely – Get Wet
Keeping Our Love Alive – Henry Paul Band
Let Me Go – Rings
Little Darlin’ – Sheila
Love Light – Yutaka
Love You Like I Never Loved Before – John O’Banion
Lovin’ the Night Away – Dillman Band
Nicole – Point Blank
Not Fade Away – Eric Hine
One More Night – Streek
Pay You Back With Interest – Gary O
Playing With Lightning – Shot in the Dark
Precious to Me – Phil Seymour
Proud – Joe Chemay
Rain in May – Max Werner
Ready For Love – Silverado
Right Away – Hawks
Rock ‘N Roll Dreams Come Through – Jim Steinman
Sausalito Summernight – Diesel
Seasons – Charles Fox
Seven Tear Ache – Rosanne Cash
Shaddap You Face – Joe Dolce
Stay Awake – Ronnie Laws
Summer 81 – Cantina Band
Sweet Baby – Stanley Clarke (duet with George Duke) Stanley Clarke was the 1 hit wonder here
Theme From Raging Bull – Joel Diamond
Toccata – Sky
Very Special – Debra Laws
Walking Into Sunshine – Central Line
Walking on Thin Ice – Yoko Ono (as a solo artist)
What She Does to Me – Producers
Where’s Your Angel – Lani Hall
WKRP in Cincinnati – Steve Carlisle
You Could Take My Heart Away – Silver Condor


- 1982 -

After I Cry Tonight – Lanier and Company
All Touch – Rough Trade
Beg, Borrow or Steal – Hughes, Thrall
Cutie Pie – One Way
Don’t Run My Life – The Spys
Don’t Stop Trying – Rodway
Don’t Talk – Larry Lee
Forever – Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul
Holdin’ On – Tane Cain
Hooked on Bing Bands – Frank Barber Orchestra
Hooked on Swing – Larry Elgart and His Manhattan Swing Orchestra
How Can I Live Without Her – Christopher Atkins
I Know There’s Something Going On – Frida
I Know What Boys Like – Waitresses
If I Had My Wish Tonight – David Lasley
If it Ain’t One Thing It’s Another – Richard Dimples Fields
If the Love Fits Wear it – Leslie Pearl
Love Plus One - Haircut One Hundred
Make Up Your Mind – Aurra
Mama Used to Say – Junior
Murphy’s Law – Cheri
Nobody – Sylvia
On A Carousel – Glass Moon
Pac-Man Fever – Buckner and Garcia
Papa Was A Rolling Stone – Bill Wolfer
Planet Rock – Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force
Please Don’t Stop Me Baby – Boys Band
Seasons of Gold – Gidea Park featuring Adrian Baker
She Looks A lot Like You – Clocks
Sleepwalk – Larry Carlton
Someday, Someway – Marshall Crenshaw
The Gigolo – O’Bryan
The Message – Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five
Too Good to Turn Back – Rick Bowles
Valley Girl – Moon and Frank Zappa
Voice on the Radio – Conductor
What About Me – Moving Pictures
What Do All the People Know – Monroes
What if I Said I Love You – Unipop
You Can – Madleen Kane
Your Daddy Don’t Know – Toronto


- 1983 -

A Million Miles Away – Plimsouls
Baby I Lied – Deborah Allen
Bad, Bad Billy – Snuff
Canvas of Life – Minor Detail
China – Red Rockers
Count on Me – Gerard McMahon
Do it Again Billie Jean Medley – Club House
Don’t Girls Get Lonely – Glenn Shorrock
Drop the Pilot – Joan Armatrading
Electric Kingdom – Twilight 22
Fade Away – Loz Netto
I Couldn’t Say No – Robert Ellis Orral with Carlene Carter
I Eat Cannibals – Total Coelo
If Love Should Go – The Streets
It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls
Just Got Lucky – JoBoxers
Just One More Time – Headpins
Keep it Tight – Single Bullet Theory
Let Me Go – Heaven 17
Mexican Radio – Wall of Voodoo
Midnight Blue – Louise Tucker
Never Tell An Angel (When Your Heart’s On Fire) – Stompers
Night Pulse – Double Image
Please Mr. Postman – Gentle Persuasion
Puttin’ on the Ritz – Taco
Rappin’ Rodney – Rodney Dangerfield
Reap the Wild Wind – Ultravox
Shiny Shiny – Haysi Fantaysee
Should I Love You – Cee Farrow
Solid Rock – Goanna
State of the Nation – Industry
Stop Doggin’ Me Around – Klique
Take Away – Big Ric
The Curly Shuffle – Jump ‘N the Saddle
The Salt in My Tears – Martin Briley
What You Do to Me – Carl Wilson
When I’m With You – Sheriff
Where Everybody Knows Your Name – Gary Portnoy
Who’s Behind the Door – Zebra
Why Me – Planet P
Words – FR David


- 1984 -

10-9-8 – Face to Face
99½ - Carol Lynn Townes
A Girl in Trouble (is A Temporary Thing) – Romeo Void
Almost Paradise – Mike Reno (duet with Ann Wilson) Mike Reno was the 1 hit wonder here
Anywhere With You – Rubber Rodeo
Baby Come Back – Billy Rankin
Beatstreet Breakdown – Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five
Black Stations–White Stations – Martha + the Muffins
Blue Light – David Gilmour
Body Rock – Maria Vidal
Breakin’ … There’s No Stopping Us – Ollie and Jerry
Breaking Up is Hard on You – American Comedy Network
Can’t Let Go – Michael Finnegan (duet with Stephen Stills) Michael Finnegan was the 1 hit wonder here
Centipede – Rebbie Jackson
Cleanin’ Up the Town – The Bus Boys
Do You Love Me – Andy Fraser
Don’t Do Me – Randy Bell
Don’t Look Any Further – Dennis Edwards
Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid
Each Word’s A Beat of My Heart – Mink DeVille
Flashes – Tiggi Clay
Fools Like Me – Lorenzo Lamas
Had A Dream (Sleeping With the Enemy) – Roger Hodgson
Heart Don’t Lie – LaToya Jackson
Heaven (Must Be There) – Eurogliders
High Energy – Evelyn Thomas
I Cry Just A Little Bit – Shakin’ Stevens
In the Name of Love – Ralph MacDonald (duet with Bill Withers) Ralph MacDonald was the 1 hit wonder here
Jam on It – Newcleus
Love Again – Sylvia Vartan (duet with John Denver) Sylvia Vartan was the 1 hit wonder here
Love Songs Are Back Again – Band of Gold
Loverboy – Karen Kamon
Make My Day - TG Sheppard with Clint Eastwood Although his voice was only sampled, Clint Eastwood was the 1 hit wonder here
Rain – Dragon
Say Hello to Ronnie – Janey Street
Sex Shooter – Apollonia 6
Smalltown Boy – Bronski Beat
So You Ran – Orion the Hunter
Somebody Else’s Guy – Jocelyn Brown
Something’s on Your Mind – D Train
Straight From the Heart (Into Your Life) – Coyote Sisters
Strangers in A Strange World – Patrick Jude (duet with Jenny Burton)   Patrick Jude was the 1 hit wonder here
Taxi – J. Blackfoot
Terms of Endearment – Michael Gore
The Last Time I Made Love – Joyce Kennedy (duet with Jeffrey Osborne) Joyce Kennedy was the 1 hit wonder here
Tonight is What it Means to Be Young – Fire Inc
Tragedy – John Hunter
Turn Up the Radio – Autograph
Video – Jeff Lynne
Whisper to A Scream (Birds Fly) – Icicle Works
White Horse – Laid Back
Whiter Shade of Pale – Hagar, Schon, Aaronson, Shrieve
Wouldn’t it Be Good - Nik Kershaw


- 1985 -

(Come On) Shout – Alex Brown
All of Me For All of You – 9.9
Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer
Beat’s So Lonely – Charlie Sexton
Black Kisses Never Make You Blue – Curtie & the Boombox
Burning Glame – Vitamin Z
Cry – Godley and Crème
Dancin’ in the Key of Life – Steve Arrington
Everybody Dance – Ta Mara and the Seen
Friends-Five Minutes of Funk – Whodini
Go For Soda – Kim Mitchell
Hangin’ on A String – Loose Ends
Heartline – Robin George
Hold Me – Menudo
I’ll Be Around – What is This?
Information – Eric Martin
Kayleigh – Marillion
Let’s Go Out Tonight – Nile Rodgers
Look My Way – Vels
Love and Pride – King
Miami Vice – Jan Hammer
One in A Million – Eddie & the Tide
One Night in Bangkok – Robey
Roxanne, Roxanne – UTFO
Running Back – Urgent
Save the Night For Me – Maureen Steele
Screams of Passion – The Family
Sounds of Your Voice – Jon Butcher Axis
Square Rooms – Al Corley
Stacy – Fortune
Steady – Jules Shear
Summertime Girls – Y&T
Sun City – Artists United Against Apartheid
We Are the World – USA For Africa
When Your Heart is Weak – Coc.k Robin
Yo Little Brother – Nolan Thomas
You Look Mahvelous – Billy Crystal
You’re the Only Love – Paul Hyde and the Payola$ Paul Hyde also had a solo duet hit with fellow PAyola$ member Bob Rock


- 1986 -

(I Know) I’m Losing You – Uptown
A Good Heart – Feargal Sharkey
Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But the Rent – Gwen Guthrie
Am I Forgiven – Isle of Man
Baby Love – Regina
Dancin’ in My Sleep – Secret Ties
Digging Your Scene – Blow Monkeys
Do Me Baby – Meli’sa Morgan
Don Quichote – Magazine 60
Facts of Love – Jeff Lorber (featuring Karyn White) Jeff Lorber was the 1 hit wonder here
Feel the Heat – Jean Beauvoir
Female Intuition – Mai Tai
Fire With Fire – Wild Blue
For Tonight – Nancy Martinez
Friends and Lovers – Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson
Hands Across America – Voices of America
I Do What I Do – John Taylor
I Like You – Phyllis Nelson
I Still Want You – Del Fuegos
I Wanna Be A Cowboy – Boys Don’t Cry
It’s Not You, It’s Not Me – KBC Band
Jungle Boy – John Eddie
Live is Life – Opus
Living on Video – Trans-X
Love in Siberia – Laban
One Step (Closer to You) – Gavin Christopher
Out of Mind, Out of Sight – The Models
Paramoinia - Art of Noise w/ Max Headroom Max Headroom was the 1 hit wonder here LOL
Prove Me Wrong – David Pack
Right Between the Eyes – Wax
Rumours – Timex Social Club
Runaway – Luis Cardenas
Say It, Say It – EG Daily
Somebody Somewhere – Platinum Blonde
Spirit in the Sky – Doctor and the Medics
Stairway to Heaven – Far Corporation
Stay the Night – Benjamin Orr
The Captain of Her Heart – Double
The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades – Timbuk 3
The Rain – Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
The Superbowl Shuffle – Chicago Bears Shufflin’ Crew
This is the World Calling – Bob Geldof
Victory Line – Limited Warranty
Weatherman – Nick Jameson
Where Are You Now – Synch


- 1987 -

American Dream – Simon F
As We Lay – Shirley Murdock
Boom Boom (Let’s Go Back to My Room) – Paul Lekakis
Boy Toy – Tia
Certain Things Are Likely – KTP
Crazy World – Big Trouble
Dear Mr. Jesus – Powersource, Sharon Batts
Dirty Water – Rock and Hyde Both were also other one hit wonders as The Payola$
Don’t Tell Me the Time – Martha Davis
Fascinated – Company B
Follow You – Glen Burtnick
Guaranteed For Life – Millions Like Us
Heart and Soul – T’Pau
Hold Me – Colin James Hay
Hot Hot Hot – Buster Poindexter and His Banshees of Blue
Kick the Wall – Jimmy Davis and Junction
Kiss You (When It’s Dangerous) – Eight Seconds
Lies – Jonathan Butler
Love is Contagious – Taja Sevelle
Make it Mean Something – Rob Jungklas
Mary’s Prayer – Danny Wilson
Misfit – Curiosity Killed the Cat
Montego Bay – Amazulu
Oh Yeah – Yello
One Simple Thing – Stabilizers
Primitive Love Rites – Mondo Rock
Pump Up the Volumne – M/A/R/R/S
Reservations For Two – Kashif (duet with Dionne Warwick) Kashif was the 1 hit wonder here
Ronnie’s Rapp – Ron and the DC Crew
Serious – Donna Allen
She’s Like the Wind – Patrick Swayze with Wendy Fraser
Ship of Fools (Save Me From Tomorrow) – World Party
Should I See – Frozen Ghost
Show Me – Cover Girls
Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend) – Mel and Kim
Shy Boys – Ana
So Much For Love – Venetians
Soul City – Partland Brothers
Summertime, Summertime – Nocera
Sweet Rachel – Beau Coup
That’s Freedom – Tom Kimmel
The Honeythief – Hipsway
Want You For My Girlfriend – 4 By Four
Waterfall – Wendy and Lisa
We’ve Only Just Begun (The Romance is Not Over) – Glenn Jones
Weapons of Love – Truth
You and Me Tonight – Deja


- 1988 -

Anchorage – Michelle Shocked
Are You Sure – So
Black Leather – Kings of the Sun
Breakaway – Big Pig
Broken Land – The Adventures
Cars With the Boom – L’Trimm
Da’Butt – EU
Dancing Under A Latin Moon – Candi
Doctorin’ the Tardis – The Timelords
Don’t Break My Heart – Romeo’s Daughter
Don’t Walk Away – Toni Childs
Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
Get it On – Kingdom Come
Got A New Love – Good Question
Heart Don’t Fail Me Now – Holly Knight
Hey Mambo – Kid Creole and the Coconuts (duet with Barry Manilow) Kid Creole and the Coconuts were the one hit wonders here
I Heard it Through the Grapevine – The California Raisins
I Remember Holding You – Boys Club
I Want to Be Your Property – Blue Mercedes
Jack the Lad – 3 Man Island
Jackie – Blue Zone UK
Live it Up – Gardner Cole
Long Way to Love – Britny Fox
Love Changes (Everything) – Climie Fisher
Make it Last Forever – Jacci McGhee with Keith Sweat Jacci McGhee was the 1 hit wonder here
My Girl – Suave
Perfect – Fairground Attraction
Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls – Book of Love
Ritual – Dan Reed Network
Samantha (What You Gonna Do) – Cellarful of Noise
Savin’ Myself – Eria Fachin
Surrender to Me – Robin Zander and Ann Wilson Robin Zander was the 1 hit wonder here
Tell That Girl to Shut Up – Transvision Vamp
Thanks For My Child – Cheryl ‘Pepsii’ Riley
The Great Commandment – Camouflage
The Only Way is Up – Yazz and the Plastic Population
Theme From S-Express – S-Express
Tomorrow People – Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
Turn Off the Lights – World Class Wreckin Cru
Under the Milky Way – The Church
When I’m With You – Sheriff
When Will I Be Famous – Bros
You Don’t Know – Scarlett and Black


- 1989 -

Come Out Fighting – Easterhouse
Congratilations – Vesta
Cuddle Toy (Feel For Me) – Roachford
Dancing in Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop) – Q-Feel
Dear God – Midge Ure
Don’t Close Your Eyes – Kix
Downtown – One 2 Many
Electric Boogie – Marcia Griffiths
French Kiss – Lil’ Louis
Gimme Your Good – Diving For Pearls
Halleluiah Man – Love and Money
Heaven Help Me – Deon Estus (duet with George Michael) Deon Estus was the 1 hit wonder here
I Can’t Face the Fact – Gina Go-Go
I Don’t Want A Lover – Texas
I’ll Be You – The Replacements
If You Leave Me Now – Jaya
Into the Night – Benny Mardones
Lay Down Your Arms – Graces
Love Cries – Stage Dolls
Love Train – Holly Johnson
Moonlight on Water – Kevin Raleigh
My One Temptation – Mica Paris
Name and Number – Big Noise
Oh Daddy – Adrian Belew
On the Line – Tangier
Owwww – Chunky A
Realistic – Shirley Lewis
Right and Hype – Abstrac’
Right Back Where We Started From – Sinitta
Run to Paradise – Choirboys
Serious Kinda Girl – Christopher Max
Sincerely Yours – Romeo JD with Sweet Sensation Romeo JD was the 1 hit wonder here
Stop! – Sam Brown
Tears Run Rings – Marc Almond
That’s When I Think of You – 1927
The Mayor of Simpleton – XTC
The Way to Your Heart – Soulsister
This Time – Kiara (duet with Shanice)
Tribute (Right On) – The Pasadenas
Wait For You – Bonham
Walkin’ Shoes – Tora Tora
What About Me – Moving Pictures
When the Radio is On – Paul Shaffer
Where Are You Now – Synch
You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet – Figures on A Beach


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