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Subject: Best 80's One Hit Wonder

Written By: dmfan420 on 05/09/08 at 9:16 pm

I am sure you have prolly done something like this before, but being new here, I would like to revisit if you have done so.

The 80's had so many great, amazing and "terribly bad you have to love it" songs of the 80's. And about 60% of them were one hit wonders.

So, here are some of my favorite one hit wonders.

Shiny Shiny - Haysi Fantayzee
Turning Japanese - The Vapors
Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly) - Icicle Works
Nowhere Girl - B Movie
Mexican Radio - Wall Of Voodoo
88 Lines About 44 Women - The Nails
Like Dust - Passion Puppets
Fantasy - Aldo Nova
Don't Shed A Tear - Paul Carrack
World Shut Your Mouth - Julian Cope
The Whole Of The Moon - The Waterboys

What are yours??

Subject: Re: Best 80's One Hit Wonder

Written By: ladybug316 on 05/09/08 at 11:43 pm

You've got some great ones in there.

I love:
Make a Circuit with Me - The Polecats
Eyes of A Stranger - Payolas
Oblivious - Aztec Camera
In A Big Country - Big Country
Digging Your Scene - Blow Monkeys
Girls Like Me - Bonnie Hayes
The Fanatic - Felony
Switchin' To Glide - The Kings
New Toy - Lene Lovitch
Pop Muzik - M
What Do All The People Know - The Monroes

I'm sure there are others, but I'm going stop before you can't shut me up.

Subject: Re: Best 80's One Hit Wonder

Written By: whistledog on 05/10/08 at 8:09 am

One hit wonders are best defined by countries, and many of the ones listed are not one hit wonders lol

Here's some songs that were one hit wonders in Canada that I really like ...

Madonna's Eyes - Jayne Collins
You've Got the Be A Winner - Huey Baby Harris
You Look Marvelous - Billy Crystal
Open Your Eyes - Lords of the New Church
It's My Party - Dave Stewart and Barbra Gaskin
The Holiday Rap - MC Miker G and Deejay Sven
Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room) - Paul Lekakis
Midnight Blue - Louise Tucker
Video Killed the Radio Star - Bruce Woolley and the Camera Club
Brother Louie - Modern Talking
Heartache Avenue - The Maisonettes
I.O.U. - Freeez
Never Never - The Assembly
If I Was - Midge Ure (as a solo artist only)
Superstar - Lydia Murdock
Automobile - Hansie
I Only Want to Be With You - Tourists
Each Time You Break My Heart - Nick Kamen
Madam Butterfly - Malcolm McLaren

Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart) - Sway
Boys of Autumn - David Roberts
Happy Birthday Kid - Geoff Hughes
Come Day O Night Eh! - Bamboo
American Singer - Bundock
Look Who's Crying Now - David Gibson
It Doesn't Matter - Coleman Wilde
What About Me - Belinda Metz

Subject: Re: Best 80's One Hit Wonder

Written By: Lurker on 05/10/08 at 8:29 pm

Wow, Whistledog, that's an impressive list.  I'm Canadian and I know only two of the songs you named - "You Look Marvelous" and "Video Killed the Radio Star"!  Some of those other artists I've heard of, though.  I'll add "Take Off" by Bob and Doug Mckenzie ... I loved SCTV.

I'm not sure how many (if any) of the artists on my list were genuine "one hit wonders".  For example, I loved "Under the Milky Way" by the Church and I never heard any other songs by them, but perhaps they were huge in their native Australia ...

Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes
Love Plus One - Haircut 100
I Know There's Something Going On - Frida
Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
Beat's So Lonely - Charlie Sexton
Tender Love - Force MDs
99 Luftballoons - Nena

Subject: Re: Best 80's One Hit Wonder

Written By: Royhobbles on 05/10/08 at 9:40 pm

Gary Numan - Cars
Blow Monkeys - Digging Your Scene
Alias - I Need You Now
Dee Lite - Groove is in the Heart
Double - Captain of Her Heart
Frankie and the Knockouts - Sweetheart
Gorky Park - Bang
Jermaine Stewart - We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off
MARRS - Pump Up the Volume
Modern English - I Melt With You
Newcleus - Jam On It
Murray Head - One Night in Bangkok
Oran "Juice" Jones - The Rain
Pretty Poison - Catch Me I'm Falling
Jane Child - Don't Wanna Fall in Love
Ready for the World - Oh Shiela
Real Life - Send Me an Angel
Stacy Q - Two of Hearts
Underworld - Underneath the Radar
When in Rome - The Promise
Johnny Hates Jazz - Shattered Dreams
Living Colour - Cult of Personality
Young MC - Bust a Move
Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Love Missile F1-11
Red Rider - Lunatic Fringe

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