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One Hit Wonders Of The 80's

posted 10/19/2007 7:49:32 AM |
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These are songs that were one hit wonders in the 1980's.

I wrote a number of them down, looked up others at a Billboard site, and went to the VH1 website to confirm the dates.

I know I'm probably leaving out numerous good ones, so feel free to add any.

Funkytown---Lipps, Inc.---1980
"Won't you take me to Funkytown"....where exactly is that?

Turning Japanese---The Vapors---1980
I was always told this was a song about masturbation, but I don't know. If it is, then I turn Japanese quite often.

Rapper's Delight---The Sugar Hill Gang---1980
The original rap song.

Whip It---Devo---1980
Those hats were kind of freaky.

Double Dutch Bus---Frankie Smith---1981
Can anybody sing along with this one, all the way through?

Believe It Or Not---Joey Scarbury---1981
Theme song from "The Greatest American Hero"

I Want Candy---Bow Wow Wow---1982

Tainted Love---Soft Cell---1982

Pac-Man Fever---Buckner & Garcia---1982
I admit, I had the album!

I Know What Boys Like---Waitresses---1982
First heard this song on the movie "The Last American Virgin".

Mickey---Toni Basil---1982
She was on "Spelling Bee" recently.

Puttin' On The Ritz---Taco---1983
"Super Duper!"

She Blinded Me With Science---Thomas Dolby---1983

Too Shy---Kajagoogoo---1983

Come On Eileen---Dexy's Midnight Riders---1983

Der Kommissar---After The Fire---1983
I never undertood any of the words in this song, with the exception of "Oh Oh".

99 Luftballons---Nena---1984

Perfect Way---Scritti Politti---1985
I always liked this song.

Rumors---Timex Social Club---1986

I Wanna Be A Cowboy---Boys Don't Cry---1986
"I wanna be a cowboy...and you can be my cowgirl"...basically, that was the entire

The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades---Timbuk 3---1986

Breakout---Swing Out Sister---1987

Heart And Soul---T'Pau---1987

Hot, Hot, Hot---Buster Poindexter---1987
Actually, this should be thrown out, as Poindexter had a Christmas hit with "Is That You Santa Claus?"

Fascinated---Company B---1987
"I'm fascinated by your love toy". You gotta like that!

Love Changes Everything---Climie Fisher---1988
I'm commented on this song before. One of the ten most underrated songs of all-time.

Pump Up The Volume---M/A/R/R/S---1988

Don't Worry, Be Happy---Bobby McFerrin---1988
He hasn't sung this song in a decade.

Rock On---Michael Damian---1989
Wasn't this guy on "Young & The Restless"? Involved with Cricket, I believe.

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Oct 19 @ 10:55AM  
Did "Come On, Eileen" make it? Or was that the 90s? Gaw, it all starts running together. Getting old sucks.

Oct 19 @ 2:09PM  
You just reminded me of why I hate most of the music from the 80's.

Oct 19 @ 3:00PM  
Very good list, and I love most of those songs. But you did leave out about 3 good ones.

1983...."Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant

1985..."Take on Me" by A-Ha

1985..."Voices Carry" by Til' Tuesday

I LOVE THE 80's!!!

Oct 19 @ 3:00PM  
Oh yeah, a kudo for you!

Oct 19 @ 3:10PM  
Great blog, although I never cared for 80's music, seems like I am more of a 70 or 90-now listener.

Oct 19 @ 4:34PM  
Those were the good ole days. Sugar Hill Gang had many hits on the rap charts and Thomas Dolby did work with many groups during the 80's and is still going. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Oct 19 @ 11:04PM  
How about the song: "867-5309 / Jenny" Tommy TuTone, I believe...somewhere around '82 or '83, lol

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