100 Great One Hit Wonders From The ’80s

100 Great One Hit Wonders From The '80s

Check out our “Wild ’80s” 100 Great One Hit Wonders From The ’80s

While everyone’s definition of what constitutes a “one-hit wonder” is different, the criteria used here was that each of these bands or artists had a huge hit, but was never able to duplicate that same success again. It doesn’t mean that these artists and bands didn’t have other songs that charted, but that they never charted that high again.  The artists on this list are outstanding performers and many have gone on to have very long and fruitful careers.


The songs are listed alphabetically by title and we’ve included our Spotify Playlist so you can listen along to the songs while checking the list.

All I Need – Jack Wagner

Almost Paradise – Mike Reno

Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer

Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley – Will to Power

Beds Are Burning – Midnight Oil

Black Velvet – Alannah Myles

Boom Boom Boom Let’s Go Back to My Room – Paul Lekakis

Break My Stride – Matthew Wilder

Breakout – Swing Out Sister

Buffalo Stance – Neneh Cherry

C’est La Vie – Robbie Nevil

Cars – Gary Numan

Catch Me (I’m Falling) – Pretty Poison

Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Cry – Godley & Creme

Da Butt – E.U.

Dear God – XTC

Der Kommissar – After the Fire

Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

Easy Lover – Philip Bailey & Phil Collins

Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant

Fantasy – Aldo Nova

Far From Over – Frank Stallone

Forget Me Nots – Patrice Rushen

Funkytown – Lipps Inc.

Genius of Love -The Tom Tom Club

Harden My Heart – Quarterflash

Heart and Soul – T’pau

Heartbeat – Don Johnson

I Can’t Wait – Nu Shooz

I Eat Cannibals – Total Coelo

( I Just Died) In Your Arms Tonight – Cutting Crew

I Know What Boys Like – The Waitresses

I Melt With You – Modern English

I Ran (So Far Away) – A Flock of Seagulls

I Touch Myself – The Divinyls

I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow

In a Big Country – Big Country

In My House – Mary Jane Girls

It Takes Two – Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock

It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls

It’s My Life – Talk Talk

Jenny (867-5309) – Tommy Tutone

Just A Friend – Biz Markie

Just The Two Of Us -Grover Washington Jr.

Keep Your Hands To Yourself – Georgia Satellites

Lean on Me – Club Nouveau

Let the Music Play – Shannon

Life in A Northern Town – The Dream Academy

Love Plus One – Haircut 100

Lunatic Fringe – Red Rider

Major Tom – Peter Schilling

Maniac – Michael Sembello

Men Without Hats – Safety Dance

Mexican Radio – Wall Of Voodoo

Mickey – Toni Basil

19 – Paul Hardcastle

99 Luftballoons -Nena

Obsession – Animotion

Oh Yeah – Yello

One Night In Bangkok – Murray Head

Our House – Madness

Party All The Time – Eddie Murphy

Pass the Dutchie – Musical Youth

Perfect Way – Scritti Politti

Puttin’ on the Ritz – Taco

Relax – Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Rock Me Amadeus – Falco

Rock on – Michael Damian

Shattered Dreams – Johnny Hates Jazz

She Blinded Me With Science – Thomas Dolby

She’s Like The Wind – Patrick Swayze

Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell

St Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion) – John Parr

Supersonic – J.J. Fad

Tainted Love-Soft Cell

Take on Me -AH-HA

Take Your Time (Do It Right) – The S.O.S. Band

Tenderness – General Public

The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades – Timbuk 3

The Lady in Red – Chris Deburgh

The Promise – When In Rome

The Rain -Oran “Juice” Jones

Tomorrow People – Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

Too Shy – Kajagoogoo

Toy Soldiers – Martika

True – Spandau Ballet

Tuff Enuff – The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Turning Japanese – The Vapors

Two of Hearts – Stacey Q

Under The Milky Way – The Church

Video Killed The Radio Star – The Buggles

Voices Carry – ‘Til Tuesday

Walking On Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves

We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes off – Jermaine Stewart

What I Am – Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians

What’s on Your Mind (Pure Energy) – Information Society

Whip It – Devo

Wouldn’t It Be Good – Nik Kershaw

You Spin Me Around (Like a Record) – Dead or Alive

Your Love – The Outfield


*Just for the record, Eddy Grant’s “Electric Avenue is not available on Spotify, so it was not included in the playlist. However, we added his song “Romancing The Stone” at the end as a bonus.

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