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Top 100 one-hit wonders of the ’80s


Lipps, Inc.: “Funkytown” (#1 for 4 weeks in 1980)
USA for Africa: “We Are The World” (#1 for 4 weeks in 1985)
Patti Austin: “Baby, Come To Me” (with James Ingram - #1 for 2 weeks in 1983)
Bobby McFerrin: “Don’t Worry Be Happy” (#1 for 2 weeks in 1988)
Toni Basil: “Mickey” (#1 for 1 week in 1982)
Gregory Abbott: “Shake You Down” (#1 for 1 week in 1987)
Vangelis: “Chariots Of Fire - Titles” (#1 for 1 week in 1982)
Dexy’s Midnight Runners: “Come On Eileen” (#1 for 1 week in 1983)
Jan Hammer: “Miami Vice Theme” (#1 for 1 week in 1985)
Sheriff: “When I’m With You” (#1 for 1 week in 1989)

Grover Washington, Jr.: “Just The Two Of Us” (featuring Bill Withers - #2 for 3 weeks in 1981)
Joey Scarbury: “Theme From ‘Greatest American Hero’ (Believe It Or Not)” (#2 for 2 weeks in 1981)
Jack Wagner: “All I Need” (#2 for 2 weeks in 1984)
Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson: “Friends And Lovers” (#2 for 2 weeks in 1986)
Nena: “99 Luftballons” (#2 for 1 week in 1984)
Georgia Satellites: “Keep Your Hands To Yourself” (#2 for 1 week in 1987)
Harold Faltermeyer: “Axel F” (#3 in 1985)
Love And Rockets: “So Alive” (#3 in 1989)
Roger: “I Want To Be Your Man” (#3 in 1988)
Patrick Swayze: “She’s Like The Wind” (featuring Wendy Fraser - #3 in 1988)

The S.O.S. Band: “Take Your Time (Do It Right) Part I” (#3 in 1980)
Charlene: “I’ve Never Been To Me” (#3 in 1982)
Taco: “Puttin’ On The Ritz” (#4 in 1983)
T’Pau: “Heart And Soul” (#4 in 1987)
The System: “Don’t Disturb This Groove” (#4 in 1987)
Thomas Dolby: “She Blinded Me With Science” (#5 in 1983)
After The Fire: “Der Kommissar” (#5 in 1983)
Kajagoogoo: “Too Shy” (#5 in 1983)
Dazz Band: “Let It Whip” (#5 in 1982)
Deon Estus: “Heaven Help Me” (with George Michael - #5 in 1989)

Jeff Healy Band: “Angel Eyes” (#5 in 1989)
Johnny Lee: “Lookin’ For Love” (#5 in 1980)
Levert: “Casanova” (#5 in 1987)
Bruce Willis: “Respect Yourself” (#5 in 1987)
Pseudo Echo: “Funky Town” (#6 in 1987)*
Sly Fox: “Let’s Go All The Way” (#7 in 1986)
Mary Jane Girls: “In My House” (#7 in 1985)
Breakfast Club: “Right On Track” (#7 in 1987)
Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth: “The Warrior” (#7 in 1984)
Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians: “What I Am” (#7 in 1989)

Soft Cell: “Tainted Love” (#8 in 1982)
Shannon: “Let The Music Play” (#8 in 1984)
Timex Social Club: “Rumors” (#8 in 1986)
Tracey Ullman: “They Don’t Know” (#8 in 1984)
Rocky Burnette: “Tired Of Toein’ The Line” (#8 in 1980)
Boys Club: “I Remember Holding You” (#8 in 1989)
Bertie Higgins: “Key Largo” (#8 in 1982)
Delbert McClinton: “Giving It Up For Your Love” (#8 in 1981)
Gary Numan: “Cars” (#9 in 1980)
Buckner & Garcia: “Pac-Man Fever” (#9 in 1982)

Grateful Dead: “Touch Of Grey” (#9 in 1987)
Oran “Juice” Jones: “The Rain” (#9 in 1986)
Ollie & Jerry: “Breakin’...There’s No Stopping Us” (#9 in 1984)
Jane Weidlin: “Rush Hour” (#9 in 1988)
Frankie Goes To Hollywood: “Relax” (#10 in 1985)
The Fabulous Thunderbirds: “Tuff Enuff” (#10 in 1986)
Musical Youth: “Pass The Dutchie” (#10 in 1983)
Frank Stallone: “Far From Over” (#10 in 1983)
The Deele: “Two Occasions” (#10 in 1988)
Force M.D.’s: “Tender Love” (#10 in 1986)

Jimmy Harnen W/Synch: “Where Are You Now?” (#10 in 1989)
Regina: “Baby Love” (#10 in 1986)
Waterfront: “Cry” (#10 in 1989)
Louis Clark Conducting The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: “Hooked On Classics” (#10 in 1982)
Benny Mardones: “Into The Night” (#11 in 1980; #20 in 1989)
Scritti Politti: “Perfect Way” (#11 in 1985)
When In Rome: “The Promise” (#11 in 1988)
Steve Forbert: “Romeo’s Tune” (#11 in 1980)
Kix: “Don’t Close Your Eyes” (#11 in 1989)
Boys Don’t Cry: “I Wanna Be A Cowboy” (#12 in 1986)

The Nylons: “Kiss Him Goodbye” (#12 in 1987)
Sa-Fire: “Thinking Of You” (#12 in 1989)
M/A/R/R/S: “Pump Up The Volume” (#13 in 1988)
Baltimora: “Tarzan Boy” (#13 in 1986)
Frida: “I Know There’s Something Going On” (#13 in 1983)
Band Aid: “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (#13 in 1986)
Charlie Dore: “Pilot Of The Airwaves” (#13 in 1980)
Giant Steps: “Another Lover” (#13 in 1988)
Terri Gibbs: “Somebody’s Knockin’” (#13 in 1981)
Devo: “Whip It” (#14 in 1980)

Peter Schilling: “Major Tom (Coming Home)” (#14 in 1983)
The Belle Stars: “Iko Iko” (#14 in 1989)
The Blow Monkeys: “Digging Your Scene” (#14 in 1986)
GTR: “When The Heart Rules The Mind” (#14 in 1986)
John Schneider: “It’s Now Or Never” (#14 in 1981)
Dottie West: “What Are We Doin’ In Love” (with Kenny Rogers - #14 in 1981)
Kon Kan: “I Beg Your Pardon” (#15 in 1989)
David Foster: “Love Theme From St. Elmo’s Fire” (#15 in 1985)
Paul Hardcastle: “19” (#15 in 1985)
Jump ’N The Saddle: “The Curly Shuffle” (#15 in 1984)

Sylvia: “Nobody” (#15 in 1982)
Lee Ritenour: “Is It You” (#15 in 1981)
Ali Thomson: “Take A Little Rhythm” (#15 in 1980)
Giuffria: “Call To The Heart” (#15 in 1985)
Double: “The Captain Of Her Heart” (#16 in 1986)
Godley and Creme: “Cry” (#16 in 1985)
Bob & Doug McKenzie: “Take Off” (#16 in 1982)
Big Country: “In A Big Country” (#17 in 1983)
Living In A Box: “Living In A Box” (#17 in 1987)
Limahl: “Never Ending Story” (#17 in 1985)
Greg Guidry: “Goin’ Down” (#17 in 1982)
Charlier Sexton: “Beat’s So Lonely” (#17 in 1986)
Midnight Oil: “Beds Are Burning” (#17 in 1988)

Top 100 one-hit wonders of the ’80s based on Top 40 chart peak. We’ve excluded people who had one solo hit but a lot of hits with a band (Bill Medley, Philip Bailey, Ric Ocasek, etc.), but otherwise, we just used the rule that if they had just one Top 40 hit, they were a one-hit wonder.

A couple of interesting notes: “Funkytown” is shared by two different one-hit wonders (albeit with different spellings); and there’s an interesting juxtaposition of two songs named after the bands near the end of the list. I also find the juxtaposition of Buckner & Garcia and The Grateful Dead amusing. I’ll probably want to make ‘honorable mention’ of M and The Buggles in the notes someplace as well.

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