80's Music and Songs | One Hit Wonders

One Hit Wonder of the 80s
One Hit Wonder of the 80s | Source

My Favorite 80s One Hit Wonders

The hit songs listed here are among my favorites from the 1980s. Oddly enough, my favorites typically happened to be one hit wonders. Yeah, they may have had a few other good songs, but no others were considered hits.

It's as though they put all their creativity and energy into just one song. They only did it once, but once was the charm.

Dexys Midnight Runners: “Come on Eileen”

Number One: Come On Eileen

Come On Eileen was the biggest-selling single of 1982 and was part of the Too-Rye-Ay album. Thankfully, I've never had an ex-girlfriend named Eileen to ruin this song for me. :)

Alana Miles: Black Velvet

Not only was Black Velvet a cool, soulful song, but Alana Miles was so pretty (at least to me!). I could listen to this wonderful song, sung by Alana, over and over.

I wish she had more hits!

Tainted Love

Tainted Love seemed to always come to mind when a relationship would seem to sour. Just the same, I still love it!

I could never remember the name of the band that sang it.  Soft Cell, Soft Cell, Soft Cell...

Soft Cell: Tainted Love

Flock of Seagulls

Remembered more for their hair than their music?
Remembered more for their hair than their music? | Source

Flock of Seagulls

Although the hair and puffy shoulders might be considered a comical representation of the mid-80s, their most famous song still holds a good place in my heard.  Ironically, that style worked out well as a 'bad comb-over', since the lead singer is now bald on top.

It is I Ran (So Far Away) and fit very nicely with Tainted Love.

Flock of Seagulls: I Ran

Now bald, but still sporting a ponytail, the lead singer of the Flock of Seagulls is still singing his most famous hit.
Now bald, but still sporting a ponytail, the lead singer of the Flock of Seagulls is still singing his most famous hit. | Source
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Frankie Goes to Hollywood

The group's debut single Relax (Don't Do It) was famously banned by the BBC in 1984.  It ultimately become the seventh best-selling UK single of all time. 

Relax got a ton of airtime on the radio channels during the mid 80s.  Funny, I had always thought it was a Duran Duran song, at least the song would have fit well. Nope. It was Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

Don't Worry Be Happy

Bobby McFerrin: Don’t Worry Be Happy

The song's title was taken from a famous quote by Meher Baba.

It was released in September 1988 and had became the first a cappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Don't Worry Be Happy was a great song and has always been my mantra about life.

To be honest, Bobby McFerrin is much more than a one hit wonder.  He was the conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, has sung with many famous artists, and done played with Yo Yo Ma.

Respect Yourself

Bruce Willis: Respect Yourself

Bruce Willis had a hit song?  Huh!

Well, yes Bruce Willis in the late 1980s, Willis did have moderate success as a recording artist, recording an album of pop-blues titled The Return of Bruno.  The album included the hit single "Respect Yourself".

One Hit Wonders of the song Voices Carry
One Hit Wonders of the song Voices Carry | Source

Til Tuesday: Voices Carry

I really like Voices Carry. The lead singer, Aimee Mann, reminds me of the powerful voice of Gwen Stefani.

Voices Carry is said to have been inspired by Mann and former boyfriend/bandmate Hausmann. 

The song peaked at #8 on the Billboard singles chart.

Voices Carry

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Shinkicker 5 years ago from Scotland

I wasn't a huge fan of 80's Pop but some great choices there, in fact all of the ones I've heard are terrific songs tritrain.

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