The 100 Best One-Hit-Wonders Of The 80s

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A playlist of the 100 most popular one-hit wonders from the 1980s. You’re looking for a song from the 80s, but you don’t know the performer? It’s possible that the song was a one-hit wonder and the artist has long since disappeared from the scene.

What is a One-Hit-Wonder?

A the-greatest-the-greatest-one-hit-wonders-of-all-times-of-all-time is a sad success for many musicians. Behind the term is the fact that the artist has had no more hits in his career. Thus a multiplicity of artists waits in vain for the longed-for breakthrough after their One-Hit-Wonder success.

But remember, having only one hit song is no shame because 99.9% of all musicians don’t even manage to do that.

The one-hit wonders of the ’80s

The 80s were a memorable time for many movie fans. In movies like Footloose, Top Gun, and Karate Kid, music played a big role in making a movie special. There were many great songs that made the 80’s musically shaped. Some of the most successful songs were one-hit wonders that are sometimes hard to find.

That’s why we’ve put together a playlist of the 100 greatest one-hit wonders of the 1980s.

Take a trip down memory lane. The list includes many iconic ’80s songs by artists few know today.

(You can find a Spotify playlist at the end of the article.)

The 100 most popular one-hit wonders of the ’80s:

Each song is linked by title to its accompanying music video.

№: Song: Performer: Listen:
1. Funkytown Lipps Inc.
2. Don’t Worry, Be Happy Bobby McFerrin
3. I Melt with You Modern English
4. Black Velvet Alannah Myles
5. Video Killed the Radio Star The Buggles
6. Cars Gary Numan
7. Everybody Have Fun Tonight Wang Chung
8. What I Like About You The Romantics
9. Tainted Love Soft Cell
10. Baby I Lied Deborah Allen
11. True Spandau Ballet
12. Walking on Sunshine Katrina and the Waves
13. She’s Like the Wind Patrick Swayze
14. Take My Breath Away Berlin
15. I Just Died In Your Arms Cutting Crew
16. At This Moment Billy Vera
17. The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shade Timbuk3
18. Whip It Devo
19. PacMan Fever Buckner & Garcia
20. Seven Year Ache Rosanne Cash
21. 867-5309 (Jenny) Tommy Tutone
22. St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion) John Parr
23. Friends And Lovers Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson
24. Too Shy Kajagoogoo
25. Turning Japanese The Vapors
26. Personally Karla Bonoff
27. She Blinded Me With Science Thomas Dolby
28. Cry Godley & Creme
29. Baby, Come to Me Patti Austin & James Ingram
30. I Ran (So Far Away) A Flock of Seagulls
31. Just the Two of Us Grover Washington, Jr.
32. Come on Eileen Dexy’s Midnight Runners
33. West End Girls Pet Shop Boys
34. Obsession Animotion
35. Voices Carry ‘Til Tuesday
36. We’re Not Gonna Take It Twisted Sister
37. Come On Eileen Dexys Midnight Runners
38. I Loved ‘Em Every One T.G. Sheppard
39. Somebody’s Watching Me Rockwell
40. Puttin’ On the Ritz Taco
41. Stand By Me Mickey Gilley
42. Steal Away Robbie Dupree
43. It’s Raining Men The Weather Girls
44. We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off Jermaine Stewart
45. So Alive Love and Rockets
46. I’ve Never Been to Me Charlene
47. Key Largo Bertie Higgins
48. Nobody Sylvia
49. Maniac Michael Sembello
50. Tarzan Boy Baltimora
51. Harden My Heart Quarterflash
52. Tender Love Force MDs
53. Under the Milky Way The Church
54. Our House Madness
55. Breakout Swing Out Sister
56. The Safety Dance Men Without Hats
57. It’s Raining Men The Weather Girls
58. 19 Paul Hardcastle
59. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) Dead or Alive
60. Mickey Toni Basil
61. She Blinded Me with Science Thomas Dolby
62. Break My Stride Matthew Wilder
63. Beds Are Burning Midnight Oil
64. Shattered Dreams Johnny Hates Jazz
65. Maniac Michael Sembello
66. I Know What Boys Like The Waitresses
67. F We Doin’ in Love Dottie West & Kenny Rogers
68. I Want Candy Bow Wow Wow
69. Don’t Worry, Be Happy Bobby McFerrin
70. The Promise When in Rome
71. Puttin’ On the Ritz Taco
72. Electric Avenue Eddy Grant
73. Missing You John Waite
74. Der Kommisar After the Fire
75. The Rain Oran “Juice” Jones
76. Angel Eyes Jeff Healey
77. In a Big Country Big Country
78. Da Butt E.U.
79. Supersonic J.J. Fad
80. I Believe In You Don Williams
81. One Night in Bangkok Murray Head
82. Party All The Time Eddie Murphy
83. Mexican Radio Wall of Voodoo
84. Respect Yourself Bruce Willis
85. Relax Frankie Goes to Hollywood
86. Love Plus One Haircut One Hundred
87. Key Largo Bertie Higgins
88. Don’t You (Forget About Me) Simple Minds
89. The Curly Shuffle Jump ‘n the Saddle Band
90. Rapper’s Delight The Sugarhill Gang
91. Too Shy Kajagoogoo
92. Ending Story Limahl
93. What I Am Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
94. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
95. Miami Vice Theme Jan Hammer
96. Mickey Toni Basil
97. Oh Yeah Yello
98. Somebody’s Knockin Terri Gibbs
99. Bust a Move Young MC
100. We Got the Beat The Go-Go’s

80s One-Hit-Wonder Spotify Playlist:

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