100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the ’80s

VH1 counted down the 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the ’80s – everything from new wave to hip-hop, novelty hits by Yello and Bruce Willis, and pop classics by Rockwell and Toni Basil.

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  1. “You’re A Friend Of Mine” – Clarence Clemons (and Jackson Browne)

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    Album: Hero

    Year: 1985

  2. “Rock On” – Michael Damian

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    Album: Where Do We Go From Here

    Year: 1989

  3. “Pac-Man Fever” – Buckner & Garcia

    Album: Pac-Man Fever

    Year: 1981

  4. “Baby I Love Your Way / Freebird” – Will To Power

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    Album: Will to Power

    Year: 1988

  5. “Tuff Enuff” – The Fabulous Thunderbirds

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    Album: Tuff Enuff

    Year: 1986

  6. “Beds are Burning” – Midnight Oil

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    Album: Diesel and Dust

    Year: 1987

  7. “Lean On Me” – Club Nouveau

    Album: Life, Love & Pain

    Year: 1987

    [Photo Credit: Sussex]
  8. “The Ballad of Jayne” – L.A. Guns

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    Album: Cocked & Loaded

    Year: 1989

  9. “Far From Over” – Frank Stallone

    Album: Staying Alive: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Year: 1983

  10. “Friends And Lovers” – Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson

    Album: Carl Anderson and Gloria Loring

    Year: 1986

    [Photo Credit: Getty Images]
  11. “Love Plus One” – Haircut 100

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    Album: Pelican West

    Year: 1982

  12. “Rappin’ Rodney” – Rodney Dangerfield

    Album: Rappin’ Rodney

    Year: 1982

    [Photo Credit: RCA Victor]
  13. “Wouldn’t it Be Good” – Nik Kershaw

    Album: Human Racing

    Year: 1984

    [Photo Credit: MCA]
  14. “Edge Of A Broken Heart” – Vixen

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    Album: Vixen

    Year: 1988

  15. “Forget Me Nots” – Patrice Rushen

    Album: Straight From the Heart

    Year: 1982

    [Photo Credit: Elektra Records]
  16. “Tomorrow People” – Ziggy Marley And The Melody Makers

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    Album: Conscious People

    Year: 1988

  17. “Under The Milky Way” – The Church

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    Album: Starfish

    Year: 1988

  18. “Boom Boom Boom Let’s Go Back to My Room” – Paul Lekakis

    Album: Tattoo It

    Year: 1987

    [Photo Credit: Getty Images]
  19. “Lunatic Fringe” – Red Rider

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    Album: As Far As Siam

    Year: 1981

  20. “Johnny Are You Queer?” – Josie Cotton

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    Album: Convertible Music

    Year: 1982

  21. “Party All The Time” – Eddie Murphy

    Album: How Could It Be

    Year: 1985

    [Photo Credit: Columbia]
  22. “Black Velvet” – Alannah Myles

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    Album: Alannah Myles

    Year: 1989

  23. “Fantasy” – Aldo Nova

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    Album: Aldo Nova

    Year: 1981

  24. “Tenderness” – General Public

    Album: All the Rage

    Year: 1984

  25. “Supersonic” – J.J. Fad

    Album: Supersonic

    Year: 1988

    [Photo Credit: Ruthless]
  26. “Key Largo” – Bertie Higgins

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    Album: Just Another Day in Paradise

    Year: 1982

  27. “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)” – Information Society

    Album: Information Society

    Year: 1988

    [Photo Credit: Tommy Boy]
  28. “19?” – Paul Hardcastle

    Album: Paul Hardcastle

    Year: 1985

    [Photo Credit: Chrysalis]
  29. “Breakout” – Swing Out Sister

    Album: It’s Better to Travel

    Year: 1986

    [Photo Credit: Mercury]
  30. “All I Need” – Jack Wagner

    Album: All I Need

    Year: 1984

    [Photo Credit: Getty Images]
  31. “Axel F” – Harold Faltermeyer

    Album: Beverly Hills Cop: Music From the Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Year: 1985

    [Getty Images: MCA]
  32. “Heart And Soul” – T’Pau

    Album: Bridge of Spies

    Year: 1987

    [Photo Credit: Siren]
  33. “Major Tom” – Peter Schilling

    Album: Error In the System

    Year: 1983

    [Photo Credit: Elektra]
  34. “Toy Soldiers” – Martika

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    Album: Martika

    Year: 1989

  35. “Angel Eyes” – The Jeff Healey Band

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    Album: See the Light

    Year: 1989

  36. “I Don’t Like Mondays” – The Boomtown Rats

    Album: The Fine Art of Surfacing

    Year: 1979

    [Photo Credit: Columbia]
  37. “Steal Away” – Robbie Dupree

    Album: Robbie Dupree

    Year: 1980

    [Photo Credit: Getty Images]
  38. “The Rain” – Oran “Juice” Jones

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    Album: Juice

    Year: 1986

  39. “Dear God” – XTC

    Album: Skylarking

    Year: 1987

    [Photo Credit: Virgin]
  40. “Da Butt” – E.U.

    Album: School Daze: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Year: 1988

    [Photo Credit: EMI America]
  41. “I Can’t Wait” – Nu Shooz

    Album: Poolside

    Year: 1986

    [Photo Credit: Atlantic]
  42. “Your Love” – The Outfield

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    Album: Play Deep

    Year: 1985

  43. “Heartbeat” – Don Johnson

    Album: Heartbeat

    Year: 1986

  44. “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off” – Jermaine Stewart

    Album: Frantic Romance

    Year: 1986

    [Photo Credit: Arista]
  45. “Voices Carry” – Til Tuesday

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    Album: Voices Carry

    Year: 1985

  46. “Just Got Paid” – Johnny Kemp

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    Album: Secrets of Flying

    Year: 1988

  47. “Lady in Red” – Chris DeBurgh

    Album: Into the Light

    Year: 1986

  48. “Puttin’ On the Ritz” – Taco

    Album: After Eight

    Year: 1983

    [Photo Credit: RCA]
  49. “In My House” – Mary Jane Girls

    Album: Only Four You

    Year: 1985

    [Photo Credit: Motown]
  50. “Der Kommissar” – After the Fire

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    Album: ATF

    Year: 1982

  51. “Buffalo Stance” – Neneh Cherry

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    Album: Raw Like Sushi

    Year: 1988

  52. “Easy Lover” – Philip Bailey (w/ Phil Collins)

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    Album: Chinese Wall

    Year: 1984

  53. “Oh Yeah” – Yello

    Album: Stella

    Year: 1985

    [Photo Credit: Mercury]
  54. “Catch Me I’m Falling” – Pretty Poison

    Album: Catch Me I’m Falling

    Year: 1987

    [Photo Credit: Virgin]
  55. “Keep Your Hands To Yourself” – The Georgia Satellites

    Album: Georgia Satellites

    Year: 1986

    [Photo Credit: Elektra]
  56. “C’est La Vie” – Robbie Nevil

    Album: Robbie Nevil

    Year: 1986

    [Photo Credit: Manhattan]
  57. “Mexican Radio” – Wall of Voodoo

    Album: Call of the West

    Year: 1983

    [Photo Credit: I.R.S.]
  58. “Let the Music Play” – Shannon

    Album: Let the Music Play

    Year: 1983

    [Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox]
  59. “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” – Timbuk 3

    Album: Greetings from Timbuk3

    Year: 1986

    [Photo Credit: I.R.S.]
  60. “At This Moment” – Billy Vera

    Album: Billy and the Beaters

    Year: 1981

    [Photo Credit: Alfa]
  61. “Video Killed the Radio Star” – The Buggles

    Album: The Age of Plastic

    Year: 1979

  62. “Break My Stride” – Matthew Wilder

    Album: I Don’t Speak the Language

    Year: 1983

    [Photo Credit: Getty Images]
  63. “Respect Yourself” – Bruce Willis

    Album: The Return of Bruno

    Year: 1987

    [Photo Credit: Motown]
  64. “Funkytown” – Lipps, Inc.

    Album: Mouth to Mouth

    Year: 1980

    [Photo Credit: China]
  65. “It’s Raining Men” – Weather Girls

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    Album: Success

    Year: 1982

  66. “Genius of Love” – Tom Tom Club

    Album: Tom Tom Club

    Year: 1981

    [Photo Credit: Sire/Warner Bros.]
  67. “I Know What Boys Like” – The Waitresses

    Album: Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful?

    Year: 1982

    [Photo Credit: Polydor]
  68. “Missing You” – John Waite

    Album: No Brakes

    Year: 1984

    [Photo Credit: EMI America]
  69. “Harden My Heart” – Quarterflash

    Album: Quarterflash

    Year: 1981

  70. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” – Bobby McFerrin

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    Album: Don’t Worry, Be Happy

    Year: 1988

  71. “Turning Japanese” – The Vapors

    Album: New Clear Days

    Year: 1980

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  72. “Our House” – Madness

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    Album: The Rise & Fall

    Year: 1982

  73. “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)” – John Parr

    Album: St. Elmo’s Fire: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Year: 1985

    [Photo Credit: Atlantic]
  74. “Two of Hearts” – Stacey Q

    Album: Better Than Heaven

    Year: 1986

    [Photo Credit: Atlantic]
  75. “I Just Died In Your Arms” – Cutting Crew

    Album: Broadcast

    Year: 1986

    [Photo Credit: Getty Images]
  76. “Pass the Dutchie” – Musical Youth

    Album: The Youth of Today

    Year: 1982

    [Photo Credit: MCA]
  77. “What I Am” – Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

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    Album: Shooting Rubberbands At the Stars

    Year: 1988

  78. “Electric Avenue” – Eddy Grant

    Album: Killer On the Rampage

    Year: 1982

    [Photo Credit: Portrait]
  79. “Maniac” – Michael Sembello

    Album: Bossa Nova Hotel

    Year: 1983

    [Photo Credit: Warner Bros.]
  80. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” – Twisted Sister

    Album: Stay Hungry

    Year: 1984

  81. “Somebody’s Watching Me” – Rockwell

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    Album: Somebody’s Watching Me

    Year: 1984

  82. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” – Dead or Alive

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    Album: Youthquake

    Year: 1985

  83. “It Takes Two” – Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock

    Album: It Takes Two

    Year: 1988

    [Photo Credit: Profile]
  84. “The Safety Dance” – Men Without Hats

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    Album: Rhythm of Youth

    Year: 1983

  85. “99 Luftballons” – Nena

    Album: Nena

    Year: 1983

    [Photo Credit: Columbia]
  86. “Whip It” – Devo

    Album: Freedom of Choice

    Year: 1980

  87. “In A Big Country” – Big Country

    Album: The Crossing

    Year: 1983

  88. “She Blinded Me With Science” – Thomas Dolby

    Album: The Golden Age of Wireless

    Year: 1982

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  89. “Obsesssion” – Animotion

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    Album: Animotion

    Year: 1984

  90. “Cars” – Gary Numan

    Album: The Pleasure Principle

    Year: 1979

    [Photo Credit: A&M]
  91. “Relax” – Frankie Goes to Hollywood

    Album: Welcome to the Pleasuredome

    Year: 1983

    [Photo Credit: Salvo]
  92. “Too Shy” – Kajagoogoo

    Album: White Feathers

    Year: 1983

    [Photo Credit: EMI]
  93. “I Want Candy” – Bow Wow Wow

    Album: Last of the Mohicans

    Year: 1982

    [Photo Credit: Morgan Creek]
  94. “I Melt With You” – Modern English

    Album: After the Snow

    Year: 1982

    [Photo Credit: 4AD]
  95. “Mickey” – Toni Basil

    Album: Word of Mouth

    Year: 1982

    [Photo Credit: Island]
  96. “Tainted Love” – Soft Cell

    Album: Non-stop Erotic Cabaret

    Year: 1982

    [Photo Credit: Mercury]
  97. “867-5309 / Jenny” – Tommy Tutone

    Album: Tommy Tutone 2

    Year: 1981

    [Photo Credit: Columbia/CBS]
  98. “Take On Me” – A-Ha

    Album: Hunting High and Low

    Year: 1985

  99. “I Ran (So Far Away)” – A Flock of Seagulls

    Album: A Flock of Seagulls

    Year: 1982

    [Photo Credit: ZKP RTVL]
  100. “Come on Eileen” – Dexys Midnight Runners

    Album: Too-Rye Ay

    Year: 1982

    [Photo Credit: Mercury]