Wonderful Songs by “One-Hit-Wonders” in the 1980s


A few weeks ago I offered my one-hit-wonder song of the 1970s. Those were fun, but I thought I would carry the listing forward and do the same for the 1980s. It was a golden age for one-hit-wonders, no doubt, with some of the most memorable “ear worm” songs ever released. Nevermind that most of them were “bubblegum” pop songs; they were catchy, breezy, and thoroughly danceable. I hope you enjoy my listing, and please know that there are a lot of other worthy candidates for the list that I did not include. Here are my top ten listed chronologically:

1. “Funky Town”-Lipps, Inc. (1980)

2. “Mickey”-Toni Basil (1982)

3. “In a Big Country”-Big Country (1983)

4. “Come On Eileen”-Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1983)

5. “They Don’t Know”-Tracy Ullman (1983)

6. “99 Luftballons”-Nena (1984)

7. “Relax”-Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1984)

8. “Beds are Burning”-Midnight Oil (1988)

9. “I Melt with You”-Modern English (1989)

10. “Bang”-Gorky Park (1989)

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