50 ONE-HIT WONDERS OF THE 80s

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  • Published on:  11/29/2019
  • 1. After the Fire - Der Kommissar (US #5, no other US top 40 hit)
    2. Aneka - Japanese Boy (UK #1, no other UK top 40 hit)
    3. Baltimora - Tarzan Boy (UK #3 & US #13, no other UK & US top 40 hit)
    4. Berlin - Take My Breath Away (UK #1 & US #1, no other UK & US top 20 hit)
    5. Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy (US #1 & UK #2, no other UK & US top 40 hit)
    6. Boy Meets Girl - Waiting for a Star to Fall (US #5 & UK #9, no other UK & US top 20 hit)
    7. Danny Wilson - Mary's Prayer (UK #3, no other UK top 20 hit)
    8. Desireless - Voyage Voyage (UK #5, Germany #1, no other UK & German top 40 hit)
    9. Evelyn Thomas - High Energy (UK #5, Germany #1, no other UK & German top 20 hit)
    10. Fiction Factory - (Feels Like ) Heaven (UK #6 & Germany #10, no other UK & German top 40 hit)
    11. FR David - Words (UK #2, Germany #1, no other UK & German top 20 hit)
    12. Frank Stallone - Far From Over (US #10, no other US top 40 hit)
    13. Gregory Abbott - Shake You Down (US #1, UK #6, no other UK & German top 40 hit)
    14. Indeep - Last Night a DJ Saved My Life (UK #13, Germany #10, no other UK & German top 20 hit)
    15. Joe Dolce - Shaddap You Face (UK #1, Germany #1, no other UK & German top 20 hit)
    16. Joey Scarbury - Theme from 'Greatest American Hero' (Believe It or Not) (US #2, no other US top 40 hit)
    17. John Parr - St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion) (US #1, UK #6, no other UK & US top 20 hit)
    18. John Waite - Missing You (US #1, UK #9, no other UK & US top 20 hit)
    19. Johnny Hates Jazz - Shattered Dreams (US #2, no other US top 20 hit)
    20. Kaoma - Lambada (UK #4, no other UK top 40 hit)
    21. King - Love and Pride (UK #2, top 10 in most European countries, no other top 10 hit in all those countries except for the UK where 'Alone Without You' reached number 8)
    22. Lipps Inc. - Funky Town (US #1, UK #2, no other US & UK top 40 hit)
    23. Los Lobos - La Bamba (US #1, no other US top 20 hit)
    24. Matthew Wilder - Break My Stride (UK #4, no other UK top 40 hit; US #5, no other US top 20 hit)
    25. Men without Hats - Safety Dance (UK #6, no other UK top 40 hit)
    26. Michael Sembello - Maniac (US #1, no other US top 20 hit; top 10 in most European countries and in Australia, no other top 40 hit in all those countries)
    27. Murray Head - One Night in Bangkok (US #3, Germany #1, no other top 40 hit in those countries except for 'Superstar' which charted in 1969)
    28. Musical Youth - Pass the Dutchie (US #10, no other US top 40 hit)
    29. Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait (UK #2, no other UK top 40 hit; US #3, no other US top 20 hit)
    30. Opus - Live Is Life (UK #6, no other UK top 40 hit)
    31. Owen Paul - My Favourite Waste of Time (UK #3, no other UK top 40 hit)
    32. Patrick Swayze - She's Like the Wind (US #3, no other US top 40 hit)
    33. Peter Schilling - Major Tom (US #14, no other US top 40 hit)
    34. Princess - Say I'm Your Number One (Germany #2, no other German top 20 hit; UK #7, no other UK top 10 hit)
    35. Robin Beck - The First Time (UK #1, no other UK top 40 hit)
    36. Rock Steady Crew - (Hey You) The Rock Steady Crew (UK #6, Germany #6, no other UK & German top 40 hit)
    37. Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me (US #2, no other US top 20 hit; UK #6, no other UK top 40 hit)
    38. The Romantics - Talking in Your Sleep (US #3, no other US top 20 hit)
    39. Rose Laurens - Africa (Voodoo Master) (Germany #3, top 3 in many other European countries, no other top 20 hit in all those countries)
    40. Ryan Paris - Dolce Vita (UK #5, Germany #3, no other UK & German top 40 hit)
    41. Shannon - Let the Music Play (US #8, no other US top 40 hit)
    42. Soulsister - The Way to Your Heart (Germany #4, top 10 in several European countries, no other top 20 hit in all those countries except for Belgium)
    43. Stan Ridgway - Camouflage (UK #4, Germany #8, no other UK & German top 40 hit)
    44. Taco - Puttin' on the Ritz (US #4, no other US top 40 hit)
    45. The Korgis - Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime (UK #5, top 10 in many other European countries, no other top 10 hit in all those countries)
    46. The Vapors - Turning Japanese (UK #3, no other UK top 40 hit)
    47. Timex Social Club - Rumours (US #8, no other US top 40 hit)
    48. Toni Basil - Mickey (US #1, UK #2, no other US & UK top 40 hit)
    49. Visage - Fade to Grey (Germany #1, only one further German top 10 hit which reached number 10; UK #8, no other UK top 10 hit)
    50. Womack & Womack - Teardrops (UK #3, no other UK top 10 hit; Germany #2, no other German top 20 hit; Australia #2, no other Australian top 20 hit)
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