The Top 20 One-Hit Wonders of the ‘80s

Like “Come on Eileen,” “Funkytown,” “Mickey,” “It Takes Two” and more

July 29, 2020
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Sure, you’ve heard the term “one-hit wonder,” but what does that actually mean?

A one-hit wonder is a singer or group that has only experienced real mainstream success with one, single hit song. Often, you may only remember the name of the song and not the name of the singer or group behind it.

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We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the best one-hit wonders of the 1980s for you below. Enjoy!

 

20. “It’s Raining Men” – The Weather Girls (1982)

 

19. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” – Bobby McFerrin (1988)

 

18. “Electric Avenue” – Eddy Grant (1982)

 

17. “Our House” – Madness (1982)

 

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16. “It Takes Two” – Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock (1988)

 

15. “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)” – John Parr (1985)

 

14. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” – Dead or Alive (1985)

 

13. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” – Twisted Sister (1984)

 

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12. “I Want Candy” – Bow Wow Wow (1982)

 

11. “Somebody’s Watching Me” – Rockwell (1984)

 

10. “Too Shy” – Kajagoogoo (1983)

 

9. “Obsession” – Animotion (1984)

 

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8. “Whip It” – Devo (1980)

 

7. “Mickey” – Toni Basil (1982)

 

6. “867-5309 / Jenny” – Tommy Tutone (1981)

 

5.  “I Ran (So Far Away)” – A Flock of Seagulls (1982)

 

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4. “Take On Me” – A-Ha (1985)

 

3. “Come on Eileen” – Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1982)

 

2. “Funkytown” – Lipps, Inc. (1980)

 

1. “Tainted Love” – Soft Cell (1982)

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WOGL’s Marilyn Russell contributed to this article.