Toronto Mike

Top 10 One Hit Wonders of the 1980s


I caught the end of one of those VH1 list shows.  This one was counting down the top 10 one hit wonders of the 1980s.  Naturally, I started compiling my own list.

This list is from a Canadian perspective.  I don't care what they say in the USA, Bruce Cockburn had more than one hit on this side of the border.  Furthermore, I'm protecting the term "1-hit" with hardcore veracity.  Twisted Sister are not one hit wonders, and neither is Rob Base & D.J. E-Z Rock.

Here's my personal top ten.  Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments.

10. a-ha - Take On Me

9. Big Country - In a Big Country

8. When in Rome - The Promise

7. Modern English - I Melt With You

6. Wall of Voodoo - Mexican Radio

5. Devo - Whip It

4. Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science

3. Soft Cell - Tainted Love

2. Nena - 99 Luftballons

1. Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen

With apologies to Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round", The Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" and Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, who are not one hit wonders in my books.

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