80s "omg I loved that one" one hit wonders mix tape thread

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P. sure this was Rainbow's only Top 40 in the US. (It peaked at 40 lol.)

SteakNique (®2011 Ulillillia) (Phil D.), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 12:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

I know Deep Purple is hardly a one-hit wonder but it blows my mind that this nearly made the Top Ten in the year of Bruce, Madonna and Prince.

SteakNique (®2011 Ulillillia) (Phil D.), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 13:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ollie & Jerry - "There's No Stoppin' Us (Theme from 'Breakin')"

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 13:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wang Chung - Dance Hall Days

(actually they had another hit or two... this was the only one to make it to ·1 tho...)

Moka, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 13:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

I would have sworn "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" was a bigger hit.

Yeah, in the US anyway "Dance Hall Days" hit 16 and "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" hit 2 and "Let's Go" hit 9.

Their best song, "Fire In The Twilight" from "The Breakfast Club" soundtrack, wasn't a hit at all ;_;

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 13:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Fire in the Twilight is great.

VegemiteGrrl, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 14:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, in the US anyway "Dance Hall Days" hit 16 and "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" hit 2 and "Let's Go" hit 9.

To Live and Die in L.A. peaked at #41 and still gets loads recurring airplay despite Everybody Have Fun Tonight being more popular.

Leopard on the Cheetos Bag (MintIce), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 20:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd include Benjamin Orr's 'Stay The Night' here but I don't know if that technically counts as a One Hit Wonder because of Orr's vocals on The Cars 'Drive'. Two hit wonder then? Sure.

Leopard on the Cheetos Bag (MintIce), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 20:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

I would count it.

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 20:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

I would too, and it's a better song than "Drive."

There I said it.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 20:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Orr-sung Cars singles that hit the Top 40: "Just What I Needed, "Let's Go," "Why Can't I Have You," "You Are The Girl."

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 20:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

huh

I don't think I realized until just now that he sang all of my favorite Cars songs

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 20:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ric Ocasek's a one hit wonder too! "Emotion in Motion," remember.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 20:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh how come noone has mentioned this one:

Don Henley - Boys of Summer

Moka, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 20:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Because Henley had a lot more hit singles?

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 20:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Orange Juice - Rip it Up

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 21:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

They did release several albums and still have some present-day cache, though.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 21:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 22:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

xxpost I had never that Orange Juice track and it immediately reminded me of Annie's "Me Plus One".

daavid, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

daavid, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Love love love this song:

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

at what point did we wander away from posting hits

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

because I have a shitload of things I would post but they are not hits at all

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

except for this, this was a hit:

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh man, Joboxers, had forgotten about that song! (Although I remembered the Trouser Press review starting "Responsible for a brief Dead End Kids fashion fad in Great Britain...")

Hardcore Bangage (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Daryl Hall's "Dreamtime" is a good choice.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Eurogliders went to #21 on the Billboard US Mainstream Rock tracks chart, Cock Robin went to #35, and Joboxers went to #36.

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

"I don't remember this son" != "not a hit"

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was under the impression we were using high placement on the Hot 100 as criteria, not every ancillary Billboard chart that contains songs we like

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

I am not trying to be Judgy McDouchebag, I just didn't think those charts were in play

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

The very first song you posted on this thread went all the way to #37 on the Hot 100, so uhhhh . . . xp

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

I consider Top 40 to be high placement, mostly because that's where the countdown starts.

This is basically jumping up and down upon and mooning the "please don't be a pedant" request but the whole conversation/thread started because we were reminiscing about quirky mid-80s Top 40 songs; I was surprised you were posting stuff that never hit the top 40 and mostly asking if the floodgates were open for me to be a pathetic goth.

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

(although Gene Loves Jezebel didn't chart as high as I thought they did ;_l)

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Is that an emoticon of, like, Ace Frehley crying?

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

it is now!

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, the original spirit of the thread was to include stuff I actually heard on normal Top 40 radio between the ages of 10 and 14 or so, which is basically how it started out. Now if someone wants to post Joboxers because he or she heard it on the radio as a kid, it's not my place to piss in the punchbowl. It really doesn't have any resonance for me, though.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wiki for JoBoxers just says it made the American Top 40. I never heard it on the radio, but I saw the video a ton at my local danceteria as a young adult.

Hardcore Bangage (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Had more semi-hits in the UK, but this was the only Top 40 for the US.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh my God YES

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

LOVE that song.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm going to sully this thread with something that really doesn't qualify, because it was no more a hit than any other song he released in the US in the 80s (though it was big in Canada). I just remember loving it whenever it would play on the radio.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

okay now you are REALLY making me want to post Mel & Kim

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Which single? I looked at Wikipedia and tbh I can't recall any of them by title alone.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Showin' Out"

it's a big ball of SAW goodness

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

S-Express - "Theme from S-Express"

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Danny Wilson - "Mary's Prayer"

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just because I'm now obsessively stuck on the pedantry, I checked and Joboxers were #39 on Casey Kasem's "American Top 40" the week of Nov. 5, 1983. If Casey got to say your record's name on the radio, it was a hit AFAIC! And Cock Robin was at #36 the week of Aug. 4, 1985. Eurogliders, not so much, but it's still a great tune.

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Okay, I remember that Mel & Kim song (barely).

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:59 (2 years ago) Permalink


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