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100 One Hit Wonders of the 80’s (by VH1)

The VH1 Blog has listed the “100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.”  After reading the list, I’m thinking it’s a stretch to call them all hits.  Some are great, though.  See what you think:

Here’s #1 – Come on Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Here’s the entire list (in VH1’s rank order):

1 Dexy’s Midnight Runners: “Come on Eileen”
2 Flock of Seagulls: “I Ran (So Far Away)”
3 A-Ha: “Take On Me”
4 Tommy Tutone: “867-5309 / Jenny”
5 Soft Cell: “Tainted Love”
6 Toni Basil: “Mickey”
7 Modern English: “I Melt With You”
8 Bow Wow Wow: “I Want Candy”
9 Kajagoogoo: “Too Shy”
10 Frankie Goes to Hollywood: “Relax”
11 Gary Numan: “Cars”
12 Animotion: “Obsesssion”
13 Thomas Dolby: “She Blinded Me With Science”
14 Big Country: “In A Big Country”
15 Devo: “Whip It”
16 Nena: “99 Luft Balloons”
17 Men Without Hats: “The Safety Dance”
18 Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock: “It Takes Two”
19 Dead or Alive: “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”
20 Rockwell: “Somebody’s Watching Me”
21 Twisted Sister: “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
22 Michael Sembello: “Maniac”
23 Eddy Grant: “Electric Avenue”
24 Edie Brickell & New Bohemians: “What I Am”
25 Musical Youth: “Pass the Dutchie”

26 Cutting Crew: “I Just Died In Your Arms”
27 Stacey Q: “Two of Hearts”
28 John Parr: “St. Elmos Fire (Man In Motion)”
29 Madness: “Our House”
30 The Vapors: “Turning Japanese”
31 Bobby McFerrin: “Don’t Worry Be Happy”
32 Quarterflash: “Harden My Heart”
33 John Waite: “Missing You”
34 The Waitresses: “I Know What Boys Like”
35 Tom Tom Club: “Genius of Love”
36 Weather Girls: “It’s Raining Men”
37 Lipps, Inc.: “Funkytown”
38 Bruce Willis: “Respect Yourself”
39 Matthew Wilder: “Break My Stride”
40 The Buggles: “Video Killed the Radio Star”
41 Billy Vera “At This Moment”
42 Timbuk 3 “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”
43 Shannon “Let the Music Play”
44 Wall of Voodoo “Mexican Radio”
45 Robbie Nevil “C’est La Vie”
46 Georgia Satellites “Keep Your Hands To Yourself”
47 Pretty Poison “Catch Me I’m Falling”
48 Yello “Oh Yeah”
49 Philip Bailey (w/ Phil Collins) “Easy Lover”
50 Neneh Cherry “Buffalo Stance”
51 After the Fire “Der Kommissar”
52 Mary Jane Girls “In My House”
53 Taco “Puttin’ On the Ritz”
54 Chris DeBurgh “Lady in Red”
55 Johnny Kemp “Just Got Paid”
56 Til Tuesday “Voices Carry”
57 Jermaine Stewart “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off”
58 Don Johnson “Heartbeat”
59 The Outfield “Your Love”
60 Nu Shooz “I Can’t Wait”
61 E.U.: “Da Butt”
62 XTC: “Dear God”

63 Oran “Juice” Jones: “The Rain”
64 Robbie Dupree: “Steal Away”
65 Boomtown Rats: “I Don’t Like Mondays”
66 The Jeff Healy Band: “Angel Eyes”
67 Martika: “Toy Soldiers”
68 Peter Schilling: “Major Tom”
69 T’Pau: “Heart And Soul”
70 Harold Faltermeyer: “Axel F”
71 Jack Wagner: “All I Need”
72 Swing Out Sister: “Breakout”
73 Paul Hardcastle: “19″
74 Information Society: “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)”
75 Bertie Higgins: “Key Largo”
76 J.J. Fad: “Supersonic”
77 General Public: “Tenderness”
78 Aldo Nova: “Fantasy”
79 Alannah Myles: “Black Velvet”
80 Eddie Murphy: “Party All The Time”
81 Josie Cotton: “Johnny Are You Queer?”
82 Red Rider: “Lunatic Fringe”
83 Paul Lekakis: “Boom Boom Boom Let’s Go Back to My Room”
84 The Church: “Under The Milky Way”
85 Ziggy Marley And The Melody Makers: “Tomorrow People”
86 Patrice Rushen: “Forget Me Nots”
87 Vixen: “Edge Of A Broken Heart”
88 Nik Kershaw: “Wouldn’t it Be Good”
89 Rodney Dangerfield: “Rappin’ Rodney”
90 Haircut 100: “Love Plus One”
91 Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson: “Friends And Lovers”
92 Frank Stallone: “Far From Over”
93 L.A. Guns: “The Ballad of Jayne”
94 Club Nouveau: “Lean On Me”
95 Midnight Oil: “Beds are Burning”
96 The Fabulous Thunderbirds: “Tuff Enuff”
97 Will To Power: “Baby I Love Your Way / Freebird”
98 Buckner & Garcia: “Pac-Man Fever”
99 Michael Damian: “Rock On”
100 Clarence Clemons (and Jackson Browne): “You’re A Friend Of Mine”

I’m hoping Alphainventions will like this.



What’s The 80’s Got to Do With It? The Top Songs of the 80’s.

Ah… The 80’s.  Who owned the top selling song?  Michael Jackson? …(no) George Michael? …(nope) Prince? …(nah) Springsteen? …(nup)  Must be Madonna? …(nooo).  How about Tina Turner? …(yes!).  What’s love got to do with it?  Apparently… everything!

What an ecelctic list it is – and what a great decade it was, with something for (nearly) everyone.  Here are the top selling songs of the 1980’s, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and the National Endowment for the Arts:

AlabamaMy Home’s in Alabama – 1980
George JonesHe Stopped Loving Her Today – 1980
Kool & The GangCelebration – 1980
Willie NelsonOn the Road Again – 1980
Dolly Parton9 to 5 – 1980
Pink FloydAnother Brick in the Wall – 1980
Kim CarnesBette Davis Eyes – 1981
Joe Cocker/Jennifer WarnesUp Where We Belong – 1982
The Go-Go’sWe Got the Beat – 1982
Grandmaster FlashThe Message – 1982
Amy GrantEl Shaddai – 1982
Joan JettI Love Rock ‘n’ Roll – 1982
John Cougar MellencampJack and Diane – 1982
Prince1999 – 1982
Donna SummerShe Works Hard for the Money – 1983
Irene CaraFlashdance – 1983
Herbie HancockRockit – 1983
Michael JacksonBeat It – 1983
Cyndi LauperGirls Just Want to Have Fun – 1983
Talking Heads – Burning Down the House – 1983
The JuddsMama He’s Crazy – 1984
The Pointer SistersI’m So Excited – 1984
The PoliceEvery Breath You Take – 1983
PrincePurple Rain – 1984
Bruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A. – 1984
*Tina Turner – What’s Love Got to Do With It – 1984
Van HalenJump – 1984
Hank Williams Jr.All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight – 1984
USA for AfricaWe Are the World – 1985
MadonnaMaterial Girl – 1985
Paul SimonGraceland – 1986
Steve WinwoodHigher Love – 1986
Dionne Warwick & FriendsThat’s What Friends Are For – 1986
U2I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – 1987
The Beastie BoysFight for Your Right (to Party) – 1987
George MichaelFaith – 1987
Guns N’ RosesSweet Child o’ Mine – 1988
Bobby McFerrinDon’t Worry Be Happy – 1988
Tracy ChapmanFast Car – 1988
The B-52’sLove Shack – 1989
Bette MidlerThe Wind Beneath My Wings – 1989
Tom PettyFree Fallin’ – 1989
Public EnemyFight the Power – 1989


What is the Most Popular Song Ever? (According to the Billboard Hot 100)

What do you think is the most popular song EVER in the 50 year history of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart?

Would it be Whatever You Like by T. I.? (nope, but it is #1 today – September 16, 2008).

How about Poor Little Fool by Ricky Nelson? (no, but it was the first #1 – on the inaugural list on August 4, 1958).

Then it must be a Beatles song, right?  No.  Stones? Nope.  U2? Naw.  Bobby Darin? Nyet.  Dean Martin? Nee.

The top song… The Twist by Chubby Checker.

Billboard utilized a complex formula (you can read about it at their site) to weigh songs from different eras to ensure all would get a fair shake.  Although The Twist only spent three weeks at the top of the charts, it did so twice “in two separate runs more than a year apart” – the only song to be number one on two different chart runs.

Although the historic Billboard Hot 100 has (obviously) 100 songs listed, I’ll only list the top ten (click on top ten to see videos of the songs):

  1. The Twist by Chubby Checker
  2. Smooth by Santana, featuring Rob Thomas
  3. Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin
  4. How Do I Live? by LeAnn Rimes
  5. Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix) by Los Del Rio (They’ve got to be kidding…)
  6. Physical by Olivia Newton-John (um… it was the early 80’s)
  7. You Light Up My Life by Debby Boone (…ok, now it’s getting ridiculous)
  8. Hey Jude by The Beatles (…much better)
  9. We Belong Together by Mariah Carey (the only song from this millenia on the top ten)
  10. Un-Break My Heart by Toni Braxton