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Best one hit wonder of the 80s (Female)

There were so many memorable one hit wonders in the 1980s. How well do these songs hold up?

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by Anonymousreply 136February 6, 2022 9:21 PM

Patrice Rushen:

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by Anonymousreply 1January 17, 2022 9:29 PM


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by Anonymousreply 2January 17, 2022 9:33 PM

Tracey Ullman:

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by Anonymousreply 3January 17, 2022 9:35 PM

Lulu - I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do) [#18]

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by Anonymousreply 4January 17, 2022 9:38 PM

Got to be Mickey, you just can't hear it and not sing along. It's a classic.

by Anonymousreply 5January 17, 2022 9:41 PM

God, I HATED Edie Brickell. Nails on chalkboard.

by Anonymousreply 6January 17, 2022 9:42 PM

OP, Sylvia was hardly a one-hit wonder. She’s a country singer, but this song crossed jandras to the pop side.

by Anonymousreply 7January 17, 2022 9:43 PM

Sylvia was a huge country artist in the 80s with country #1 songs

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by Anonymousreply 8January 17, 2022 9:44 PM

Sharon Brown - I Specialize In Love

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by Anonymousreply 9January 17, 2022 9:45 PM

Alison Moyet - Invisible

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by Anonymousreply 10January 17, 2022 9:45 PM

Quarterflash - Harden My Heart.

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by Anonymousreply 11January 17, 2022 9:47 PM

I don't think Alison Moyet or Lulu can count has 'one hit wonders.' I chose Shannon, I still love 'Let the Music Play' and it still gets airplay.

by Anonymousreply 12January 17, 2022 9:48 PM

Wot is he like?

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by Anonymousreply 13January 17, 2022 9:48 PM

Shannon had two hits.

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by Anonymousreply 14January 17, 2022 9:50 PM

Stacey Q:

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by Anonymousreply 15January 17, 2022 9:51 PM

"Baby Love" was intended for Madonna to record. After she declined it, Regina recorded the vocal herself in late 1985, though with Stephen Bray's production it sounded similar to Madonna's other recordings of the time and was sometimes mistaken for one.

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by Anonymousreply 16January 17, 2022 9:57 PM

Alisha - Baby Talk

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by Anonymousreply 17January 17, 2022 9:59 PM

Stacy Q also had two hits, though to be fair I cannot distinguish between them, they sound exactly the same.

by Anonymousreply 18January 17, 2022 10:01 PM

Berlin - Take My Breath Away

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by Anonymousreply 19January 17, 2022 10:09 PM

Jocelyn Brown - Somebody Else's Guy

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by Anonymousreply 20January 17, 2022 10:10 PM

Alannah Myles was 1990.

by Anonymousreply 21January 17, 2022 10:14 PM

December 1989, according to 45cat...

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by Anonymousreply 22January 17, 2022 10:15 PM

What bullshit chart did OP use? Most of those chart rankings don’t reflect actual chart peaks.

by Anonymousreply 23January 17, 2022 10:18 PM

Charlie Dore's "Pilot of the Airwaves" hit #13 US in 1980:

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by Anonymousreply 24January 17, 2022 10:21 PM

[quote] What bullshit chart did OP use? Most of those chart rankings don’t reflect actual chart peaks.

The Billboard US Chart was used.

by Anonymousreply 25January 17, 2022 10:24 PM

Deborah Allen - Baby I Lied

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by Anonymousreply 26January 17, 2022 10:36 PM

Fun poll, OP, but you got these wrong:

Forget Me Nots peaked at #23

They Don’t Know #8

Black Velvet #1

by Anonymousreply 27January 17, 2022 11:29 PM

Mickey because of the video.

by Anonymousreply 28January 17, 2022 11:42 PM

Sylvia was really considered a country singer and had several country hits during the 80s. Nobody was her only single to score on the pop chart.

by Anonymousreply 29January 17, 2022 11:58 PM

"Shame Shame Shame" is her best, though.

by Anonymousreply 30January 18, 2022 12:17 AM

Sylvia's pop hit:

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by Anonymousreply 31January 18, 2022 12:21 AM

Toni Basil only reached #81 in 1983. Why wasn't this a hit?

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by Anonymousreply 32January 18, 2022 1:50 AM

For me, it was close between Toni Basil and Tracey Ullman, but I voted for Tracey's "They Don't Know".

by Anonymousreply 33January 19, 2022 12:54 AM

*Kirsty Maccoll's "They Don't Know."

by Anonymousreply 34January 19, 2022 1:00 AM

Quarterflash had 2 other sizable hits : "Find Another Fool" #14 and "Take Me To Heart" #14

by Anonymousreply 35January 19, 2022 1:06 AM

But if people only remember one...

by Anonymousreply 36January 19, 2022 1:10 AM

Always wanted Tracy Ullman's cover of Irma Thomas' "Breakaway" to be a bigger hit. It stalled at #70 or so in the US.

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by Anonymousreply 37January 19, 2022 1:15 AM

Jane Wiedlin - Rush Hour

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by Anonymousreply 38January 19, 2022 1:17 AM

R37 Such a great song

by Anonymousreply 39January 19, 2022 1:17 AM

I agree with R12. Lulu is a 3 hit wonder.

by Anonymousreply 40January 19, 2022 1:19 AM

R7 "jandras" lol

by Anonymousreply 41January 19, 2022 1:20 AM

Your nobody called today

by Anonymousreply 42January 19, 2022 1:21 AM

Lulu actually had 4 Top 40 hits.

by Anonymousreply 43January 19, 2022 1:23 AM

[Quote] Such a great song

Courtesy of Jackie DeShannon.

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by Anonymousreply 44January 19, 2022 1:25 AM

99 Luftbalons, If The Love Fits Wear It, The Seven Year Ache, Heart and Soul-T’pau, When We Kiss are some of my faves.

by Anonymousreply 45January 19, 2022 1:37 AM

Edie Brickell was from the “my name is Luca” school of performance.

by Anonymousreply 46January 19, 2022 1:53 AM

Holy crap—If the Love Fits Wear it! Totally forgot that one. I have never seen any videos of Leslie Pearl performing her one hit.

by Anonymousreply 47January 19, 2022 3:16 AM

Patrice Rushen is no one hit wonder.

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by Anonymousreply 48January 19, 2022 3:48 AM

Alison Moyet a "one hit wonder"!? Just kill yourself, cretin.

by Anonymousreply 49January 19, 2022 3:57 AM

Melba Moore's version of R4 in 1980:

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by Anonymousreply 50January 19, 2022 5:51 AM

Alison Moyet had one Top 40 hit. "Invisible" peaked at #31.

by Anonymousreply 51January 19, 2022 12:36 PM

Bobbi Walker's cover in 1980, r50.

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by Anonymousreply 52January 19, 2022 12:37 PM

Having just one Top 40 hit does not make one a "One Hit Wonder". There are additional criteria, dumbasses.

by Anonymousreply 53January 19, 2022 12:38 PM

[quote] Your nobody called today

Your "Nobody" called today and she hung up when I asked her name.

by Anonymousreply 54January 19, 2022 1:52 PM

what was the fourth?

by Anonymousreply 55January 19, 2022 8:02 PM


by Anonymousreply 56January 19, 2022 8:04 PM

Some friends dragged me to a stupid trivia night a few years ago, and in the “one hit wonders” category, one of the answers was Laura Branigan.

I almost flipped the table.

by Anonymousreply 57January 19, 2022 8:20 PM

Was "Gloria" the hit?

by Anonymousreply 58January 19, 2022 8:21 PM

Well Moyet isn't a one hit wonder because she was in Yaz/Yazoo, iconic New Wave band, and Moyet developed respect and cred as an "underground" great singer that endured for 15 years. Earned or not. One hit wonder means - huge success with 1 hit - then gone and if not forgotten, existing in the shadow of that one hit in a pathetic oldies act way.

by Anonymousreply 59January 19, 2022 8:22 PM

"Yazoo" is a different act to "Alison Moyet." Nobody is counting Stevie Nicks' Fleetwood Mac hits...

by Anonymousreply 60January 19, 2022 8:23 PM

The fourth Lulu hit. Branigan had more than "Gloria".

by Anonymousreply 61January 19, 2022 8:26 PM

[Quote] Branigan had more than "Gloria".

Indeed. I was asking about the quiz.

by Anonymousreply 62January 19, 2022 8:28 PM

R32 I love that song - Over My Head by Toni Basil!!!! The video too!!

by Anonymousreply 63January 19, 2022 8:31 PM

Baby Love by Regina is gr8

by Anonymousreply 64January 19, 2022 8:32 PM

Sylvia was not a one hit wonder

by Anonymousreply 65January 19, 2022 8:33 PM

Lulu's Top 40 hits are:

To Sir With Love, Best of Both Worlds, Oh Me Oh My, I Could Never Miss You.

by Anonymousreply 66January 19, 2022 8:33 PM

Patti had the best "Gloria"!

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by Anonymousreply 67January 19, 2022 8:34 PM

No. Them have the best "Gloria."

by Anonymousreply 68January 19, 2022 8:35 PM

Sylvia had several hits in the US


The Matador


Like Nothing Ever Happened


The Boy Gets Around

I Never Quite Got Back From Loving You

Fallin In Love

Cry Just a Little Bit

I Love You By Heart

by Anonymousreply 69January 19, 2022 8:36 PM

Country hits don't count unless they go Top 40 on the Hot 100.

by Anonymousreply 70January 19, 2022 8:39 PM

Kim Carnes had several Top 40 hits too.

Don’t Fall In Love With a Dreamer (w/ Kenny Rogers)

More Love

Bette Davis Eyes (#1 for 9 weeks)

Invisible Hands

I Pretend

What About Me (w/ Kenny Rogers and James Ingram)

Crazy In The Night (Barking At Airplanes)

by Anonymousreply 71January 19, 2022 8:47 PM

[quote] she hung up when I asked her name.

Why would she do that?

Does she think she’s being clever?

by Anonymousreply 72January 19, 2022 8:51 PM

Patrice Rushen had other popular songs like Watch Out and Settle For My Love

Berlin had The Metro years before Take My Breath Away came out as well as No More Words

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by Anonymousreply 73January 19, 2022 9:14 PM

Berlin, The Metro

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by Anonymousreply 74January 19, 2022 9:15 PM

Berlin made me think of this one-hit wonder

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by Anonymousreply 75January 19, 2022 9:23 PM

I voted for Tony Basil's "Micky," but Moon Unit Zappa's "Valley Girl" is also a favorite, fer sure, fer sure.

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by Anonymousreply 76January 19, 2022 9:23 PM

Berlin’s the Metro is one of my fave tracks from the New Wave era

by Anonymousreply 77January 19, 2022 9:36 PM

R75 I love that one too by the Passions!!!

by Anonymousreply 78January 19, 2022 9:36 PM

What about fuckin’ Terri Gibbs “Somebody’s Knockin’”?????

by Anonymousreply 79January 19, 2022 9:37 PM

Somebody’s knockin’ Lord if it’s the devil would you let him in?

by Anonymousreply 80January 19, 2022 9:38 PM

Great song!

by Anonymousreply 81January 19, 2022 9:48 PM

There is no best. There are MANY.


by Anonymousreply 82January 19, 2022 9:49 PM

Come On Eileen!

by Anonymousreply 83January 19, 2022 9:50 PM

You have to be a true pedant to think that "one-hit wonder" can refer to a person who had only one hit as a solo artist, but who also had multiple hits singing in a group.

by Anonymousreply 84January 19, 2022 9:55 PM

By that logic, all Diana Ross' Supremes hits should be counted as "Diana Ross" hits.

by Anonymousreply 85January 19, 2022 9:55 PM

I voted for Tracey, because she’s so multitalented & I love that song & vid. Breakaway, Bobby’s Girl, & Move Over Darling should’ve been hits!

by Anonymousreply 86January 19, 2022 10:09 PM

Travey's pop career was so fucking pedestrian.

by Anonymousreply 87January 19, 2022 10:11 PM

Kitrina and the waves sucked

by Anonymousreply 88January 19, 2022 10:16 PM

Love, shine a light on r88 and take him out.

by Anonymousreply 89January 19, 2022 10:17 PM

Safire - Thinking of You

by Anonymousreply 90January 19, 2022 10:25 PM

Katrina’s a lesbian now, along with Maria McKee of Lone Justice—two bands that stood out during my lowest point of 1985.

by Anonymousreply 91January 19, 2022 10:25 PM

"Thinking of You" from the 45 by Safire.

by Anonymousreply 92January 19, 2022 10:25 PM

[Quote] during my lowest point of 1985.

Tell us about it.

by Anonymousreply 93January 19, 2022 10:26 PM

Brenda K. Starr - I Still Believe

by Anonymousreply 94January 19, 2022 10:27 PM

Pretty Poison - Catch Me I’m Falling

by Anonymousreply 95January 19, 2022 10:29 PM

Swing Out Sister - Breakout

by Anonymousreply 96January 19, 2022 10:29 PM

Vixen - Edge of a Broken Heart

by Anonymousreply 97January 19, 2022 10:30 PM

Robin - Save Up All Your Tears

by Anonymousreply 98January 19, 2022 10:33 PM

Swing out Sister had a few hits, Am I the Same Girl, Surrender, Twilight World, Waiting Game…I love them!

by Anonymousreply 99January 19, 2022 10:33 PM

I like them too but op has set the rules as a hit being US Billboard Hot 100 top 40

by Anonymousreply 100January 19, 2022 10:34 PM

R92 it’s from her self titled album “Sa-Fire”. I have the CD. It’s considered a freestyle classic.

by Anonymousreply 101January 19, 2022 10:36 PM

A far better singer than most on this list: Toni Childs - Don't Walk Away

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by Anonymousreply 102January 19, 2022 10:36 PM

R102 Toni Child’s Union CD got me through my sophomore year in high school.

by Anonymousreply 103January 19, 2022 10:38 PM

Maybe the problem was having Child in your last name:

Jane Child - Don't Wanna Fall In Love

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by Anonymousreply 104January 19, 2022 10:39 PM

Child!!? Oh, they're girls...

by Anonymousreply 105January 19, 2022 10:41 PM

Toni Childs was nominated for the Grammy for Best New Artist for the year 1988. She was quite deserving.

by Anonymousreply 106January 19, 2022 10:41 PM

Martika - Toy Soldiers

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by Anonymousreply 107January 19, 2022 10:41 PM

Martika had top 40 hits with More Than You know and Love Thy Will Be Done besides Toy Soldiers.

by Anonymousreply 108January 19, 2022 10:45 PM

R91 a different time. That's why I give people like KD Lang , Boy George and Melissa Etheridge a ton of credit.

by Anonymousreply 109January 19, 2022 10:46 PM

kd lang.

by Anonymousreply 110January 19, 2022 10:48 PM

I disagree about Maria McKee being a low point. I’m a fan of her music.

by Anonymousreply 111January 19, 2022 10:56 PM

The only Melissa Etheridge song I still enjoy is her 1st or 2nd single “Similar Features”.

by Anonymousreply 112January 19, 2022 10:57 PM

Agree r111 my favorite is an astonishingly great song she wrote with Robbie Robertson - Nobody's Child

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by Anonymousreply 113January 19, 2022 11:01 PM

I’m Gonna Soothe You and Scar Lover are my faves by Maria McKee.

by Anonymousreply 114January 19, 2022 11:03 PM

"Ways to Be Wicked" is a good one of hers also.

by Anonymousreply 115January 19, 2022 11:10 PM

Debatable whether this 2nd release from Til Tuesday was an actual hit, but I'm saying it's a better song than their big hit

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by Anonymousreply 116January 19, 2022 11:11 PM

[Quote] I disagree about Maria McKee being a low point. I’m a fan of her music.

That poster was talking about their own life.

by Anonymousreply 117January 19, 2022 11:11 PM

"Coming Up Close" is their best song.

by Anonymousreply 118January 19, 2022 11:12 PM



Piss off, cunt!

by Anonymousreply 119January 19, 2022 11:20 PM

I love Aimee, with that band and solo, but boy, after seeing that video I know why she doesn't dance around at concerts.

by Anonymousreply 120January 19, 2022 11:22 PM

Even though it only made it to #72, Don’t Walk Away was the only US Billboard entry for Toni Childs. For some reason, I thought it went Top 40. I loved it back then, and now.

by Anonymousreply 121January 20, 2022 3:29 AM

The 90s poll had endless bitching about Alannah Myles.

Doesn't seem her hit was really that popular after checking the votes.

by Anonymousreply 122January 20, 2022 3:38 AM

If we're talking U.S., I think Frida's I Know There's Something Going On was a great one.

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by Anonymousreply 123January 20, 2022 10:08 AM

Had to research so I wouldn't get called out by Billboard nazis, but Romeo Void is a literal one-hit wonder with Girl In Trouble being their only Top 40 hit

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by Anonymousreply 124January 20, 2022 5:29 PM

R124 I loved that song! I was in elementary when it came out, which should have been a sign. I was obsessed with that song, even though I had NO idea what it meant at the time.

by Anonymousreply 125January 20, 2022 6:39 PM

I would have guessed that "Never Say Never" was a bigger hit for Romeo Void. I'm pretty sure it was in Los Angeles, where KROQ played it all the time. Memorable line, "I might like you better if we slept together" - and excellent use of the saxophone.

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by Anonymousreply 126January 20, 2022 6:57 PM

Never Say Never was limited in its airplay, I think, but some of the lyrics (and the f word) but it was definitely one of those songs that built a fan base/reputation as time went on.

A Girl In Trouble is a great song, too, but watching the video pisses me off. The record company thought that somehow trying to minimize the lead singer's weight in the video would somehow affect the number of people that would buy the record. All sorts of camera tricks that they did on Alison Moyet's videos, too.

by Anonymousreply 127January 20, 2022 7:15 PM

I will never be able to think of "Hey Mickey" again without thinking of Khan dancing to it (and Minh clapping along) in the privacy of their living room on "King of the Hill."

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by Anonymousreply 128January 20, 2022 7:27 PM

[quote] Stacy Q also had two hits, though to be fair I cannot distinguish between them, they sound exactly the same.

Stacey Q hit #35 with her followup:

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by Anonymousreply 129January 23, 2022 9:17 PM

Let the Music Play takes me back to the Boston gay bars of the 80s. The 1270 especially.

by Anonymousreply 130January 23, 2022 9:23 PM

Toni Basil still looks great (2020 interview):

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by Anonymousreply 131February 6, 2022 5:14 AM

"Give Me The Night" was also a hit for Shannon, though.

by Anonymousreply 132February 6, 2022 5:35 AM

Hey Mickey for sure not because it’s the best song but it’s fun, universality appealing and everyone can sing along to it but of course the video is iconic!

Based on song alone I’d say Shannon and then Patrice for me.

by Anonymousreply 133February 6, 2022 1:03 PM

The song is “Mickey” by Toni Basil, r133

by Anonymousreply 134February 6, 2022 7:53 PM

[quote] but of course the video is iconic!

Yeah, the video really made it. The song itself is a cover of Mike Chapman and Nikki Chin's "Kitty" first released by Racey two years prior.

by Anonymousreply 135February 6, 2022 9:00 PM

Shannon’s song was Give me Tonight. Hey remember liking her so much, also liked Do you Wanna Get Away.

by Anonymousreply 136February 6, 2022 9:21 PM
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