'80s One Hit Wonders
Written by Michael Oshust
A 'One Hit Wonder' is a musical artist who is successful with one hit song, but without a comparable subsequent hit. The term may also be applied to an artist who is remembered for only one hit despite other successes.
Dexy's Midnight Runners finally had a No.1 hit in the UK, which also became Dexys' first single released in the United States with Come On Eileen. Unfortunately, the band never had success after the 1982 hit. Tommy Tutone is best known for its 1981 hit "867-5309/Jenny." It was their only top 10 single. "Mickey" is a 1981 song recorded by American singer and choreographer Toni Basil. It is her only well known top 10 hit.
Will To Power released "Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley (Free Baby)" which is a medley of "Baby, I Love Your Way" by Peter Frampton; and "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. It spent one week at #1 on the Hot 100 chart dated December 3, 1988. It is the only top 10 single by Will To Power.
John Parr had the No.1 single St. Elmos Fire (Man In Motion). The song was created and edited within 24 hours and the song did not appear on Parr's studio albums.
Billy Vera & the Beaters released "At This Moment" from their album which stalled on the Billboard charts at No.79. Once the song was featured on an episode of 'Family Ties', the exposure renewed interest in the song hitting No.1 in the Billboard 100 chart. Bobby McFerrin is an American Jazz vocalist that sang "Don't Worry, Be Happy." The song was on the Cocktail Soundtrack and peaked at No.1 on the Billboard 100 charts.
Here is a list of 'One Hit Wonders' ... It makes us wonder where are they now?