Iconic One Hit Wonders of 1986: Pop Songs Trivia and Lists

1985 One Hit Wonders & Artists Known For One Song

Paul Hardcastle
Paul Hardcastle is an English composer and musician, specializing in the synthesizer. He is well known for his work in the genres of electro, contemporary jazz, and smooth jazz.
All Of Me For All Of You
9.9 was an American R&B group from the 1980s, known for their hit single “All Of Me For All Of You” which reached number 5 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Axel F
Harold Faltermeyer
Harold Faltermeyer is a German musician, keyboardist, composer, and record producer. He is best known for composing the “Axel F” theme for the feature film Beverly Hills Cop, which topped musical charts in 1985.
Black Kisses Never Make You Blue
Curtie & The Boom Box
Curtie & The Boom Box were a disco group from the Netherlands. They are best known for their song “Black Kisses (Never Make You Blue)” which reached the top 10 in several countries in Europe.
Burning Flame
Vitamin Z
Vitamin Z was a British pop rock band formed in 1982 by singers Geoff Barradale and Nick Lockwood. Despite their short-lived career, they’re known for their unique blend of new wave and synth-pop elements.
Come On Shout
Alex Brown
Alex Brown was a popular background singer who worked extensively with the Rolling Stones and other famous artists such as Dusty Springfield and Bonnie Raitt.
Godley and Creme
Godley and Creme were an English rock duo active between 1977 and 1988. Both members, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, had formerly been part of the rock band 10cc.
Dancin’ In The Key Of Life
Steve Arrington
Steve Arrington is an American singer, songwriter, drummer, record producer, engineer, and minister, who grew up in Dayton, Ohio. He was a member of the funk and soul band, Slave.
Don Quichotte
Magazine 60
Magazine 60 is a French synthpop band founded in 1981. They are best known for their dance hit, “Don Quichotte,” which was a hit in many countries in Europe.
Everybody Dance
Ta Mara and the Seen
Ta Mara and the Seen was an American R&B group based in Minneapolis. Ta Mara, aka Margie Cox, was the group’s lead vocalist, which was formed and produced by Jesse Johnson of The Time.
Fools Like Me
Lorenzo Lamas
Besides being a notable actor known for his roles in soap operas like “Falcon Crest”, Lorenzo Lamas also pursued a career in music. His single “Fools Like Me” made it to the top 100 of the Billboard Hot 100.
Forever Young
Alphaville is a German synth-pop band formed in 1982. While best known for their hit “Forever Young,” the band has had a lengthy career with multiple album releases.
Go For Soda
Kim Mitchell
Kim Mitchell is a Canadian musician and broadcaster. Prior to his successful solo career, Mitchell was the lead singer and guitarist for the band Max Webster.
Hangin’ On A String (Contemplating)
Loose Ends
Loose Ends was a British R&B band that had several hits in the 1980s, including “Hangin’ on a String” which was the first UK-produced track to reach number one on the US Billboard R&B chart.
Robin George
Robin George is a British rock guitarist, known for his solo hits such as “Heartline” and for his collaborations with notable rock musicians including David Byron, Glenn Hughes, and Phil Lynott.
Hold Me
Menudo was a Puerto Rican boy band formed in the 1970s. It had a rotating cast, with members leaving the band once they turned 16. Ricky Martin, a former member, went on to have a successful solo career.
I Like You
Phyllis Nelson
Phyllis Nelson was an American singer, particularly successful in the United Kingdom. “I Like You” was her first song to reach the Top 40 on the R&B chart in the United States.
I’ll Be Around
What Is This
What Is This was an American band that originally included three of the four future members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The band existed from 1980 to 1985.
In My House
The Mary Jane Girls
The Mary Jane Girls were an American R&B, soul, funk, and disco group in the 1980s. They were protégées of singer Rick James and were signed to Motown Records.
Eric Martin
Eric Martin is an American rock singer/musician known for his work as the lead vocalist of the rock band Mr. Big, which had several hits in the late 1980s and 1990s.
One Night In Bangkok
Robey is the stage name for American actress and singer Louise Dorsey, who is known for her cover of “One Night in Bangkok”, a song from the musical Chess.
Party All The Time
Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy, known primarily for his comedic roles in film and television, ventured into music with his 1985 hit “Party All The Time”, produced by funk musician Rick James.
People Get Ready
Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart
Jeff Beck is an influential English rock guitarist who played with The Yardbirds before embarking on a successful solo career. Rod Stewart is a British singer-songwriter with an enduring career spanning over five decades, known for his raspy vocals. The duo collaborated on the cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready”.
Perfect Way
Scritti Politti
Scritti Politti is a British band that originally began as a punk-inspired group but became known for their polished, synth-pop sound in the 1980s. Frontman Green Gartside is the only permanent member.
Problemes D’Amour
Alexander Robotnik
Alexander Robotnik is the alias of Italian electronic musician Maurizio Dami, who is considered a pioneer of the Italo-disco genre.
Roxanne, Roxanne
UTFO (which stands for Untouchable Force Organization) was an American old-school hip-hop group popular in the 1980s. They were known for their confrontational style and “Roxanne, Roxanne”, a popular track that spawned numerous response songs.
Roxanne’s Revenge
Roxanne Shante
Roxanne Shante is an American hip-hop artist known for her 1984 track “Roxanne’s Revenge”, a response to UTFO’s “Roxanne, Roxanne”, which started the Roxanne Wars, a series of answer records in the mid-80s.
Running Back
Urgent was a Canadian rock band active in the 1980s. Despite their limited commercial success, they were known for their energetic performances and skillful musicianship.
Save The Night For Me
Maureen Steele
Maureen Steele is a Canadian pop singer who achieved some success with her singles during the mid-1980s.
The Stranglers
The Stranglers are a UK punk rock band formed in 1974. They were among the wave of punk bands that emerged in the mid-70s, but they used more keyboard and were more musically sophisticated than many of their peers.
Smalltown Boy
Bronski Beat
Bronski Beat is a British synth-pop trio that achieved recognition in the mid-1980s. They are known for their progressive lyrical content, which often touched on issues of sexuality and prejudice.
Some Like It Hot
The Power Station
The Power Station was a supergroup formed by members of Duran Duran, Chic, and singer Robert Palmer. They named themselves after a New York City recording studio where their album was conceived and recorded.
Sounds Of Your Voice
The Jon Butcher Axis
The Jon Butcher Axis (originally “Jon Butcher Axis”) is an American rock band formed in Boston with Jon Butcher as the lead vocalist and guitarist. Butcher received Grammy nominations for his instrumental rock guitar music.
Square Rooms
Al Corley
Al Corley is an American actor and singer, known for his role as Steven Carrington on the 1980s soap opera Dynasty. His music career included the hit single “Square Rooms”.
Jules Shear
Jules Shear is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist who is known as the host of the first 13 episodes of MTV Unplugged.
Summertime Girls
Y & T
Y&T (originally named Yesterday & Today) is an American hard rock/heavy metal band formed in 1974 in Oakland. They released several albums during the 1980s and established a strong fanbase in the US and UK.
Sun City
Artists United Against Apartheid
“Artists United Against Apartheid” was a 1985 project led by Little Steven aka Steven Van Zandt, of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. The project was aimed at protesting apartheid and the artists who performed at Sun City, a resort in South Africa, during apartheid.
Tarzan Boy
Baltimora was an Italian music project active in the 1980s and is often considered a one-hit-wonder for their song “Tarzan Boy”. The face of Baltimora, Jimmy McShane, was an Irish singer and dancer.
The Screams of Passion
The Family
The Family was a band created by Prince, and its only album was largely written and produced by him. One of its members, St. Paul Peterson, later joined another Prince-related band, The Time.
John Hunter
John Hunter is an American musician known for his song “Tragedy,” which became popular on rock radio stations. He released his debut album, “Famous at Night,” in 1984.
Turn Up The Radio
Autograph is an American rock band from Pasadena, California, best known for their hit song “Turn Up the Radio”. The band was initially active from 1983 to 1989, and subsequently reformed in 2013.
Voices Carry
‘Til Tuesday
‘Til Tuesday was an American new wave band formed in Boston in 1982. They’re known for their top ten single “Voices Carry”. Their lead singer, Aimee Mann, would go on to achieve substantial success as a solo artist.
Walking on Sunshine
Katrina & the Waves
Katrina and the Waves was a British-American rock band best known for the 1985 hit “Walking on Sunshine”. They also won the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Love Shine a Light”.
We Are The World
USA For Africa
USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa), was an American music supergroup, best known for recording the charity single “We Are the World” in 1985. The group included top U.S. musicians like Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, and Stevie Wonder.
Weird Science
Oingo Boingo
Oingo Boingo was an American new wave band, formed by songwriter Danny Elfman in 1979. Elfman has since become a renowned film and television composer, scoring music for numerous major motion pictures, including many films by Tim Burton.
When Your Heart Is Weak
Cock Robin
Cock Robin is an American pop rock band, mostly popular in the 1980s, particularly in continental Europe. The band was founded by singer-songwriter Peter Kingsbery in 1982.
Yo’ Little Brother
Nolan Thomas
Nolan Thomas (born Marko Kalfa) is a pop singer from New York who scored a hit with the song “Yo’ Little Brother” in 1985. The music video was heavily rotated on MTV, though Thomas did not achieve sustained commercial success.
You Look Marvelous
Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He gained prominence in the 1970s and 1980s for television roles as Jodie Dallas on the ABC sitcom Soap and as a cast member and frequent host of Saturday Night Live. His parody song “You Look Marvelous” was a surprise hit in 1985.


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