Classic One Hit Wonders of 1987: Pop Songs Trivia and Lists

1987 One Hit Wonders & Artists Known For One Song

American Dream
Simon F
Simon Fellowes, performing as Simon F, is an English musician and author, currently known for his crime thrillers under the name Simon Fellowes.
As We Lay
Shirley Murdock
Shirley Murdock is an American R&B singer-songwriter, who is best known for her 1986 R&B hit single “As We Lay”.
Boom Boom (Let’s Go Back To My Room)
Paul Lekakis
Paul Lekakis is a Greek-American actor, model, filmmaker, and club music / Hi-NRG singer, who was discovered for his musical and dancing skills at a nightclub while on assignment as a model in Italy.
Boy Toy
Tia is a Japanese pop singer who debuted in 2005 with the release of her first single, “Boy Toy”.
Levert was an American R&B vocal group from Cleveland, Ohio, composed of three sons of Eddie Levert, founder of the vocal group The O’Jays.
Catch Me I’m Falling
Pretty Poison
Pretty Poison is an American dance group that succeeded in the top 40 Billboard chart with this song in the late 1980s.
Crazy World
Big Trouble
Big Trouble was an American pop group formed in 1987 by singer and songwriter Bob Destocki.
Dirty Water
Rock and Hyde
Rock and Hyde were a Canadian rock duo, consisting of Payola$ members Paul Hyde and Bob Rock.
Don’t Disturb This Groove
The System
The System is an American synth-pop duo consisting of vocalist/guitarist Mic Murphy and seasoned session keyboardist David Frank.
Facts Of Love
Jeff Lorber and Karyn White
Jeff Lorber is a Grammy-nominated keyboardist, composer, and record producer, while Karyn White is known for being the first female artist to have her first three solo releases hit #1 on the R&B charts.
Company B
Company B was a freestyle/dance-pop trio formed in 1986 by Cuban-American producer Ish Ledesma.
Follow You
Glen Burtnick
Glen Burtnick is a singer, songwriter, entertainer, and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with Styx.
Pseudo Echo
Pseudo Echo is an Australian band which was internationally popular in the 1980s.
Guaranteed For Life
Millions Like Us
Millions Like Us was a British female vocal duo formed in 1984.
Hang On St. Christopher
Tom Waits
Tom Waits is an American singer-songwriter and actor known for his distinctive raspy voice and incorporation of various musical styles including blues and jazz.
Heart and Soul
T’Pau is a British pop group led by singer Carol Decker. They had a string of Top 40 hits in the UK in the late 1980s.
Hold Me
Colin James Hay
Colin James Hay is a Scottish-Australian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor best known as the lead vocalist of the band Men at Work.
Stryper is an American Christian metal band from Orange County, California. The group’s lineup consists of Michael Sweet, Oz Fox, Perry Richardson, and Robert Sweet.
Hot Hot Hot
Buster Poindexter
Buster Poindexter is an alter ego of singer David Johansen, who was a member of the New York Dolls.
I Know I’m Losing You
Uptown is a South Korean boy band, one of the country’s first hip-hop and R&B groups.
I Want To Be Your Man
Roger/ Zapp
Roger Troutman, known simply as Roger, was an American singer, composer, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the founder of the band Zapp.
I’ve Had The Time of My Life
Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Bill Medley is one half of The Righteous Brothers, known for their smooth blue-eyed soul. Jennifer Warnes is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress, known for her rich soprano voice.
The The
The The is an English musical and multimedia group led by singer/songwriter Matt Johnson.
Kick The Wall
Jimmy Davis and Junction
Jimmy Davis is a Grammy award winning songwriter and former lead vocalist for the rock band, Junction.
Kiss You (When Its Dangerous)
Eight Seconds
Eight Seconds was a Canadian new wave band, which was formed in 1982 and named for the length of time a bull rider must stay on a bull to receive a score in a rodeo.
Lean On Me
Club Nouveau
Club Nouveau is an American pop/new jack swing group formed by record producer/performer Jay King in 1986.
Jonathan Butler
Jonathan Butler is a South African singer-songwriter and guitarist known for blending R&B, jazz fusion, and gospel.
Living in a Box
Living In A Box
Living in a Box is a British band that formed in 1985. They are best known for their eponymous debut single.
Love Is Contagious
Taja Seville
Taja Seville is an American singer, songwriter and musician best known for her 1987 song, “Love Is Contagious”.
Make It Mean Something
Rob Jungklas
Rob Jungklas is a Memphis-based singer/songwriter known for his critically-acclaimed solo records.
Mary’s Prayer
Danny Wilson
Danny Wilson was a Scottish pop group formed in Dundee, Scotland, known for their 1987 UK and US hit single.
Midnight Blue
Lou Gramm
Lou Gramm is an American rock singer-songwriter, best known for being the original lead singer of the rock band Foreigner.
Curiosity Killed The Cat
Curiosity Killed the Cat was a British pop band that achieved success in the UK in the late 1980s with hit singles.
Montego Bay
Amazulu were a British reggae/pop band from the 1980s, known for their multicultural line-up.
Oh Yeah
Yello is a Swiss electronic duo band consisting of Dieter Meier and Boris Blank, known for their distinctive sound mixing jazz, electronic, soul, and rhythm and blues influences.
Painted Moon
The Silencers
The Silencers are a Scottish rock band formed in London in 1986.
Primitive Love Rites
Mondo Rock
Mondo Rock is an Australian rock band formed in November 1976 by singer-songwriter Ross Wilson.
Pump Up The Volume
The record was released under the alias MARRS, an acronym derived from the forenames of the five 4AD artists involved in the project: Martyn Young (from Colourbox), Alex Ayuli and Rudy Tambala (from A.R. Kane), Russell Smith (an associate A.R. Kane member and founder of Terminal Cheesecake), and Steven Young (from Colourbox).
Respect Yourself
Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis, known primarily for his acting career, had a brief foray into pop music in the mid-1980s.
Right on Track
The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club was an American musical group, whose biggest hit single was “Right on Track”, which peaked at no. 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Ronnies Rap
Ron & The D.C. Crew
Ron & The D.C. Crew was an American hip-hop act that achieved moderate success in the mid 80s.
Donna Allen
Donna Allen is an American dance-pop singer, best known for her 1980s performances and hits in the US.
Ship Of Fools (Save Me From Tomorrow)
World Party
World Party is a British pop/alternative rock band which is essentially the solo project of its only member, Karl Wallinger.
Should I See
Frozen Ghost
Frozen Ghost was a Canadian rock band formed in 1985 by Arnold Lanni and Wolf Hassel who were previously with the band Sheriff.
Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)
Mel & Kim
Mel & Kim were a British pop duo, consisting of sisters Melanie and Kim Appleby, achieving success in the mid-1980s.
Smoking Gun
Robert Cray Band
The Robert Cray Band is an American blues band, led by Robert Cray, known for its soul-influenced, blues sound.
So Much For Love
The Venetians
The Venetians were a mid-1980s pop music band, formed in Sydney, Australia.
Soul City
Partland Brothers
The Partland Brothers are a Canadian pop/rock band, best known for their 1986 hit single “Soul City”.
Stay The Night
Benjamin Orr
Benjamin Orr was an American musician best known as a singer, bassist and co-founder of the rock band the Cars.
Summertime, Summertime
Nocera is a Sicilian-born American club DJ and a trip hop, pop, and freestyle singer who had several hits on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in the late 1980s.
Sweet Rachel
Beau Coup
Beau Coup is an American rock band from Cleveland, Ohio who were popular in the 1980s.
Talk To Me
Chico DeBarge
Chico DeBarge is an American R&B singer and a younger brother of the members of the Motown family act DeBarge.
That’s Freedom – Tom Kimmel
Tom Kimmel
Tom Kimmel is an American folk singer and songwriter, known for his solo work as well as for writing hits for other artists.
The Honeythief
Hipsway is a Scottish pop/rock band that was active from the mid to late 1980s.
This Is The World Calling
Bob Geldof
Bob Geldof is an Irish singer-songwriter, author, political activist and occasional actor. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats.
Touch of Grey
The Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California, known for their eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, folk, country, jazz, bluegrass, blues, gospel, and psychedelic rock.
True Faith
New Order
New Order is an English rock band formed in 1980 by vocalist and guitarist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.
Want You For My Girlfriend
4 By Four
4 By Four was a US male vocal quartet composed of members of an earlier band, The Capris.
Wendy and Lisa
Wendy and Lisa are a music duo consisting of Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman. They began working with Prince in the early 1980s and were part of his band, The Revolution.
Weapons Of Love
The Truth
The Truth were a 1980s British rock band, who played a mix of mod revival and rock.
We’ve Only Just Begun (The Romance Is Not Over)
Glenn Jones
Glenn Jones is an American R&B/soul singer, who started his career as a gospel singer.
Wipe Out
The Fat Boys (with the Beach Boys)
The Fat Boys were an American hip hop trio from Brooklyn, New York City, known for using beatbox in their songs. The Beach Boys are an American rock band that formed in 1961, who became the leading proponents of the “California Sound”.
World Shut Your Mouth
Julian Cope
Julian Cope is an English musician, author, antiquarian, musicologist, poet and cultural commentator, known for a distinctive singing style.
You and Me Tonight
Déjà is an American soul, dance-pop and freestyle duo, that was active from 1987 to 1991.
You Keep Me Hangin’ On
Kim Wilde
Kim Wilde is an English pop singer, DJ and television presenter who burst onto the music scene in 1981 with the new wave classic “Kids in America”.
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