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1983 One-Hit Wonders

1983 One-Hit Wonders

In our opinion, the period of 1982 – 1984 is is one of the most important in the history of popular music. It is during this time that many of the biggest-selling albums of all time were released, including Michael Jackon’s Thriller, Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA and Synchronicity by The Police, Madonna and Like a Virgin by Madonna. We love 1983 because that’s the year breakthrough albums from a number of influential … Read entire article »

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1994 One-Hit Wonders

1994 One-Hit Wonders

Compared to many years, 1994 had few one-hit wonders. Sure, 19 artists took their one and only trip to the Billboard Top 40. But many years have 35 or more one-hit wonders. So we’ll call it a light year. The big events of the year were The Beatles secretly reforming to record “Free As A Bird” for release on their Anthology album. Green Day released Dookie and thousands of pop-punk bands suddenly formed in basements around … Read entire article »

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Best Dutch One-Hit Wonder Songs

Best Dutch One-Hit Wonder Songs

I love the Dutch for four big reasons: Ridiculously long words: Kindercarnavalsoptochtvoorbereidingswerkzaamheden (means “preparation activities for a children’s carnival procession”) Dutch Boy paints: We used them to choose the colors on this website Wooden shoes: Nothing builds bunions quite like traditional wooden shoes Dutch one-hit wonders Today, I’m celebrating the “Best Dutch One-Hit Wonder Songs.” It’s a list you could also title, not surprisingly, the “Only Dutch One-Hit Wonder Songs.” I wish it could be a Top 6 list and I … Read entire article »

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One Hit Wonders of 1982

One Hit Wonders of 1982

Looking back, it’s obvious that 1982 was a transition year as pop music tastes swung wildly from new wave fun (“Tainted Love” by Soft Cell and “Love Plus One” by Haircut 100) to novelty hits (“Take Off” by Bob and Doug McKenzie featuring Geddy Lee of Rush and “Pac-Man Fever” by Buckner and Garcia”). Two classical songs (“Chariots of Fire Theme” and “Hooked on Classics”) and one big-band song (“Hooked on Swing”) also reached the top … Read entire article »

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One-Hit Wonders of 1980

One-Hit Wonders of 1980

The 1980s begins with Ronald Reagan taking office and Time Magazine naming him “Man of the Year.” Seems Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh have anointed Reagan “Man of All-Time.” You may disagree. But let’s focus on the music. When it comes to one-hit wonders, the 1980s are a great era full of fun, silliness and even a few bona fide classic moments. Kind of like Reagan’s tenure as president. 1980 kicks off the decade with 30 one-hit … Read entire article »

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