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Sirius XM 80s on 8 Top 40 Turkeys of the 1980s

Sirius XM 80s on 8 Top 40 Turkeys of the 1980s

Now for a list of 80s songs that are simultaneously awful and awesome and include a plethora of one-hit wonders (Bob and Doug McKenzie, Bertie Higgins, Taco) along with a gaggle of hits by artists who loaded the Billboard Top 40 with songwriting fodder for years (Paul McCartney, Starship, Olivia Newton John). During the Thanksgiving weekend of 2011, SiriusXM’s 80s on 8 station played their Top 40 “Turkeys” of the 1980s. Alan Hunter, Mark Goodman, Nina … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Lists

VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s

VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s

I’m a child of the 1980s. I went to high school in the 1980s. I discovered new wave music and punk rock in the early 1980s thanks to early alternative radio stations and MTV. I love ’80s music. Always have, always will. The big hair. The neon outfits and new romantics. The synthpop songs and the hair-band ballads. The disposable pop song mixed with the lasting anthem. Some of it so bad it’s good. Some of it … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Lists, Pop

Pass the Dutchie – Musical Youth

Pass the Dutchie – Musical Youth

1982 was a transition year for music. Sure, my friends and I still had all the Hall and Oates, Toto and Journey we could ever ever dream of hearing on the radio. But for kids in the pop cultural hinterlands of Utah where I lived, there was a new player on the scene. Her name was MTV and she was newly available on basic cable. Why was MTV a she? She had to be. How … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Macarena – Los del Rio (Bayside Boys Mix)

Macarena – Los del Rio (Bayside Boys Mix)

This is it: the biggest, the greatest, the worst, the most annoying and most beloved one-hit wonder of all time. It could only be “Macarena” by Los del Rio (although some might make a strong argument for “Who Let the Dogs Out” by Baja Men. The great thing about “Macarena” is that it represents nearly everything that is so compelling about one-hit wonders. It’s a novelty song…just like “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees. It’s a dance craze…just … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings

That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings

Great pop songs have killer hooks. They might be lyrical (see “Whoomp There It Is” by Tag Team). They might be musical (see “Groove is in the Heart” by Deee-Lite). They might be so simple they’re literally a chant (see “Mickey” by Toni Basil). But whatever it is, the song gets in your head and won’t leave. “That’s Not My Name” by The Ting Tings covers all the bases. A killer but basic instrumental hook conjures up … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s

Mickey Lyrics – Toni Basil

Mickey Lyrics – Toni Basil

Click here to read how Mickey became a one-hit wonder Mickey Lyrics (Repeat X3) Oh Mickey, you’re so fine You’re so fine you blow my mind Hey Mickey, hey Mickey Hey Mickey You’ve been around all night And that’s a little long. You think you’ve got the right But I think you’ve got it wrong. Why can’t we say goodnight? So you can take me home Mickey. Cuz when you say you will It always means you won’t. You’re givin’ me the chills Baby please baby don’t Ev’ry night you still Leave me … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop