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Stand By Me – Mickey Gilley

Stand By Me – Mickey Gilley

Mickey Gilley is a country music legend. But he’s a pop music one-hit wonder for his 1980 crossover hit from the Urban Cowboy movie that starred John Travolta. The definitive version of “Stand By Me” is performed by Ben E. King. It’s a classic that features one of the most famous bass lines in all of rock music. Gilley’s version is a bit more sleepy, a bit more somber, a bit more boring. But that didn’t matter … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Country

You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone

You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone

Ten weeks. Ten long weeks. That’s how many weeks “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone spent at the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100. At the time, that was the longest-lasting #1 hit of all time. Better than Elvis. Better than The Beatles. Better than everyone, in fact, until Boyz II Men landed at #1 for 13 weeks with “End of the Road” in 1991. That’s 70 days. That’s 2.5 months. That’s a really … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

If you’re a child of the 1980s, you know Jennifer Grey as Ferris Bueller’s obnoxious big sister in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Or even more likely, you know her as Baby from Dirty Dancing. Then she pretty much disappeared from public consciousness. Until 2010 when her terrific dancing skills transformed Baby into the deserving winner of Dancing With the Stars. The first time people noticed that Jennifer could dance was during the dramatic finale … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

You don’t see many identical twins in the music business. And you don’t see many songs become a Billboard Top 10 hit six years after its initial release. But that’s exactly what you get with “I’m Gonna Be 500 Miles” by Scottish band The Proclaimers. Charlie and Craig Reid are identical twins. They’re Scottish, and we love ourselves some Scottish bands like The Proclaimers, Simple Minds, Danny Wilson and Teenage Fanclub. And they are one-hit … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer

Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer

In the world of instrumental one-hit wonders, few songs have as much staying power as “Axel F” by Harold Faltermeyer. This thing is seriously a monster hit, first appearing in the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop and starring Eddie Murphy at the height of his fame. Axel F is Axel Foley, Murphy’s streetwise cop character who drives Judge Reinhold nuts as they solve crimes and commit hijinks. If you haven’t seen Beverly Hills Cop, stop … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Lily Was Here – Dave Stewart featuring Candy Dulfer

Lily Was Here – Dave Stewart featuring Candy Dulfer

An early 1990s instrumental one-hit wonder for you today that also qualifies as a Dutch one-hit wonder. So you’re getting twice the fun for none of the cost. Plus, we’re throwing in a bonus connection to a two-hit wonder by connecting Dave Stewart to his ex-wife Siobhan Fahey and her hit “Stay” by Shakespear’s Sister. All these musical connections are simply amazing. “Lily Was Here” is written by Dave Stewart who was the brains, but never … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop