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In a Big Country – Big Country

In a Big Country – Big Country

“In a Big Country” by Big Country is an iconic 1980s one-hit wonder and a lasting example of a distinctive sound transcending playlists, preferences or tastes. That sounds awfully pretentious, so how about I dispense with all that crap and simply claim what “In a Big Country” really is: a great song. Name me another pop song that features guitars that sound like Scottish bag pipes. Name me another song that mixes a drum introduction that teases you … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

Cruel To Be Kind – Nick Lowe

Cruel To Be Kind – Nick Lowe

“Cruel to be Kind” is one of my favorite songs of the 1970s. It doesn’t have a perfect hook. It’s rarely heard these days. Nic Lowe’s voice doesn’t soar or span multiple octaves or anything particularly spectacular. But “Cruel to be Kind” remains spectacular, more than 30 years after it was released. It lives in the same zip code as late 1970s or early ’80s songs from Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello, Graham Parker and many other guitar-driven … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

24 Number One Songs That Are 1970s One-Hit Wonders

24 Number One Songs That Are 1970s One-Hit Wonders

The 1970s were huge for one-hit wonders. But like all decades, only a tiny percentage of songs released during the 10 years between 1970 and 1980 reached #1 on the Billboard Top 40. It’s these elite few that became the top songs of the 70s. Eight of the ten years in the 1970s saw one-hit wonders hit #1 on the Billboard Top 40. There were two songs in 1970, two in 1973, five in … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Featured, Lists

Stay the Night – Benjamin Orr

Stay the Night – Benjamin Orr

The Cars are back. Yes, the original version of The Cars, one of the seminal New Wave bands, is releasing their first record since 1987’s Door to Door. That’s good news for fans of the band since the record, Move Like This, essentially sounds like their late 1970s or early 1980s classics like The Cars and Candy-O. The sad news is that it’s the original Cars lineup, minus one key member: bass player Benjamin Orr who … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

She Blinded Me with Science – Thomas Dolby

She Blinded Me with Science – Thomas Dolby

“She Blinded Me with Science” by Thomas Dolby is one of the greatest synthpop one-hit wonders of all time. I’ll proudly place it in the same leagues as “Cars” by Gary Numan from 1979. Or “Pop Muzik” by M from 1979. Or “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles from 1979. Or “Whip It” by Devo from 1980. Or “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell from 1982. Or “Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo from 1983. Or “Relax” by Frankie Goes to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Too Shy – Kajagoogoo

Too Shy – Kajagoogoo

In my opinion, the era of 1982-1984 is one of the most important time periods in the history of popular music. You can read my opinions in more detail in One-Hit Wonders of 1983. But suffice it to say, it was a year for really, really big records and really, really big breakthroughs. Let’s talk about the breakthrough acts and one-hit wonders who charted in the Billboard Top 10 in 1983 alone. “She Blinded Me With … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s