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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

Easy Livin – Uriah Heep

Easy Livin – Uriah Heep

Uriah Heep (named for a character in Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations) and Deep Purple are two of the earliest bands to introduce progressive-rock elements to heavy metal. Without these two groups, it would be difficult to imagine the existence of one-hit wonders Rush, Triumph, Queensryche, Metallica, Dream Theater, even Tool. British rockers Uriah Heep were also one of the first groups to incorporate “swords ‘n sorcery” lyrics in their songs and soon, songs about castles, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock

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 »

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Paranoima – Art of Noise

Paranoima – Art of Noise

We love a good novelty song. Especially when those novelty hits become one-hit wonders. “Paranoima” by Art of Noise is perhaps the ultimate novelty song. Here’s the formula: Take one part new synthesizer technology (samplers, Synclaviers, etc.) Throw in early computer-generated animation to create the character Max Headroom Lay over a bed of synth-rock created by the kids in Art of Noise Flavor to taste That’s it. Put this combo together and you have a song that is distinctive, … Read entire article »

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Video Killed the Radio Star – The Buggles

Video Killed the Radio Star – The Buggles

Everyone knows the most common piece of trivia around “Video Killed the Radio Star.” It was the first video played on MTV. Let’s get past that and celebrate The Buggles for what they really were: a breeding ground for one of England’s most amazing music producers ever. Mr. Trevor Horn. The Buggles is a studio creation between Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn (actually, a third guy named Bruce Wooley was in the mix at the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Cans and Brahms – Yes/Rick Wakeman

Cans and Brahms – Yes/Rick Wakeman

Editor’s note: Yes is not a one-hit wonder. Sometimes I write about random songs and this is one of those times. I guarantee I’m the only person in the world that has “Cans And Brahms” by Yes in my head today. How does this happen? I blame it on recent exposure to a Baby Einstein CD. If you don’t know the Baby Einstein phenomenon, it’s huge with the zero to 18-month-old child fan base. The … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock