A-Ha
Abba
ABC
Abdul, Paula
AC/DC
Adams, Bryan
Adams, Bryan & Tina Turner
Aerosmith
After The Fire
Air Supply
Alabama

Alan Parsons Project
Alphaville
Animotion
Arcadia
Armstrong, Louis
Art Of Noise w/ Duane Eddy
Art Of Noise w/ Tom Jones
Asia
Astley, Rick
Atlantic Starr
Austin, Patti w/ James Ingram




A-Ha

The Sun Always Shines On TV
Take On Me

Other '80s Hits: Cry Wolf

Con1 says:
"Take On Me was this group's biggest hit back in 1985, but I wouldn't exactly call this act a 'one-hit wonder'. They did have two solid Top 40 hits, not to mention a lead theme in a James Bond movie! SOMEBODY took notice of this Norwegian act!"

Scourge2 says:
"The only thing I remember about this group was their video for Take On Me. They never matched the success of this song and not even the lead song from a Dalton-led 007 movie could've helped them much."


Abba

Chiquitita
Super Trouper
The Visitors
When All Is Said And Done
The Winner Takes It All

Other '80s Hits: On And On And On

Con1 says:
"Considered by many to be one of the premier 'supergroups', Abba actually saw their greatest success in 1978 with their release of The Album, but they still managed to have chart success in the '80s that included two Top 40 hits. They disbanded in the early '80s. Guitarist Bjorn Ulvaeus and keyboardist Benny Andersson saw the greatest post-Abba success when they teamed with Tim Rice and co-wrote the 1985 musical Chess, which boasts the Top 10 smash hit One Night In Bangkok".

Scourge2 says:
"I seem to remember their song Dancing Queen, but other than that, they only register to me as one of the many oldies acts that are selling their Greatest Hits on television commercials next to Ronnie Milsap, Anne Murray, and Zamfir."


ABC

Be Near Me
Look Of Love
Poison Arrow
When Smokey Sings

Other 80's Hits: How To Be A Millionaire; That Was Then, But This Is Now; Vanity Kills

Con1 says:
"While maybe not quite as successful as their fellow British counterparts Duran Duran and Culture Club, this group made waves in the 1980s. Their #1 pop smash The Look Of Love, as well as four other Top 40 hits, made ABC a legitimate force in the '80s music scene."

Scourge2 says:
"I can't argue with that. I still get a little excited when I hear Be Near Me or When Smokey Sings, the latter being their tribute to Motown great Smokey Robinson."


Abdul, Paula

Cold Hearted
Forever Your Girl
(It's Just) The Way That You Love Me
Opposites Attract
Straight Up

Other 80's Hits: Knocked Out

Con1 says:
"When you mention the women who made a big spash in the 1980's music scene, Paula Abdul can't be left out. Her debut year, 1989, was by far her best year for chart success with three number one hits from her album Forever Your Girl."

Scourge2 says:
"But three albums and a failed marriage to Emilio Etevez later and this former cheerleader has seemed to vanish from the music scene. Pop music hasn't suffered since her disappearance, but if Sade can make a comback after an 8-year absence, then so can Ms. Abdul."


AC/DC

Back In Black
You Shook Me All Night Long

Other 80's Hits: Guns For Hire; Let's Get It Up

Con1 says:
"Angus and the boys have been making records since 1974 and their latest concert tour is showing everyone they don't plan on slowing down. Back In Black and You Shook Me All Night Long rank as two of the biggest hits of their career."

Scourge2 says:
"I have a 50-something co-worker who boasts the fact that he still goes to AC/DC concerts, including one on their most recent tour which he took his kids to. I'm glad he's not MY father!"


Adams, Bryan

Cuts Like A Knife
Heaven
One Night Love Affair
Run To You
Somebody
Straight From The Heart
Summer Of 69
This Time

Other Top 40 Hits: Hearts On Fire; Heat Of The Night; Victim Of Love

Con1 says:
"One of the better Canadian exports, 1985 was his biggest year, thanks to his album Reckless."

Scourge2 says:
"Bryan Adams has kept my attention ever since the first time I heard his song Summer Of 69, but my favorite song from him came not in the 1980's, but instead in 1991 when his No. 1 smash Everything I Do (I Do It For You) was released off the soundtrack album Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves. It is one of the few ballads I will EVER admit I like to listen to."


Adams, Bryan & Tina Turner

It's Only Love

Other Top '80s Hits: None.

Con1 says:
"It was a Top 40 hit. Who can argue with that?"

Scourge2 says:
"Why not?"


Aerosmith

Angel
Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
Janie's Got A Gun
Love In An Elevator
Rag Doll

Other 80's Hits: Remember (Walking In The Sand)

Con1 says:
"Probably the most successful hard rock band from the 1970's to ever see huge success in the '80s and '90s. They had four solid Top 40 hits during the 1980s, but still didn't see their biggest successes until the 1990s when, in 1993, they released their album Get A Grip, and in 1998, when they did the unthinkable - debuted at No. 1 with the single I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing. No one else had done that before or since!"

Scourge2 says:
"If anyone doubts the validity of current acts like Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit, take note of the following: New York rappers Run/DMC made it known years ago in an interview that one of the songs they imagined themselves doing was Aerosmith's Walk This Way. When the rappers finally got their chance in 1986, they took the song to No. 4! Tell me rap and rock can't mix!"


After The Fire

Der Kommissar

Other Top 40 Hits: Dancing In The Shadows

Con1 says:
"After winning a legal battle against Austrian John DiFalco, who actually penned the song, After The Fire won the control of the copyrights to the English version of Der Kommissar, the only claim to fame for this 1980s one-hit wonder."

Scourge2 says:
"I've heard both the English and the German versions of the song and I can say that, although After The Fire's version is easier to listen to, Falco's version has the cooler video!"


Air Supply

All Out Of Love
Even The Nights Are Better
Lost In Love
Making Love Out Of Nothing At All
The One That You Love
Two Less Lonely People In The World

Other 80's Hits: Every Woman In The World; Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You); Just As I Am; Lonely Is The Night; The Power Of Love; Sweet Dreams; Young Love

Con1 says:
"Air Supply's entire career can be contained on the 1980s with 11 Top 40 hits (including the No. 1 The One That You Love) to their credit."

Scourge2 says:
"I remember a couple of their songs, but there isn't a whole lot I know about these guys, except their music seemed a bit too slow for my tastes."


Alabama

Closer You Get
Feels So Right
Lady Down On Love
Love In The First Degree
When We Make Love

Other 80's Hits: Close Enough To Perfect, Deep River Woman (w/ Lionel Richie); Take Me Down

Con1 says:
"There were a few C&W acts that saw chart success on the '80s pop charts. Alabama led the way, having their career peak in 1983 with the release of their album The Closer You Get...."

Scourge2 says:
"C&W?!?!? AAARRGGHH!!"

Alan Parsons Project

Damned If I Do
Don't Answer Me
Eye In The Sky
Games People Play
Prime Time
Time
You Don't Believe

Other 80's Hits: Days Are Numbers (The Traveller); Let's Talk About Me; Psychobabble; Snake Eyes; Stereotomy

Con1 says:
"Alan Parsons's claims to fame include the engineering of The Beatles' Abbey Road and Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon albums. Teaming with songwriter Eric Woolfson in London in 1975, the Project has had a career that spanned more than 10 years."

Scourge2 says:
"They remind me of Air Supply: slow."


Alphaville

Big In Japan
Forever Young

Other '80s Hits: None.

Con1 says:
"This German trio only has two albums to their credit and no serious chart hits to speak of."

Scourge2 says:
"Never heard of them before today."


Animotion

Obsession

Other 80's Hits: Calling It Love; I Engineer; I Want You; Let Him Go; Room To Move

Con1 says:
"Even though they only had three albums to speak of and an almost complete cast change, they still managed to crank out the Top 10 hit Obsession."

Scourge2 says:
"I still manage to hear this song or various mixes of it in different clubs I've been in. Heck, I even catch myself singing it when I'm not paying attention. This song could easily become a classic in the years to come."


Arcadia

Election Day

Other '80s Hits: Goodbye Is Forever

Con1 says:
"Take the British pop sensation Duran Duran and send John Taylor and Andy Taylor away to work on The Power Station and what you are left with is the one-time only group Arcadia. Election Day was their only Top 10 hit."

Scourge2 says:
"After suffering through the month-plus long standoff between Bush and Gore, Election Day are two words I really don't want to hear much of."


Armstrong, Louis

What A Wonderful World

Other Top 40 Hits: None.

Con1 says:
"Jazz great Louis Armstrong (aka "Satchmo") is one of the few artists who has seen their original songs gain new life in the eighties. Right off the top of my head, The Beatles and Ben E. King are the only other two I can think of who have had the same thing happen with their music. What A Wonderful World owes its resurgence to the ABC sitcom Family Matters. It was the show's opening theme for part of the first season. The exposure was enough to send the song to No. 32 in April 1988."

Scourge2 says:
"Believe it or not, I have three collections of Armstrong's music, all of which have this song on them. I enjoy hearing this song so much that when ABC pulled it from their opening theme and used a substitute, I quit watching the show for a time! If Don't Worry, Be Happy implored everyone to be happy, then What A Wonderful World gives the listener a REASON to be happy!!"


Art Of Noise (w/ Duane Eddy)

Peter Gunn

Other 80's Hits For The Art Of Noise: Kiss (w/ Tom Jones) (see below); Paranoimia (w/ Max Headroom)

Other 80's Hits For Duane Eddy: None.

Con1 says:
"This techno-pop act from England was very instrumental in the wave of techno acts that followed in the sense that The Art Of Noise was one of the innovators of the techno-pop music genre. They have worked with many other acts, including the Fat Boys, Tom Jones, and Rakim, and their music has appeared on a few movie soundtracks."

Scourge2 says:
"The Art Of Noise caught my attention in 1984 when I heard their Beat Box for the first time. I was hooked from then on. This song and others by the AON, including Moments In Love, Close (To The Edit) (which managed to win an MTV Video award), helped make this group my all-time favorite!"


Art Of Noise (w/ Tom Jones)

Kiss

Other 80's Hits For The Art Of Noise: Paranoimia (w/ Max Headroom); Peter Gunn (w/ Duane Eddy) (see above)

Other 80's Hits For Tom Jones: None

Con1 says:
"Prince almost completely rejected this song, saying he could do nothing with it past the guitar work on it. Those close to him convinced him otherwise, and because of it, he took it to No. 1, and the AON-Tom Jones collaboration took the same song to No. 31."

Scourge2 says:
"See my above comment."


Asia

Heat Of The Moment
Only Time Will Tell
The Smile Has Left Your Eyes

Other 80's Hits: Don't Cry; Go

Con1 says:
"This British rock group debut with their self-titled album in 1982 and saw it go straight to the top of the album charts. They were never quite able to match this success again."

Scourge2 says:
"The Heat Of The Moment is the only song from this group that I even recognize. I don't see how they could have made a serious dent in the 1980s music scene."


Astley, Rick

Never Gonna Give You Up
Together Forever

Other 80's Hits: Ain't Too Proud To Beg; Giving Up On Love; It Would Take A Strong Man; She Wants To Dance With Me

Con1 says:
"This British singer made his chart debut in 1988 with the No. 1 smash Never Gonna Give You Up and followed it up with a second No.1 hit. Not bad for a debut!""

Scourge2 says:
"As male soloists go, many people tended to rave about Michael Bolton in the '80s, but me, I'll take Astley over Bolton any day!"


Atlantic Starr

Always

Other 80's Hits: Circles; Freak-A-Ristic; If Your Heart Isn't In It; One Lover At A Time; Secret Lovers; Touch A Four Leaf Clover

Con1 says:
"This soul band began came together in 1976 and has recorded albums into the early '90s. They didn't see their first (and only) No. 1 pop hit until 1986, but what a hit it was. If you've attended weddings after 1986, there is a chance you've heard someone sing this particular song, Always."

Scourge2 says:
"This is exactly why my wife refused to have it sung at our wedding. EVERYONE was doing it! We ended up using Endless Love instead."


Austin, Patti w/ James Ingram

Baby, Come To Me

Other 80's Hits: Check for James Ingram & Patti Austin on this page.

Other 80's Hits from Patti Austin: Every Home Should Have One; Heat Of Heat; It's Gonna Be Special

Con1 says:
"Patti Austin has talent to spare. Being the goddaughter of Quincy Jones helps. Her R&B recording career spans more than 10 years and boasts this No. 1 song on the pop charts."

Scourge2 says:
"As good as she is and with the personal connection she has with Quincy Jones, it amazes me as to why her name isn't mentioned with the likes of Whitney Houston, Patti Labelle, or Janet Jackson."




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