VH1's Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80's

by shatterdaymorn | created - 14 Mar 2018 | updated - 25 May 2018 | Public

A list of VH1's countdown of the 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s .

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1. Dexys Midnight Runners: Come on Eileen (1982 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

The 1982 music video was filmed in the inner south London suburb of Kennington in the vicinity of the corner of Brook Drive and Hayles Street. The character of "Eileen" in the music video, ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Dexys Midnight Runners, Kevin Archer, Máire Fahey, Kevin Rowland

Votes: 474

2. A Flock of Seagulls: I Ran (So Far Away) (1982 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

The single was promoted by a distinctive music video directed by Tony van den Ende in which the band members performed in a room covered in aluminum foil and mirrors. The cameras used to ... See full summary »

Director: Tony van den Ende | Stars: A Flock of Seagulls, Frank Maudsley, Paul Reynolds, Ali Score

Votes: 325

3. A-Ha: Take on Me (1985 Video)

4 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Official music video for "Take on Me" by A-Ha.

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: A-Ha, Bunty Bailey, Alfie Curtis, Magne Furuholmen

Votes: 1,446

4. Tommy Tutone: 867-5309/Jenny (1981 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

"867-5309/Jenny" is a 1981 song written by Alex Call and Jim Keller and performed by Tommy Tutone that was released on the album Tommy Tutone 2, on the Columbia Records label. The song ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Robinson | Stars: John Cowsill, Tommy Heath, Karen Morton, Tommy Tutone

Votes: 44

5. Soft Cell: Tainted Love (1991 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

A remixed version of the song was issued in 1991, seven years after Soft Cell's dissolution in 1984. The video for the remix, directed by Peter Christopherson of Hipgnosis, features a man ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Christopherson | Star: Marc Almond

Votes: 133

6. Toni Basil: Mickey (1982 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

The official music video for her song "Mickey" features Toni Basil dressed in an LVH cheerleader outfit.

Director: Toni Basil | Star: Toni Basil

Votes: 164

7. Modern English: I Melt with You (1982 Video)

G | 4 min | Short, Music

Modern English performs in the music video "I Melt with You" from the album "After the Snow" recorded for 4AD and Sire Records. Moden Englist perform the song in a darkened room with Robbie... See full summary »

Star: Modern English

Votes: 25

8. Bow Wow Wow: I Want Candy (1982 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

Music video featuring the English band Bow Wow Wow performing "I Want Candy", a cover of Strangeloves' hit song from 1965.

Director: Steve Kahn | Stars: Annabella Lwin, Bow Wow Wow

Votes: 26

9. Kajagoogoo: Too Shy (1983 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Kajagoogoo performs in the music video "Too Shy" from the album "White Feathers" recorded for EMI Records. Kajagoogoo performs on the stage of a club while a waitress cleans up at the end ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Milne | Stars: Kajagoogoo, Nick Beggs, Carolyn Espley, Limahl

Votes: 63

10. Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Relax, Version 2 (1984 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

A second video featuring the group performing with the help of laser beams.

Directors: Lol Creme, Godley & Creme, Kevin Godley | Stars: Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Peter Gill, Holly Johnson, Brian Nash

Votes: 97

11. Gary Numan: Cars (1979 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Video clip of Gary Numan's #1 mega-hit "Cars". The singer and band perform the song followed by a crazed visual style, strange mix of effects which became a trend for the many video clips ... See full summary »

Director: Derek Burbidge | Star: Gary Numan

Votes: 175

12. Animotion: Obsession (1985 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Animotion perform in the music video "Obsession" from the album "Animotion" recorded for Mercury Records. Bill Wadhams and Astrid Plane stand in front of a stone water fountain and sing. ... See full summary »

Director: Amos Poe | Stars: Animotion, Paul F. Antonelli, Don Kirkpatrick, Frenchy O'Brien

Votes: 17

13. Thomas Dolby: She Blinded Me with Science (1982 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Thomas Dolby performs in the music video "She Blinded Me with Science" from the album "The Golden Age of Wireless" recorded for Capitol Records. Thomas Dolby commits himself to the Home for... See full summary »

Directors: Steve Barron, Thomas Dolby | Stars: Thomas Dolby, Magnus Pyke

Votes: 63

14. Big Country: In a Big Country (1983 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Big Country performs in the music video "In a Big Country" from the album "The Crossing" recorded for Mercury Records. The music video features the band scouring the countryside as they are... See full summary »

Director: Lindsey Clennell | Stars: Big Country, Stuart Adamson, Mark Brzezicki, Tony Butler

Votes: 15

15. Devo: Whip It (1981 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

The music video of Devo performing their single "Whip It" on the set of a ranch.

Director: Gerald Casale | Stars: Gerald Casale, Devo, Mark Mothersbaugh, Shaylah Spitz-Kalmus

Votes: 435

16. Nena: 99 Red Balloons (1983 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

The promotional video was shot in a Dutch military training camp, the band performing the song on a stage in front of a backdrop of fires and explosions provided by the Dutch army. Towards ... See full summary »

Director: Bert Van Der Veer | Stars: Rolf Brendel, Karlo Carges, Jürgen Dehmel, Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen

Votes: 231

18. Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock: It Takes Two (1988 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock performs in the music video "It Takes Two" from the album "It Takes Two" recorded for Profile Records. The music video opens in a record store with a young boy ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Lauer, Pam Thomas | Stars: Rob Base, DJ EZ Rock

Votes: 10

19. Dead or Alive: You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) (1984 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

"You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" is a song by British band Dead or Alive on their 1985 album Youthquake. Released as a single in 1984, it reached no. 1 in the UK in March 1985, taking 17... See full summary »

Directors: Vaughan Arnell, Anthea Benton | Stars: Pete Burns, Steve Coy, Dead or Alive, Tim Lever

Votes: 168

20. Rockwell: Somebody's Watching Me (1984 Video)

4 min | Short, Horror, Music

The video opens with Rockwell coming home to discover that a newspaper in Chinese has been delivered to his doorstep. As he takes a quick shower, he begins to have strange visions of ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Delia | Stars: Jermaine Jackson, Michael Jackson, Jon Leonoudakis, Rockwell

Votes: 206

21. Twisted Sister: We're Not Gonna Take It (1984 Video)

5 min | Short, Comedy, Music

A music video for the song 'We're Not Gonna Take It' by Twisted Sister.

Director: Marty Callner | Stars: Twisted Sister, Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda

Votes: 546

22. Michael Sembello: Maniac (1983 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

The official music video for Michael Sembello's song "Maniac" features clips from the film Flashdance, with Jennifer Beals, as, Alex working out.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jennifer Beals, Michael Sembello

Votes: 36

23. Eddy Grant: Electric Avenue (1983 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

Eddy Grant performs in the music video "Electric Avenue" from the album "Killer on the Rampage" recorded for Parlophone and EMI Records. The music video begins with Eddy Grant running on a ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron | Star: Eddy Grant

Votes: 99

24. Edie Brickell & New Bohemians: What I Am (1988 Video)

G | 4 min | Short, Music

Edie Brickell and New Bohemians performs in the music video "What I Am" from the album "Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars" recorded for Geffen Records. Edie Brickell sings while New ... See full summary »

Director: Jonas Livingston | Stars: Edie Brickell, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

Votes: 15

25. Musical Youth: Pass the Dutchie (1982 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

The video was directed by Don Letts. It was shot partly on the southern banks of the River Thames in London, by Lambeth Bridge. The video depicts the band performing the song and playing ... See full summary »

Director: Don Letts | Stars: Kelvin Grant, Michael Grant, Musical Youth, Dennis Seaton

Votes: 17

26. Cutting Crew: (I Just) Died in Your Arms, US Version (1987 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

The North American version featured artistic fragmented shots using a model, with the band performing to camera.

Directors: Paula Grief, Peter Kagan | Stars: Frosty Beedle, Cutting Crew, Colin Farley, Kevin MacMichael

Votes: 119

27. Stacey Q: Two of Hearts (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

It depicts Stacey Q dancing in front of a white background in various outfits and performing at a night club.

Director: Peter Lippman | Star: Stacey Swain

Votes: 9

28. John Parr: St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion) (1985 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

John Parr performs in the music video "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" from the original motion picture soundtrack to the film St. Elmo's Fire (1985) recorded for Atlantic Records. John ... See full summary »

Stars: Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore

Votes: 38

29. Madness: Our House (1982 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Madness performs in the music video "Our House" from the album "The Rise and Fall" recorded for Stiff Records. Suggs and the band live in an old Victorian terraced house. They play ... See full summary »

Director: Dave Robinson | Stars: Madness, Mike Barson, Mark Bedford, Chris Foreman

Votes: 197

30. The Vapors: Turning Japanese (1980)

4 min | Short, Music

A music video for The Vapor's song, 'Turning Japanese'.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Star: The Vapors

Votes: 18

31. Bobby McFerrin: Don't Worry, Be Happy (1988 Video)

G | 5 min | Short, Music

"Don't Worry, Be Happy" is a popular worldwide hit song by musician Bobby McFerrin. The "instruments" in the a cappella song are entirely overdubbed voice parts and other sounds made by ... See full summary »

Director: Drew Takahashi | Stars: Bill Irwin, Bobby McFerrin, Robin Williams

Votes: 446

32. Quarterflash: Harden My Heart (1982 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Quarterflash performs in the music video "Harden My Heart" from the album "Quarterflash" recorded for Geffen Records. The music video begins with a woman running through a set of doors ... See full summary »

Stars: Quarterflash, Rindy Ross

Votes: 8

33. John Waite: Missing You (1984 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

John Waite performs in the music video "Missing You" from the album "No Brakes" recorded for EMI Records. The music video begins with shots of a city block which pulls up to an apartment ... See full summary »

Director: Kort Falkenberg III | Stars: John Waite, Elizabeth Reiko Kubota

Votes: 28

34. The Waitresses: I Know What Boys Like (1982 Video)

PG-13 | 3 min | Short, Music

The Waitresses perform in the music video "I Know What Boys Like" from the album "Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?" recorded for ZE and Polydor Records. The band performs against an all white ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Walz | Stars: The Waitresses, Chris Butler, Patty Donahue

Votes: 7

35. Tom Tom Club: Genius of Love (1981 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Tom Tom Club performs in the music video "Genius of Love" from the album "Tom Tom Club" recorded for Sire and Warner Brothers Records. The animated music video begins with a group of girls ... See full summary »

Directors: Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton | Star: Tom Tom Club

Votes: 13

36. The Weather Girls: It's Raining Men (1982 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

The Weather Girls performs in the music video "It's Raining Men" from the album "Success" recorded for Columbia Records. The music video begins with a cardboard city-scape. The Weathers ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Keys | Stars: The Weather Girls, Izora Rhodes-Armstead, Martha Wash

Votes: 15

37. Lipps Inc.: Funkytown (1980 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Lipps Inc. performs in the music video "Funkytown" from the album "Mouth to Mouth" recorded for Casablanca Records. The music video begins with lights flickering at a disco. Lipps Inc. ... See full summary »

Stars: Lipps Inc., Cynthia Johnson

Votes: 15

38. Bruce Willis: Respect Yourself (1987 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

Bruce Willis performs in the music video "Respect Yourself" from the album "The Return of Bruno" recorded for Motown Records. A doo-wop performs on stage of a night club. Bruno is told to ... See full summary »

Director: James Yukich | Stars: Bruce Willis, The Pointer Sisters, June Pointer

Votes: 32

39. Matthew Wilder: Break My Stride, Live (1983 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Matthew Wilder performs in the music video "Break My Stride" from the album "I Don't Speak the Language" recorded for Private-I Records. While people dance, Matthew Wilder plays the ... See full summary »

Star: Matthew Wilder

40. The Buggles: Video Killed the Radio Star (1979 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

The video for the Buggles' classic one-shot, about how the rise of television (and, by extension, music videos) hurt the careers of those performers whose looks would not translate well to the new medium.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: The Buggles, Debi Doss, Geoff Downes, Trevor Horn

Votes: 687

41. Billy Vera: At This Moment (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Billy Vera performs in the music video "At This Moment" from the album "Billy and the Beaters" recorded for Rhino Records. Billy Vera performs with his band standing immediately behind him.... See full summary »

Star: Billy Vera

42. Timbuk3: The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Comedy, Music

Timbuk3 perform in the music video "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" from the album "Greetings from Timbuk3" recorded for I.R.S. Records. The band sings and play their ... See full summary »

Stars: Barbara MacDonald, Pat MacDonald, Timbuk 3

Votes: 7

43. Shannon: Let the Music Play (1983 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Shannon performs in the music video "Let the Music Play" from the album "Let the Music Play" recorded for Atlantic Records. Shannon puts on make-up in a dressing room before going on stage where she sings and dances. Throughout clips of male and female dancers fashioned in dress shirts and bow ties warming up are featured.

Director: Nigel Dick | Star: Shannon

Votes: 11

45. Robbie Nevil: C'est La Vie (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Robbie Nevil performs in the music video for"C'est la Vie" off the album "Robbie Nevil" recorded for Manhattan Records. Nevil sings with his band on a sound stage and junkyard while a ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Care | Stars: Kathy Foy, Robbie Nevil

Votes: 11