Completing VH1's One Hit Wonders of the 80s

MileycyrussouljaMileycyrussoulja Road Warrior
edited April 2013 in Rock Band
Rock Band needs more 80s, so I felt like keeping track of the top 100 one-hit wonders of the 80s featured on VH1.

This is my first "Completing" thread so excuse me if I make any mistakes.

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(14.5/100, 14.5%)

1 Dexys Midnight Runners: “Come on Eileen” (Save Ferris version, released 10/16/12)
2 A Flock of Seagulls: “I Ran (So Far Away)” (Released 10/9/12)
3 a-ha: “Take On Me” (Released 6/14/11)
4 Tommy Tutone: “867-5309 / Jenny” (Released 4/19/11)
5 Soft Cell: “Tainted Love” (Released 2/12/13)
6 Toni Basil: “Mickey”
7 Modern English: “I Melt With You” (Released 11/20/12)
8 Bow Wow Wow: “I Want Candy”
9 Kajagoogoo: “Too Shy”

10 Frankie Goes to Hollywood: “Relax” (Released 7/12/11)
11 Gary Numan: “Cars”
12 Animotion: “Obsession” (Released 2/11/11)
13 Thomas Dolby: “She Blinded Me With Science”
14 Big Country: “In A Big Country” (Released 10/26/10)
15 Devo: “Whip It” (Released 10/26/10)
16 Nena: “99 Luft Balloons”
17 Men Without Hats: “The Safety Dance”
18 Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock: “It Takes Two”
19 Dead or Alive: “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”
20 Rockwell: “Somebody’s Watching Me”
21 Twisted Sister: “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
22 Michael Sembello: “Maniac”
23 Eddy Grant: “Electric Avenue”
24 Edie Brickell & New Bohemians: “What I Am”
25 Musical Youth: “Pass the Dutchie”
26 Cutting Crew: “I Just Died In Your Arms” (Released 8/7/12)
27 Stacey Q: “Two of Hearts”

28 John Parr: “St. Elmos Fire (Man In Motion)” (Released 11/15/12)
29 Madness: “Our House”

30 The Vapors: “Turning Japanese” (Released 7/5/11)
31 Bobby McFerrin: “Don’t Worry Be Happy”
32 Quarterflash: “Harden My Heart”
33 John Waite: “Missing You”
34 The Waitresses: “I Know What Boys Like”
35 Tom Tom Club: “Genius of Love”
36 Weather Girls: “It’s Raining Men”
37 Lipps, Inc.: “Funkytown”
38 Bruce Willis: “Respect Yourself”
39 Matthew Wilder: “Break My Stride”
40 The Buggles: “Video Killed the Radio Star”
41 Billy Vera “At This Moment”
42 Timbuk 3 “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”
43 Shannon “Let the Music Play”
44 Wall of Voodoo “Mexican Radio”
45 Robbie Nevil “C’est La Vie”
46 Georgia Satellites “Keep Your Hands To Yourself”
47 Pretty Poison “Catch Me I’m Falling”
48 Yello “Oh Yeah”
49 Philip Bailey (w/ Phil Collins) “Easy Lover”
50 Neneh Cherry “Buffalo Stance”
51 After the Fire “Der Kommissar”
52 Mary Jane Girls “In My House”
53 Taco “Puttin’ On the Ritz”
54 Chris DeBurgh “Lady in Red”
55 Johnny Kemp “Just Got Paid”
56 Til Tuesday “Voices Carry”
57 Jermaine Stewart “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off”
58 Don Johnson “Heartbeat”
59 The Outfield “Your Love”
60 Nu Shooz “I Can’t Wait”
61 E.U.: “Da Butt”
62 XTC: “Dear God”
63 Oran “Juice” Jones: “The Rain”
64 Robbie Dupree: “Steal Away”
65 Boomtown Rats: “I Don’t Like Mondays”
66 The Jeff Healy Band: “Angel Eyes”
67 Martika: “Toy Soldiers”
68 Peter Schilling: “Major Tom”
69 T’Pau: “Heart And Soul”
70 Harold Faltermeyer: “Axel F”
71 Jack Wagner: “All I Need”
72 Swing Out Sister: “Breakout”
73 Paul Hardcastle: “19″
74 Information Society: “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)”
75 Bertie Higgins: “Key Largo”
76 J.J. Fad: “Supersonic”
77 General Public: “Tenderness”
78 Aldo Nova: “Fantasy”
79 Alannah Myles: “Black Velvet”
80 Eddie Murphy: “Party All The Time”
81 Josie Cotton: “Johnny Are You Qu**r?”
82 Red Rider: “Lunatic Fringe”
83 Paul Lekakis: “Boom Boom Boom Let’s Go Back to My Room”
84 The Church: “Under The Milky Way”
85 Ziggy Marley And The Melody Makers: “Tomorrow People”
86 Patrice Rushen: “Forget Me Nots”
87 Vixen: “Edge Of A Broken Heart”
88 Nik Kershaw: “Wouldn’t it Be Good”
89 Rodney Dangerfield: “Rappin’ Rodney”
90 Haircut 100: “Love Plus One”
91 Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson: “Friends And Lovers”
92 Frank Stallone: “Far From Over”
93 L.A. Guns: “The Ballad of Jayne”
94 Club Nouveau: “Lean On Me”
95 Midnight Oil: “Beds are Burning”
96 The Fabulous Thunderbirds: “Tuff Enuff”

97 Will To Power: “Baby I Love Your Way / Freebird" (Lynyrd Skynyrd version, released 10/26/10)
98 Buckner & Garcia: “Pac-Man Fever” (Released 6/22/11)
99 Michael Damian: “Rock On”
100 Clarence Clemons (and Jackson Browne): “You’re A Friend Of Mine”


Man, we are seriously lacking in this genre. Some of this stuff would be great for keyboards.

Comments

  • samjjonessamjjones Road Warrior
    edited April 2012
    MagicMurderBag7;4710110 said:
    Id say Rappin' Rodney is less likely and I would buy that in a heartbeat. No respect.

    When I was born, I brought no joy.

    My old man said he wanted a boy!

    I'd pay $100 to a Kickstarter for this song.

    In fact, I'd contribute for most of these songs, quite honestly. I'd certainly buy nearly all of them.

    Seriously doubt HMX would consider most of the songs on this list; anyway the community can pick up the slack here? Is there enough interest?
  • samjjonessamjjones Road Warrior
    edited April 2012
    Some of these songs would suck (Frank Stallone? Umm, pass).

    Some of these songs would be completely awesome. I'm looking at you, "I Melt With You", "The Safety Dance", "Easy Lover", etc.
  • samjjonessamjjones Road Warrior
    edited April 2012
    Mileycyrussoulja;4710244 said:
    God yes. One of the more guitar-oriented songs on this list.

    Also, about AFOS, there's quite a few other artists on this list that shouldn't be one-hit wonders. Like Twisted Sister. Sure, We're Not Gonna Take It was big, but they also had I Wanna Rock. Same goes for Gary Numan and Thomas Dolby ("Are 'Friends' Electric?" and "Hyperactive!" were their other hits, respectively)

    I kinda wonder if Twisted Sister had some kind of sweetheart deal with ACTV or doesn't like VIA or something, since we haven't seen them yet. Can't believe they wouldn't have been approached by now.
  • samjjonessamjjones Road Warrior
    edited April 2012
    Sorry for spamming this thread, but I totally missed "Heartbeat" and "Your Love" in the list first read-through.

    Don Johnson in Rock Band would be the epitome of sublimity.
  • TheStuddzTheStuddz Lil Rascal
    edited April 2012
    Mileycyrussoulja;4710075 said:

    1 Dexys Midnight Runners: “Come on Eileen”
    2 Flock of Seagulls: “I Ran (So Far Away)”

    5 Soft Cell: “Tainted Love”
    6 Toni Basil: “Mickey”
    7 Modern English: “I Melt With You”
    8 Bow Wow Wow: “I Want Candy”

    11 Gary Numan: “Cars”
    13 Thomas Dolby: “She Blinded Me With Science”
    16 Nena: “99 Luft Balloons”
    17 Men Without Hats: “The Safety Dance”
    19 Dead or Alive: “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”
    21 Twisted Sister: “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
    22 Michael Sembello: “Maniac”
    23 Eddy Grant: “Electric Avenue”
    26 Cutting Crew: “I Just Died In Your Arms”
    29 Madness: “Our House”

    31 Bobby McFerrin: “Don’t Worry Be Happy”
    36 Weather Girls: “It’s Raining Men”
    37 Lipps, Inc.: “Funkytown”
    40 The Buggles: “Video Killed the Radio Star”
    46 Georgia Satellites “Keep Your Hands To Yourself”
    48 Yello “Oh Yeah”
    56 Til Tuesday “Voices Carry”
    57 Jermaine Stewart “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off”
    59 The Outfield “Your Love”
    65 Boomtown Rats: “I Don’t Like Mondays”
    66 The Jeff Healy Band: “Angel Eyes”
    70 Harold Faltermeyer: “Axel F”
    79 Alannah Myles: “Black Velvet”
    82 Red Rider: “Lunatic Fringe”


    I know I'd get these at the very least. There are probably a whole bunch of songs on here that I'd recognize and purchase, but that I simply don't know by name. More '80s though! (Though I'd prefer '60s and '70s, honestly)
  • kissesxxkissesxx Unsigned
    edited April 2012
    Shadowdriverv2;4710168 said:
    Would love any of these, but the one that stands out most is "Harden My Heart" by Quarterflash and "Der Kommisar" by After the Fire. Both are songs I've been waiting for since the GH days.
    Don't turn around! Oh uh oh! Der Kommisar's in town! Oh uh oh!
  • MileycyrussouljaMileycyrussoulja Road Warrior
    edited April 2012
    samjjones;4710277 said:
    Sorry for spamming this thread, but I totally missed "Heartbeat" and "Your Love" in the list first read-through.
    Eh, I'm fine with it. It's not really spam spam, just you contributing to this thread.
    I know I'd get these at the very least. There are probably a whole bunch of songs on here that I'd recognize and purchase, but that I simply don't know by name. More '80s though! (Though I'd prefer '60s and '70s, honestly)
    Another taker of Don't Worry Be Happy? And lol, Oh Yeah. I would so buy that for the drums, mainly. Vocals would be all talkies (except for the BOW BOW harmony). Funkytown and Maniac would be badass, too. I could go on forever about the list. I see too much red!
  • firedoom666firedoom666 Headliner
    edited April 2012
    Mileycyrussoulja;4710075 said:

    2 Flock of Seagulls: “I Ran (So Far Away)”
    16 Nena: “99 Luft Balloons”
    17 Men Without Hats: “The Safety Dance”
    19 Dead or Alive: “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”
    26 Cutting Crew: “I Just Died In Your Arms”
    37 Lipps, Inc.: “Funkytown”
    40 The Buggles: “Video Killed the Radio Star”
    This is what I want...
  • GandWuserGandWuser Road Warrior
    edited April 2012
    Mileycyrussoulja;4710075 said:

    2 Flock of Seagulls: “I Ran (So Far Away)”
    5 Soft Cell: “Tainted Love”
    8 Bow Wow Wow: “I Want Candy”
    11 Gary Numan: “Cars”
    13 Thomas Dolby: “She Blinded Me With Science”
    17 Men Without Hats: “The Safety Dance”
    19 Dead or Alive: “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”
    20 Rockwell: “Somebody’s Watching Me”
    21 Twisted Sister: “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
    26 Cutting Crew: “I Just Died In Your Arms”
    29 Madness: “Our House”
    37 Lipps, Inc.: “Funkytown”
    44 Wall of Voodoo “Mexican Radio”
    48 Yello “Oh Yeah”
    51 After the Fire “Der Kommissar”
    68 Peter Schilling: “Major Tom”
    82 Red Rider: “Lunatic Fringe”
    84 The Church: “Under The Milky Way”
    87 Vixen: “Edge Of A Broken Heart”
    88 Nik Kershaw: “Wouldn’t it Be Good”
    Approximately my list. There are probably tons more I don't know that I'd want.
  • MileycyrussouljaMileycyrussoulja Road Warrior
    edited April 2012
    You know, it's funny all of these songs were released post-Rock Band 3. They were probably saving the keyboard-heavy 80's stuff for RB3 and on, obviously.

    Anyways, nice lists you guys, I couldn't agree more with the two above me.
  • FlyGuyLXIFlyGuyLXI Headl!ner
    edited April 2012
    instantdeath999;4710176 said:
    Ah, I get so depressed when A Flock of Seagulls are called one-hit wonders. They are, sure, by definition, but damn it, they had some great other songs :). Many much better than their hit, I must add.

    I could say the same about The Buggles.
  • GNFfhqwhgadsGNFfhqwhgads 99% Washed Up
    edited April 2012
    GameMaster439;4710129 said:
    *waiting for Cipher to say he hasn't heard more than 50% of these songs*

    On topic: I would love 85-90% of these songs especially I Ran (So Far Away)
    50%? Why are we aiming so high?
  • IcemageIcemage Road Warrior
    edited April 2012
    The amount of people in this thread who do not know that After the Fire's Der Kommissar is a cover of Falco (of Rock Me Amadeus fame) makes me sad.
  • LeodwyldLeodwyld Opening Act
    edited April 2012
    I am aware. VH1 is based in America, though, and their "1 Hit Wonder" lists are based on hit status in the US. After the Fire's cover charted and is well-known here, Falco's original not so much (in America he is known almost solely for Rock Me Amadeus). Of course, there are a number of musical acts on the list who actually had more than one charting hit.

    Edit P.S.: And, for the record, having any of these songs would be awesome!
  • MileycyrussouljaMileycyrussoulja Road Warrior
    edited April 2012
    Icemage;4710583 said:
    The amount of people in this thread who do not know that After the Fire's Der Kommissar is a cover of Falco (of Rock Me Amadeus fame) makes me sad.

    I knew that. But yeah, I figured they were only talking about hits in the US, but still, I Wanna Rock was pretty big in the US.
    FlyGuyLXI;4710520 said:
    I could say the same about The Buggles.

    Wait, what? I don't remember any of their other hits. Enlighten me.
  • Lowlander2Lowlander2 FaIling Star
    edited April 2012
    GNFfhqwhgads;4710526 said:
    50%? Why are we aiming so high?

    New day, same GNF making bad jokes that have run their course.
  • SayburrSayburr The Always Informative Rock Band Forum Guru
    edited April 2012
    Mileycyrussoulja;4710075 said:
    1 Dexys Midnight Runners: “Come on Eileen”
    2 Flock of Seagulls: “I Ran (So Far Away)”
    5 Soft Cell: “Tainted Love”
    7 Modern English: “I Melt With You”
    8 Bow Wow Wow: “I Want Candy”
    9 Kajagoogoo: “Too Shy”
    11 Gary Numan: “Cars”
    16 Nena: “99 Luft Balloons”
    17 Men Without Hats: “The Safety Dance”
    19 Dead or Alive: “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”
    21 Twisted Sister: “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
    24 Edie Brickell & New Bohemians: “What I Am”
    29 Madness: “Our House”
    32 Quarterflash: “Harden My Heart”
    39 Matthew Wilder: “Break My Stride”
    46 Georgia Satellites “Keep Your Hands To Yourself”
    66 The Jeff Healy Band: “Angel Eyes”
    68 Peter Schilling: “Major Tom”
    78 Aldo Nova: “Fantasy”
    79 Alannah Myles: “Black Velvet”
    82 Red Rider: “Lunatic Fringe”
    95 Midnight Oil: “Beds are Burning”
    96 The Fabulous Thunderbirds: “Tuff Enuff”


    The above are songs I would buy from that list.
  • diieeegodiieeego Opening Act
    edited April 2012
    "I Melt With You" would work so well on RB
  • FlyGuyLXIFlyGuyLXI Headl!ner
    edited April 2012
    Mileycyrussoulja;4710808 said:

    Wait, what? I don't remember any of their other hits. Enlighten me.

    Read what I replied to, we weren't talking about other hits.
  • MurphyRockMurphyRock Rising Star
    edited April 2012
    I am imagining an 80's One Hit Wonders 5-pack made up of “Come on Eileen”, “I Ran (So Far Away)”, “Tainted Love”, “Mickey”, “I Melt With You” (the top 7 in the list minus the two we already have, “Take On Me” and “867-5309 / Jenny”).

    I cannot tell you how QUICKLY this pack would get purchased. It would be the best pack ever.
  • BevoTheWarriorBevoTheWarrior Cow Patty
    edited April 2012
    I would buy everything on that list. This needs to happen.
  • sinobeetlesinobeetle Opening Act
    edited April 2012
    I keep lobbying for Philip Bailey's "Easy Lover". So rockin' on every instrument, and it's a duet!
  • CJHobbesCJHobbes Road Warrior
    edited April 2012
    Ignoring how much they butchered the title, if we ever get “99 Luftballons”, I want the original (German) version.

    And yes, I realize how silly this comment seems considering it's the German song name. My point still stands!
  • DangimarockerDangimarocker Headliner
    edited April 2012
    CJHobbes;4711063 said:
    Ignoring how much they butchered the title, if we ever get “99 Luftballons”, I want the original (German) version.

    And yes, I realize how silly this comment seems considering it's the German song name. My point still stands!

    Ew, goldfingers covers sooooooooooo much better.
  • firedoom666firedoom666 Headliner
    edited April 2012
    Dangimarocker;4711100 said:
    Ew, goldfingers covers sooooooooooo much better.

    I disagree... the Goldfingers cover is good... but the original is best
  • CJHobbesCJHobbes Road Warrior
    edited April 2012
    Dangimarocker;4711100 said:
    Ew, goldfingers covers sooooooooooo much better.

    Goldfinger's cover is indeed good, but I like the original the best. Besides, if RB gets the song, it won't be a cover version.
  • edited April 2012
    CJHobbes;4711120 said:
    Goldfinger's cover is indeed good, but I like the original the best. Besides, if RB gets the song, it won't be a cover version.

    I agree with this. The Goldfinger cover is good but the original is better. Also the German version is the one that was popular in the US so if we do get it I would assume it would be that version.
  • FujiSkunkFujiSkunk Headliner
    edited April 2012
    Y'know, Harmonic could satisfy both the '80s one-hit-wonder fans and those who want more non-English songs...

    Trying to Please Both Camps Pack 01
    Nena - "99 Luftballons"
    Los Lobos - "La Bamba"
    Falco - "Rock Me Amadeus"

    Yes, I know, that last one is actually half-English, but work with me.
  • V8VANTAGEV8VANTAGE Road Warrior
    edited April 2012
    Ones I want on RB on that list:

    1 Dexys Midnight Runners: “Come on Eileen” - Classic party song
    2 Flock of Seagulls: “I Ran (So Far Away)” - Reminds me of GTA Vice City
    5 Soft Cell: “Tainted Love” - One of those guilty pleasure type songs.
    21 Twisted Sister: “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
    26 Cutting Crew: “I Just Died In Your Arms” - Another guilty pleasure
    28 John Parr: “St. Elmos Fire (Man In Motion)” - Awesome song, always on my work playlist
    29 Madness: “Our House”
    33 John Waite: “Missing You”
    40 The Buggles: “Video Killed the Radio Star” - Guilty pleasure, but have it on my work playlist just because some hip-hop/urban group sampled the "oh-a-oh" bit.
    49 Philip Bailey (w/ Phil Collins) “Easy Lover”
    59 The Outfield “Your Love”
    60 Nu Shooz “I Can’t Wait” - This song made me think "Oh, yeah I know that song"
    65 Boomtown Rats: “I Don’t Like Mondays” - Not much guitar but could be fun on keys
    66 The Jeff Healy Band: “Angel Eyes”
    70 Harold Faltermeyer: “Axel F” - Not much guitar but could be fun on keys
    86 Patrice Rushen: “Forget Me Nots” - Not my regular sort of song, but just to play becuase it reminds me of Will Smiths Men In Black in which the song was heavily sampled
    95 Midnight Oil: “Beds are Burning” - Simple, we need more aussie bands in RB

    I didn't realise that #49 was Philip Bailey/Phil Collins. On my iPod I just have it as "Phil Collins" which I'm sure I brought from iTunes. Go figure...
  • MileycyrussouljaMileycyrussoulja Road Warrior
    edited April 2012
    V8VANTAGE;4711216 said:
    Ones I want on RB on that list:
    95 Midnight Oil: “Beds are Burning” - Simple, we need more aussie bands in RB
    I'm glad this one was on a few lists. It's ranked so low on the VH1 countdown though ;~; It would be pretty cool for each instrument.
    MagicMurderBag7;4711122 said:
    I agree with this. The Goldfinger cover is good but the original is better. Also the German version is the one that was popular in the US so if we do get it I would assume it would be that version.

    I agree, but I would refuse to listen to covers of these songs, because the originals I always find the best.
    V8VANTAGE;4711216 said:
    Ones I want on RB on that list:

    1 Dexys Midnight Runners: “Come on Eileen” - Classic party song

    I was just surprised that hit #1 on the countdown. Back when I saw this for the first time in '09, I never heard of it beforehand. It would be quite interesting on Rock Band though, since the guitar has a folk taste to it.
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