List of 1980s one-hit wonders in the United States

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This is a list of musical artists whose one hit came out in the 1980s.

The list contains recording artists who reached the Top 40 of the U.S. pop chart (the Billboard Hot 100) with just one single. Those in italics are artists with only one Top 40 hit, but either:

  • had other songs chart on genre-specific charts
  • have had success and influence within their genre or the annals of popular music and/or
    • a long-lasting and devoted cult following and/or
    • wider success in other fields of the music industry
  • are a non-American act who have had wider success in their homeland
  • are a supergroup made up of artists who were successful and influential in other bands or as solo artists.

Artists by year[edit]

1980[edit]

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"Savannah Nights" Tom Johnston[D1] January 12, 1980 34[1]
"Rapper's Delight" Sugarhill Gang[A3][A6][E1] January 12, 1980 36[2]
"Romeo's Tune" Steve Forbert February 23, 1980 11[3]
"Yes I'm Ready" Teri DeSario[I1] March 1, 1980 2[4]
"With You I'm Born Again" Syreeta[A3][I2] April 19, 1980 4[5]
"Set Me Free" Utopia April 19, 1980 27[6]
"Only a Lonely Heart Sees" Felix Cavaliere[D2] April 19, 1980 36[7]
"Pilot of the Airwaves" Charlie Dore[H1][H2] May 3, 1980 13[8]
"The Seduction (Love Theme from American Gigolo)" James Last Band May 24, 1980 28[9]
"Funkytown" Lipps Inc.[A3][A6] May 31, 1980 1[10]
"Should've Never Let You Go" Dara Sedaka[D3][I3] May 31, 1980 19[11]
"Gee Whiz" Bernadette Peters[H1] May 31, 1980 31[12]
"Cars" Gary Numan[C8][C9] June 7, 1980 9[13]
"Wondering Where the Lions Are" Bruce Cockburn[A5][C2] June 7, 1980 21[14]
"New Romance (It's a Mystery)" Spider[D4] June 7, 1980 39[15]
"Ashes by Now" Rodney Crowell[A2][B][G1][G2] July 5, 1980 37[16]
"King of the Hill" Rick Pinette and Oak July 19, 1980 36[17]
"A Lover's Holiday" Change[A3][A6][C4][C5][C8] July 19, 1980 40[18]
"Tired of Toein' the Line" Rocky Burnette July 26, 1980 8[19]
"Stand by Me" Mickey Gilley[A2] August 2, 1980 22[20]
"Take Your Time (Do It Right) Part 1" The S.O.S. Band[A3][A6][C9] August 16, 1980 3[21]
"Take a Little Rhythm" Ali Thomson August 23, 1980 15[22]
"Into the Night"[J1] Benny Mardones[A1] September 6, 1980 11[23]
"Lookin' for Love" Johnny Lee[A2] September 20, 1980 5[24]
"One in a Million You" Larry Graham[A3][A6][D5] September 20, 1980 9[25]
"How Do I Survive" Amy Holland October 11, 1980 22[26]
"Who'll Be the Fool Tonight" The Larsen-Feiten Band October 11, 1980 29[27]
"Whip It" Devo[A3][B][C6][E2] November 15, 1980 14[28]
"I'm Happy That Love Has Found You" Jimmy Hall[D6] November 22, 1980 27[29]
"If You Should Sail" Nielsen/Pearson November 22, 1980 38[30]
"Without Your Love" Roger Daltrey[A4][C5][C8][D7] November 29, 1980 20[31]
"Turning Japanese" The Vapors November 29, 1980 36[32]
"I Believe in You" Don Williams[A2] December 20, 1980 24[33]
"Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime" The Korgis[C8] December 27, 1980 18[34]

1981[edit]

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"Killin' Time" Susan Anton[H1][I4] February 7, 1981 28[35]
"Giving It Up for Your Love" Delbert McClinton[C2] February 21, 1981 8[36]
"Together" Tierra[A6] February 21, 1981 18[37]
"Mister Sandman" Emmylou Harris[A2][B] March 14, 1981 37[38]
"Precious to Me" Phil Seymour March 28, 1981 22[39]
"Don't Stop the Music" Yarbrough and Peoples[A6] April 11, 1981 19[40]
"Somebody's Knockin'" Terri Gibbs[A4] April 25, 1981 13[41]
"Just the Two of Us" Grover Washington, Jr.[A6][A8][B][E3][I5] May 2, 1981 2[42]
"Love You Like I Never Loved Before" John O'Banion May 16, 1981 24[43]
"I Loved 'Em Every One" T.G. Sheppard[A1][A2] May 16, 1981 37[44]
"Just So Lonely" Get Wet May 30, 1981 39[45]
"Say What" Jesse Winchester[C2] June 13, 1981 32[46]
"What Are We Doin' in Love" Dottie West[A2][I6] June 27, 1981 14[47]
"Is It You" Lee Ritenour June 27, 1981 15[48]
"Stronger Than Before" Carole Bayer Sager[G2] July 11, 1981 30[49]
"Seven Year Ache" Rosanne Cash[A1][A2][D8] July 18, 1981 22[50]
"Sweet Baby" Stanley Clarke[A3][A6]/George Duke[A3][A6] August 1, 1981 19[51]
"Theme from Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not)" Joey Scarbury August 15, 1981 2[52]
"It's Now or Never" John Schneider[A1][A2][H1] August 15, 1981 14[53]
"Double Dutch Bus" Frankie Smith August 15, 1981 30[54]
"Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through" Jim Steinman[D9] August 15, 1981 32[55]
"Don't Give It Up" Robbie Patton August 22, 1981 26[56]
"Everlasting Love" Rachel Sweet[C8][I7] August 22, 1981 32[57]
"Nicole" Point Blank[A4] September 5, 1981 39[58]
"You Could Take My Heart Away" Silver Condor September 19, 1981 32[59]
"Breaking Away" Balance September 26, 1981 22[60]
"General Hospi-Tale" The Afternoon Delights October 3, 1981 33[61]
"Sausalito Summernight" Diesel[C5] November 21, 1981 25[62]
"I Want You, I Need You" Chris Christian November 21, 1981 37[63]

1982[edit]

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"More Than Just the Two of Us" Sneaker January 23, 1982 34[64]
"Hooked on Classics" Royal Philharmonic Orchestra[E4] January 30, 1982 10[65]
"All Our Tomorrows" Eddie Schwartz[G2] February 20, 1982 28[66]
"Call Me" Skyy[A3] March 6, 1982 26[67]
"Don't Let Him Know" Prism[A4][C2] March 13, 1982 39[68]
"Pac-Man Fever" Buckner & Garcia March 27, 1982 9[69]
"Take Off" Bob and Doug McKenzie[F2] March 27, 1982 16[70]
"Key Largo" Bertie Higgins[A1] April 17, 1982 8[71]
"Nobody Said It Was Easy (Lookin' for the Lights)" Le Roux April 17, 1982 18[72]
"Mama Used to Say" Junior[A6][C8] April 24, 1982 30[73]
"Genius of Love" Tom Tom Club[A3][A5][C5][C8][D10] April 24, 1982 31[74]
"Goin' Down" Greg Guidry May 1, 1982 17[75]
"If I Had My Wish Tonight" David Lasley May 1, 1982 36[9]
"Chariots of Fire - Titles" Vangelis[E5][H4] May 8, 1982 1[76]
"I've Never Been to Me" Charlene[A1] May 22, 1982 3[77]
"Fantasy" Aldo Nova[A4] May 29, 1982 23[78]
"Murphy's Law" Chéri[A3][A6] June 5, 1982 39[79]
"Stone Cold" Rainbow[A4][B][C8] June 19, 1982 40[80]
"Forget Me Nots" Patrice Rushen[A3][A6][B][C8] July 3, 1982 23[81]
"Let It Whip" Dazz Band[A3][A6] July 17, 1982 5[82]
"Tainted Love" Soft Cell[A3][C8][C9] July 17, 1982 8[83]
"Hooked on Swing" Larry Elgart and His Manhattan Swing Orchestra July 24, 1982 31[84]
"Nice Girls" Eye to Eye July 24, 1982 37[85]
"Personally" Karla Bonoff[A1] August 7, 1982 19[86]
"Love Plus One" Haircut One Hundred[C8] August 7, 1982 37[87]
"If the Love Fits Wear It" Leslie Pearl August 14, 1982 28[88]
"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" Jennifer Holliday[A3][A6] August 28, 1982 22[89]
"Someday, Someway" Marshall Crenshaw August 28, 1982 36[90]
"Valley Girl" Frank Zappa[B] & Moon Zappa September 11, 1982 32[91]
"Holdin' On" Tané Cain September 18, 1982 37[92]
"New World Man" Rush[A4][B][C2][C8][E6] October 30, 1982 21[93]
"Nobody" Sylvia[A2] November 20, 1982 15[94]
"I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World)" Donald Fagen[A1][A4][B][D11] November 27, 1982 26[95]
"Mickey" Toni Basil[A3][H1][H3][H5] December 11, 1982 1[96]

1983[edit]

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"What About Me" Moving Pictures[C1] February 12, 1983 29[97]
"Baby, Come to Me" Patti Austin[A1][A3][A6][I8] February 19, 1983 1[98]
"The Clapping Song" Pia Zadora[H1] February 19, 1983 36[99]
"Pass the Dutchie" Musical Youth[A6][C8][C9] February 26, 1983 10[100]
"On the Loose" Saga[A4][C3] February 26, 1983 26[101]
"Burning Heart" Vandenberg[A4] March 12, 1983 39[102]
"I Know There's Something Going On" Frida[C7][D12] March 26, 1983 13[103]
"Come On Eileen" Dexys Midnight Runners[C4][C8] April 23, 1983 1[104]
"Whirly Girl" Oxo April 23, 1983 28[105]
"Der Kommissar" After the Fire April 30, 1983 5[106]
"So Wrong" Patrick Simmons[D1] May 7, 1983 30[1]
"She Blinded Me with Science" Thomas Dolby[A3][A4][C2][C6][C8][G1] May 14, 1983 5[107]
"I Couldn't Say No" Robert Ellis Orrall[A2][G1][G2] with Carlene Carter[A2][D13] May 21, 1983 32[108]
"That's Love" Jim Capaldi[D14] June 18, 1983 28[109]
"Too Shy" Kajagoogoo[C3][C5][C8] July 9, 1983 5[110]
"The Salt in My Tears" Martin Briley[A4] July 30, 1983 36[111]
"It's Inevitable" Charlie August 13, 1983 38[112]
"Puttin' on the Ritz" Taco September 3, 1983 4[113]
"Far from Over (From Staying Alive)" Frank Stallone[F1][H1] October 1, 1983 10[114]
"Can't Shake Loose" Agnetha Fältskog[C7][D12] November 5, 1983 29[115]
"Just Got Lucky" JoBoxers[C8] November 19, 1983 36[116]
"In a Big Country" Big Country[A4][A5][C5][C6][C8] December 3, 1983 17[117]
"Major Tom (Coming Home)" Peter Schilling[A3][C3] December 24, 1983 14[118]

1984[edit]

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"The Curly Shuffle" Jump 'N the Saddle Band January 21, 1984 15[119]
"Baby I Lied" Deborah Allen[A2] January 21, 1984 26[120]
"The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun" Julie Brown[H1] February 4, 1984 26[121]
"Let the Music Play" Shannon[A3][A6][C8] February 25, 1984 8[122]
"99 Luftballons" Nena[C3] March 3, 1984 2[123]
"The Politics of Dancing" Re-Flex[A3] March 17, 1984 24[124]
"They Don't Know" Tracey Ullman[H1][H2] April 28, 1984 8[125]
"White Horse" Laid Back[A5] May 12, 1984 26[126]
"It's My Life" Talk Talk[A3][A4][C8][C9][E7] May 19, 1984 31[127]
"My Ever Changing Moods" The Style Council[C1][C6][C8] June 9, 1984 29[128]
"Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly)" The Icicle Works June 9, 1984 37[129]
"Modern Day Delilah" Van Stephenson[D15] June 30, 1984 22[130]
"Almost Paradise...Love Theme from Footloose" Mike Reno[D16][I9] July 14, 1984 7[131]
"10-9-8" Face to Face July 21, 1984 38[132]
"Breakin'... There's No Stopping Us" Ollie & Jerry August 4, 1984 9[133]
"We're Not Gonna Take It" Twisted Sister[A4][C4][C8] September 22, 1984 21[134]
"The Warrior" Scandal[A4] September 22, 1984 7[135]
"The Last Time I Made Love" Joyce Kennedy[A6][I10] October 6, 1984 40[136]
"A Girl in Trouble (Is a Temporary Thing)" Romeo Void[A3][A4] October 27, 1984 35[137]
"Desert Moon" Dennis DeYoung[D17] November 10, 1984 10[138]
"Sugar Don't Bite" Sam Harris November 10, 1984 36[139]
"Girls with Guns" Tommy Shaw[A4][D17][D18] November 17, 1984 33[140]
"Centipede" Rebbie Jackson[A3][A6][D19] December 22, 1984 24[141]

1985[edit]

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"All I Need" Jack Wagner[A1][H1] January 12, 1985 2[142]
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" Band Aid[D20] January 19, 1985 13[143]
"Easy Lover" Philip Bailey[A6][D21][I11] February 2, 1985 2[144]
"Call to the Heart" Giuffria[A4] February 2, 1985 15[145]
"Operator" Midnight Star[A3][A6][C8] February 2, 1985 18[146]
"Tragedy" John Hunter February 16, 1985 39[147]
"This Is Not America" Pat Metheny Group[I12] March 9, 1985 32[148]
"Relax" Frankie Goes to Hollywood[A3][C8][C9] March 16, 1985 10[149]
"Turn Up the Radio" Autograph[A4] March 16, 1985 29[150]
"We Are the World" USA for Africa[D20] April 13, 1985 1[6]
"Radioactive" The Firm[A4][D22] April 13, 1985 28[151]
"Axel F" Harold Faltermeyer[H4] June 1, 1985 3[152]
"Invisible" Alison Moyet[C8][C9][D23] June 1, 1985 31[153]
"In My House" Mary Jane Girls[A3][A6] June 8, 1985 7[154]
"NeverEnding Story" Limahl[A3][C3][C8][D24] June 15, 1985 17[155]
"Wake Up (Next to You)" Graham Parker and the Shot[A4][A5][C1][C8][E8] June 22, 1985 39[156]
"19" Paul Hardcastle[A3][A6][A8] July 20, 1985 15[157]
"When Your Heart Is Weak" Cock Robin[C9] August 31, 1985 35[158]
"I Got You Babe" Chrissie Hynde[D25][I13] September 21, 1985 28[159]
"Cry" Godley & Creme[C9][D26] October 5, 1985 16[160]
"Miami Vice Theme" Jan Hammer[D27] November 9, 1985 1[161]
"Love Theme from St. Elmo's Fire" David Foster[G1] November 16, 1985 15[162]
"Running Up that Hill" Kate Bush[A5][C2][C8][C9] November 30, 1985 30[163]
"Sun City" Artists United Against Apartheid[D20] December 7, 1985 38[164]
"Object of My Desire" Starpoint[A3][A6] December 14, 1985 25[165]
"Perfect Way" Scritti Politti[A3][C6][C8] December 21, 1985 11[166]

1986[edit]

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"You're a Friend of Mine" Clarence Clemons[D28][I14] January 18, 1986 18[167]
"Everybody Dance" Ta Mara and the Seen[A6] January 18, 1986 24[168]
"Tarzan Boy" Baltimora March 1, 1986 13[169]
"No Easy Way Out (From Rocky IV)" Robert Tepper March 29, 1986 22[170]
"Live Is Life" Opus March 29, 1986 32[171]
"Let's Go All the Way" Sly Fox April 12, 1986 7[172]
"Tender Love" Force M.D.'s[A6] April 12, 1986 10[173]
"I Do What I Do... (Theme for 9 ½ Weeks)" John Taylor[D29] and Jonathan Elias April 26, 1986 23[174]
"Feel It Again" Honeymoon Suite[A4][C2] May 10, 1986 34[175]
"I Wanna Be a Cowboy" Boys Don't Cry June 21, 1986 12[176]
"Out of Mind, Out of Sight" Models[A4][C1] June 21, 1986 37[177]
"Tuff Enuff" The Fabulous Thunderbirds[A4][E9] July 12, 1986 10[178]
"When the Heart Rules the Mind" GTR[A4][D30] July 12, 1986 14[179]
"Digging Your Scene" The Blow Monkeys[C5][C8] August 2, 1986 14[180]
"Take It Easy (From American Anthem)" Andy Taylor[A4][D29] August 2, 1986 24[181]
"Hanging on a Heart Attack" Device August 9, 1986 35[182]
"Rumors" Timex Social Club[A6] August 16, 1986 8[183]
"One Step Closer to You" Gavin Christopher[A6] August 16, 1986 22[184]
"Baby Love" Regina[A3] September 13, 1986 10[185]
"The Captain of Her Heart" Double September 13, 1986 16[186]
"Friends and Lovers" Gloria Loring[H1] and Carl Anderson September 27, 1986 2[187]
"The Rain" Oran "Juice" Jones November 15, 1986 9[188]
"Emotion in Motion" Ric Ocasek[A4][D31] November 15, 1986 15[189]
"Welcome to the Boomtown" David and David[A4] November 29, 1986 37[190]
"The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" Timbuk 3[A4] December 27, 1986 19[191]
"For Tonight" Nancy Martinez[A3] December 27, 1986 32[192]

1987[edit]

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"Shake You Down" Gregory Abbott[A1][A6] January 17, 1987 1[193]
"Stay the Night" Benjamin Orr[A4][D31] February 14, 1987 24[194]
"Keep Your Hands to Yourself" The Georgia Satellites[A4] February 21, 1987 2[195]
"Talk to Me" Chico DeBarge[A6][D32] February 21, 1987 21[196]
"Facts of Love" Jeff Lorber[A3][A6][A8][I15] February 21, 1987 27[197]
"Respect Yourself" Bruce Willis[A1][H1] March 7, 1987 5[198]
"Don't Leave Me This Way" The Communards[A3][C8][C9] March 7, 1987 40[199]
"As We Lay" Shirley Murdock[A6] March 28, 1987 23[200]
"The Honeythief" Hipsway April 4, 1987 19[201]
"Light of Day" The Barbusters[D33] April 4, 1987 33[202]
"Smoking Gun" Robert Cray Band[A4][D34] April 18, 1987 22[203]
"Ship of Fools (Save Me from Tomorrow)" World Party[A4][A5][C8] April 25, 1987 27[204]
"Serious" Donna Allen[A3][A6][C8] May 9, 1987 21[205]
"Heartbreak Beat" The Psychedelic Furs[A3][A4][A5][C1][C8] May 23, 1987 26[206]
"Right on Track" Breakfast Club[A3] May 30, 1987 7[207]
"Fascinated" Company B[A3] June 13, 1987 21[208]
"Soul City" Partland Brothers June 27, 1987 27[209]
"The Flames of Paradise" Jennifer Rush[C2][C9][I16] July 11, 1987 36[210]
"Don't Disturb This Groove" The System[A3][A6] July 18, 1987 4[211]
"Funky Town" Pseudo Echo[C1] July 18, 1987 6[212]
"Kiss Him Goodbye" The Nylons[A1] August 1, 1987 12[213]
"Heart and Soul" T'Pau[C2][C8][C9] August 8, 1987 4[214]
"Can't We Try" Vonda Sheppard[A1][I17] August 8, 1987 6[215]
"Living in a Box" Living in a Box[A3][C8] August 22, 1987 17[216]
"Lies" Jonathan Butler[A1][A6] August 29, 1987 27[217]
"Mary's Prayer" Danny Wilson September 5, 1987 23[218]
"Touch of Grey" Grateful Dead[A4][B][E10] September 26, 1987 9[219]
"Holiday" The Other Ones[C6] October 17, 1987 29[220]
"Casanova" LeVert[A3][A6][D35] October 31, 1987 5[221]
"Boys Night Out" Timothy B. Schmit[D36] November 7, 1987 25[222]
"Sugar Free" Wa Wa Nee[C1] November 14, 1987 35[223]
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" Bill Medley[A1][A2][D37][I18] November 28, 1987 1[224]
"I Don't Mind at All" Bourgeois Tagg December 5, 1987 38[225]
"Motortown" Kane Gang December 19, 1987 36[226]

1988[edit]

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"Honestly" Stryper[B][E11] January 30, 1988 23[227]
"Pump Up the Volume" M/A/R/R/S February 20, 1988 13[228]
"She's Like the Wind" Patrick Swayze[H1] featuring Wendy Fraser February 27, 1988 3[229]
"You Don't Know" Scarlett and Black April 16, 1988 20[230]
"Fishnet" Morris Day[A3][A6][D38] April 23, 1988 23[231]
"Kiss and Tell (From Bright Lights, Big City)" Bryan Ferry[A4][C8][C9][D39] April 30, 1988 31[232]
"Ritual" Dan Reed Network May 7, 1988 38[233]
"My Girl" Suave[A6] May 14, 1988 20[234]
"Two Occasions" The Deele[A6] May 21, 1988 10[235]
"Strange But True" Times Two[A3] May 21, 1988 21[236]
"Da Butt (From School Daze)" E.U.[A6] May 21, 1988 35[237]
"When We Kiss" Bardeux[A3] June 4, 1988 36[238]
"Under the Milky Way" The Church[A4][A5][C1][C6] June 18, 1988 24[239]
"Supersonic" J. J. Fad June 18, 1988 30[240]
"Beds Are Burning" Midnight Oil[A4][A5][C1] July 2, 1988 17[241]
"Tomorrow People" Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers[A3][A5][D40] July 9, 1988 39[242]
"Rush Hour" Jane Wiedlin[A3][D41] July 30, 1988 9[243]
"Love Changes (Everything)" Climie Fisher[C8] July 30, 1988 23[244]
"Sayin' Sorry (Don't Make It Right)" Denise Lopez[A3] August 20, 1988 31[245]
"Don't Worry Be Happy (From Cocktail)" Bobby McFerrin[H4] September 24, 1988 1[246]
"It Takes Two" Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock[A3][A6][A7] October 29, 1988 36[247]
"Another Lover" Giant Steps[A3] November 12, 1988 13[248]
"The Promise" When in Rome[A3] December 10, 1988 11[249]
"Not Just Another Girl" Ivan Neville[D42] December 10, 1988 26[250]
"Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" Judson Spence December 10, 1988 32[251]
"Thanks for My Child" Cheryl Pepsii Riley[A6] December 24, 1988 32[252]

1989[edit]

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"I Remember Holding You" Boys Club January 14, 1989 8[253]
"When I'm with You" Sheriff[D43] February 4, 1989 1[254]
"What I Am" Edie Brickell & New Bohemians[A1][A4][D44] March 4, 1989 7[255]
"Surrender to Me (From Tequila Sunrise)" Robin Zander[D45][I19] March 11, 1989 6[256]
"I Beg Your Pardon" Kon Kan[A3][C2] March 11, 1989 15[257]
"Heaven Help Me" Deon Estus[A1][I20] April 29, 1989 5[258]
"Thinking of You" Sa-Fire[A3] May 6, 1989 12[259]
"Iko Iko (From Rain Man)" The Belle Stars[A3][C8] May 13, 1989 14[260]
"Downtown" One 2 Many May 20, 1989 37[261]
"Where Are You Now?" Jimmy Harnen with Synch June 10, 1989 10[262]
"Cuddly Toy (Feel for Me)" Roachford[C6][C8] June 10, 1989 25[263]
"Cry" Waterfront June 17, 1989 10[264]
"So Alive" Love and Rockets[A3][A4][A5][D46] August 5, 1989 3[265]
"Angel Eyes" Jeff Healey Band[A4][C2] September 2, 1989 5[266]
"Talk It Over" Grayson Hugh[A1] September 9, 1989 19[267]
"Let Go" Sharon Bryant[A6][D47] October 14, 1989 34[268]
"Don't Make Me Over" Sybil[A3][A6][C8] December 2, 1989 20[269]
"Don't Close Your Eyes" Kix[A4] December 16, 1989 11[270]

Featured artist one-hit wonders[edit]

The table below features one-hit wonders who scored their only Top 40 hit as the featured artist of a song whose main artist(s) scored two or more Top 40 hits.

Song Featured artist Main artist Peak date Peak
"The Theme from Hill Street Blues" Larry Carlton[A1][A8] Mike Post December 12, 1981 10[271]
"Paranoimia" Max Headroom[J2] Art of Noise October 4, 1986 34[272]
"Friends" Eric B. & Rakim[A6][A7][C5][C8][E1] Jody Watley August 26, 1989 9[273]

Notes[edit]

Several artists in the list (marked in italics on the main tables) are worth noting for achieving success or popularity outside of the Billboard Hot 100:

  • E The artist achieved critical success or multiple awards and/or is considered to be an influential figure in a specific genre or field.
    • E1 ^ ^ An extremely influential group in the hip hop genre.
    • E2 ^ One of the most influential groups in the punk and New Wave genres.
    • E3 ^ One of the founders of the smooth jazz genre.
    • E4 ^ A world-famous orchestra who has had far more success as a concert act.
    • E5 ^ A renowned composer and artist in electronic and New Age genres.
    • E6 ^ One of the most influential groups in the prog-rock genre.
    • E7 ^ Notable as one of the major influences in the development of post-rock.
    • E8 ^ The group's leader, Graham Parker, is highly influential in the development of New Wave music, and has had a long career with far more critical acclaim than commercial success.
    • E9 ^ A longtime cult blues rock band.
    • E10 ^ They are equally famous for their live performances and dedicated following.
    • E11 ^ A successful contemporary Christian act.
  • F The artist has connections to other noted people outside of the music industry:
  • G The artist achieved success in other fields of the music industry:

Several other artists are worth noting for achieving success or popularity in other fields outside of the music industry:

  • H Success in other fields of the entertainment industry:
    • H1 ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ The artist is well known in the field of acting.
    • H2 ^ The artist is well known in the field of comedy.
    • H3 ^ The artist is well known in the field of directing films.
    • H4 ^ ^ ^ The artist is well known in the field of composing film music.
    • H5 ^ The artist is well known in the field of dance choreography.

Several songs on the list also feature credited appearances by artists with two or more Top 40 hits, either as featured artists or collaborating artists (I).

  • I1 ^ KC is credited as a collaborating artist alongside DeSario.
  • I2 ^ Billy Preston is credited as a collaborating artist alongside Syreeta.
  • I3 ^ Neil Sedaka is credited as a collaborating artist alongside his daughter Dara.
  • I4 ^ Fred Knoblock is credited as a collaborating artist alongside Anton.
  • I5 ^ Bill Withers is credited as a collaborating artist alongside Washington, Jr.
  • I6 ^ Kenny Rogers is credited as a collaborating artist alongside West.
  • I7 ^ Rex Smith is credited as a collaborating artist alongside Sweet.
  • I8 ^ James Ingram is credited as a collaborating artist alongside Austin.
  • I9 ^ Ann Wilson is credited as a collaborating artist alongside Reno.
  • I10 ^ Jeffrey Osborne is credited as a collaborating artist alongside Kennedy.
  • I11 ^ Phil Collins is credited as a collaborating artist alongside Bailey.
  • I12 ^ David Bowie is credited as a collaborating artist alongside the Pat Metheny Group.
  • I13 ^ UB40 are credited as a collaborating artist alongside Hynde.
  • I14 ^ Jackson Browne is credited as a collaborating artist alongside Clemons.
  • I15 ^ Karyn White is credited as a featured artist alongside Lorber.
  • I16 ^ Elton John is credited as a collaborating artist alongside Rush.
  • I17 ^ Dan Hill is credited as a collaborating artist alongside Sheppard.
  • I18 ^ Jennifer Warnes is credited as a collaborating artist alongside Medley.
  • I19 ^ Ann Wilson is credited as a collaborating artist alongside Zander.
  • I20 ^ George Michael is credited as a collaborating artist alongside Estus.

Additional notes

  • J1 ^ A re-issue of the song peaked at #20 on the Hot 100 in 1989.
  • J2 ^ Better known as a character in the TV series Max Headroom and as a spokesperson for Coca-Cola.

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