They are the songs you love. You know the lyrics by heart, but may not be able to name the artist on a bet.
They are the one-hit wonders.
On this National One Hit Wonder Day (September 25), forget whatever playlist you have programmed on your phone and check out this list instead. These are the top 30 one-hit wonders as listed on Ranker, a site that lets the public vote and rank various categories.
While there will always be debate as to which decade was the best for music, the decade that was best for one-hit wonders appears to be the 1980s, which is the most-represented on this list.
- Take On Me - A-Ha
- Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
- Tainted Love - Soft Cell
- My Sharona - The Knack
- Video Killed The Radio Star - The Buggles
- 867-5309 - Tommy Tutone
- Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
- Spirit In The Sky - Norman Greenbaum
- (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me - Naked Eyes
- I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
- Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) - Looking Glass
- Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy
- I Melt With You - Modern English
- You Spin Me 'Round (Like A Record) - Dead Or Alive
- Mickey - Tony Basil
- The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
- Pop Muzik - M
- Stacy's Mom - Fountains Of Wayne
- 99 Luftballoons - Nena
- Closing Time - Semisonic
- Kung-Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas
- No Rain - Blind Melon
- Funkytown - Lipps Inc.
- Cruel To Be Kind - Nick Lowe
- Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor
- Turning Japanese - The Vapors
- I Touch Myself - The Divinyls
- Seasons In The Sun - Terry Jacks
- Tubthumping - Chumbawumba
- Cars - Gary Numan