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  1 Savannah Nights 26   Jan 1980  
  Tom Johnston  
    YouTube    
  Savannah Nights was the most popular solo song for Tom Johnston. He received minor radio airplay with the song Madmen too. Tom Johnston was a lead singer of The Doobie Brothers in the late 1970s. The song Savannah Nights was from album Everything You've Heard Is True.  

  2 Money 19     Jan 1980  
  The Flying Lizards  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  In 1960, Barrett Strong took this song, as then titled, Money (That's What I Want), to number 7. Many groups remade the song, including The Kingsmen whose 1966 version hit number 15. Money was the most popular song by The Flying Lizards. The group followed up with TV, which received slight radio airplay. The Flying Lizards song Money was from album The Flying Lizards.  

  3 Looks Like Love Again   Feb 1980  
  Dann Rogers  
    YouTube    
  Looks Like Love Again was a moderately popular song for Dann Rogers. He was not known for any other song. The song was from album Hearts Under Fire.  

  4 Romeo's Tune 6 4   Feb 1980  
  Steve Forbert  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Romeo's Tune was a pop number 4 and rock number 7 hit. Steve Forbert did not reach the pop or rock top 20 again, but got slight airplay with other songs in both formats. This song was from album Jackrabbit Slim. This song was written by Steve Forbert.  

  5 I Don't Like Mondays 2     Feb 1980  
  The Boomtown Rats  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  I Don't Like Mondays was by far the most popular song and a rock top 20 near miss for The Boomtown Rats. The group had a string of popular alternative songs, including 1978 song Rat Trap. The song I Don't Like Mondays was from album The Fine Art Of Surfacing.  

  6 Don't Cry For Me Argentina   Mar 1980  
  Festival  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Festival recorded a dance album of the musical Evita. Don't Cry For Me Argentina was the most popular song from the album, but other tracks received some dance airplay too. In 1997, Madonna starred in the move Evita, and her dance version of Don't Cry For Me Argentina became a number 3 song.  

  7 Set Me Free 17 17   Apr 1980  
  Utopia  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Set Me Free was a top 20 one hit wonder for Utopia. On the rock side, Set Me Free reached number 16, and followed-up bigger rock hit, The Road To Utopia, which reached number 11. Utopia was one of many groups led by Todd Rundgren, who had a few top 20 songs solo. The song Set Me Free was from album Adventures In Utopia.  

  8 Let Me Be   Apr 1980  
  Korona  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Korona had one popular song with Let Me Be. The writer and group leader, Bruce Blackman, was also with Starbuck and Eternity's Children.  

  9 Pilot Of The Airwaves 6   May 1980  
  Charlie Dore  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Pilot Of The Airwaves, the only top 20 hit for Charlie Dore, was the follow-up to Fear Of Flying, which received slight radio airplay. The song Pilot Of The Airwaves was from album Where To Now.  

  10 Cars 16 4   May 1980  
  Gary Numan  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Cars was the only top 20 hit for Gary Numan, he had a string of alternative hits. Gary Numan also appeared on the 1998 rock number 14 hit remake of Cars by Fear Factory. Gary Numan song Cars was from album The Pleasure Principle.  

  11 The Seduction (Love Theme) 23   May 1980  
  James Last Band  
    YouTube    
  Instrumental song The Seduction was a top 20 near miss and the most popular song for James Last. In the early 1970s, James Last received some airplay with other songs like Music From Across The Way. The Seduction (Love Theme) was from the movie American Gigolo. This song was written by Giorgio Moroder.  

  12 Funkytown 1   Jun 1980  
  Lipps, Inc.  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Cynthia Johnson and a synthesizer were the lead singers on Funkytown. Although number one song Funkytown became a one hit wonder for Lipps, Inc., the group had a few popular dance and soul music songs too. Also, in 1987, Pseudo Echo remade Funkytown and it became a number 4 song and that group's only top 20 song too. This Lipps, Inc. song was from album Mouth To Mouth.  

  13 Wondering Where The Lions Are 21   Jun 1980  
  Bruce Cockburn  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Wondering Where The Lions Are was the most popular song and a near top 20 miss for Bruce Cockburn. In 1985, he hit number 11 on the rock chart with If I Had A Rocket Launcher. Also, Bruce Cockburn was the original singer of Lovers In A Dangerous Time, which became most popular in 1991 by Barenaked Ladies. The song Wondering Where The Lions Are was from album Dancing In The Dragon's Jaws.  

  14 Tired Of Toein' The Line 3   Jul 1980  
  Rocky Burnette  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Tired Of Toein' The Line was the only top 20 hit for Rocky Burnette, he had a few other songs that received some radio airplay. Rocky Burnette was the son of early rock era singer Johnny Burnette, whose greatest hit was the 1960 top 20 song You're Sixteen. The song Tired Of Toein' The Line was from album The Son Of Rock And Roll.  

  15 Stand By Me 16   Aug 1980  
  Mickey Gilley  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  This remake of classic Stand By Me was the only top 20 song for country star Mickey Gilley. Mickey Gilley song was from the movie Urban Cowboy.  

  16 Take A Little Rhythm 8   Aug 1980  
  Ali Thomson  
    YouTube    
  Take A Little Rhythm was a top 20 one hit wonder for Ali Thomson. His brother, Dougie Thomson was in Supertramp. The song Take A Little Rhythm was from album Take A Little Rhythm. This song was written by Ali Thomson.  

  17 Why Not Me 20   Aug 1980  
  Fred Knoblock  
    YouTube    
  Why Not Me was the only top 20 song for Fred Knoblock. His second most popular tune, Killin' Time, a duet with Susan Anton, reached number 27. This song was from album Why Not Me.  

  18 Into The Night 12 5   Aug 1980  
  Benny Mardones  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Into The Night was the only top 20 song for Benny Mardones. This song also reached rock number 12, and was followed-up with American Bandstand, another rock top 20. In 1989, this same recording hit number 9 on the top 20, making this a twice-charted one hit wonder. The song Into The Night was from album Never Run Never Hide. This song was written by Benny Mardones and Robert Tepper.  

  19 First... Be A Woman 30   Aug 1980  
  Lenore O'Malley  
    YouTube    
  First Be A Woman was the only top 30 song and the only mentionable song played on the radio for Lenore O'Malley. The song was from album First Be A Woman.  

  20 One In A Million You 15   Sep 1980  
  Larry Graham  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  One In A Million You was the only top 20 hit for Larry Graham, but he and his group Graham Central Station had a long string of popular soul songs, many of which received pop airplay too. This song was from album One In A Million You.  

  21 Who'll Be The Fool Tonight 17   Oct 1980  
  Larsen-Feiten Band  
    YouTube    
  Who'll Be The Fool Tonight was the only top 20 hit for Larsen-Feiten Band. The duo followed-up with She's Not In Love which received slight radio airplay. Guitarist Buzz Feiten was a member of The Rascals. Neil Larsen and Buzz Feiten also recorded under the name Full Moon. Buzz Feiten went on to become a member of Mr. Mister. This song was from album Larsen-Feiten Band.  

  22 How Do I Survive 13   Oct 1980  
  Amy Holland  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  How Do I Survive was the only top 20 hit for Amy Holland. She received some radio airplay with other songs, including a duet with her husband Michael McDonald. This song was from album Amy Holland.  

  23 Eugene   Oct 1980  
  Crazy Joe And The Variable Speed Band  
    YouTube    
  Eugene was the most popular song by Crazy Joe, receiving slight airplay. Ace Frehley from Kiss was in the group. In 1981, the song Ice Cream received very slight airplay. This song was written by Joe Renda and Ace Frehley.  

  24 Who Were You Thinkin' Of   Nov 1980  
  The Doolittle Band  
    YouTube    
  The Doolittle Band was known only for this moderately popular song.  

  25 Whip It 3 11   Nov 1980  
  Devo  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Popular punk, dance, alternative and video band Devo had a top 20 one hit wonder with song Whip It. The song was from album Freedom Of Choice.  

  26 I'm Happy That Love Has Found You 14   Nov 1980  
  Jimmy Hall  
    YouTube download at Amazon  

  27 Let Me Be Your Angel 18   Nov 1980  
  Stacy Lattisaw  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Stacy Lattisaw was 13 years old when she sang Let Me Be Your Angel. It became her only top 20 hit. She had a few near-miss songs after. This song was from album Let Me Be Your Angel.  

  28 Turning Japanese 20     Nov 1980  
  The Vapors  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Turning Japanese was a rock top 20 one hit wonder, just reaching number 20. The song also received moderate pop music and video play. The group soon followed with Jimmie Jones which got little play. The song Turning Japanese was from album New Clear Days.  

  29 Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime 11   Dec 1980  
  The Korgis  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime was the only top 20 hit by The Korgis. However, The Korgis had a number of minor alternative hits in the United States and elsewhere. This song was later redone in 1994 by Baby D, and in 2004 by Beck. The Korgis song Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime was from album Dumb Waiters. This song was written by James Warren.  


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1980 Top Pop One Hit Wonders

1Funkytown
 Lipps, Inc.
2Tired Of Toein' The Line
 Rocky Burnette
3Cars
 Gary Numan
4Romeo's Tune
 Steve Forbert
5Into The Night
 Benny Mardones
6Pilot Of The Airwaves
 Charlie Dore
7Take A Little Rhythm
 Ali Thomson
8Whip It
 Devo
9Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime
 The Korgis
10One In A Million You
 Larry Graham
11Stand By Me
 Mickey Gilley
12How Do I Survive
 Amy Holland
13I'm Happy That Love Has Found You
 Jimmy Hall
14Who'll Be The Fool Tonight
 Larsen-Feiten Band
15Set Me Free
 Utopia
16Let Me Be Your Angel
 Stacy Lattisaw
17Why Not Me
 Fred Knoblock
18Wondering Where The Lions Are
 Bruce Cockburn

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Tunecaster Music Encyclopedia and Chart Archive includes one hit wonder pages for every year from 1960 through 2000 including 1980. One Hit Wonders are songs which are the most popular by an artist. There are different views on what qualifies a song for a One Hit Wonder. A One Hit Wonder could be an artist that had only one song in the top 10, top 20, or even top 40. On these pages, strictly speaking, an artist is a One Hit Wonder if the artist had exactly one song make the pop or rock top 20. No artist can be considered a One Hit Wonder who made the top 20 twice. This strict definition may create some strange results where a super group like Metallica makes the Pop Top 20 charts once, despite a long list of rock number one songs. Superstar side projects with temporary or transient names may be technical One Hit Wonders.
Additionally, a One Hit Wonder listed on this 1980 page may be a song that is significantly more popular than other songs by the same artist, even though it did not make the top 20. Is it really a one hit wonder? You decide.

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