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  1 Strange Dreams 20     Jan 1983  
  Frank Marino Mahogany Rush  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Strange Dreams was a Rock Top 20 one hit wonder and the only US hit for Frank Marino Mahogany Rush. The song was from album Juggernaut.  

  2 What About Me 11   Jan 1983  
  Moving Pictures  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Moving Pictures was a one hit wonder, the song What About Me was popular twice -- in 1983 and 1989.  

  3 Da Da Da (I Don't Love You You Don't Love Me Aha Aha Aha)   Feb 1983  
  Trio  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  In 1997, the song Da Da Da was used in a car commercial and enjoyed another period of popularity. The group Trio never had another song that received mentionable airplay. This song was from album Trio.  

  4 Let Me Go 17     Mar 1983  
  Heaven 17  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Let Me Go was the only rock top 20 hit for Heaven 17. The group had other alternative and dance songs that were moderately popular.  

  5 I Know There's Something Going On 4   Mar 1983  
  Frida  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Phil Collins produced I Know There's Something Going On. Frida was a member of the group Abba, a group which had many popular songs.  

  6 Come On Eileen 4 1   Apr 1983  
  Dexys Midnight Runners  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Come On Eileen was the only pop and rock top 20 hit by Dexys Midnight Runners, the group had a few alternative songs that received radio airplay.  

  7 Whirly Girl 28   Apr 1983  
  Oxo  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Whirly Girl was the only popular song in the United States for Oxo.  

  8 Mexican Radio 18 29   Apr 1983  
  Wall Of Voodoo  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Mexican Radio was the most popular song and the only rock top 20 hit for Wall Of Voodoo, the group received minor alternative radio airplay with songs like its remake of the 1963 Johnny Cash song Ring Of Fire. The song Mexican Radio was from album Call Of The West.  

  9 Der Kommissar (The Commissioner) 11 3   Apr 1983  
  After The Fire  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Der Kommissar was the only top 20 hit by After The Fire, the group followed up with Dancing In The Shadows which received minor radio play. Falco also received airplay with this song the same year. The song Der Kommissar (The Commissioner) was from album ATF.  

  10 I Couldn't Say No 23   Apr 1983  
  Robert Ellis Orrall With Carlene Carter  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  I Couldn't Say No was a near top 20 miss and the most popular song for either Robert Ellis Orrall or Carlene Carter. Robert Ellis Orrall wrote songs for other artists, and did other creative things like painting and writing books. Carlene Carter received airplay with many other songs like I Fell In Love and Come On Back.  

  11 She Blinded Me With Science 5 2   Apr 1983  
  Thomas Dolby  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although She Blinded Me With Science was the only top 20 hit by Thomas Dolby, he had a few other alternative songs which received radio airplay including the rock top 20 hit One Of Our Submarines Is Missing.  

  12 Reap The Wild Wind 18     Apr 1983  
  Ultravox  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Reap The Wild Wind was the only top 20 hit for Ultravox, but the group had a long string of popular alternative songs, including Vienna.
Midge Ure, singer of this song, had his own solo one hit wonder with 1989 number 4 rock hit Dear God.
 

  13 Too Shy 4   Jun 1983  
  Kajagoogoo  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Too Shy was the only top 20 hit by Kajagoogoo, the group had a few other songs that received dance alternative radio play like Hang On Now. In 1985, the lead singer of the group, Limahl, had a solo top 20 hit with Never Ending Story. The song Too Shy was from album White Feathers.  

  14 Drop The Pilot   Jun 1983  
  Joan Armatrading  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Drop The Pilot was the most popular song by Joan Armatrading, who received slight rock play with a few songs like Kind Words.  

  15 The Salt In My Tears 16 27   Jul 1983  
  Martin Briley  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although The Salt In My Tears was the only top 30 song by Martin Briley, his other song, Dangerous Moments, received minor rock radio play.  

  16 China   Jul 1983  
  Red Rockers  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although China was the greatest hit by Red Rockers, the group received some radio play with its remake of the 1965 Barry McGuire song Eve Of Destruction. The song China was from album Good As Gold.  

  17 So Many Men - So Little Time   Jul 1983  
  Miquel Brown  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  So Many Men - So Little Time was a major dance hit and classic. This was by far the biggest song by Miquel Brown.  

  18 Our House 10 2   Jul 1983  
  Madness  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Our House was the greatest hit by Madness, the group's song It Must Be Love also was a top 20 hit. Madness received radio play with many other songs too.  

  19 Shiny Shiny   Aug 1983  
  Haysi Fantayzee  
    YouTube    
  Shiny Shiny received moderate radio airplay and was the only song to receive mentionable airplay for Haysi Fantayzee.  

  20 Puttin' On The Ritz 2   Aug 1983  
  Taco  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  In 1930, Puttin' On The Ritz was a popular song by Harry Richman. 53 years later, Taco made the song his own. Taco never had another song that received noticeable airplay in the United States.  

  21 Far From Over 8   Sep 1983  
  Frank Stallone  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Far From Over was the only top 20 hit for Frank Stallone, his other song Case Of You was a rock top 20 near miss. Frank Stallone was the brother of actor Sylvester Stallone.  

  22 Just Got Lucky 30   Nov 1983  
  JoBoxers  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Just Got Lucky was the most popular song by JoBoxers. The group previously received some alternative airplay with Boxerbeat. The song Just Got Lucky was from album Songs For Sale.  

  23 In A Big Country 6 9   Dec 1983  
  Big Country  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although In A Big Country was the only pop or rock top 20 song by Big Country, the group had several other dance and alternative songs that received radio play.  

  24 Major Tom (Coming Home) 6 4   Dec 1983  
  Peter Schilling  
    YouTube    
  Although Major Tom (Coming Home) was the only pop and rock top 20 hit for Peter Schilling, his 1989 song, The Different Story (World Of Lust And Crime), received minor radio airplay.  

  25 Talking In Your Sleep 1 1   Dec 1983  
  The Romantics  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Talking In Your Sleep was a top 20 one hit wonder for The Romantics. The song hit number one on both the pop and rock charts. The Romantics later had a number 20 rock hit with One In A Million, but no other pop hits. Despite that, the band's 1980 rock top 20 near miss song What I Like About You became a classic.  


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1983 Top Pop One Hit Wonders

1Talking In Your Sleep
 The Romantics
2Come On Eileen
 Dexys Midnight Runners
3Our House
 Madness
4Puttin' On The Ritz
 Taco
5Der Kommissar (The Commissioner)
 After The Fire
6I Know There's Something Going On
 Frida
7She Blinded Me With Science
 Thomas Dolby
8Major Tom (Coming Home)
 Peter Schilling
9Too Shy
 Kajagoogoo
10What About Me
 Moving Pictures
11Far From Over
 Frank Stallone
12In A Big Country
 Big Country
13I Couldn't Say No
 Robert Ellis Orrall With Carlene Carter
14The Salt In My Tears
 Martin Briley
15Whirly Girl
 Oxo

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Tunecaster Music Encyclopedia and Chart Archive includes one hit wonder pages for every year from 1960 through 2000 including 1983. 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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