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Here are the US 1985 one hit wonders. All the one hit wonder songs by the artists you remember, and maybe some one hit wonders you forgot. Find a one hit wonder.
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  1 All I Need 2   Jan 1985  
  Jack Wagner  
    YouTube    
  Although All I Need was the only top 20 hit for actor Jack Wagner, he had a few other songs that were played on the radio.  

  2 Call To The Heart 3 19   Jan 1985  
  Giuffria  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Call To The Heart was the only pop top 20 song by Giuffria, the group had a few other songs that received pop and rock radio play, including the rock top 20 hit I Must Be Dreaming.  

  3 Operator 15   Feb 1985  
  Midnight Star  
    YouTube    
  Operator was the only top 20 song for Midnight Star. This soul and vocal group made it to number 30 the next year with Midas Touch.  

  4 Solid 6   Feb 1985  
  Ashford & Simpson  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Solid was the only pop top 20 song for married superstar soul and song writing duo Ashford & Simpson.  

  5 Yo' Little Brother   Feb 1985  
  Nolan Thomas  
    YouTube    
  Yo' Little Brother was by far the most popular song by Nolan Thomas. His remake of One Bad Apple, a number one song in 1971 for The Osmonds, also received some play.  

  6 Lovergirl 3   Mar 1985  
  Teena Marie  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Lovergirl was the only top 20 hit for long-running soul and dance singer Teena Marie.  

  7 Relax 6   Mar 1985  
  Frankie Goes To Hollywood  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  After initially being banned in the UK, Relax became the top selling single in UK history. Frankie Goes To Hollywood got its name from a headline about Frank Sinatra. Although Relax was the only pop top 20 hit by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, the group had a few other songs that were popular in various formats.  

  8 We Are The World 1   Mar 1985  
  USA For Africa  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  We Are The World was the 1985 top song of the year, and won the Grammy Awards for both Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie wrote the song, and the performance included many top music stars. The proceeds from the record were donated to charities. The song was from album We Are The World.  

  9 Radioactive 1 21   Apr 1985  
  The Firm  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  The Firm was formed by Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin, Paul Rodgers from Bad Company, and Chris Slade from Manfred Mann. Although Radioactive was the only top 20 pop hit by The Firm, the follow up, Satisfaction Guaranteed, received some pop radio play. Meanwhile, The Firm had a few top 20 rock songs too. The song Radioactive was from album The Firm.  

  10 Invisible 30   May 1985  
  Alison Moyet  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Invisible was the greatest solo hit by Yaz member Alison Moyet, and she had a string of lesser known solo alternative and dance songs that received radio play like Is This Love.  

  11 Go For Soda 4 27   May 1985  
  Kim Mitchell  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Go For Soda was a pop top 20 near miss, and a number 4 rock hit for Kim Mitchell.  

  12 Walking On Sunshine 18 6   May 1985  
  Katrina And The Waves  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Walking On Sunshine was the greatest hit by Katrina And The Waves, the group had another top 20 hit with That's The Way. However, Walking On Sunshine was a rock top 20 one hit wonder.  

  13 Axel F 2   Jun 1985  
  Harold Faltermeyer  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Axel F was a top 20 one hit wonder for Harold Faltermeyer who was known mainly as a movie score writer, but also wrote hit songs for other artists, especially Donna Summer. The song was from the movie Beverly Hills Cop. This song was written by Harold Faltermeyer.  

  14 In My House 5   Jun 1985  
  Mary Jane Girls  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although In My House was the only top 20 hit for Mary Jane Girls, the group also had a few songs that were popular on dance and soul radio stations.  

  15 Never Ending Story 16   Jun 1985  
  Limahl  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Never Ending Story was the only top 20 solo hit for Limahl, lead singer of the group Kajagoogoo. The follow-up of this song was Only For Love, which was a popular dance song. Never Ending Story was from the movie The Never Ending Story.  

  16 Burning Flame   Jul 1985  
  Vitamin Z  
    YouTube    
  Burning Flame was the most popular song by Vitamin Z. The group received slight radio airplay with other songs too, like Circus Ring. The song Burning Flame was from album Rites Of Passage.  

  17 19 17   Aug 1985  
  Paul Hardcastle  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  19 was the only top 20 hit by Paul Hardcastle, but he had a few other songs that received some radio play.  

  18 You Look Marvelous   Aug 1985  
  Billy Crystal  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Billy Crystal was an actor and comedian. You Look Marvelous was his most popular song. No other songs of his received any appreciable radio airplay.  

  19 Cry 5 11   Sep 1985  
  Godley & Creme  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Cry was the only top 20 hit by Godley & Creme, but the group had other songs that received minor radio play. The duo, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, were members of the group 10cc.  

  20 Take On Me 1   Sep 1985  
  A-ha  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Take On Me was the greatest hit by a-ha, the group had other songs that received radio play, including The Sun Always Shines On T.V., which made Rock Top 20 number 20. Take On Me was remade in 1998 by Reel Big Fish. The A-ha song Take On Me was from album Hunting High And Low.  

  21 Miami Vice Theme 1   Oct 1985  
  Jan Hammer  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Miami Vice Theme was the only top 20 hit by Jan Hammer, his later song, Crockett's Theme also received some radio play. Miami Vice Theme was an instrumental. The song was from the TV show Miami Vice. This song was written by Jan Hammer.  

  22 Kayleigh 8     Oct 1985  
  Marillion  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Kayleigh was the only Marillion song to receive even slight pop radio airplay. Kayleigh hit number 8 rock for Marillion too, and the group had other popular rock songs. The song Kayleigh was from album Misplaced Childhood.  

  23 Love Theme From St. Elmo's Fire 12   Nov 1985  
  David Foster  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  This was the only top 20 hit for David Foster, who wrote and produced many famous songs for others. The song was from the movie St. Elmo's Fire. This song was written by David Foster.  

  24 Perfect Way 2   Nov 1985  
  Scritti Politti  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Perfect Way was the only top 20 hit for Scritti Politti, but the group had a string of hits in the UK, and others that received US airplay. This song was from album Cupid & Psyche 85.  

  25 Election Day 7   Nov 1985  
  Arcadia  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Arcadia was a side project with members of the group Duran Duran.  

  26 Object Of My Desire 20   Nov 1985  
  Starpoint  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Object Of My Desire squeaked into the top 20 to become a one hit wonder for soul and dance group Starpoint.  

  27 Dead Man's Party 13     Nov 1985  
  Oingo Boingo  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Dead Man's Party was the only Rock Top 20 hit for Oingo Boingo, who were also known for alternative classic Weird Science. The song was from album Dead Man's Party.  


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1985 Top Pop One Hit Wonders

1We Are The World
 USA For Africa
2Take On Me
 A-ha
3Perfect Way
 Scritti Politti
4Miami Vice Theme
 Jan Hammer
5Lovergirl
 Teena Marie
6All I Need
 Jack Wagner
7Axel F
 Harold Faltermeyer
8Solid
 Ashford & Simpson
9Walking On Sunshine
 Katrina And The Waves
10In My House
 Mary Jane Girls
11Election Day
 Arcadia
12Relax
 Frankie Goes To Hollywood
13Cry
 Godley & Creme
14Love Theme From St. Elmo's Fire
 David Foster
1519
 Paul Hardcastle
16Never Ending Story
 Limahl
17Operator
 Midnight Star
18Object Of My Desire
 Starpoint

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Tunecaster Music Encyclopedia and Chart Archive includes one hit wonder pages for every year from 1960 through 2000 including 1985. 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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