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Here are the US 1986 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 Tarzan Boy 6   Feb 1986  
  Baltimora  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Tarzan Boy was the only top 20 hit by Baltimora, the singer had a few other songs that received slight radio airplay. Tarzan Boy also became popular again in 1993. The song was from album Living In The Background.  

  2 Baby Talk 15   Feb 1986  
  Alisha  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Baby Talk was the only top 20 entry for dance singer Alisha. She had other dance songs out, including the 1984 classic All Night Passion.  

  3 Superbowl Shuffle   Feb 1986  
  The Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew  
    YouTube    
  To celebrate its successful Super Bowl victory, the Chicago Bears produced this one rap song, which received some radio airplay. The team did not have any other records.  

  4 Live Is Life 25   Mar 1986  
  Opus  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Live Is Life was a near top 20 miss for Opus. In 1992, Opus received minor radio play with It's A Fine Day.  

  5 Let's Go All The Way 5   Mar 1986  
  Sly Fox  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Let's Go All The Way was the only top 20 song for Sly Fox, other songs by the group received minor soul and dance airplay.  

  6 Rock Me Amadeus 1   Mar 1986  
  Falco  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Rock Me Amadeus was the only number one top 20 song by Falco, he also had a rock top 20 hit with Vienna Calling.  

  7 Beat's So Lonely 18 14   Mar 1986  
  Charlie Sexton  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Beat's So Lonely was the only pop top 20 hit by Charlie Sexton, he had other songs that received some rock radio airplay.  

  8 Tender Love 7   Apr 1986  
  Force M.D.'s  
    YouTube download at Amazon  

  9 I Do What I Do (Theme From 9 1/2 Weeks) 27   Apr 1986  
  John Taylor  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although I Do What I Do was the only popular solo song for John Taylor, it was a side project. John Taylor was the bass guitarist for groups Duran Duran and The Power Station. I Do What I Do (Theme From 9 1/2 Weeks) was from the movie 9 1/2 Weeks.  

  10 I Wanna Be A Cowboy 12   Jun 1986  
  Boys Don't Cry  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  I Wanna Be A Cowboy was the only top 20 song and the only noticeably radio played song by Boys Don't Cry.  

  11 Tuff Enuff 3 9   Jun 1986  
  The Fabulous Thunderbirds  
    YouTube download at Amazon  

  12 When The Heart Rules The Mind 2 18   Jul 1986  
  GTR  
    YouTube    
  When The Heart Rules The Mind was the greatest hit in pop and rock by GTR. GTR followed up this song with The Hunter, which also made the rock top 20. GTR included members guitarist Steve Hackett from Genesis and guitarist Steve Howe from the groups Yes and Asia. The song When The Heart Rules The Mind was from album GTR. This song was written by Steve Hackett and Steve Howe.  

  13 Digging Your Scene 7   Jul 1986  
  The Blow Monkeys  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Digging Your Scene was the only top 20 hit by The Blow Monkeys, the song It Doesn't Have To Be This Way received moderate radio airplay a few months later.  

  14 Take It Easy 27   Jul 1986  
  Andy Taylor  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Andy Taylor was a member of Duran Duran and The Power Station. Solo, Take It Easy was his only top 30 pop entry. A few months later, Andy Taylor made number 19 rock with I Might Lie. Take It Easy was from the movie American Anthem.  

  15 One Step Closer To You 30   Aug 1986  
  Gavin Christopher  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  One Step Closer To You was the greatest hit by Gavin Christopher. He had a few other songs that received some soul and dance station airplay.  

  16 Rumors 7   Aug 1986  
  Timex Social Club  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Rumors was the only top 20 hit by Timex Social Club. The group received a very small amount of airplay in 1987 with Thinkin' About Ya.  

  17 Hanging On A Heart Attack 26   Aug 1986  
  Device  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Hanging On A Heart Attack was a top 20 near miss song. Device followed-up this song with Who Says, which received minor radio play.  

  18 Baby Love 5   Aug 1986  
  Regina  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Baby Love was the only top 20 hit for Regina, other songs by Regina were popular dance songs.  

  19 The Captain Of Her Heart 21   Sep 1986  
  Double  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  The Captain Of Her Heart was top 20 near miss. The follow-up, Woman Of The World, received slight radio play.  

  20 Spirit In The Sky   Sep 1986  
  Doctor And The Medics  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Spirit In The Sky was a 1970 number 2 hit for writer Norman Greenbaum. Doctor And The Medics received some radio play for its remake of this song.  

  21 Friends And Lovers 2   Sep 1986  
  Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Friends And Lovers was the only top 20 hit for either Gloria Loring or Carl Anderson. Gloria Loring was on the TV show Days Of Our Lives, and Friends And Lovers was featured on the show.  

  22 Diamond Girl   Oct 1986  
  Nice & Wild  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Diamond Girl was a moderately popular dance song, and received some pop music radio airplay. The group Nice & Wild did not have any other noticeable songs out.  

  23 Somebody's Out There 2 17   Oct 1986  
  Triumph  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Somebody's Out There was a pop top 20 one hit wonder for Triumph. However, Triumph had a long string of rock top 20 songs, inculding 4 number ones.  

  24 Stairway To Heaven   Oct 1986  
  Far Corporation  
    YouTube    
  Stairway To Heaven was a remake of the 1972 Led Zeppelin classic rock song and a rock top 20 near miss for Far Corporation. The group included famous producers and performers, with Bobby Kimball of Toto singing lead. The song was written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. and from album Division One.  

  25 The Rain 8   Nov 1986  
  Oran Juice Jones  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  The Rain was the only top 20 hit by Oran Juice Jones. He had a few other songs that received some soul station airplay.  

  26 One Simple Thing 18     Nov 1986  
  Stabilizers  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  One Simple Thing was a rock top 20 one hit wonder for Stabilizers, and the only popular song by the group.  

  27 The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades 4 5   Nov 1986  
  Timbuk 3  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades was the only pop top 20 hit by Timbuk 3, the group also hit the rock top 20 with the song Life Is Hard.  

  28 Welcome To The Boomtown 6 16   Nov 1986  
  David & David  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Welcome To The Boomtown was the only pop top 20 hit by David & David, the duo had three rock top 20 hits. One of the Davids, David Baewald, went on to have a few solo songs that received some rock radio airplay. The song Welcome To The Boomtown was from album Boomtown. This song was written by David Baerwald and David Ricketts.  

  29 Golden Ball And Chain 20     Dec 1986  
  Jason And The Scorchers  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Golden Ball And Chain was a rock top 20 one hit wonder for Jason And The Scorchers. The group previously received some rock airplay with White Lies. The song Golden Ball And Chain was from album Still Standing.  

  30 Shake You Down 1   Dec 1986  
  Gregory Abbott  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Shake You Down was the only top 20 hit by Gregory Abbott, he followed-up with I Got The Feelin' (It's Over) which received minor radio play. Gregory Abbott had a few other minor radio played songs later. The song Shake You Down was from album Shake You Down. This song was written by Gregory Abbott.  


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1986 Top Pop One Hit Wonders

1Shake You Down
 Gregory Abbott
2Rock Me Amadeus
 Falco
3Friends And Lovers
 Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson
4Let's Go All The Way
 Sly Fox
5The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades
 Timbuk 3
6Tarzan Boy
 Baltimora
7Rumors
 Timex Social Club
8Baby Love
 Regina
9Tender Love
 Force M.D.'s
10The Rain
 Oran Juice Jones
11Digging Your Scene
 The Blow Monkeys
12Tuff Enuff
 The Fabulous Thunderbirds
13I Wanna Be A Cowboy
 Boys Don't Cry
14Beat's So Lonely
 Charlie Sexton
15Welcome To The Boomtown
 David & David
16When The Heart Rules The Mind
 GTR
17Somebody's Out There
 Triumph
18Baby Talk
 Alisha
19The Captain Of Her Heart
 Double
20Hanging On A Heart Attack
 Device

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Tunecaster Music Encyclopedia and Chart Archive includes one hit wonder pages for every year from 1960 through 2000 including 1986. 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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