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  1 Stay The Night 4 6   Jan 1987  
  Benjamin Orr  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Stay The Night was a pop top 20 near miss for The Cars member Benjamin Orr, and he had two songs that made the rock top 20.  

  2 Ronnies Rapp 30   Jan 1987  
  Ron And The D.C. Crew  
    YouTube    
  Ronnies Rapp, a spoof of President Ronald Reagan, was the only popular song for Ron And The D.C. Crew.  

  3 Keep Your Hands To Yourself 1 2   Feb 1987  
  Georgia Satellites  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  While Keep Your Hands To Yourself was the only top 20 pop hit for Georgia Satellites, other songs by the group received some pop radio play, and the group had a string of rock top 20 hits.  

  4 Respect Yourself 6   Feb 1987  
  Bruce Willis  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Actor Bruce Willis made his singing debut with his remake of 1971 number 6 hit Respect Yourself by The Staple Sisters. This was his most popular song.  

  5 Ship Of Fools (Save Me From Tomorrow) 4 25   Mar 1987  
  World Party  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Ship Of Fools was the only top 30 song by World Party. World Party made the rock top 20 four times, and its biggest rock song was Way Down Now, a rock number one.  

  6 The Honeythief 16 18   Mar 1987  
  Hipsway  
    YouTube    
  The Honeythief was the only top 20 song by Hipsway. The group had one other song that received some radio play, Ask The Lord in 1988.  

  7 Boom Boom (Let's Go Back To My Room) 15   Apr 1987  
  Paul Lekakis  
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  Boom Boom was a top 20 one hit wonder for dance singer Paul Lekakis, and by far his most popular song.  

  8 Heartbreak Beat 6 12   May 1987  
  The Psychedelic Furs  
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  This was the only pop top 20 hit for alternative band The Psychedelic Furs, who made the top 30 three times, and had a string of rock hits. This song was from album Midnight To Midnight.  

  9 Fascinated 18   May 1987  
  Company B  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Fascinated was the only top 20 hit by Company B, the group had a few more popular dance songs later.  

  10 The Lady In Red 2   May 1987  
  Chris De Burgh  
    YouTube download at Amazon  

  11 Right On Track 4   May 1987  
  Breakfast Club  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Right On Track was the only top 20 song by Breakfast Club, the group had a few other dance alternative songs that received radio play, including its remake of the 1967 number one song Expressway (To Your Heart) by Soul Survivors.  

  12 Soul City   Jun 1987  
  Partland Brothers  
    YouTube    
  Soul City was the most popular song by Partland Brothers. The brothers also received some airplay with One Chance.  

  13 Don't Disturb This Groove 5   Jul 1987  
  The System  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Don't Disturb This Groove was the only top 20 hit for The System, the group had a string of dance and alternative songs that received some radio play.  

  14 Funkytown 4   Jul 1987  
  Pseudo Echo  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Before Funkytown became the only top 20 hit song for Pseudo Echo, the group received some radio play with Living In A Dream. In 1980, Lipps, Inc. took Funkytown to number one. Lipps, Inc. never had another top 20 hit either.  

  15 Heart And Soul 3   Aug 1987  
  T'Pau  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Heart And Soul was the only top 20 hit by T'Pau, the group received some minor US airplay on dance stations with other songs including Valentine.  

  16 Jane's Getting Serious 3     Aug 1987  
  Jon Astley  
    YouTube    
  Although Jane's Getting Serious was the only rock top 20 hit by Jon Astley, his 1988 song, Put This Love To The Test, received some rock radio airplay also.  

  17 Living In A Box 16   Aug 1987  
  Living In A Box  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Living In A Box was the only top 20 hit for Living In A Box, the group had a few dance and alternative popular songs.  

  18 Mary's Prayer 19 13   Aug 1987  
  Danny Wilson  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Mary's Prayer was the only pop or rock top 20 song for group Danny Wilson. The group followed-up with (The Second Summer Of) Love, which received slight radio airplay.  

  19 Touch Of Grey 1 4   Sep 1987  
  Grateful Dead  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Touch Of Grey was a technical pop top 20 one hit wonder for legendary album rock and jam band Grateful Dead.  

  20 Who Found Who 12   Sep 1987  
  Jellybean Featuring Elisa Fiorillo  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Who Found Who was the only top 20 hit for Elisa Fiorillo. She made the top 30 in 1990 with On The Way Up. For Jellybean, this was a second top 20. Sidewalk Talk was its first. The song was from album Just Visiting This Planet.  

  21 Rev It Up 8     Sep 1987  
  Newcity Rockers  
    YouTube    
  Rev It Up was a rock top 20 one hit wonder. Newcity Rockers received some rock play with other songs too, like Black Dog.  

  22 Silent Morning 10   Oct 1987  
  Noel  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Silent Morning was the only top 20 hit for dance singer Noel. He followed up with Like A Child.  

  23 Breakout 3   Nov 1987  
  Swing Out Sister  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Breakout was the only top 20 hit by Swing Out Sister, the group had other songs that received pop station airplay, and a string of soul and dance songs.  

  24 Boys Night Out 18     Nov 1987  
  Timothy B. Schmit  
    YouTube    
  Timothy B. Schmit was a member of Eagles. This was his most popular solo song, a rock top 20, and a pop top 20 near miss.  

  25 Hourglass 13 6   Nov 1987  
  Squeeze  
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  Hourglass was a top 20 one hit wonder for alternative band Squeeze, who had a string of rock top 20 songs. Despite this, the top 20 near miss song Tempted became the main classic for this group.  

  26 Motortown 29   Nov 1987  
  The Kane Gang  
    YouTube    
  Motortown was the greatest hit by The Kane Gang, and reached the top 30. Some other songs by the group received soul radio airplay.  

  27 Snakedance 19     Dec 1987  
  The Rainmakers  
    YouTube    
  Snakedance was the only hit song by The Rainmakers, reaching number 19 on the rock top 20. The group received slight rock play with other songs, like Let My People Go-Go. The song Snakedance was from album Tornado.  


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1987 Top Pop One Hit Wonders

1The Lady In Red
 Chris De Burgh
2Keep Your Hands To Yourself
 Georgia Satellites
3Heart And Soul
 T'Pau
4Stay The Night
 Benjamin Orr
5Breakout
 Swing Out Sister
6Touch Of Grey
 Grateful Dead
7Right On Track
 Breakfast Club
8Funkytown
 Pseudo Echo
9Don't Disturb This Groove
 The System
10Silent Morning
 Noel
11Hourglass
 Squeeze
12Respect Yourself
 Bruce Willis
13Heartbreak Beat
 The Psychedelic Furs
14Mary's Prayer
 Danny Wilson
15Who Found Who
 Jellybean Featuring Elisa Fiorillo
16Boom Boom (Let's Go Back To My Room)
 Paul Lekakis
17Living In A Box
 Living In A Box
18Fascinated
 Company B

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Tunecaster Music Encyclopedia and Chart Archive includes one hit wonder pages for every year from 1960 through 2000 including 1987. 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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