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Here are the US 1988 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 Hot Hot Hot 10   Feb 1988  
  Buster Poindexter And His Banshees Of Blue  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Hot Hot Hot was the only top 20 hit by Buster Poindexter, he received some radio play with his 1989 remake of the 1961 Ray Charles number 2 song Hit The Road Jack.  

  2 Pump Up The Volume 11   Feb 1988  
  M/A/R/R/S  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  M/A/R/R/S included members of UK groups A.R. Kane and Colourbox. Pump Up The Volume was the only release by this group. Internationally, the B-side, Anitina (The First Time I See She Dance), was also popular.  

  3 She's Like The Wind 2   Mar 1988  
  Patrick Swayze Featuring Wendy Frasier  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  She's Like The Wind was the only popular song by either actor Patrick Swayze or singer Wendy Frasier. The song was from the movie Dirty Dancing.  

  4 You Don't Know 19   Apr 1988  
  Scarlett & Black  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  You Don't Know was the only top 20 hit and the only mentionably radio played song by Scarlett & Black.  

  5 I Love The Things You Do To Me 11     Apr 1988  
  Balaam & The Angel  
    YouTube    

  6 Dignity 19     Apr 1988  
  Deacon Blue  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Dignity was a rock top 20 one hit wonder for Deacon Blue, while group had a long string of UK hits including a 1990 remake of the of the 1970 Dionne Warwick number 6 hit I'll Never Fall In Love Again.  

  7 Serpentine 17     Apr 1988  
  Kings Of The Sun  
    YouTube    
  Serpentine was a rock top 20 one hit wonder for Kings Of The Sun. The group received airplay with other rock songs also, like Drop The Gun, which was a rock top 20 near miss in 1990.  

  8 Heaven Tonight 13     May 1988  
  Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Heaven Tonight was the only rock top 20 hit for Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force. At that time, Yngwie J. Malmsteen featured former Deep Purple and Rainbow lead singer Joe Lynn Turner. Yngwie J. Malmsteen was known for his guitar work, and heavy metal. A prior song, I'll See The Light Tonight, sung by Jeff Lynn Soto, who later joined Journey, received moderate rock airplay. The song Heaven Tonight was from album Odessey.  

  9 Strange But True 11   May 1988  
  Times Two  
    YouTube    
  Strange But True was the only top 20 song for Times 2. follow-up Cecelia received slight play.  

  10 When We Kiss 27   May 1988  
  Bardeux  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  When We Kiss was the only top 30 song for Bardeux. The group had a few other popular dance songs.  

  11 Piano In The Dark 2   May 1988  
  Brenda Russell Featuring Joe Esposito  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Piano In The Dark was the only top 20 song for song writer Brenda Russell. She followed-up with the song Get Here which received slight notice, but later became a number 4 hit for Oleta Adams.
Joe Esposito, who had this solo one hit wonder, also made the top 20 one time with his group Brooklyn Dreams featured with Donna Summer on 1979 number 2 hit Heaven Knows. The song Piano In The Dark was from album Get Here.
 

  12 Supersonic 23   May 1988  
  J.J. Fad  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Supersonic was a near top 20 miss song for J.J. Fad. The follow-up to Supersonic was Way Out, which received some rap radio airplay.  

  13 Under The Milky Way 2 19   Jun 1988  
  The Church  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Under The Milky Way was the only pop 20 hit by The Church, the group had a string of rock top 20 hit songs.  

  14 Red Blue Jeans 15     Jun 1988  
  John Kilzer  
    YouTube    
  Red Blue Jeans was a rock top 20 one hit wonder for country-rock performer John Kilzer. He followed-up with Green, Yellow, Red, which gained some rock airplay.  

  15 I Still Believe 5   Jun 1988  
  Brenda K. Starr  
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  I Still Believe was the only top 20 song for Brenda K. Starr. Follow-up What You See Is What You Get made the top 30.  

  16 Tomorrow People 9 22   Jun 1988  
  Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Tomorrow People was a top 20 near miss. Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers followed-up the song with a string of popular songs that received heavy soul and rock music airplay.  

  17 I'm Onto You 18     Jun 1988  
  Hurricane  
    YouTube    
  I'm Onto You was the only rock top 20 hit by Hurricane. The group received minor rock airplay with other songs too, like Over The Edge. The song I'm Onto You was from album Over The Edge.  

  18 Sound Alarm 16     Jun 1988  
  Michael Anderson  
    YouTube    
  Sound Alarm was the only rock top 20 song for Christian rock singer Michael Anderson.  

  19 Beds Are Burning 3 13   Jun 1988  
  Midnight Oil  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Beds Are Burning was the only pop top 20 hit by Midnight Oil, the group had a string of rock songs that received heavy rock radio airplay.  

  20 Nite And Day 7   Jul 1988  
  Al B. Sure!  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Nite And Day was the only top 20 hit for Al B. Sure!. He had a string of popular soul songs after.  

  21 Love Changes (Everything) 16   Jul 1988  
  Climie Fisher  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Before Climie Fisher had its only top 20 hit with Love Changes (Everything), the group received some radio play for the song Rise To The Occasion.  

  22 Just Got Paid 11   Jul 1988  
  Johnny Kemp  
    YouTube    
  Just Got Paid was the only pop top 20 entry for soul and dance singer Johnny Kemp.  

  23 Common Ground 3     Aug 1988  
  Rhythm Corps.  
    YouTube    
  Common Ground was a rock top 20 hit and the only song that received mentionable radio airplay by Rhythm Corps. The song was from album Common Ground.  

  24 Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance) 15   Aug 1988  
  The Contours  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Do You Love Me, a number one song in 1962, became popular again in 1988 when it was used in the movie More Dirty Dancing. The song was previously a 1962 one hit wonder, and became a second-time one hit wonder in 1988.  

  25 Don't Worry Be Happy 1   Sep 1988  
  Bobby McFerrin  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  The number one song Don't Worry, Be Happy won the Grammy Awards for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. Bobby McFerrin never received any noticeable airplay for any other song. Don't Worry Be Happy was from the movie Cocktail. This song was written by Bobby McFerrin.  

  26 Fight (No Matter How Long) 7     Oct 1988  
  The Bunburys  
    YouTube    
  Fight (No Matter How Long) was the only rock top 20 hit for The Bunburys, a charity project by RSO records CEO David English. The song featured Eric Clapton, and was later credited as by Eric Clapton.  

  27 Another Lover 22   Oct 1988  
  Giant Steps  
    YouTube    
  Another Lover was a near top 20 miss for Giant Steps. The follow-up song, Into You, received significant airplay.  

  28 Motor   Nov 1988  
  Circus Of Power  
    YouTube    
  Motor was the most popular song by guitar rock group Circus Of Power. The group received lesser airplay with other songs like Call Of The Wild. The song Motor was from album Circus Of Power.  

  29 Away 20     Nov 1988  
  The Feelies  
    YouTube    
  Away was the only rock top 20 song by alternative group The Feelies. In 1991, the group received some airplay with Sooner Or Later.  

  30 The Promise 6   Dec 1988  
  When In Rome  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although The Promise was the only top 20 hit by When In Rome, the group had other songs that received some dance radio airplay.  


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1988 Top Pop One Hit Wonders

1Don't Worry Be Happy
 Bobby McFerrin
2She's Like The Wind
 Patrick Swayze Featuring Wendy Frasier
3Piano In The Dark
 Brenda Russell Featuring Joe Esposito
4The Promise
 When In Rome
5I Still Believe
 Brenda K. Starr
6Nite And Day
 Al B. Sure!
7Pump Up The Volume
 M/A/R/R/S
8Hot Hot Hot
 Buster Poindexter And His Banshees Of Blue
9Strange But True
 Times Two
10Just Got Paid
 Johnny Kemp
11Beds Are Burning
 Midnight Oil
12Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance)
 The Contours
13Love Changes (Everything)
 Climie Fisher
14Under The Milky Way
 The Church
15You Don't Know
 Scarlett & Black

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Welcome to the chart archive

Tunecaster Music Encyclopedia and Chart Archive includes one hit wonder pages for every year from 1960 through 2000 including 1988. 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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