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  1 I Remember Holding You 6   Jan 1989  
  Boys Club  
    YouTube    
  I Remember Holding You was the only top 20 song by Boys Club. This song was followed-up by The Loneliest Heart, which received minor radio airplay.  

  2 I'm An Adult Now 17     Jan 1989  
  The Pursuit Of Happiness  
    YouTube    
  This was the only Rock Top 20 song for The Pursuit Of Happiness.  

  3 When I'm With You 1   Jan 1989  
  Sheriff  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  When I'm With You came out in 1983, but was most popular in 1989 when it became a number one hit. Group members Freddy Curci and guitarist Steve DeMarchi then had a 1990 number 2 hit with More Than Words Can Say, under the name Alias. As Sheriff, this was their only top 20.  

  4 Dear God 3     Feb 1989  
  Midge Ure  
    YouTube    
  Dear God was the only rock top 20 hit for Midge Ure, who also had a rock one hit wonder as a member of Ultravox with its 1983 number 18 rock song Reap The Wild Wind.  

  5 All Is Forgiven 19     Mar 1989  
  Siren  
    YouTube    
  All Is Forgiven was the only rock top 20 hit for Siren. As Red Siren, the band received moderate rock airplay with One Good Lover. The song All Is Forgiven was from album All Is Forgiven.  

  6 I Beg Your Pardon 10   Mar 1989  
  Kon Kan  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  I Beg Your Pardon borrowed music and lyrics from Rose Garden, the 1971 number 2 hit by Lynn Anderson, and borrowed music from the 1979 top 20 hit by GQ, Disco Nights (Rock-Freak).  

  7 Twist In My Sobriety 19     Apr 1989  
  Tanita Tikaram  
    YouTube    
  Twist In My Sobriety was a rock top 20 one hit wonder for Tanita Tikaram, but she had other songs that received international or alternative play, like the follow-up Good Tradition.  

  8 You're What You Want To Be 16     Apr 1989  
  Cruel Story Of Youth  
    YouTube    
  You're What You Want To Be was the only rock top 20 hit for Cruel Story Of Youth. The group never had another song that received noticeable radio airplay. This song was from album Cruel Story Of Youth.  

  9 Shooting From My Heart 20     Apr 1989  
  Big Bam Boo  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Shooting From My Heart squeaked into the rock top 20 at number 20 for a week to become a one hit wonder for Big Bam Boo.  

  10 Heaven Help Me 4   Apr 1989  
  Deon Estus With George Michael  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Heaven Help Me was the only top 20 song by Deon Estus. His follow-up song, Spell, received very little radio airplay. This song was written by Deon Estus and George Michael.  

  11 Come Out Fighting 11     Apr 1989  
  Easterhouse  
    YouTube    
  Come Out Fighting was a rock top 20 one hit wonder for alternative group Easterhouse.  

  12 Thinking Of You 7   Apr 1989  
  Sa-Fire  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Thinking Of You was a top 20 one hit wonder and a ballad for freestyle dance singer Sa-Fire. She had a string of moderately popular songs, including her 1990 remake of the 1979 Gloria Gaynor number one song I Will Survive.  

  13 Iko Iko 10   Apr 1989  
  The Belle Stars  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Iko Iko was a remake of the 1965 near top 20 miss by The Dixie Cups. Although Iko Iko was the only top 20 song for The Belle Stars, the group had a few lesser known songs that received radio airplay. The Belle Stars song Iko Iko was from the movie Rain Man.  

  14 Rock On 1   May 1989  
  Michael Damian  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  In 1974, Rock On was a number 4 hit for David Essex. This Michael Damian remake of the song was his only top 20 hit. His second most popular song was Was It Nothing At All, a top 30 song. Michael Damian was a long time actor in the TV show The Young And The Restless. The song was from album Where Do We Go From Here.  

  15 Where Are You Now? 8   Jun 1989  
  Jimmy Harnen With Synch  
    YouTube    
  Where Are You Now was the only top 20 hit for Jimmy Harnen With Synch. The song received some airplay in 1986, then came back to become a top 10 hit in 1989.  

  16 Cry 6   Jun 1989  
  Waterfront  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Cry was a top 20 one hit wonder for Waterfront. the group followed-up with other songs that received light music radio play.  

  17 Is This Love? 16     Jun 1989  
  King Swamp  
    YouTube    
  Is This Love was the only rock top 20 hit for King Swamp. In 1990, the group received some airplay with Wiseblood.  

  18 Into The Night 9   Jun 1989  
  Benny Mardones  
    YouTube    
  Benny Mardones took his 1980 number 5 top 20 one hit wonder back into the top 20 a second time in 1989. Benny Mardones was also known in rock music for this song when it reached number 5, and its original rock follow-up, American Bandstand, which reached number 20 rock. Into The Night was written by Benny Mardones and Robert Tepper.  

  19 Send Me An Angel '89 23   Jun 1989  
  Real Life  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Send Me An Angel '89 was the second top 30 song by Real Life, but the first was Send Me An Angel in its original mix in 1983. The group did not have another song make the top 30, but received moderate pop and alternative airplay with other songs like Catch Me I'm Falling.  

  20 Once Bitten Twice Shy 2 3   Aug 1989  
  Great White  
    YouTube download at Amazon  

  21 Hey Baby 4 11   Aug 1989  
  Henry Lee Summer  
    YouTube    
  Hey Baby was a top 20 one hit wonder for Henry Lee Summer, whose biggest rock hit was 1988 number one rock tune I Wish I Had A Girl, which was also a pop top 20 near miss. The song Hey Baby was from album I've Got Everything.  

  22 Closer To Fine 19 24   Aug 1989  
  Indigo Girls  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Closer To Fine was the only rock top 20 hit and a pop top 20 near miss for Indigo Girls. Years later, Indigo Girls had a rock top 20 near miss with Least Complicated.  

  23 Hard Sun 16     Aug 1989  
  Indio  
    YouTube    
  Hard Sun was the only rock top 20 song by Indio. In 2008, Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam remade the song and reached rock number 6 with it.  

  24 Friends 12   Aug 1989  
  Jody Watley With Eric B. & Rakim  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Eric B. & Rakim had a string of popular rap songs, but Friends with Jody Watley was their only top 20 entry.  

  25 Talk It Over 13   Aug 1989  
  Grayson Hugh  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Talk It Over was the only top 20 hit for Grayson Hugh, he received soul radio airplay for a few other songs, including a remake of the 1981 Champaign song How 'Bout Us. The song Talk It Over was from album Blind To Reason.  

  26 Walkin' Shoes 19     Sep 1989  
  Tora Tora  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Walkin' Shoes was ther only rock top 20 hit for guitar rock group Tora Tora. The group got some rock airplay with other songs like the follow-up, She's Good She's Bad.  

  27 Love Cries 18     Sep 1989  
  Stage Dolls  
    YouTube    
  Love Cries was the only rock top 20 for Stage Dolls, and the follow-up Still In Love got some airplay too.  

  28 Sleeping My Day Away 18     Sep 1989  
  D-A-D  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Sleeping My Day Away was a rock top 20 one hit wonder for D-A-D.
The letters D-A-D stood for Disneyland After Dark, but this acronym was used to prevent legal problems.
 

  29 Pictures Of Matchstick Men 14     Oct 1989  
  Camper Van Beethoven  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Pictures Of Matchstick Men was a 1968 number 15 hit for The Status Quo. The Camper Van Beethoven remake was the only rock top 20 hit for this group. The group never received any appreciable airplay with any other song.  

  30 Bust A Move 5   Oct 1989  
  Young M.C.  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Young M.C. was a top 20 one hit wonder with Bust A Move. The follow-up, Principal's Office received moderate airplay.  

  31 Move With Me Sister 17     Oct 1989  
  The Del Fuegos  
    YouTube    
  Move With Me Sister was the only rock top 20 entry for The Del Fuegos, but the group previously received moderate rock play with songs like Don't Run Wild and I Still Want You.  

  32 Don't Shut Me Out 11   Nov 1989  
  Kevin Paige  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Don't Shut Me Out was the only top 20 song for writer and singer Kevin Paige. Follow-up Anything I Want was quite popular. Don't Shut Me Out was written by Kevin Paige.  

  33 French Kiss 29   Nov 1989  
  Lil Louis with Shawn Christopher  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  French Kiss was the only pop hit and by far the most popular song for house dance star Lil Louis.  

  34 Don't Make Me Over 19   Nov 1989  
  Sybil  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Popular soul singer Sybil made the top 20 once with this remake of 1963 number 11 Dionne Warwick hit Don't Make Me Over. This song was written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach.  

  35 Don't Close Your Eyes 9 7   Dec 1989  
  Kix  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Don't Close Your Eyes was the only pop and rock top 20 hit by Kix. Kix received some rock radio play with additional songs.  

  36 Electric Boogie 15   Dec 1989  
  Marcia Griffiths  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Electric Boogie was the only top 20 hit for Marcia Griffiths. She followed up with All Over The World (Por Todo El Mundo) which was slightly popular.
In the early 1970s, Marcia Griffiths received some notice as a member of duo Bob And Marcia.
 

  37 Swing The Mood 12   Dec 1989  
  Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Swing The Mood was a mix of early instrumental rock classics built on the 1940 song In The Mood by Glenn Miller And His Orchestra. Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers made other updated mixes that were popular, like That's What I Like, but this was a top 20 one hit wonder.  


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1989 Top Pop One Hit Wonders

1When I'm With You
 Sheriff
2Bust A Move
 Young M.C.
3Rock On
 Michael Damian
4Heaven Help Me
 Deon Estus With George Michael
5Once Bitten Twice Shy
 Great White
6I Remember Holding You
 Boys Club
7I Beg Your Pardon
 Kon Kan
8Cry
 Waterfront
9Don't Shut Me Out
 Kevin Paige
10Don't Close Your Eyes
 Kix
11Thinking Of You
 Sa-Fire
12Where Are You Now?
 Jimmy Harnen With Synch
13Into The Night
 Benny Mardones
14Hey Baby
 Henry Lee Summer
15Electric Boogie
 Marcia Griffiths
16Iko Iko
 The Belle Stars
17Swing The Mood
 Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
18Friends
 Jody Watley With Eric B. & Rakim
19Talk It Over
 Grayson Hugh
20Don't Make Me Over
 Sybil

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Tunecaster Music Encyclopedia and Chart Archive includes one hit wonder pages for every year from 1960 through 2000 including 1989. 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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