Hey, I don’t know about anyone else but some of these songs are just awesome. So it is no wonder they were such great hits of their time and luckily can still be found online to listen to. It always seems to me that after a really great hit that you want to listen to again and again and the groups could not repeat their success it is just like a sudden silence envelopes the world. I hope some of these are your favorites too.
“Earth Angel” is a song that was recorded by the American doo-wop group The Penguins in 1954. The song came from Southern California and spread across the US. It charted on the Billboard National Pop charts and was within the Top 10. It became a hit among R&B charts. Unfortunately, for The Penguins this was their only hit. During its popularity, the song sold millions of copies and was referred to as one of the cornerstone songs of doo-wop.
“Electric Avenue” is a song that was written and recorded by Guyanese=British singer and songwriter Eddy Grant. The single came out in 1982 and is on his album Killer on the Rampage. It was the biggest hit of 1983. The song refers to Electric Avenue in London, England. It had a reggae rhythm and a catchy chorus. In the US it charted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Grant remains a popular musician but has not had another hit.
“(I Just) Died in Your Arms” is a song that became the debut single by the English pop-rock band Cutting Crew in 1986. It is featured on their debut album Broadcast. It is a power ballad that became the band’s only biggest number one hit worldwide.
“I Melt With You” is a song that was recorded by the British new wave band Modern English. It was the second single released from their album After the Snow in 1982. It became the band’s most successful single and did better in the US than in the UK. They never had another hit.
“In the Summertime” is the debut single recorded by the British rock band Mungo Jerry in 1970. It became a number one hit on the UK Singles chart and also charted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Even though this song became one of the best-selling singles of all time it remains a one-hit wonder.
“My Sharona” is the debut single by the American rock band The Knack. The song came out in 1979 and is on their debut album Get the Knack. It went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was certified Gold by the RIAA.
“Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” is a song that was written and recorded by American pop-rock music group Steam. The song became a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single went on to attain multi-Platinum status. This success was never repeated by Steam.
“Spirit in the Sky” is a song that was written and recorded by American singer and songwriter Norman Greenbaum in 1969. It is featured on his album of the same name. The single became a Gold record in the US. It charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and went to number one on the UK Singles chart. In a Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll, the song was voted one of the Top Ten one-hit wonders.
“Take On Me” is a song by the Norwegian synth-pop band A-Ha. The song came out in 1984 and by 1985 had become an international hit. The song is featured on their debut album Hunting High and Low. It charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles charts. While at the top of its popularity, the song won six awards at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards. The band never achieved such popularity with any of their other songs.
“Tainted Love” is a song that was originally recorded by British soul singer Gloria Jones in 1964. The song became a bit hit when it was recorded in 1981 by the British synth-pop duo Soft Cell. In 1981 it was a chart-topper and charted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became the duo’s only hit in the US.
“You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” is a song that was recorded by the English pop band Dead or Alive. The song is featured on their 1985 album Youthquake. It rose to number one on the UK Singles chart and also charted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. And even though in 2003 Q ranked it at number 981 on their list of 1001 Best Songs Ever this success was never repeated by the band and so it remains a one-hit wonder.
“Venus” is a song that was recorded by Dutch rock band Shocking Blue. It came out as a single in 1969. The song was written by Robbie van Leeuwen and became an instant European hit. It also went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was certified Gold by the RIAA. The song sold over 5 million copies worldwide.