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1980's One Hit Wonders Quiz

Can you name the one-hit musical acts behind these eighties songs?
  • Technically, most of these groups had other hits
  • However, the vast majority people will know only their one song
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Mar 22, 2013
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Year
Song
Musical Act
1989
Bust a Move
1988
Don't Worry, Be Happy
1986
(I Just) Died In Your Arms
1986
Rock Me Amadeus
1986
The Final Countdown
1985
Take on Me
1984
We're Not Gonna Take It
1984
You Spin Me Round
1983
Maniac
1982
867-5309/Jenny
Year
Song
Musical Act
1982
99 Luftballons
1982
Come On Eileen
1982
Eye of the Tiger
1982
I Ran (So Far Away)
1982
I Want Candy
1982
Mickey
1982
The Safety Dance
1981
Tainted Love
1980
Funkytown
1980
Whip It
Answer Stats
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Song
Musical Act
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(44)
Twisted Sister is definitely not a one-hit wonder. "I Wanna Rock" is one of the greatest rock anthems in the world!
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Apr 24, 2013
(43)
I agree. And I still think Europe was awesome. Of course I may be the only one.
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Apr 24, 2013
(71)
Yes. Yes you are.
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Oct 16, 2013
(43)
I stand with dcmitchell. I don't know any other European songs (ha) but "The Final Countdown" was a good song.
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Jul 22, 2014
(46)
The Final Countdown was one of the worst songs of all time in my opinion. Way too cheesy for me to handle.
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Aug 27, 2014
(23)
Didn't Europe have a minor hit with "Rock the Night"? Regardless of the lyrics, you have to love the lead guitar on "The Final Countdown"
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Jan 1, 2015
(48)
They had a fairly big hit with "Carrie" in 1986 www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg3uNETZrLg
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Jun 3, 2015
(28)
No they were great!
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May 5, 2016
(57)
Along with Twisted Sister. Survivor is definately NOT a one hit wonder. They had 5 top ten songs!
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Apr 24, 2013
(55)
Dude, look at the quiz description. They explain it: "Technically, most of these groups had other hits. However, the vast majority people will know only their one song."
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Jul 5, 2013
(31)
That's not the fault of the artists but the fans being ignorant.
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Jul 28, 2015
(71)
I don't know about the USA, but in the UK and Australia A-HA had a load of hits: 'Take on Me', 'The Sun Always Shines on TV', 'Train of Thought', 'Hunting High and Low', 'Cry Wolf' and the theme to the Bond film 'The Living Daylights' spring to mind, and I didn't really like them.
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Oct 16, 2013
(42)
Agreed that you could make a case that a few of these were not 1 hit wonders.
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Jul 16, 2015
(26)
I am now making a playlist of these songs. Thank you!
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Apr 24, 2013
(44)
I think a lot of people will feel REAL ashamed if they look up how old the singer for BOW WOW WOW was at the time.
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Apr 24, 2013
(65)
Or that their manager was the same as the Sex Pistols...
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Apr 9, 2014
(28)
I'm guessing these were one hit wonders in the US? A lot of these were definitely not one hit wonders in the UK!
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Apr 24, 2013
(68)
yeah well the Crazy Frog ringtone was a #1 hit there so... they'll listen to pretty much anything.
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Apr 24, 2013
(40)
Twisted Sister, Europe, Devo: All had other hits. But to even put Survivor on this list ruins the quiz.
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Apr 24, 2013
(68)
Four or five of these inspired Weird Al Yankovic songs. Some of them are on my Weird Al quizzes.
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Apr 24, 2013
(38)
Never would have considered Twisted Sister as a one-hit wonder. Pretty sure I had a couple of TS tapes (that's what we had before CDs, young ones).
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Apr 25, 2013
(44)
Keep in mind that some of this generation was born into the post-CD age (mp3 players, iTunes, etc.).
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Apr 25, 2013
(33)
Several of these aren't one hit wonders. Soft Cell and Dexy's spring to mind immediately. The former being one of the best selling singles groups of the early 80s
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Feb 14, 2014
(7)
The description says Technically, most of these groups had other hits However, the vast majority people will know only their one song So technically they are mostly not one hit wonders
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Apr 17, 2014
(52)
This quiz lost credibility when it labeled Survivor as a One-hit Wonder.
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Apr 30, 2014
(42)
As noted by others, definitely more than one hit for quite a few of these.
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Jul 22, 2014
(45)
most of these are simply not one hit wonders, because they've had multiple of hits in continental europe and in asia. a-ha, nena,soft cell and many others are more than that.
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Jul 22, 2014
(43)
I heard almost all of these songs going through my head....just couldn't think of the bands.
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Jul 22, 2014
(22)
I wouldn't class aha, soft cell, survivor and some others on here as one hit wonders.
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Nov 17, 2014
(40)
"Tainted Love" is seriously the best song EVER. I love it so so much.
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Dec 23, 2014
(58)
Can't fault you there, and I'm one of bebn123's post-Cd generation.
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Aug 28, 2016
(63)
I can't remember my own phone number, but I'll always know 867-5309!
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Jun 4, 2015
(48)
FOS was not a one hit wonder, Space Age Love Song is a banger
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Sep 14, 2015
(31)
completely agree. I must defend Flock of Seagulls. I think of their songs and I Ran is not even in the top 3. Such an icon of alternative and they even had multiple hits on the pop charts. I'm not even a huge fan and I know this.
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Nov 12, 2015
(49)
I Ran is the only way I'd know FOS.
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Nov 30, 2016
(67)
NONE of these were one hit wonders. ALL of them had other charting singles in the HOT 100/Top 40....but for your purposes, I see what you meant. The 2 that break this rule more than the others are DEVO (several chart hits and an actual career....and Survivor who had 8 Top 40 Hts, 5 of which were TOP 10!!!)
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Nov 25, 2015
(21)
You can argue that Europe, Flock of Seagulls, Dexys midnight runners, Falco etc are one hit wonders. I will not accept but you can try. But.... Soft Cell? Give me a break. Devo has had one of the most devoted fan base in the world for over 4 decades, which hardly fills the bill of a one hit wonder. And on this list we have 2 of the biggest music acts of the eighties: A-HA and Survivor filled stadiums for years and have both sold over 100 million albums. If that is being a one hit wonder then that would be enough for me :)
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Sep 3, 2016
(45)
Gotta agree this quiz needs a rethink as to what a one hit wonder really is - the clue's in the title BTW. Soft Cell? Apart from Tainted Love, there was...Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (#3 UK), Bedsitter (#4 UK), Torch (#2 UK) as well as having many of their songs covered by major artists. I was looking for things like Joe Dolce (Shaddapayourface) and other comedy type one-hits.
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Sep 3, 2016
(33)
Notice how all of your supposed "hits" only charted in the UK. This is based on the USA, I think
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Sep 12, 2016
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