Published On: Dec 15 2013 07:19:11 AM CSTUpdated On: May 14 2015 01:00:00 AM CDT
Power pop band Tommy Tutone made one particular phone number all the rage in 1982 with their No. 4 hit song "867-5309/Jenny." While the band is often recalled as a one-hit wonder, it already had scored another top-40 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 with "Angel Say No" in 1980. Check out some other "one-hit wonders" that actually reached the top 40 more than once during their careers.
Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1986, making him the only artist whose principal language was German to score a No. 1 hit in the United States. He was no one-hit wonder, though. His follow-up single, "Vienna Calling," reached No. 18 on the chart, although it was his last song to chart in America.
Norwegian pop band a-ha topped the singles charts in 36 countries, including the U.S., with 1985's "Take on Me." "The Sun Always Shines on T.V.," the third single from their debut album, "Hunting High and Low," reached No. 20 in the U.S. later in the year.
Canadian New Wave band Men Without Hats hit it big in 1983 with the No. 3 hit "The Safety Dance." They never quite reached the same level of success, but they did manage to hit No. 20 four years later with the song "Pop Goes the World."
Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me" was a No. 2 hit in 1983 thanks to some high profile guest vocals from Michael Jackson. The fledgling R&B singer was able to secure Jackson's involvement because, as the son of Motown founder Berry Gordy, he was childhood pals with the King of Pop. While Rockwell didn't have Jacko around for his follow-up single, "Obscene Phone Caller," he still managed to ride the wave of popularity from his debut single all the way to No. 35. But he never saw the Billboard Hot 100 chart again.
Dead or Alive saw "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" hit No. 11 in September 1985. While most casual fans probably won't remember, the British New Wave band had another hit a little more than a year later with "Brand New Lover," which peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Don't let the name fool you, the New Wave band Berlin had no connections to Germany. The Los Angeles band topped the charts with "Take My Breath Away" from the 1986 Tom Cruise blockbuster "Top Gun." However, the hit song came a couple years after their first hit, 1984's "No More Words," which peaked at No. 23.
Young M.C. taught everybody to "Bust a Move" in 1989, but he wasn't done. The young rapper born as Marvin Young followed up his his No. 7 hit with "Principal's Office," which made it No. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Wang Chung immortalized themselves in their No. 2 hit "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" in 1986, singing the oft-quoted lyric "Everybody Wang Chung tonight." But while that song remains the band's most well-known hit, it wasn't their first and wouldn't be their last. They previously released the hits "Don't Let Go" and "Dance Hall Days" in 1984, which reached No. 38 and No. 16 respectively. Their two follow-up singles to "Everybody Have Fun Tonight," "Let's Go" and "Hypnotize Me," hit No. 9 and No. 36.
You're forgiven if you don't even recognize the name Animotion. But you more than likely are familiar with the Los Angeles synthpop band's biggest hit, 1984's "Obsession," which hit No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. While the band broke up before the 1980s were even over, they did manage to snag a couple more hits with 1985's "Let Him Go" reaching No. 39 and 1989's "Room to Move" hitting No. 9, thanks in part to its inclusion in the movie "My Stepmother is an Alien."
Before he found fame as an actor, Mark Wahlberg was doling out "Good Vibrations" leading up the hip-hop band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Their big hit reached No. 1 in 1991, but music fame quickly faded away for them. But not before they took "Wildside," which heavily samples Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side," to No. 10 as their second single.
If you like your tunes incessantly cheery, it's hard to go wrong with "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and The Waves. The 1985 hit has been used and overused in movies, TV shows and advertisements almost since it first came out. But the song, which hit No. 9, was not the band's only hit. Katrina and The Waves recorded two more top-40 U.S. hits: "Do You Want Crying?," which made it to No. 37 later in 1985, and "That's the Way," which peaked at No. 16 in 1989.
Besides his big voice and larger-than-life personality, The Big Bopper, aka J.P. Richardson Jr., was best known for his hit "Chantilly Lace," which climbed to No. 6 in the summer of 1958. But the former radio disc jockey had another hit later that year in the novelty tune "The Big Bopper's Wedding," which peaked at No. 10, before his career was cut short in the same Feb. 3, 1959, plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.
EMF hit No. 1 in the U.S. in 1991 with the debut single "Unbelievable." "Lies," their fourth single from their debut album, "Schubert Dip," also broke through the top 40, reaching No. 18.
The Scottish duo Stealers Wheel is best known for the No. 6 hit "Stuck in the Middle With You," but they also landed one other top-40 hit in America, 1975's "Star," which reached No. 29.
Kriss Kross are, of course, best remembered for their hit 1992 song "Jump," which was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks. But Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith also had a No. 14 hit with their follow-up single, "Warm It Up." They also had hits with 1993's "Alright" and 1995's "Tonite's tha Night."
Jesus Jones hit it big with the song "Right Here, Right Now," which climbed to No. 2 in 1990 and later became nearly unavoidable in advertising campaigns. But the song wasn't the British band's first hit. They had hit No. 4 with the song "Real Real Real," the first single off the album "Doubt," which also featured "Right Here, Right Now."
Remember in the late 1980s when the English pop rock band The Escape Club seemed poised to take over the world? They hit it big in 1988 with the title track from their second album, "Wild, Wild West," but quickly fizzled out over the next couple years. But not before releasing a couple more top 40 hits, including "Shake for the Sheik," which hit No. 28, and "I'll Be There," which reached No. 8.
A Canadian reggae rapper shouldn't work, right? But Snow proved everybody wrong, briefly, with his 1992 song "Informer." His No. 1 hit was unavoidable for a while but he just as quickly faded away. But not before his follow-up single, "Girl I've Been Hurt," reached No. 19.
Ah, Mr. Big, what would the early 1990s have been without your hit sing-along song "To Be With You"? If you blinked and missed the band's other hits, "Just Take My Heart," which reached No. 16, and a cover of Cat Stevens' "Wild World" that made it to No. 27, you're not alone.
Gerardo. Say it with us: "Rico…. Sauve." Don't act like you and everybody you knew didn't own the cassette single back in 1991. The first single off the Ecuadorian-American rapper's debut album, "Mo' Ritmo," hit No. 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. But it wasn't his last hit on the chart. His cover version of "We Want the Funk," from the same album, also reached No. 16 in 1991.
To most people, Vanilla Ice is a one-hit wonder relic of the early 1990s. But die-hard fans who celebrate his entire catalogue know he's much more than just "Ice Ice Baby." He also had a No. 4 hit with "Play That Funky Music," which was originally the A-side to "Ice Ice Baby" but was overshadowed when the B-side became a hit. But Vanilla's cover of the Wild Cherry hit was released as its own single and found more success. "I Love You," his third single from the album "To the Extreme" didn't fare quite as well, reaching only No. 52 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Nelson, the rock duo consisting of Ricky Nelson's twin sons Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, burst onto the early 1990s music scene with the No. 1 hit "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection." Since they faded from the limelight pretty quickly, it's easy to forget that the next three singles from their debut album, "After the Rain," all were top-40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: "After the Rain" hit No. 6, "More than Ever" was No. 14 and "Only Time Will Tell" made it to No. 28.
The Knack rose to fame with their first single, the No. 1 hit "My Sharona," in 1979. While the song remains the one most identified with the band, they recorded two more songs that found their way up the Billboard Hot 100 chart: "Good Girls Don't" at No. 11 and "Baby Talks Dirty" at No. 38.
C.W. McCall tapped into the rising fad of CB radios in America with his 1976 No. 1 hit "Convoy." While the song has become his signature hit, and a favorite of road-tripping country music aficionados ever since, it wasn't his first hit. McCall first charted the song "Wolf Creek Pass," which reached No. 40 in 1975.
Another favorite driving song comes from the Dutch rock band Golden Earring in the form of "Radar Love," which reached No. 13 in the U.S. in 1973. They bettered that nearly a decade later with their second, and last, hit "Twilight Zone," which peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982 and also topped Billboard's Top Album Tracks chart.
The Bay City, Mich., rock band ? and the Mysterians became the first Latino rock band to have a mainstream hit record in the United States with 1966's "96 Tears," which sold more than 1 million records and peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart. While the band was unable to replicate that level of success, they did make it to No. 22 later that same year with the follow-up "I Need Somebody."
The Archies were a fictional bubblegum pop band made up of session players to capitalize on the success of the Archie Comics. So you wouldn't expect them to have much of a shelf life. However, their iconic No. 1 hit "Sugar, Sugar" wasn't their only hit and wasn't even their first. The band hit No. 22 with their debut single "Bang-Shang-A-Lang" in 1968 and followed up "Sugar, Sugar" with the No. 10 hit "Jingle Jangle." They also managed one more top-40 hit, just barely, with the No. 40 song "Who's Your Baby?" in 1970.
Every so often a TV theme song breaks onto the singles chart and makes some noise. That was the case for The Rembrandts, the pop rock duo who saw their song "I'll Be There for You" become a No. 17 hit in 1995 after it was used as the theme song for the sitcom "Friends." But four years earlier The Rembrandts hit No. 14 with the song "Just the Way It Is, Baby."
Canadian singer-songwriter Alannah Myles is best known for her hit song "Black Velvet," which hit No. 1 in 1989. But while the ode to Elvis Presley was her biggest hit, it wasn't her first. She had previously reached No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 with the song "Love Is," the first single off her self-titled debut album.
Martika got her start on the Disney Channel series "Kids Incorporated," but she found success on her own with the song "Toy Soldiers," which spent two weeks at No. 1 in 1989. While the song, which was sampled by Eminem in 2004, remains her most remembered hit, she actually had three more songs reach the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100: "More Than You Know," which reached No. 18, the Carole King cover "I Feel the Earth Move," which topped out at No. 25, and the No. 10 hit "Love… Thy Will Be Done."
Irish-British singer-songwriter Chris de Burgh hit No. 3 with "The Lady in Red" in 1986. Today, it remains the song he is most known for, but it wasn't even his first U.S. hit. De Burgh previously had reached No. 34 in 1982 with "Don't Pay the Ferryman."
Singer-songwriter Michael Sembello hit No. 1 and earned an Oscar nomination and a Grammy for the song "Maniac," which became a smash hit thanks to being featured in the 1983 movie "Flashdance." His follow-up single, "Automatic Man," made it to No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Sembello has largely focused on film scores since his initial success, contributing music to movies such as "Cocoon," "Gremlins," "The Monster Squad" and "Independence Day."
Pop singer Stacey Q is best known for her 1986 hit "Two of Hearts," which climbed all the way to No. 3. Her follow-up, "We Connect," was less successful, but still managed to peak at No. 35. However, it would be the last top-40 hit of her career.
The rock band Great White hit it big in 1989 with "Once Bitten, Twice Shy," which reached all the way to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their follow-up single, "The Angel Song," made it to No. 30, but would be the band's last top-40 hit on the chart.