Dexy tops list of '80s one-hit wonders

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Dexys-midnight-runners VH1 has aired its special on the 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the '80s, so we now have the final, complete list.

Anyone bet on Dexy's Midnight Runners? "Well, we haven't heard the last from them," Homer Simpson once said when his barbershop quartet -- the B Sharps -- beat out Dexy for a Grammy.

Here's the full list of 100 songs (click the link below for Nos. 21-100). And you can still catch VH1's special on reruns. Check your local listings for time and channel. Click the song links to see the music video from VH1 or YouTube. And drop a comment giving your take on what VH1 whiffed on.

100 GREATEST ONE-HIT WONDERS OF THE '80s:

1. Dexy's Midnight Runners: “Come on Eileen”

2. Flock of Seagulls: “I Ran (So Far Away)”

3. A-Ha: “Take On Me”

4. Tommy Tutone: “867-5309 / Jenny”

5. Soft Cell: “Tainted Love”

6. Toni Basil: “Mickey”

7. Modern English: “I Melt With You”

8. Bow Wow Wow: “I Want Candy”

9. Kajagoogoo: “Too Shy

10. Frankie Goes to Hollywood: “Relax

11. Gary Numan: “Cars”

12. Animotion: “Obsession”

13. Thomas Dolby: “She Blinded Me With Science”

14. Big Country: “In A Big Country”

15. Devo: “Whip It”

16. Nena: “99 Luft Balloons”

17. Men Without Hats: “The Safety Dance”

18. Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock: “It Takes Two”

19. Dead or Alive: “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”

20. Rockwell: “Somebody’s Watching Me”

21. Twisted Sister: “We’re Not Gonna Take It”

22. Michael Sembello: “Maniac”

23. Eddy Grant: “Electric Avenue”

24. Edie Brickell & New Bohemians: “What I Am”

25. Musical Youth: “Pass the Dutchie

26. Cutting Crew: “I Just Died In Your Arms

27. Stacey Q: “Two of Hearts”

28. John Parr: “St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)”

29. Madness: “Our House”

30. The Vapors: “Turning Japanese”

31. Bobby McFerrin: “Don’t Worry Be Happy”

32. Quarterflash: “Harden My Heart”

33. John Waite: “Missing You

34. The Waitresses: “I Know What Boys Like”

35. Tom Tom Club: “Genius of Love”

36. Weather Girls: “It’s Raining Men”

37. Lipps, Inc.: “Funkytown

38. Bruce Willis: “Respect Yourself”

39. Matthew Wilder: “Break My Stride

40. The Buggles: “Video Killed the Radio Star”

41. Billy Vera: “At This Moment”

42. Timbuk 3: “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades

43. Shannon: “Let the Music Play”

44. Wall of Voodoo: “Mexican Radio

45. Robbie Nevil: “C’est La Vie”

46. Georgia Satellites: “Keep Your Hands To Yourself”

47. Pretty Poison: “Catch Me I’m Falling

48. Yello: “Oh Yeah”

49. Philip Bailey (w/ Phil Collins): “Easy Lover”

50. Neneh Cherry: “Buffalo Stance”

51. After the Fire: “Der Kommissar”

52. Mary Jane Girls: “In My House”

53. Taco: “Puttin’ On the Ritz”

54. Chris De Burgh: “Lady in Red”

55. Johnny Kemp: “Just Got Paid”

56. Til Tuesday: “Voices Carry”

57. Jermaine Stewart: “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off”

58. Don Johnson: “Heartbeat”

59. The Outfield: “Your Love”

60. Nu Shooz: “I Can’t Wait”

61. E.U.: “Da Butt”

62. XTC: “Dear God”

63. Oran “Juice” Jones: “The Rain”

64. Robbie Dupree: “Steal Away”

65. Boomtown Rats: “I Don’t Like Mondays”

66. The Jeff Healy Band: “Angel Eyes”

67. Martika: “Toy Soldiers”

68. Peter Schilling: “Major Tom”

69. T’Pau: “Heart And Soul

70. Harold Faltermeyer: “Axel F”

71. Jack Wagner: “All I Need

72. Swing Out Sister: “Breakout”

73. Paul Hardcastle: “19?

74. Information Society: “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)”

75. Bertie Higgins: “Key Largo”

76. J.J. Fad: “Supersonic”

77. General Public: “Tenderness”

78. Aldo Nova: “Fantasy”

79. Alannah Myles: “Black Velvet”

80. Eddie Murphy: “Party All The Time”

81. Josie Cotton: “Johnny Are You Queer?”

82. Red Rider: “Lunatic Fringe”

83. Paul Lekakis: “Boom Boom Boom Let’s Go Back to My Room

84. The Church: “Under The Milky Way”

85. Ziggy Marley And The Melody Makers: “Tomorrow People”

86. Patrice Rushen: “Forget Me Nots”

87. Vixen: “Edge Of A Broken Heart

88. Nik Kershaw: “Wouldn’t it Be Good”

89. Rodney Dangerfield: “Rappin’ Rodney”

90. Haircut 100: “Love Plus One”

91. Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson: “Friends And Lovers

92. Frank Stallone: “Far From Over”

93. L.A. Guns: “The Ballad of Jayne”

94. Club Nouveau: “Lean On Me”

95. Midnight Oil: “Beds are Burning”

96. The Fabulous Thunderbirds: “Tuff Enuff”

97. Will To Power: “Baby I Love Your Way / Freebird”

98. Buckner & Garcia: “Pac-Man Fever

99. Michael Damian: “Rock On”

100. Clarence Clemons (and Jackson Browne): “You’re A Friend Of Mine”

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:44pm]

    

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