Originally Posted by Dusty Chalk
Soft Cell, "Tainted Love" (and it's even a cover)
Human League, "Don't You Want Me"
in terms of the US charts, "Tainted Love" was definitely a one hit wonder. American never saw the appeal to the sly, clever, and sleazy synth-pop they delivered... shame. "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye," "Bedsitter," and "Numbers" are equally good.
as for The Human League, i'm a hardcore League fan so i get pretty defensive when i see them labeled as a one hit wonder, even in the US!
besides "Don't You Want Me" in 1982 (it hit #1 in the UK late 1981) they had another #1 Billboard smash with "Human" in 1986, and a #9 hit with "(Keep Feeling) Fascination!" in 1983.
Originally Posted by camille
damn, I can't believe no one has mentioned "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer. That song always does it for me! gotta love the parachute pants!!!
regrettably, MC Hammer was not a one hit wonder either!
my favourite one hit wonder (at least in the US) is "Cars" by Gary Numan. he's got tons of hits in the UK and two #1 singles ("Cars" and Tubeway Army's "Are 'Friends' Electric?") but can only manage one US top ten hit.