Two weeks ago we began to look at one-hit wonders from the 1980s. We started at the beginning of the decade. This week on the One Hit Wonder Wednesday Night Shift with Craig Allen, we spotlight 1982.

7 pm: Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie

Reached #1

Musical Youth was a Jamaican version of a boy band. So when they covered "Pass The Kutchie", which is a word to weed, they had to change it. Dutchie is a name for a cooking pot. They changed other references to marijuana in the song as well,


8 pm: Dexys Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen

 Reached #1

When you think of gigantic one-hit wonders from the 80s, this song has to come to mind. Not only was it number one, but it's one of those 80s songs that has had more airplay than almost any other.



9 pm: Patrice Rushen - Forget Me Nots

Reached #23

Do you think Patrice Rushen cares that Will Smith sampled this song for "Men In Black" and made it a way bigger hit (#2) than the original? Ah, no. In fact, just the opposite. She gets paid royalties for both songs.


10 pm: Men Without Hats - Safety Dance

Reached #3

Back in the 80s, nobody knew the meaning of the song. Now we know...

The song was really written about me after I got kicked out of a bar in Ottawa. I got kicked out for pogoing to The B-52s, I think, "Rock Lobster." It was the dying days of disco. I got kicked out of the bar and went home and wrote this. I think it's a message that kids still want to hear today: yeah, it is safe to dance." - Ivan Doroschuk via


11 pm: Haircut 100 – Love Plus One

 Reached #37

Just like a few one-hit wonders that we have featured, we're not quite sure this qualifies. But it did crack the Top 40...barely. But like a few other songs, it's gained more appreciation many years later.

Photo by Hello I'm Nik on Unsplash
Photo by Hello I'm Nik on Unsplash
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