One-Hit Wonders: Akron Represents




The Rubber City produced about 3 percent of the 1980s’ one-hit wonder artists, according to VH1’s Top 100 One-Hit Wonders of the 80s countdown.

No Cleveland artists made the cut — we guess Michael Stanley and Hatrix were recognized as having for more substantial bodies of work.

Akron natives Buckner and Garcia crashed the countdown at No. 98, with “Pac-Man Fever”.

The Waitresses’ “I Know What Boys Like” landed at No. 34.

And Devo’s “Whip It” was the top performer, sandwiched at No. 15, above “99 Luftballoons,” but behind “In a Big Country.”

As with all countdowns, the list’s methodology is debatable. The list-makers had difficulty distinguishing between true one-hit wonders like Toni Basil (“Mickey,” No. 6) and three-hit wonders with one standout song (Thomas Dolby, “She Blinded Me With Science,” No. 13).

Things we learned from the countdown: Tom Cochrane, that “Life Is a Highway” dude, sang for Red Rider, whose WNCX staple “Lunatic Fringe” was dramatically used in wrestling movie Vision Quest. And apparently the singer from Kajagoogoo (“Too Shy,” No. 9) was a guy. Good song. — D.X. Ferris

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.