Great Rock One Hit Wonders of 1985

It’s that time of the year, the one I’m visiting anyway, where I introduce the one hit wonders of that year. At least the ones I liked. I remember hearing the first two in the Spring of 85. Bruce Cockburn’s “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” really resonated with me. I was more politically aware and starting to disagree with Ronald Regan’s Contra War in Nicaragua, so this song really caught my attention and it has a cool guitar solo as well. The second song, Nick Lowe’s “I Knew the Bride When She Used to Rock and Roll,” reached the other part of me. This was a fun rock song and I love the gospel harmonizing at the beginning.

If I had to pick a favourite from the one hit wonders of 1985, this next song would be the outright winner. “Your Love” by The Outfield is a true rock song. Like Phantom, Rocker and Slick, this was another band from this year where I wonder why they didn’t go further then they did.

Before my British readers start shaking their fists and jumping up and down in anger, yes I know Alison Moyet was not a one hit wonder. Furthermore, many more of you are scratching your heads wondering why I am including her here. Confession time, Alison’s song “Invisible” was my ‘Not Guilty Pleasure’ of 1985. I actually like it. Whether or not you like her music, I think most of us can agree that she has a very powerful voice. I bet she’d sound really good singing metal.

Finally, I am pretty sure that these last two songs, “The Rodeo Song” and “Were You Born an Asshole?” by my favourite country singer, David Allen Coe did not come out in 1985. However, throughout the entire year of 85, whenever I went into a South Jersey dive bar and there were plenty of them, one or often both of these songs would be blasting from the juke box. Both of them were important parts of my 1985.

There you have it, the one hit wonders from 1985 which remain with me til this day. Have a listen and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have over the past thirty plus years.

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11 Responses to “Great Rock One Hit Wonders of 1985”

  1. I haven’t heard of most of these but I did got to the same high school as Alison Moyet. She was so loved in my hometown

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  2. Never heard David Allen Coe before, he’s hilarious!

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  3. Nick Lowe hit with ‘Cruel to be Kind’ in the late 1970s too, right? Good work mentioning Cockburn.

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  4. Damn I hate that I was only 4 in the 80s! I missed so much good music! Well, I guess that’s what repeats and reruns are for 🙂

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