4 of the Best Rock One-Hit Wonders From the 1990s

The 1980s produced numerous one-hit wonders. Though many hits emerged, few artists sustained enduring careers or multiple chart-toppers. Here are four memorable examples.

"Turning Japanese" by The Vapors: Released in 1980, this new wave hit peaked at no. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Vapors disbanded in 1981.

"Pass The Dutchie" by Musical Youth: This 1982 reggae-pop track hit no. 1 in several countries and no. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The band split in 1985.

"Puttin’ On The Ritz" by Taco: Taco's 1982 synth-pop rendition of this old song reached no. 4 on the Hot 100. He had no other international hits.

"Too Shy" by Kajagoogoo: In 1983, Kajagoogoo’s debut single reached no. 5 on the Hot 100. Subsequent albums did not achieve similar success.