Six brilliant one-hit wonders from the 1980s

It’s hard to believe all of these great songs were the only top chart hits for these artists

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The Weather Girls - "It’s Raining Men"

This one is a real dance floor filler. It’s one of those songs that DJs rely on if they need to get people back up on their feet and get the party going. Oddly for such a popular hit song, it was originally turned down by some major artists. 

It was written for Donna Summer, but she declined, as did Cher and Diana Ross. Barbra Streisand decided against it too. The song found its way to Martha Walsh and Izora Armstead, a duo known as the Two Tons, who became The Weather Girls. They also turned it down initially, claiming the lyrics of "raining men" were just a bit too crazy. No doubt they remain very glad to have been persuaded otherwise, even for just that one hit wonder.

Released in September 1982 it was a huge US number-one dance chart hit, and peaked at number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was at number two in the UK and charted well around Europe, New Zealand, and Australia too. The song received a Grammy nomination too. If you are thinking it was in the Bridget Jones Diary movie, you’re partly right, the song was included, but it was a later version by Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls.