“My Sharona” by The Knacks
The Knack grew out of the 1970s Los Angeles club scene, and before their debut album, 1979’s Get the Knack was even released they had built up a substantial fan base due in large part to their energetic live shows.
And then “My Sharona” dropped. The song was immediately zeroed in on by radio stations across America, and the tune’s drum and bass intro punched open the doors to the ’80s, claiming the honor of being 1979’s biggest hit.
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In the midst of the early ’90s grunge explosion and a musical shift that saw Seattle and flannel becoming the lifeblood of a new generation of music lovers, 4 Non Blondes arrived with their song “What’s Up?”
With it’s ‘hey hey hey hey’ sing-along tag ending with the question ‘what’s going on?’ the tune topped the charts across Europe and made it to number 14 in America. All this without the song’s title ever making an appearance.
“Maniac” by Michael Sembello
It’s a bit of a leap going from being an in-demand session player for the Jackson 5 and Stevie Wonder to having a huge single in the 1983 film Flashdance, but Michael Sembello’s “Maniac” made the jump, and then promptly disappeared.
The Academy Award-nominated “Maniac” made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and landed on the charts around the world. It also helped make the accompanying Flashdance album one of the best selling soundtracks in history.