The 100 Greatest Lost Hits Of The 80’s!

Back at the beginning of July in the daily Briefs, I started the Official snicks Top 100 Lost Hits of The 80’s, spotlighting the 100 greatest minor hits of that decade. The songs you don’t hear on any 80’s nostalgia show. Songs that missed the top ten, or top twenty … or top forty, and over the last five months I hope some of these forgotten gems may have rung a long dormant bell, or for younger readers, provided a pop music history lesson.

Here is the complete list, including my favorite lost song of the decade. Thank you for taking this 80’s road trip with me … but it’s not over yet! I’ll be featuring a new Lost Hit once a week in the Wednesday Briefs, so the history lesson will continue!

Let the countdown commence, and remember … keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars!

100. Animotion “I Engineer”
99. Donna Allen “Serious”
98. Holly Knight – “Heart Don’t Fail Me Now”
Holly is one of my 80’s pop music icons. She wrote or co-wrote some of the most memorable hits of the decade, including “Love Is A Battlefield,” “Invincible,” “Better Be Good To Me,” “The Best,” “Never,” and “Obsession,” She released her self-titled album in 1988, and it contained a killer version of “Battlefield,” as well as her own stab at solo pop stardom, “Heart Don’t Fail Me Now.” Unfortunately, it flopped, peaking at #60 in October of ’88. But she still has that legacy of songs, including my personal anthem, “The Warrior.”

97. Olivia Newton-John“Tied Up”
96. Nu Shooz“Should I Say Yes?”
95. Diana Ross“Pieces Of Ice”
94. Honeymoon Suite“Feel It Again”
93. Kim Carnes“Does It Make You Remember”
92. Jane Wiedlen“Blue Kiss”
91. Quarterflash“Find Another Fool”
90. Lone Justice“Ways To Be Wicked”
89. Laura Branigan – “Spanish Eddie”
I’ve mentioned before that Laura is my 2nd all-time favorite singer, and there are a couple of her songs on this list. “Spanish Eddie” was the first single off her 1985 album Hold Me, and the album and song were a huge chart disappointment coming off the enormous success of 84’s Self Control. “Spanish Eddie” peaked at #40 in September of 85, but on the plus side, the album is now a collector’s item (but I’ll never sell mine).

88. Toni Childs“Don’t Walk Away”
87. Divinyls“Pleasure & Pain”
86. Missing Persons“Give”
85. Shannon“Give Me Tonight”
84. Wendy & Lisa“Waterfall”
83. Jennifer Rush & Elton John “Flames Of Paradise”
82. Martha Davis“Don’t Tell Me The Time”
81. Eight Seconds“Kiss You (When It’s Dangerous)”
80. Cyndi Lauper – “Hole In My Heart (All The Way To China)”
National treasure Cyndi should have had a surefire hit with the single from Vibes, but both the movie and the song tanked, with “Hole In My Heart” peaking at an abysmal #54 in August 1988. You can’t even find it on most Cyndi “Best Of” albums, although it certainly qualifies.

79. Julian Lennon“Stick Around”
78. Josie Cotton“Jimmy Loves Maryann”
77. Irene Cara“The Dream”
76. Martha & The Muffins“Black Stations/White Stations”
75. Benjamin Orr“Stay The Night”
74. Eurogliders“Heaven (Must Be There)”
73. Sheila E.“The Belle Of St. Mark”
72. Alisha“Baby Talk”
71. Tony Carey“A Fine, Fine Day”
70. Barry Gibb“Shine Shine”
69. Models“Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight”
68. E.G. Daily“Say It, Say It”
67. Kim Carnes“Invisible Hands”
66. Sheena Easton“Do It For Love”
65. OXO“Whirly Girl”
64. The Other Ones“We Are What We Are”
63. Adam Ant“Strip”
62. Asia“Go”
61. Diana Ross“Eaten Alive”


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