One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1980 – The Sugarhill Gang

Ahhh, the one-hit wonder! They have been around since music has been charted. There was definitely no shortage of them in the ’80s. There are many reasons for them. They could have been a fad. They may not have been able to handle their quick fame. Or, just because they were a one-hit wonder in the U.S. doesn’t mean they didn’t have hits in other countries. For the purpose of this new series, I will go through the One-Hit wonders in the U.S.
We’ll start with the One-Hit Wonders of 1980. First up:

“Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang

The Sugarhill Gang started off strong. Their hit, “Rapper’s Delight” was the first ever hip-hop song to become a top-40 hit. The song peaked at #36 on January 12, 1980.

All of the members of the group, Wonder Mike, Big Bank Hank and Master Gee, hailed from Englewood, New Jersey. The Sugarhill Gang never again topped the charts, though they had a few minor hits, such as “Apache”, “Eighth Wonder”.
In 1999, they reunited and recorded Jump on It!, a hip hop children’s album. They continue to tour.

“Rapper’s Delight” was brought back to our attention with The Wedding Singer:

Here is the song:


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2 thoughts on “One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1980 – The Sugarhill Gang”

  1. I can’t stand 95% of modern rap, but I loved Rapper’s Delight. My brother has the LP, which we used to play until we memorized the lyrics. I haven’t heard it in decades, but I still know everything from “Have you ever went over a friend’s house to eat…” to the end. If I really tried I could probably remember the beginning, too.

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