One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1984 – Shannon

“Let the Music Play” by Shannon

In the early ’80s the major backlash against disco was in full swing. “Disco Sucks” became a catchphrase. disco fans were ridiculed, and it was being played less and less on the radio. Dance music was all but dead on mainstream radio.

And then “Let the Music Play” burst on to the scene, and blew the doors wide open again for dance music.

Shannon’s hit defined dance-pop music of the ’80s. The song reached #1 on the US Dance chart in November 1983, and peaked at #8 on the US singles chart on February 25, 1984. “Let the Music Play” was Shannon’s only US Top 40 hit. It was ranked 43rd on the 2009 VH1 Special 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s.

Shannon released a couple of more albums in the ’80s. While popular on dance charts, she did not reach mainstream success again.

In the late 1990s interest in Shannon rekindled, when VH1 spotlighted her on their One Hit Wonders series.

This prompted her to release her fourth studio album, 1999’s The Best Is Yet to Come. A fifth studio album, A Beauty Returns, was released in 2007.

She is currently a voting member of the Grammys.

Now, let’s Return to the ’80s, and listen to the ’80s dance-pop trailblazing song, “Let the Music Play”:

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