Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners…In the British charts, the song spent four weeks at number one in August 1982. This success was repeated around the globe; spending five weeks as the Kent Report’s number one in Australia and reaching number one in April 1983 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. It also holds the distinction of preventing Michael Jackson from having back-to-back number one hits in the U.S. The number one hits “Billie Jean” and “Beat It” were separated by Dexys Midnight Runners’ one week stay at the top.
It is a common example of a one-hit wonder in the U.S., as the band failed to reach similar popularity with any of their later songs, though in the UK they had already reached number one two years earlier with “Geno“, and went on to have further hits.
In a poll by the UK TV Channel, Channel 4, the song was placed at number 38 in the 100 greatest number 1 singles of all time. A similar poll by the music channel VH1 placed the song at number 3 in the 100 Greatest One-hit Wonders of all time.
The song was named #1 on VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.