Jody Watley (1987)
J-Wat was a ringer in this category, since she was a longtime pro who'd already spent ten years at the top with the great disco group Shalamar. She was also one of the stars who sang on Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" So it was a surprise to see her listed as a new artist. And it was a shocker when she beat the heavily favored Terence Trent D'Arby. Her solo hit "Don't You Want Me" was the second-best Eighties hit with this title, while "Looking for a New Love" coined the phrase, "Hasta la vista, baby." She scored her nastiest hit in 1989, the Rakim duet "Friends."