During the 2010s, the music industry fragmented. People started playing music or watching music videos on YouTube. The Billboard charts got a little weird, but this opened the door for a few more one-hit wonders. While we often remember the one-hit wonders of the '90s or '80s, the 2010s also gave us many notable one-hit artists. Here are some of the biggest.
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Have you ever watched "Saturday Night Live" and seen who the musical guest was and wondered, "What other song are they going to play?" That was definitely the case with Gotye. "Somebody That I Used to Know" (featuring Kimbra) was a big hit, but that's the beginning and end of Gotye's zeitgeist. That weird music video probably helped too.
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Mark Foster, lead singer of Foster the People, made a living writing commercial jingles while trying to become a musician. That's not surprising given the nature of "Pumped Up Kicks." It's one of those songs that is so catchy that it takes a minute to realize that the lyrics are a bit dark.
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The term "Canadian reggae fusion band" is rarely associated with long-term success in music. Indeed, Magic! came and went in a puff of smoke. Also, if we're being honest, we never thought "Rude" was a very good song. It really felt like red-hot reggae that landed with a shrug.
4 out of 20
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We threw "Rude" in there a little, so let's give some love to another one-hit wonder. That would be “Shut Up and Dance” from Walk the Moon. A band with 80s rock influences, this was an infectious song that proved to be a huge hit, even if Walk the Moon couldn't repeat it.
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Dance-related songs often become one-hit wonders, and that was true for Cali Swag District as well. The band released "Teach Me How to Dougie" to the world, caught that wave, then quickly disappeared. It didn't help that two of the four band members had passed away.
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Psy is the typical one hit wonder. We understand why it had such puzzling viral success. We also knew right away that this was it for the Korean artist. “Gangnam Style” managed to win people over for whatever reason, and its music video became a massive hit on YouTube. Maybe it was the dance associated with it? People like to dance.
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This is a one hit wonder that can only happen in modern times. Baauer's hit is "Harlem Shake". It became huge because it was used as the soundtrack to one of those viral online "challenges". Sports teams have done it. Celebrities have done it. We guess "Good Morning America" did it. So it's over. That was it.
8 out of 20
In 2012, James released “All Gold Everything” and it was so successful that he signed to Def Jam. So he never managed to make an album for the label, which dropped him. In fact, James never released an official album. He put together many mixtapes, but none of them contained such a popular song as "All Gold Everything".
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“I Love It” is an incredibly catchy song. It is practically undeniable. However, it's also easy to see why the Swedish duo never had a hit. This song features Charli XCX, who also wrote the song. Charli XCX has become a successful musician in her own right and probably brings her wit to her songwriting. No one else has given Icona Pop another song that they can lead to success.
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Platten released several albums that came and went. Then she released her third album "Wildfire", which includes the song "Fight Song". That one hit the spot, and then the Hillary Clinton campaign adopted it and took it even further. Her next song was a decent hit, peaking at No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100, but that was after "Fight Song," which isn't very high on the charts. I mean, can you name the song we're suggesting? If not, is it really a success?
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King's debut single remains her biggest hit, "Ex's and Oh's" got her name and landed her on the "Ghostbusters" soundtrack with the flop song. Since then, however, King hasn't had much chart success. These days, you're more likely to hear King mention, "Did you know she's Rob Schneider's daughter?"
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Michael Rosenberg was in the band Passenger, and when the band broke up, he kept the name and started releasing solo music. After several years, the British artist succeeded with the song "Let Her Go", which topped the world charts and reached number five in the United States. However, even in his native UK, Passenger never managed to find another big hit.
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If you're a folk band with a hit, you consider that money found, don't you? Perhaps because of its singing (or screaming) nature, "Ho Hey" resonated with The Lumineers. They continued to play folk, and although they made the Billboard rock chart several times, this was a niche success.
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Originated from the emo band "Anatomy of a Ghost", Portugal. The Man did this for a few years before "Feel It Still" gave them their only hit. Namely, Motown songwriter Brian Holland is responsible for the song, because it is borrowed from the melody of the song "Please Mr. Postman". Hey, maybe that's why it became such a hit.
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The Icelandic indie folk band released their first album, and their first single was a big hit. The music is sometimes strange. "Little Talks" put Of Monsters & Men on the map, but it was a rapid decline in the group's reputation. Although they continued to make music and release albums, "Little Talks" remains the band's only hit more than a decade later.
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Desiigner released his debut single “Panda” on SoundCloud in 2015, which quickly became a number one hit. He may be the quintessential SoundCloud rapper. This includes the fact that he has yet to release a full-length album. Desiigner has released many songs and several mixtapes, but "Panda" remains his most important song. At this point, it seems like the album may never happen.
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This is a one-hit wonder that we agree with. Silento was a dance prodigy thanks to “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)”. Chances are we won't be hearing from Silent again. As of 2021, he has been held without bail awaiting trial for multiple murders.
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Joy was a professional Australian rules football player for several years before leaving to pursue a career in music. Did he make the right choice? Well, his 2013 single “Riptide” was a worldwide hit. He has since had no success in the US, but has had a handful of top 20 hits in his native Australia. Hey, that's better than getting squashed over and over again by Aussie footballers.
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"Best Day of My Life" is one of those songs that advertising executives think is perfect and sports media thinks it's the ideal song. So we were flooded with optimistic songs by American authors. "That Song From All Those Commercials" was in demand and became a hit, but they didn't top that song. So much so, their 2023 album is called "The Best Night of My Life."
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Carly Rae Jepsen
It was a fun Jepsen moment for a second, huh? Look, "Call Me Maybe" was wonderful, and so was the Canadian singer. That song became a number one hit in the United States, and that's great for us. She had a few more songs after "Call Me Maybe" that caught my eye, but only a few. Now you might say, "How about 'Good Time'?" Fair enough, because this song was in the top 10. However, it's not a Jepsen song. It is a collaboration between Owl City and Jepsen. Oddly appeared on Owl City and Jepsen's album, but was written by the Owl City team. Let's call it owl city music.
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It's somewhat surprising to learn that Elle King is a one-hit wonder, especially with some of her outstanding collaborations. However, “Ex's and Oh's” remains her only chart-topping release.What was the 1 hit wonder in 2012? ›
"Call Me Maybe" Is Officially The One-Hit Wonder of 2012.Is Estelle a one-hit wonder? ›
Technically speaking, Carly Rae Jepsen, Gotye and Kimbra, La Roux and Estelle are all one-hit wonders, but the internet hasn't let these artists fall out of the collective consciousness that easily.Is Despacito a one-hit wonder? ›
For the purposes of this list, a one-hit wonder is defined as an artist who ONLY had ONE charting hit. Allow me to explain. You might not know the name Luis Fonsi, but you definitely know his record-breaking hit “Despacito.” He's a one-hit wonder, right? NOPE, he's actually a multi-platinum megastar.Is What Does the Fox Say a one-hit wonder? ›
Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis found international success with their song of animal sounds, which asked the question: "What does the fox say?" Their answer was an annoying series of sounds that took over radio airwaves and landed at No. 6 on the US charts.What is the #1 most popular song of all time? ›
According to Guinness World Records, Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" (1942) as performed by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single worldwide, with estimated sales of over 50 million copies.Who is the 5 time one-hit wonder? ›
With five top-20 hits for five different bands, Tony Burrows is surely the most successful – and the most anonymous – one-hit wonder the American pop charts have ever known.What decade had the most 1 hit wonders? ›
The master list of one-hit wonders. But after all of that, our original results basically still hold true. The 1980s had the least amount of one-hit wonders, and the 1960s still had the most.Who was a one-hit wonder twice? ›
Benny Mardones – the only singer in history to be a one-hit wonder… twice!
But, exactly 50 years ago, one performer took it to the extreme. Starting in February 1970, Tony Burrows, a British recording session singer, had three top hits, with three different one-hit wonder bands, all at the same time — and few people knew it.What was the 1 hit in 2011? ›
Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" was the number 1 song of the year, topping the Hot 100 for 7 consecutive weeks. Four of Katy Perry's singles, "Firework", "E.T.", "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" and "Teenage Dream" managed to enter the list, with "Firework" and "E.T." being numbers 3 and 4 respectively.What was the 1 hit in 2010? ›
Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 2010.
|2||"Need You Now"||Lady Antebellum|
|3||"Hey, Soul Sister"||Train|
|4||"California Gurls"||Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg|
"Only Girl (In the World)" was Rihanna's fourth number-one song of 2010, and she was the first female and the first artist since Usher (in 2004) with four number-one singles in a calendar year.Who had a one-hit wonder in 1991 with the single The One and Only? ›
Chesney Hawkes – 'The One and Only' (1991)
The Nik Kershaw-penned 'The One and Only' features in the film, sung by Hawkes, and would go on to reach number one in the UK singles charts.
However, legendary musical artists like Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, Garth Brooks and the Grateful Dead are all technically one-hit wonders, too, in that none had more than one song among the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart throughout their careers.How many one-hit wonders have there been? ›
So that's a grand total of 60 one-hit wonders in the roughly 50 or so years under review, or a little more than one per year.Is Fountains of Wayne a one-hit wonder? ›
Fountains of Wayne struggled to maintain a consistent level of popularity after this, however, and is now considered a one-hit wonder.Are Lumineers a one-hit wonder? ›
They struck gold with their debut single “Ho Hey,” an irritating novelty song that seemed destined to cement the Lumineers' status as a one-hit wonder.Is Glass Animals a one-hit wonder? ›
The band is best known for their biggest hit single "Heat Waves", which went viral on social media platform TikTok. It reached number one in Australia in February 2021 and was voted number one on the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2020.
"Gangnam Style" by Psy (2012) is undoubtedly the greatest one hit wonder song of all time. The Korean pop song became known worldwide through the very successful video clip with the famous "Gangnam Style" dance. This became a number 1 hit in more than 30 countries and sold more than 10 million records worldwide.What did the fox say to the crow? ›
3. What did the fox tell the crow? Ans: The fox told the crow that “you are a fine bird, sir! You have lovely feathers.How many one-hit wonders were there in the 80s? ›
The 1980s had more than 200 one-hit wonders – ie, acts who made the UK's Top 40 once only in their careers.What is the 1 song of all time? ›
|1.||"Blinding Lights"||The Weeknd|
|2.||"The Twist"||Chubby Checker|
|3.||"Smooth"||Santana featuring Rob Thomas|
|4.||"Mack the Knife"||Bobby Darin|
- Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas - From "Blackmail" ...
- Samne Ye Kaun Aya - From "Jawani Diwani" ...
- Chalte Chalte - Part 1 / From "Chalte Chalte" ...
- Churi Nahin Yeh Mera Dil Hai - From "Gambler" ...
- Dilbar Mere - From "Satte Pe Satta" ...
- Humko Tumse Ho Gaya Hai Pyar - From "Amar Akbar Anthony"
Taylor Swift has once again made music history by claiming every single top 10 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart at once. No other artist has ever held all 10 spots at the same time, according to Billboard.What one-hit wonder made the most money? ›
One of the most successful one-hit wonders of all time, it peaked at No. 1 on July 4, 1992, and spent a total of 28 weeks on the chart. The song achieved multiplatinum status in July 1992, when sales reached 2 million. It was re-released in 2002, and digital sales totaled 500,000 by May 2005.
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Mississippi Queen – MOUNTAIN – #1
Although Mountain played one of the most memorable sets at Woodstock in 1969. Unfortunately, the success didn't last as long as it should have. Either way, the song Mississippi Queen became an instant rock classic.
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Cher's career as a recording artist spans seven decades and she is the only artist to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in each of the past six decades.What song has been on the top charts the longest? ›
4, 1958 inception through the Oct. 22-dated ranking: Most Weeks Spent on the Billboard Hot 100: 91, “Heat Waves,” Glass Animals.What artist had a number one hit the twist twice with the same song? ›
During the early 1960s Checker had thirty more chart hits. Eleven of these reached the top twenty, including a re-release of “The Twist” in 1962 that reached number one and made Checker the only artist to have had the same single song at number one on different releases.Who are some famous one-hit wonder groups? ›
- The Vapors – 'Turning Japanese' ...
- ? and The Mysterians – '96 Tears' ...
- Chumbawamba – 'Tubthumping' ...
- Blind Melon – 'No Rain' ...
- The Knack – 'My Sharona' ...
- Soft Cell – 'Tainted Love' ...
- Big Country – 'In a Big Country' ...
- Norman Greenbaum – 'Spirit In The Sky'
A less common term in the music business that you don't hear very often, but still exists is "two-hit wonder". That term means that this artist was lucky enough to peak in the top 40 threshold of the Billboard Hot 100 a SECOND time with one more song, before losing momentum.Why are some songs one-hit wonders? ›
Sometimes artists become one-hit wonders because they create a song that becomes a hit due to a particular fad. For example, Rick Dees had a hit — his only one — with his song “Disco Duck," which capitalized on the disco craze during the 1970s. At other times, one-hit wonders may just be the result of bad timing.What was the #1 song in 2012? ›
2009 is the year of The Black Eyed Peas, with their album The E.N.D., which has sold over 11 million copies worldwide. “I Gotta Feeling” is its second single, which dethrones their first release and helps the band keep up their reign atop the charts. The two songs occupy the two top positions simultaneously.What was #1 hit in 2016? ›
"Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars came in at number one, spending a total of fourteen consecutive weeks at the top position of the Billboard Hot 100 during 2015.What was the #1 song in 2008? ›
The #1 song on the list was "Low" by Flo Rida and T-Pain, after having released the song in 2007 and spent 10 weeks at number-one. The song that came in at number two was "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis and at #3 was Alicia Keys' song "No One", after spending 5 weeks at #1 in December 2007.What song was #1 November 2010? ›
|October 30||"Back to December"||Taylor Swift|
|November 6||"Like a G6"||Far East Movement featuring The Cataracs and Dev|
|November 13||"We R Who We R"||Kesha|
|November 20||"What's My Name?"||Rihanna featuring Drake|
Wonder's single "Fingertips" was a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963, at the age of 13, making him the youngest artist ever to top the chart.Who was the biggest female pop star in 2011? ›
The soul singer topped Rihanna, Katy Perry and last year's champ, Lady Gaga to take Billboard's prize.What was the first one-hit wonder song? ›
|2||"Born to Be Alive"||1979|
|3||"Video Killed the Radio Star"||1979|
"Beach Baby" is a song by the British band The First Class. Written by John Carter and his wife, Gillian (Jill) Shakespeare, the song became the band's only substantial hit. The subject of the lyrics is not holiday love, but a broken love relationship between two high school students in Los Angeles in the 1950s.Who is the oldest singer to hit number one? ›
The oldest artist to hit number one on the Hot 100 is Louis Armstrong in 1964 with ” Hello, Dolly!” at the age of 62. The oldest woman to top the Hot 100 is Cher with “Believe” in 1999 at the age of 53. The youngest artist to hit number one on the Hot 100 is Stevie Wonder in 1963 with ” Fingertips Pt.What singer has had the most number one hits? ›
The Beatles have the most No. 1 hits of all time: 20. Though unclear for how long, the Beatles still reign supreme as the artist with the most No.Did Led Zeppelin ever have a number 1 hit? ›
Not one of Led Zeppelin's 16 singles has reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The 1980s had the least amount of one-hit wonders, and the 1960s still had the most.Are the White Stripes a one-hit wonder? ›
They were one of the most popular and original American alternative bands of the 2000s but before calling it quits, The White Stripes only had one Top 40 single.Is Mickey a one-hit wonder? ›
The single scored number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for one week and number two in the UK Singles Chart. The song was Basil's only Top 40 success. It was named Number 6 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80's.Is Billie Eilish a one-hit wonder? ›
With the release of her new album, Billie Eilish has made it to the top once again. Billie Eilish hits home yet again with her new album, Happier than Ever. As the artist who created 2019s number one album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” Eilish's new release proves she is not a one-hit-wonder.Is Pharrell Williams a one-hit wonder? ›
Pharrell is not a one-hit wonder.Is Take on me a one-hit wonder? ›
"Take On Me" by A-ha (1984)
While A-ha is definitely not a one-hit wonder in its native country of Norway, the band only had one big hit in the US: "Take On Me" topped the charts in 1985.
Glass Animals is led by Dave Bayley, who is the band's lead singer, main songwriter and producer.Why did Glass Animals cancel? ›
Frontman David Bailey said he was “gutted” to cancel the shows but had no option due to issues with his “vocal cords”. He wrote: “Gutted to say we have to cancel our shows tomorrow and the following day in Madrid and Lisbon. I absolutely hate cancelling shows, but my vocal cords have had it.”What does Gangnam Style mean in English? ›
From Wikipedia: 'Gangnam Style' is a Korean neologism that refers to a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam district of Seoul, where people are trendy, hip and exude a certain supposed 'class'.What is the moral lesson of the story the fox and the crow? ›
The moral of the famous “The Fox and The Crow” story is “Never believe flatterers”. In the given story, none of the words said by the fox was genuine, and his only intention was to grab the cheese. The crow believed his sweet words and ended up losing his food.
The Fox and crane story moral is one should not try to make fun of the other's limitations; and people will treat you the same you treat them.What was the longest running number 1 song of the 80s? ›
The two longest running number-one singles of 1980 are "Call Me" by Blondie and "Lady" by Kenny Rogers with each single obtaining six weeks on top of the chart. Every song that went to number one for 1980 stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 over twenty weeks.What was the first number 1 hit song? ›
The first number-one song of the Billboard Hot 100 was "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson, on August 4, 1958.What was the first number 1 hits? ›
Al Martino's "Here In My Heart" was the track to Top the first ever chart (Nov 1952) so, technically, this was the first track to debut at Number 1. But ignoring this, the first artist to enter at Number 1 in the established chart was Elvis Presley ("Jailhouse Rock", Jan 1958).What's the number 1 song in the US? ›
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|3. (3)||3||Flowers Miley Cyrus peak position: 1 – total weeks: 15|
|4. (5)||5||Ella Baila Sola Eslabon Armado and Peso Pluma peak position: 4 – total weeks: 6|
|1||A Day In The Life||The Beatles|
|2||Billie Jean||Michael Jackson|
|3||Suspicious Minds||Elvis Presley|
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- 3 Sir Mix-A-Lot - $20 Million. SirMixALotVEVO. ...
- 4 Billy Ray Cyrus - $20 Million. ...
- 5 Vanilla Ice - $12 Million. ...
- 6 Toni Basil - $5 Million. ...
- 7 Bobby McFerrin - $4 Million. ...
- 8 Sinéad O'Connor - $1.5 Million. ...
During the early 1960s Checker had thirty more chart hits. Eleven of these reached the top twenty, including a re-release of “The Twist” in 1962 that reached number one and made Checker the only artist to have had the same single song at number one on different releases.Who was the youngest person to get a #1 song? ›
When the track reached No. 1, Stevie became the youngest solo artist to have topped the Billboard Hot 100 – though another future Motown superstar, Michael Jackson, was aged just 11 years 155 days when The Jackson Five's “I Want You Back” topped the Billboard charts in January 1970.Who has more #1 hits than The Beatles? ›
As to be expected, due to his far greater number of total chart entries, Elvis has the advantage over The Beatles in most performance categories. Presley placed 102 titles in Billboard's top 40, while The Beatles had 50 entries that made it that far up the chart.
- As a musician, Paul McCartney has the most No. 1 albums, with 27. This includes 19 albums from his work with The Beatles, three solo albums and five albums as a part of his 1970s group Wings. ...
- Barbra Streisand is the only artist to have No. 1 albums in six different decades.