10 One-Hit Wonders Who Should Have Had More Success

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One-hit wonders, in some ways, are more innovative than their legendary counterparts. Sometimes -- such as is the case with the Buggles -- they are too innovative. People are not ready for them, and musical trends may not be in their favor, whether they are innovative or passe.

Anyway, here are ten one-hit wonders that should have had a second chance at being legends.


"I get knocked down/ but I get up again/ you're ever gonna keep me down?" was the resounding cry of Chumbawumba's 1997 hit, "Tubthumping." Though they had other hits in their native UK, this wound up being their one and only time in front of most U.S. listeners.

Chumbawumba was also pretty controversial because they some members were openly anarchist. For example, one time they appeared on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher and said they didn't care if anyone stole their music. Saying this, it prompted the now-defunct Virgin Megastore to pull their album from the shelves and sell it under the store's counter.

So what could have possibly prevented this band from achieving legendary status in the U.S.? Controversy and the fact that they wanted to be released from their contract with EMI. Chumbawumba broke up in 2012.

Jane Child

Jane Child was like the dance-pop, rock, and punk love child of the '80s. Though she continues to record, virtually nothing has been heard from her since her perennial hit "Don't Wanna Fall In Love." She has a great voice, and it's a shame that radio and audiences have ignored her.

Alannah Myles

In many ways, Canadian rocker Alannah Myles was a lot like Melissa Ethridge meets Joan Jett, a female equivalent to Bruce Springsteen or John Mellencamp. However, she did not receive much recognition outside her native Canada aside from her one worldwide hit, "Black Velvet" in 1990.

In 2011, Myles revealed that she is no longer able to move her head or neck due to receiving more than 500 chiropractic treatments. She now gets around using two canes and still continues to record and perform in spite of this disability.

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RickC like.author.displayName 1 Like

"Take On Me" by the Norwegian synthpop band A-Ha was a big hit on MTV in the mid '80's. Who could forget that rotoscoped pencil-sketch animation mixed with live action? The band won a half dozen music awards and then ... who knows what happened to them?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QBISF26Kd4



 @RickC A-Ha was not a one-hit wonder.  They scored another top 20 hit with "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." in 1986.

Manda Malice
Manda Malice

Romeo Void "Never Say Never" http://youtu.be/ePIImGMjn_8 


And many people think Concrete Blonde was just a "One Hit Wonder" with the song "Joey" from the 1990 album Bloodletting. But I've been a die hard fan for years.  

JohnSeabornGray like.author.displayName 1 Like

Second Blind Melon, Soup is still one of my favorite albums to this day. Around the same era and genre, Hum should definitely have had more hits than just "Stars" and there was (and still is) so much more to Throwing Muses' catalog than just "Bright Yellow Gun" it's insane.

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