Music Artists that are Called One Hit Wonders but Aren't

The Top Ten

1 Rick Astley Richard Paul "Rick" Astley (Born February 6, 1966 in Newton-le-Willows, U.K.) is a British singer/songwriter, also known for "Rickrolling" . However before that he started in a church choir and a couple of local bands, before attaining success as a popular singer in the late 80s and early 90s, known ...read more.

Actually, Rick had two great hits, Never gonna Give you up, and Together Forever

I just know two of his songs. :/

Rick Astley had another #1, Together Forever.
SPOILER ALERT: It sounds exactly the same as Never Gonna Give You Up.

I like Never Gonna Give You Up.

2 Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

There are so many more great Nirvana songs beyond the overhyped Smells Like Teen Spirit. Expand your horizons before calling yourself a Nirvana fan.

Wow, people actually think this?

3 Survivor Survivor is an American rock band formed in Chicago in 1978 by Jim Peterik. The band achieved its greatest success in the 1980s, garnering many charting singles, especially in the United States.

Survivor is often seen as a one-Hit wonder due to their Platinum-certified “Eye of the Tiger” in 1982 which spent 6 weeks at #1 on the Hot 100. The band managed to have several other major hits, perhaps most notably “I Can’t Hold Back” which reached #13 and spent 3 weeks at #1 on the Rock Tracks, and “Burning Heart” which peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 and was also ranked by Billboard as the second-biggest song of 1985. They had a total of 8 US pop Top 40 hits between 1981 and 1988

a few other hits

4 MC Hammer Stanley Kirk Burrell, better known by his stage name MC Hammer, is an American hip hop recording artist, dancer, record producer and entrepreneur.

2 legit 2 quit, addams grooove etc.

5 Soulja Boy DeAndre Cortez Way, known professionally as Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, or simply Soulja Boy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur.

He actually is though. Having a lot of singles and music videos don't equal hits.

kiss me thru the phone, it was actually good

kiss me thru the phone

6 Jane's Addiction Jane's Addiction is an American Alternative rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 1985. The band consists of vocalist Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Chris Chaney.
7 Silento Richard Lamar Hawk, better known by his stage name Silentó, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is best known for his debut single "Watch Me", which reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100.

Yes he is. Name another hit record with proof being at least top 30 on biilboard.

Exactly, he has no wonders, just "bleh"

8 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm ...read more.

Hang on they might have had many singles and got high in the charts but have only had #1 in the charts well in UK no number 1's in USA or Canada.

WHO DARES CALL IRON MAIDEN ONE HIT WONDER!

9 The Animals The Animals were an English band of the 1960s, formed in Newcastle upon Tyne, during the early part of the decade.

Most people only know them for "House of the Rising Sun", but they released so many other great songs. "Don't Let Me Down", "Boom Boom", "It's My Life", "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," and plenty others.

a lot of other hits

10 Blur Blur are an English rock band, formed in London in 1988. The group consists of singer/keyboardist/guitarist Damon Albarn, guitarist/singer Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree.

Anyone who thinks they only know "Song 2" by them probably also knows "Girls & Boys" at the very least.

That's fair. Honestly I think this is a difficult list because there is no given definition of what is considered a hit.

Country House and Beetlebum reached number 1 in the charts. Song 2 didn’t.

The Contenders

11 Adam Lambert Adam Mitchel Lambert is an American singer, songwriter and stage actor. Since 2009, he has sold over 2.5 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide.
12 Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

Honestly Master of Puppets is just as recognized as Enter Sandman, although I could be wrong

It might be now but it wasn't a hit at the time. Although for that matter Enter Sandman was not even Metallica's biggest hit Until It Sleeps was.

The one who put Metallica as a one-hit wonder is wrong

13 A-ha A-ha is a Norwegian band formed in Oslo in 1982. The band was founded by Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy.

They had two, and a James Bond theme.

the sun always shines on TV

14 Europe Europe is a Swedish rock band formed in Upplands Väsby, Stockholm in 1979 under the name Force by vocalist Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum, bassist Peter Olsson and drummer Tony Reno.

Their highest charting hit was Carrie. Yup, it WASN'T the Final Countdown.

15 Aqua Aqua is a Danish eurodance group, best known for their 1997 breakthrough single "Barbie Girl". The group formed in 1989 and achieved huge success around the globe in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

They have way better songs than Barbie Girl.
Pre Barbie Girl but the singles never got on the charts in UK or US.
Two singles Itsy Bitsy Spider, Roses Are Red.
My Oh My came before Barbie Girl but was only a number 6.
Then infamous Barbie Girl.

16 Carly Rae Jepsen Carly Rae Jepsen is a Canadian singer and songwriter from Mission, British Columbia, and later based in Vancouver. She is best known for her hit song "Call Me Maybe" which topped many charts in 2012.

Three albums, a fourth one soon.
Before Call Me Maybe she had these songs...
Sunshine on my shoulders, Tug of War, Bucket, and Sour Candy.

You need to get about top 40 on the charts for your song to be a hit. YouTube views don't make something a hit.

She has 2 other songs that reached the top 40. Admittedly one of them only barely.

She has no other songs to become mainstays on billboard so yes she is.

I liked her songs after Call Me Maybe.

17 Pixies The Pixies are an American alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The group disbanded in 1993 in acrimonious circumstances, but reunited in 2004. The group currently consists of founders Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering.
18 Rebecca Black Rebecca Black is a YouTube personality and singer who's infamous for her single "Friday," which was once the most disliked video on YouTube. She has also released other songs, including "My Moment" and "Saturday".

Not a single hit, to be considered a hit it need to be top 40, Friday hit #58, and Saturday hit #55.

Did any of her songs even get on the charts?

Most of her songs have hit the billboard 100

Wrong. Friday #58 and Saturday #55. And technically those aren't even hits.

19 Falco Johann "Hans" Hölzel, better known by his stage name Falco, was an Austrian singer, songwriter and rapper.

He tecnically had 2 hits

20 Lil Meerkat Ameeer Pipi, better known by his stage name Lil Meerkat is a Canadian rapper and singer-songwriter. He is known for his infamous remix of the popular Queen song "Bohemian Rhapsody". He released his debut studio album "Weeaboo Paradise, Vol. 1" in November 2018.

Check out "I Read Lots of Fanfiction"
So lit!

21 Leona Lewis Leona Louise Lewis is a British singer, songwriter and animal welfare campaigner. She was born and raised in the London Borough of Islington, London, England where she attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology.
22 The Verve The Verve were an English rock band formed in Wigan in 1990 by lead vocalist Richard Ashcroft, guitarist Nick McCabe, bass guitarist Simon Jones and drummer Peter Salisbury. Guitarist and keyboard player Simon Tong became a member at a later date.

"The Drugs Don't Work" reached #1 on UK charts, while "Bittersweet Symphony" didn't.

23 Vengaboys

They are great.

24 Toby Keith Toby Keith Covel, known professionally as Toby Keith, is an American country music singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and actor.

Do people call him a one hit wonder though I have never heard anyone say that if anything I feel like most people who know one song would know several.

In 2011, “Red Solo Cup” was a huge hit for Toby Keith, it sold over 2.5 million copies in the USA, went to #15 on the Hot 100, and was viewed over 51 million times on YouTube. But... Toby had already had 14 US Hot 100 Top 40 hits, 20 #1 country hits (42 Top Tens), and nearly 40 million albums sold.

25 Vanilla Ice Robert Matthew Van Winkle, known by his stage name, Vanilla Ice, is an American rapper, actor and television host.

Play that funky music

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