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

The Top Ten

1 Rick Astley 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 more.

I like Never Gonna Give You Up. - Userguy44

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

2 Survivor 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

3 Nirvana 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. more.

Nobody thinks Nirvana is a 1 hit wonder - Niceness

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

4 MC Hammer 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.
5 Jane's Addiction Jane's Addiction Jane's Addiction is an American rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 1985. The band consists of Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Chris Chaney.
6 Soulja Boy 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. - RobertWisdom

7 Silento 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. - RobertWisdom

Exactly, he has no wonders, just "bleh" - EliHbk

8 Adam Lambert 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.
9 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal 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 guitarist Adrian more.

I've never heard anyone calling them a one hit wonder. It wouldn't make sense as well: Fear of the Dark, Run to the Hills, Hallowed Be Thy Name and The Number of the Beast are almost equally famous, with only The Trooper being a bit more. - Alkadikce

Calm down.


10 Metallica 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". more.

Honestly Master of Puppets is just as recognized as Enter Sandman, although I could be wrong - yungstirjoey666

The Contenders

11 The Animals 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. - Gg2000

12 Europe 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. - 445956

13 Rebecca Black 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".

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. - RobertWisdom

14 Lil Meerkat Lil Meerkat

Check out "I Read Lots of Fanfiction"
So lit! - Userguy44

15 Carly Rae Jepsen Carly Rae Jepsen Carly Rae Jepsen is a Canadian singer and songwriter from Mission, British Columbia, and later based in Vancouver.

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.

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

I liked her songs after Call Me Maybe.

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

He tecnically had 2 hits - Martinglez

17 A-ha 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. - ProPanda

18 Boomtown Rats
19 Maxine Nightingale
20 Divinyls

Aussies always find it weird when a band like The Divinyls gets called one-hit wonders as they've had plenty of hits before and after "I Touch Myself". Not only that, but "Pleasure and Pain" also charted in the US (#76). - truckturner

21 Dead or Alive
22 Leona Lewis 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.
23 Aqua 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.
24 Bananarama
25 Dexys Midnight Runners
26 Chumbawamba
27 Frankie Goes to Hollywood
28 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated more.
29 Cher Lloyd Cher Lloyd Cher Lloyd is an English singer, songwriter, rapper, and model. She rose to fame in 2010 when she finished fourth in the seventh series of The X Factor.
30 The Verve 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.
31 Vengaboys

They are great. - Userguy44

32 Pharrell Williams Pharrell Williams Pharrell Lanscilo Williams is an American singer, rapper, and record producer. Williams and Chad Hugo make up the record production duo the Neptunes, producing soul, hip hop and R&B music.

Frontin' featuring Jay-Z in 2003
Happy in 2013 - RobertWisdom

33 Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).
34 Roy Clark

Roy Clark was listed on wikipedia’s list of one-Hit wonders. He technically is a one-hit wonder, as his only Top 40 Hot 100 Hit was “Yesterday When I Was Young” (#19), though he had many hits on the country charts, including the #1 hit “Come Live With Me” and another 7 Top ten country hits. He also co-hosted Hee Haw for more than 20 years and was a successful actor

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

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.

36 Men At Work Men At Work Men at Work are an Australian rock/pop band formed in Sydney. The group is most famous for their hit, "Land Down Under"
37 James Blunt James Blunt James Hillier Blount, better known by his stage name James Blunt, is an English singer-songwriter, record producer and former British Army Officer.

*Facepalm* when I saw him on a list.

BAdd New Item