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.

He is called a "one-hit wonder" because some people only know one (Never Gonna Give You Up) or two songs by him and the Rickrolling meme. While some including me like his music than just the meme and song (ex. Cry for Help). He has 5 Top 10 hits in the US while he has 8 Top 10 hits in the UK.

I just know two of his songs. :/

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

2 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.

While they had two Top 40 hits (one that is #1) in the US, they were more successful in the UK and Norway. They had 8 Top 10 hits in the UK and 19 Top 10 hits in Normay, becoming one of the most successful bands in Norway.

They are a hit one wonder even though they have some other good music.

They had two, and a James Bond theme.

A huge band in Europe.

3 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.

Blur didn't have any Top 40 hits in the US but are known for their song "Song 2", becoming their signature song. They had 12 Top 10 hits in the UK.

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

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

4 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

They had five Top 10 hits in the US.

5 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.

I cannot believe some people think of them as one-hit wonders. They are one of the greatest bands of all time even though they had two Top 40 hits in the US and 6 Top 40 hits in the UK.

'Come As You Are', 'Heart Shaped Box', 'Lithium', and 'In Bloom' were also popular Nirvana songs, not just 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', and yes, there are Toptenners and other people that said Teen Spirit is the only popular Nirvana song and have said that Nirvana is famous for that one song

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?

6 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.
7 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 got 1 top ten hit in the us and 5 top ten hits in the uk. Despite Aqua only getting only one top ten hit in the us they have at least 4 top 40 hits in the us, and in the uk there's more hits at 7 uk top 40s. UK even started early with my oh my being a big hit in the uk.
They got 0 number ones in the us but uk got a fair share of number ones at 3. In Scandinavia or every other part of Europe besides the old soviet countries there definitely not a one hit wonder they had many hits in Europe. In 2011 Aqua changed there style and they released there 1st single under meglomania how r u doin. In Ukraine Aqua weren't really big stars in Ukraine they were just "Foreigner music" and this their first taste of the Aqua craze there then they just faded out of popularity.
I love Aqua

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.

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

I liked her songs after Call Me Maybe.

9 Hozier

Although Take Me to Church was his only hit single, Someone New was a mild success and his second album Wasteland, Baby! topped the charts in the US and Ireland.

10 MC Hammer Stanley Kirk Burrell (born March 30, 1962), known professionally as MC Hammer (or simply Hammer), is an American rapper, dancer, and record producer who had his greatest commercial success and popularity from the late 1980s until the early 1990s. Remembered for his rapid rise to fame, Hammer is known ...read more.

He had five Top 10 hits in the US.

The Contenders
11 Village People
12 Soulja Boy DeAndre Cortez Way (born July 28, 1990), known professionally as Soulja Boy Tell 'Em or simply Soulja Boy, is an American rapper and record producer. In September 2007, his debut single "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" peaked at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The single was initially self-published ...read more.

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

13 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.
14 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 ...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.

15 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.

Lucky Man was popular too, wasn't it?

"Bitter Sweet Symphony" isn't their only hit, "The Drugs Don't Work" has also a hit

16 Pharrell Williams Pharrell Lanscilo Williams, born April 5, 1973, known professionally as Pharrell, 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.

Happy
Drop It Like It's Hot With Snoop Dogg
Guest vocals on "Alright" by Kendrick Lamar
"LEMON" with NERD, Drake, and Rihanna
As well as that guy who makes the soundtrack on every good movie.
...Pharrell is not a one-hit wonder.
Just...
...no.

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.

Here Comes Your Man was pretty big.

18 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.

19 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.
20 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.

Metallica, sure as heck are not one hit wonders.

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

21 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.

22 Vengaboys

They are great.

23 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"

They were huge in Australia.

24 Irene Cara

Other than "Flashdance (What a Feeling)", there's also "Fame".

25 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?

She have some great songs.

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