Top Ten Very Successful Artists Whose Music Career Suddenly EndedSome artists and bands remain active snd successful for decades. The Rolling Stones, Madonna or Eminem have discographies full of legendary music, and whatever they touch turns to solid gold or platinum. In contrast to that, there are so called one hit wonders who have exactly one smash hit that everyone knows by heart but are then never heard of again. Often, this one particular song remains very popular for decades to come, but no one knows who it's by.
But then there's this special case in between: artists who had a very successful career over a certain time span including a bunch of hits and tons of media coverage, but suddenly, from one day to the next, they dropped out of the public eye. They were considered the top league of music and everybody knew their names, but overnight, they were never heard of again. Either their new outputs didn't sell well, or they simply decided to not release anything new. This list is about such artists.
What doesn't count:
1. Artists whose career ended because they died
2. Bands whose career ended because they disbanded
What does count:
1. Artists and bands who haven't released any new music in ages but are alive/still together
2. Bands who are still together although a member died
3. Artists whose career ended before they died
4. Bands whose career ended before they disbanded
5. Unsuccessful comebacks
6. Artists who changed their main profession from music to something else and are successful at that, but not music anymore
I hope that covers all the information you need.
Yeah, sometimes I find myself wondering where the heck these guys are now. Good to know they still make music and do what they love. At least.
They were terrible. Absolutely terrible! I'm glad they don't exist anymore!
Between 2003 and 2011, the Black Eyed Peas, in the lineup featuring will.I.am, Fergie, Taboo and apl.de.ap, were among the biggest groups on the planet. Their third album "Elephunk" (2003), the first to feature female member Fergie, marked their commercial breakthrough and spawned international hits "Where is the Love?", "Hey Mama" and "Shut Up" (the latter of which was the biggest of the three in Europe, although it did not chart in the US). The album was also positively received, featuring a mix of funk, hip hop and pop, with both party and conscious lyrics, which was unheard of. Then they repeated this style on "Monkey Business" (2005), before undergoing a departure towards electro pop on the albums "The E.N.D." (2009) and "The Beginning" (2010). Their commercial success increased while their critical reception became weaker; each album had a handful of hit songs. Ever since the late 2000s, rumors spread that the band might break up, which was always denied. But after 2011, years passed without any new music (spare an underwhelming and almost unnoticed 2016 re-recording of "Where is the Love? ") - until 2018. Without Fergie, but with an anonymous female singer replacing her, the group came back with a more old school inspired style and political lyrics, and received critical praise - however… their comeback album "Masters of the Sun Vol. 1" was probably the single biggest commercial failure of the 21st century. The contrast between their previous sales and their new music was disastrous. We're not talking about a band who had a top ten album in 2008 and came in at number 40 in 2018. No, no, no. This is more extreme. This is a band who had a bunch of number one hit songs, a dozen of top ten entries and four very successful albums all around the world (e.g. in Austria, their number one hits are "Where is the Love? ", "Shut Up", "I Gotta... more
Thanks for the reply I am actually not from the US so I might be wrong and maybe there she is much better known than in other parts of the world. As for which stars are likely to be remembered I don't think that say Kendrick Lamar is less likely to be remembered than for example Bruno Mars, Adele or Imagine Dragons and also I don't think there is that much of a difference between radio play and sales for hip hop (besides some of the most explicit songs). I think that those artists with big hits that will be less remembered might well be those that don't have as much of a fan base Pitbull, Flo Rida and the like (judging by them having relatively low album sales) but that is just a guess.
It just feels weird to think that she had 6 number 1 hits that is more than Eminem when you basically don't hear about her at all I doubt that most people would even know the name and fewer could name a song of hers. Do you think that there is anyone that big today who will likely be forgotten in 20 years time?
In the '90s, Ace of Base were hailed as the next ABBA. They were Swedish, excelled in pop with exceptional songwriting, and consisted of two women and two men. They were also hugely successful worldwide, both critically and commercially. Their debut album, titled "The Sign" in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Japan, and "Happy Nation" in the rest of the world, was a major hit in 1993. The album not only topped the American charts, but also those of 13 other nations, and was certified nine times platinum in the U.S. Overall, it sold 19 million copies internationally.
The album spawned a number one hit in several countries, "All That She Wants," and its deluxe edition (which is identical to the U.S. version) contained the chart-topper "The Sign." In 1995, their sophomore record, "The Bridge," followed. It was a top ten success in much of Europe, but only performed moderately in the U.S. Its single "Lucky Love" topped the Swedish charts.
Around that time, the group was offered the theme song for the James Bond movie "GoldenEye." They wrote and recorded a song of the same name, but ultimately, their management turned it down. At the time, Ace of Base were extremely popular, while the James Bond film series was considered dated. After they rejected the offer, Tina Turner was hired to perform the theme. This anecdote illustrates the level of stardom they had - surpassing even James Bond and the Queen of Rock and Roll.
Their James Bond theme can be found on YouTube, and it is easily one of the top five James Bond themes alongside "Live and Let Die," "Skyfall," "Goldfinger," and "Diamonds Are Forever." One line from their song poignantly comments on the fears of the post-Cold War generation: "We're in the '90s, nothing is the same. The Cold War is replaced by different tactics, using different names."
In 1998, their third album, "Flowers" ("Cruel Summer" in the U.S.), was released. In several European countries, it was still a major success. It... more
From 2003 to 2007, 50 Cent was the face of hip hop, next to Eminem. His style was sinister and thug, but still had a certain coolness and laid back vibe to it. His first two albums, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" and "The Massacre" were multi-million sellers that topped the American charts and hit the top ten in numerous other countries. He even had his own movie, titled after his debut album (which retrospectively gives a good look at how differently hip hop was seen back in 2005). With "In da Club", "21 Questions" and "Candy Shop", he managed to have three number one hits in the USA, that were also very successful abroad, and also managed to have other top ten songs that were well known at the time. But in 2007, it happened. The two most anticipated hip hop albums of the year were released simultaneously: 50 Cent's "Curtis" and Kanye West's "Graduation". Both albums sold very well… but Kanye West was the one who would top the US charts, and 50 Cent the one who would come in second place ...more
The career of Lauryn Hill is legendary and well known. Both a gifted neo-soul singer and a skilled rapper, she originally made herself a name in the industry starring in the sequel of the successful musical comedy "Sister Act" in 1993. As part of the hip-hop/RnB Fugees, she would later on become a worldwide superstar after their second studio album "The Score" became a worldwide chart topper in 1996 (the first one, "Blunted on Reality" didn't chart yet). Their rendition of Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly" that was found on the record became a number one hit in several countries all around the world, in some even the biggest song of the year. In the USA, it hit number 2 on the Airplay charts. Both the album and the song have since become beloved classics of the 90s. It was followed by the more rap oriented "Ready or Not", which also managed to enter the top ten in some individual nations. However, right after this success, the group disbanded for reasons unknown. But in 1998, Lauryn ...more
It was a pity her one album was great.
If you live in America, you'll probably wonder what this group is doing on this list. In the US, the sole hit of Rednex was "Cotton Eye Joe", which peaked at number 25 on the Billboard charts and was seen as little more than a mildly funny novelty song, but in much of Europe, the Swedish band were major superstars of the mid-90s. The group mixed country (or rather the European vision of country, with banjos, fidels, rodeos, cowboys and squaredance) with then-modern dance beats, and created an inventive blend of genres. "Cotton Eye Joe" was one of the biggest number 1 hits of the year in several nations. But that wasn't all. The two follow up singles, "Old Pop in an Oak" (in the same musical style) and "Wish You Were Here" (which surprised audiences as it is a dramatic, emotional ballad) were major hits as well, that even managed to also top the charts in some countries (in Austria, all 3 were number one hits, and "Wish You Were Here" was the best selling song of 1995). Naturally, ...more
At the time he was added it was doubtful whether he belonged here now I would say he absolutely does few popular artists have been so forgotten as Lil Pump.
Also doesn't qualify for the list. His 2019 album "Harverd Dropout" was a top ten success in the US and spawned a worldwide hit single with "I Love It".
I think she's one of the people that least deserve to be on this list. Apart from the fact that since the 1980s she had countless hits and worldwide number one albums, her newest record was just released and didn't even have the chance to chart yet.
Also... would it really be "suddenly" if after over 30 years of success her sales would decrease? This is more about artists who were extremely hyped for a certain period of time and were expected to become the next big stars that would go down in music history, then suddenly went into obscurity overnight either failing to have further success or simply not releasing anything. Madonna is far past that state.
German singer Jeanette Biedermann originally got famous as an actress in the biggest German soap opera, "Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten". The series first aired in 1992 and is still running, currently having over 6750 episodes. Biedermann joined the cast in 1999 and starred in over 1000 episodes until she left in 2004. Simultaneously, she started her career as a singer in 2000, known mononymously as Jeanette. Initially, on her first two albums "Enjoy! " and "Delicious", she had a teen pop style similar to that of early Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, and though she had top ten hit songs with "Go Back", "How It's Got To Be" and "No More Tears", her albums didn't sell well (although especially the latter was lots of fun). That is, until she departed from her previous genre towards more pop-rock oriented music. What followed were two top ten albums, "Rock My Life" and "Break on Through", that were commercial successes and spawned numerous hit songs: "Rock My Life", "We've Got ...more
Update: her 2019 comeback album "DNA" actually entered the German top ten, peaking at number 8, even though none of its singles even entered the charts. That was unexpected. So I guess... she's back.
Dat Adam's existence was very short, the group having only been together from 2015 to 2018, but in between these four years they have pretty much been through all stages a career can have. The trio consisted of rappers Taddl and Ardy and producer Marley, and they made a more experimental, electronic genre of hip hop that some tried to put in the soundcloud territory, but which the group themselves dubbed as cyber hip hop. Taddl and Ardy already were famous before, as they had much subscribed YouTube channels on which they released comedy videos, useless facts and let's plays. However, in early 2015, both deleted all of their work, announcing they could no longer identify with it and are dissatisfied with the commercial evolution of YouTube, and the impact it had on their own character. This was basically career suicide. They founded Dat Adam the same year, but didn't announce it. They turned down a major label contract in favour of full creative freedom and didn't use their names to ...more
German singer LaFee became famous in 2006 at the age of 15, with songs like "Virus" and "Prinzesschen" (English versions "Scabies" and "Little Princess"). Her style and imagery was heavily inspired by the gothic subculture and her lyrics sometimes used pretty vulgar vocabulary, but her topics commented on relatable problems of teenage and young adult life (superficiality, first love, first night together, dealing with being cheated on...), as well as some very dark subject matter that mainstream didn't talk about (child abuse, bulimia,...) Thing is, her outfit was edgy and revolting (sometimes, the music was very Rammstein-esque), but her content had some pretty decent values and gave good advice for those who felt insecure while growing up - so much that she even had an unexpectedly big adult following. Her first self-titled album from 2006 immediately managed to top the German and Austrian charts, and one year later, her sophomore record ...more
Yes, he slightly decreased in relevance and sales, and probably will even further, but I'd wait until he releases more music. Number 12 on the US charts is still decent, judging by the size of the country.
His relevance is honestly decreasing, especially after Nuthin' 2 Prove. N2P was decent and the best of the 3 albums his put out but it's not saying much. Also, it did flop and Lil Boat has generally been flopping in album sales. I don't see much for Lil Boat 3.
Tracksh-ttaz were an Austrian techno-pop-rap duo, who arguably had the harshest downfall of any artist on this list. In 2010, they had a smash hit with "Oida taunz! ", which topped the Austrian charts. The song had an inventive idea that wasn't heard of before, by interpolating Austrian dialect and aesthetics into the EDM style that was internationally popular at that time. It was self ironic and entertaining, and nonetheless catchy and infectious. The follow up single "Guuugarutz" repeated this success, being another number one hit. Naturally, their debut album "Oidaah pumpn muas's" also shot straight to the top of the charts in 2011. Just under 5 months later, their next album was released: "Prolettn feian längaah". Although it contained no hit single, it also became a number one record. In 2012, the duo participated in the Eurovision Song Contest with their track "Woki mit deim Popo", and in Austria, this massive international ...more
Come on, we need the new System of a Down album. Even Tool will be releasing an album this year.
After Physical Graffiti it seemed that they didn't have much success? Were they killed by punk?
They suddenly disbanded because of John Bonham's death.
Admittedly she has not had a true "flop" album but she has not released in so long that I feel like she belongs on this list.
The band is set together between Maynard James Keenan (Vocals), Danny Carey (Drums), Adam Jones (Guitar) and since 1995 Justin Chancellor (Bass).
The band is known for their influences from electronic sounds and their overly complex and strangely structured songs.
They released their debut album... read more
Tool is coming with a new album this year. We can party now.
Major world wide success from The Spice Girls from 1997-2000. Then they just seemingly vanished.
Definitely. Although it's a thin line between this list and one hit wonders ("Somebody That I Used To Know"), the reason he remained a one hit wonder is that he took a long time off and ended his own career. One hit wonders usually try to come up with a worthy follow up but fail. Plus he had solid successes in his home country before, so I'll make an exception for this.
Ironically, now he is just somebody that we used to know.
This was the first band that came to mind when I saw the title.
After Be Here Now they quickly faded into the background.
He made 2 Legit 2 Quit and then quit. How ironic.