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8th May '18 6:52:56 AM Jeduthun
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* Music/ChuckBerry, the RockAndRoll legend whose songs such as "Johnny B. Goode" and "Roll Over Beethoven" influenced entire generations of rock artists, scored several hits on the R&B charts but only one #1 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 during his multi-decade career: the silly novelty ditty "[[DoubleEntendre My Ding-a-Ling]]," which he didn't even write.
4th May '18 4:08:20 PM FirstStrike
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* British developer The Creative Assembly is primarily known for the ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' RealTimeStrategy games. Naturally, their most successful game was ''VideoGame/AlienIsolation'', a licensed SurvivalHorror based off the [[Franchise/{{Aliens}} franchise of the same name]].
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30th Apr '18 9:23:09 AM LaptopGuy
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* How many people could have guessed that the biggest hit of Zedd's career in the United States would be, of all things, a collaboration with a ''country singer'' of all people? "The Middle" with Maren Morris is his highest charting hit as a lead artist. It also sounds nothing like the country music that Morris normally makes.
22nd Apr '18 12:40:47 PM bowserbros
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* Music/DireStraits, [[Music/BrothersInArms "Money for Nothing"]]; a fast-paced, high-energy pop rock song from a band typically known for roots and blues rock. Even in the context of its parent album, it sticks out like a sore thumb.
21st Apr '18 2:08:17 PM Twentington
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* Lee Ann Womack's career is dominated by neotraditionalist country with twangy vocals and plenty of fiddle and steel. But her biggest hit was the extremely slick pop ballad "I Hope You Dance".

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* Lee Ann Womack's Music/LeeAnnWomack's career is dominated by neotraditionalist country with twangy vocals and plenty of fiddle and steel. But her biggest hit was the extremely slick pop ballad "I Hope You Dance".
17th Apr '18 12:39:17 PM Allronix
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* More like Black Sheep CultClassic, but the Franchise/{{Tron}} franchise seems to be this for Creator/{{Disney}}. Produced when the studio was on the ropes and desperate to try ''anything'', a live-action sci-fi film with heavy-duty religious themes, enough graphic violence to power a [[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh first person shooter]] is definitely not what anyone expected out of The Mouse. It made back its budget, and became VindicatedByHistory for its contributions to CGI, making it possibly the most enduring product to come out of the Disney Dark Age.

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* More like Black Sheep CultClassic, but the Franchise/{{Tron}} franchise seems to be this for Creator/{{Disney}}. Produced in 1982, when the studio was on the ropes and desperate to try ''anything'', a live-action sci-fi film with heavy-duty religious themes, themes and enough graphic violence to power a [[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh first person shooter]] is definitely not what anyone expected out of The Mouse. It made back its budget, and became VindicatedByHistory for its contributions to CGI, making it possibly the most enduring product to come out of the Disney Dark Age.
17th Apr '18 12:36:14 PM Allronix
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* More like Black Sheep CultClassic, but the Franchise/{{Tron}} franchise seems to be this for Creator/{{Disney}}. Produced when the studio was on the ropes and desperate to try ''anything'', a live-action sci-fi film with heavy-duty religious themes, enough graphic violence to power a [[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh first person shooter]] is definitely not what anyone expected out of The Mouse. It made back its budget, and became VindicatedByHistory for its contributions to CGI, making it possibly the most enduring product to come out of the Disney Dark Age.
9th Apr '18 1:52:25 PM AreYouTyler
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** Happened in a much more typical fashion with their orchestral cover of the 60's folk classic "[[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel The Sound of Silence]]," which charted higher than anything they've ever done and saw them gain exposure on ''Series/{{Conan}}'', ''[[VideoGame/GearsOfWar Gears of War 4]]'' and ''Series/DancingWithTheStars''. Besides one [[ElectronicMusic electronic rock ballad]], the album it came from is one of their heaviest yet.

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** Happened in a much more typical fashion with their orchestral cover of the 60's folk classic "[[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel The Sound of Silence]]," which charted higher than anything they've ever done (becoming their first multi-platinum song) and saw them gain exposure on ''Series/{{Conan}}'', ''[[VideoGame/GearsOfWar Gears of War 4]]'' and ''Series/DancingWithTheStars''. Besides one [[ElectronicMusic electronic rock ballad]], the album it came from is one of their heaviest yet.



* "Sweet Child o' Mine" from Music/GunsNRoses, the riff was written as a joke by Slash. The song was quickly written, it had been heard that Slash does not really like the song.

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* "Sweet Child o' Mine" from Music/GunsNRoses, the riff was written as a joke by Slash.Music/{{Slash}}. The song was quickly written, it had been heard that Slash does not really like the song.



* Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" became a surprise SleeperHit, being their first, and to date, [[OneHitWonder only]], song to hit the ''Hot 100'' (entering the Top 10). It's also different from their repertoire as it's far more poppier than their normal material, which usually targets alternative radio.

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* Walk the Moon's Music/WalkTheMoon's "Shut Up and Dance" became a surprise SleeperHit, being their first, and to date, [[OneHitWonder only]], first song to hit the ''Hot 100'' (entering the Top 10). It's also different from their repertoire as it's far more poppier than their normal material, which usually targets alternative radio.
8th Apr '18 11:20:18 AM LaptopGuy
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* Songwriter Dave Bassett is best known for writing hard rock songs (including the aforementioned "Second Chance" for Shinedown), but the biggest hit of his career? Music/RachelPlatten's "Fight Song", which is a purely Adult Contemporary ballad. He had another major hit only a few months later writing Elle King's Grammy-nominated "Ex's & Oh's". While it's the closest pop radio has seen to a "hard rock" hit since "Second Chance" and Music/KingsOfLeon's "Use Somebody", it's still practically pop compared to most other Bassett tunes. Those three songs were Bassett's only mainstream hits, with his only other top 40 entry being a song he wrote for the first winner of ''Series/TheVoice'', and none of the artists ever had another pop hit aside from Platten, and even then, with a song that barely scraped the top 40 for a week or two.

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* Songwriter Dave Bassett is best known for writing hard rock songs (including the aforementioned "Second Chance" for Shinedown), but the biggest hit of his career? Music/RachelPlatten's "Fight Song", which is a purely Adult Contemporary ballad. He had another major hit only a few months later writing Elle King's Grammy-nominated "Ex's & Oh's". While it's the closest pop radio has seen to a "hard rock" hit since "Second Chance" and Music/KingsOfLeon's "Use Somebody", it's still practically pop compared to most other Bassett tunes. That being said, they're both typical songs for Platten and King. Those three songs were Bassett's only mainstream hits, with his only other top 40 entry being a song he wrote for the first winner of ''Series/TheVoice'', and none of the artists ever had another pop hit aside from Platten, and even then, with a song that wasn't written by Bassett and barely scraped the top 40 for a week or two.two. Shinedown and King both maxed out at #42, the latter only via a featured spot on a song by country singer Music/DierksBentley.


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* Music/AvengedSevenfold's first number-one hit on the rock charts must have been a hard-rocking metal anthem, right? Wrong, it was actually a slow ballad called "So Far Away".
* Music/AllThatRemains are known as a heavy-metal band, but "What If I Was Nothing", a #2 hit, is a slow ballad.
* You Me at Six's biggest hit in America was "Room to Breathe", a song that takes more cues from alternative metal than their typical pop-punk style.
7th Apr '18 10:59:53 PM spiritsunami
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* Another one whose first hit is the black sheep: Music/{{OneRepublic}}. In TheNewTens, they're best known for upbeat pop-rock like "Good Life", "Counting Stars", and "Love Runs Out", but try convincing anyone from the [[TurnOfTheMillennium previous decade]] that that would be the case, when their first single was the ultra-slow "Apologize" and their second was another ballad, "Stop and Stare" (though still a step towards the rock side, which was completely absent from the former).
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