Zig Zagged: The band gets a hit, and then they almost get a second hit, but it fails to break the top 40, then a few years later they finally get a second hit.
Averted: Alice, Bob, and the Cartwheelers are a respectable Rock and Roll band with a grand total of nine hit singles, approximately two or three per album.
Enforced: Alice, Bob, and the Cartwheelers are a Virtual Band who only ever recorded one song. That one song is a huge hit, making the band a One-Hit Wonder by default.
After five whole albums without a second hit, one of the band’s new songs is titled “The Only Song You Ever Listened To,” which recycles the riff from their One Hit in addition to heavily referencing it in the lyrics.
The band’s One Hit is included in a Best-Of compilation titled Greatest Hit! …and Eleven Other Songs We Really Like.
Reconstructed: Later, Alice, Bob, and the Cartwheelers make a remarkable comeback with a brand new album. It yields five new singles, and thanks to everyone remembering how good their One Hit was, three of them become hit singles.