Playing With / One-Hit Wonder

Basic Trope: A band or musician (or artist in another field, for non-musical examples) that only have one of their works widely acknowledged.
  • Straight: The band Alice, Bob, and the Cartwheelers only has one song that is considered a hit.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Despite having released eleven albums each full of original songs, only one of the band’s songs is considered a hit.
    • The Cartwheels were active in the music scene for over 60 years, and only managed to get one hit.
  • Downplayed: Alice, Bob, and the Cartwheelers only released one album, with only one popular single.
  • Justified:
    • Their only hit single is, ironically, a parody of popular music which the masses loved either in spite of, or because of, that fact.
    • Their One Hit is popular only because the lyrics became a sensational internet meme.
  • Inverted: Alice, Bob, and the Cartwheelers have a slew of Number 1 Hits. The only song that isn't is the very first song they ever wrote as a group.
  • Subverted: Tired of being a One-Hit Wonder, the band calls it quits... Just before their latest single cracks the US Top 40.
  • Double-Subverted:
    • However, it doesn’t really count as the band’s second hit, since it was a duo with popular female rap artist Ida Mann.
    • The band's second Top 40 hit is just a re-issue of their first.
  • Parodied: The band’s one hit single is so incredibly different from their usual work that it doesn’t even sound like the other songs on the album it came from.
  • 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.
  • Lampshaded:
    • 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.
  • Invoked: Tired of going about their career without a single hit song, they opt to record a more pop-y song than most of their other songs.
  • Exploited: Alice, Bob, and the Cartwheelers’ One Hit is the song they always end their concerts with, ensuring that their audience will stick around until the very end.
  • Defied: As soon as the band releases their first hit, they include more songs like it in their next album, which also become hits.
  • Discussed: At the end of a song, one of the band members can be heard asking “Do you think this will be a hit, like [the band’s One Hit]?” before another one replies, “Doubt it.”
  • Conversed: One of their songs is about what it’s like to be a One-Hit Wonder.
  • Deconstructed: Alice, Bob, and the Cartwheelers have only one hit single. People come to their shows exclusively to hear that one song, and then leave as soon as the band performs that song. Eventually, the band becomes so tired of that one song that they break up because of it.
  • 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.

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