Deader Than Disco Music Discussion

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11:43:56 AM May 8th 2016
edited by BigBertha
One troper removed the One-Hit Wonder entry from this subpage, claiming that Examples Are Not General. In my opinion, most one-hit wonders are deader than disco because they can't chart to save their lives and/or are only remembered as punchlines. (With very few exceptions, such as the technical wonders who remain popular with their native audiences)

Should I restore this entry?
01:54:38 PM May 8th 2016
edited by HighCrate
If you can think of individual examples of One-Hit Wonder artists that count, go ahead and add them, but the entry that was deleted is Not an Example because Examples Are Not General and, thus, should not be restored.
10:11:07 AM Apr 23rd 2016
Are One Direction heading towards this status? Ever since they went on hiatus they've hardly been talked about.
07:26:13 PM May 2nd 2016
I suppose so. I looks like they're going to break up, especially since Harry Styles has more-or-less unofficially left the group. Add that with Zayn leaving to go solo, and I can't see 1D being able to continue as a three-piece with two of its most famous members gone. Seems like an N Sync situation.
02:02:38 PM May 20th 2016
Probably, but it's way too early to call.
07:14:52 PM Apr 20th 2016
I moved the country examples to their own page.
09:50:20 AM Jan 2nd 2016
I moved the hip-hop entries to their own page.
03:01:58 PM Dec 13th 2015
I'm not sure if Lady Gaga belongs on this list. She is still a well-respected artist, and her last two albums went gold, but the thought of her being the next Queen of Pop is down in the past.
06:53:05 PM Dec 7th 2015
edited by HasturHasturHastur
Think it's too early to call it on Stitches? Yeah, he's basically just a one-hit wonder ("Brick in Yo Face") who relies very heavily on No Such Thing as Bad Publicity, but "Brick in Yo Face" blew up pretty hard when it dropped and it stands in stark contrast to his current status. This whole beef with The Game has torpedoed his career (between getting knocked out in one punch by his manager after prowling around outside in the rain for several hours, repeatedly making his Instagram private after getting trolled, getting jumped by his own squad, and reportedly becoming a police informant) and very well may cost him his life, and like Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks, he's definitely so thoroughly Overshadowed by Controversy that people know him for the beef and generally being a monstrous douche instead of his music.
03:27:21 PM Dec 4th 2015
edited by Spinosegnosaurus77
Papercut1 removed the Psy example on the grounds that his new song has 10 million YouTube views. While this is certainly true, it doesn't mean that the song will be remembered in the long run; "Gentleman" managed even more views in a shorter timeframe, but no one remembers it. I don't think a strong case has been made for him not qualifying, but I'm open to discussion.
03:45:28 PM Dec 4th 2015
I removed the example on the grounds that there was nothing solid behind him being here other than "Gangnam Style eventually faded from mainstream consciousness", which can be said for any trend.
05:02:00 AM Dec 5th 2015
Is it possible he'd fit in the song folder?
05:13:19 AM Nov 29th 2015
Would Cee Lo Green qualify? Not only has it been years since he's had a hit, but he's said some pretty controversial things that have effectively killed his chances of having another one.
06:16:10 PM Dec 1st 2015
I suppose so.
05:25:25 PM Nov 29th 2014
Does Linkin Park really qualify for this? I mean, sure, The Hunting Party didn't top the Billboard 200, but it was still in the top 5 that week. And even if they do count, their new stuff not getting play on alternative stations doesn't mean much. Alternative trends have been oriented towards more relaxed music in general for the past couple years, so I think it more reflects a change in what alternative stations generally play than anything else.
04:08:49 PM Mar 22nd 2015
I have removed the following:

  • Linkin Park was huge in the early '00s. Their debut album, Hybrid Theory in 2000, was a Diamond-selling smash and a defining Nu Metal album, and their mix of rap, rock, and electronica made them very different from other bands of the same type. They followed up that success in 2003 with Meteora and in 2004 with Collision Course, their mashup collaboration with Jay-Z, and while both those albums were platinum-selling successes (six times platinum in the case of Meteora), Nu Metal was a dying genre by that point. As a result, for their third album they changed their sound to an alternative rock style reminiscent of Coldplay or U2 (albeit with a slightly harder edge). This move worked, as Minutes to Midnight was another monster hit album that opened with the biggest week of 2007 at the time, with the lead single "What I've Done" becoming a Breakaway Pop Hit from the soundtrack to the first Transformers movie. However, their experimentation with a more electronic sound on their next two albums, 2010's A Thousand Suns and 2012's Living Things, didn't meet the same success; while both albums debuted at #1, they only sold about one-third of Minutes to Midnight's opening week and ultimately failed to go platinum. As a result, they went back to Nu Metal with their their sixth album The Hunting Party in 2014, which only debuted at #3 and has yet to even go Gold.

    All told, Linkin Park managed to briefly escape the backlash against Nu Metal, even if songs like "In the End" and "Crawling" (or, as it's usually rendered, "CRAAAWLING IIIN MY SKIIIN") had become irrevocably associated with emo teens by the end of the '00s, but they couldn't escape the decline of rock in general over the course of the decade. Rock music in the '00s was in a deep slump and was fading from the mainstream, especially among women and non-white listeners, who were increasingly turning towards rap, R&B, and dance music. Linkin Park were lucky enough to be one of the few modern rock bands who were still able to sell despite their genre dying, and eventually, time ran out for them too. Nowadays, it's usually either their early Nu Metal material that they're most associated with (which, as noted above, has become mostly Snark Bait), or the theme song to Transformers. Show attendances are still good, but they will most likely never dominate the charts again.

I don't think they qualify. They are still massively popular (literally the most liked rock band on Facebook) headlining festivals and still playing to sold out crowds, and their Hybrid Theory/Meteora era still has a lot of fans. If anyone thinks they fit, please discuss here.
01:38:07 AM Mar 28th 2014
Is there a cutoff date for this trope? I feel like it's too soon to tell if Bieber qualifies.
06:16:59 AM Mar 28th 2014
He doesn't.
04:33:47 PM Sep 8th 2015
edited by BigBertha
I might as well remove him; "What Do You Mean?" just debuted at #1 in the USA and many other countries. If Bieber were deader than disco, he wouldn't have a #1 hit.
08:42:05 PM Mar 8th 2013
Um, I don't know much about trip-hop but, how did trip-hop end up Deader Than Disco?
12:14:02 PM Mar 11th 2016
Agreed, trip hop may not be as common in mainstream music like it used to but it's still an acclaimed genre.
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