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* '''Elle King''' had a #10 hit on the Hot 100 and a #1 hit on alternative in 2015 with "Ex's & Oh's". Her follow-up "America's Sweetheart" sputtered out just below the bottom of the chart, and her next release on alternative, "Under the Influence", didn't do particularly well on that format either. Because "Ex's & Oh's" was extremely left-field for pop (even more so than other so-called "left-field" hits like "Somebody That I Used to Know", "Rude" and "Take Me to Church") to the point that most people agreed that mainstream audiences and radio programmers would not have laid a finger on it had it been sung by a man, and alternative radio normally isn't too friendly to female artists, it makes the prospects of her ever getting another hit extremely unlikely. The fact that she was also the daughter of the long-irrelevant actor and comedian Rob Schneider didn't help, as it was seen as too much of a novelty for audiences to take her seriously. Although she had a #1 Country Airplay hit as a featured artist on Music/DierksBentley's "Different for Girls" a year later, it was still mainly Bentley's song and it fell two spaces short of Top 40 at pop, and she has not released any other material to country. Her only other song to ever chart anywhere was "Not Easy", her collaboration with Alex Da Kid, X Ambassadors, and Wiz Khalifa, which peaked at a measly #37...in ''Belgium''.

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* '''Elle King''' had a #10 hit on the Hot 100 and a #1 hit on alternative in 2015 with "Ex's & Oh's". Her follow-up "America's Sweetheart" sputtered out just below the bottom of the chart, and her next release on alternative, "Under the Influence", didn't do particularly well on that format either. Because "Ex's & Oh's" was extremely left-field for pop (even more so than other so-called "left-field" hits like "Somebody That I Used to Know", "Rude" and "Take Me to Church") to the point that most people agreed that mainstream audiences and radio programmers would not have laid a finger on it had it been sung by a man, and alternative radio normally isn't too friendly to female artists, it makes the prospects of her ever getting another hit extremely unlikely. The fact that she was also the daughter of the long-irrelevant actor and comedian Rob Schneider Creator/RobSchneider didn't help, as it was seen as too much of a novelty for audiences to take her seriously. Although she had a #1 Country Airplay hit as a featured artist on Music/DierksBentley's "Different for Girls" a year later, it was still mainly Bentley's song and it fell two spaces short of Top 40 at pop, and she has not released any other material to country. Her only other song to ever chart anywhere was "Not Easy", her collaboration with Alex Da Kid, X Ambassadors, and Wiz Khalifa, which peaked at a measly #37...in ''Belgium''.



* '''Mazzy Star''' is technically a no-hit wonder, as "Fade Into You" stalled out at #44. However, it was their only song to reach the Hot 100 and still gets plenty of recurrent airplay on alt rock radio.

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* '''Mazzy Star''' is technically a no-hit wonder, as '''Music/MazzyStar''' fell short of the Top 40 with "Fade Into You" You", which stalled out at #44. However, it It was their only song to reach the Hot 100 and still gets plenty of recurrent airplay on alt rock alternative radio.



* '''Music/MidnightOil''' are often labeled as one in the USA given only "Beds are Burning" charted in the Top 40 - even if the later hit "Blue Sky Mine", which narrowly missed it (#47) managed to top the Mainstream and Modern Rock Charts ("Beds are Burning" was #6 in the former, and preceded the latter's existence). In their native Australia and some other countries, they're more successful.

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* '''Music/MidnightOil''' are often labeled as one in the USA given only "Beds are Burning" charted in the Top 40 - even if the later hit "Blue Sky Mine", which narrowly missed it (#47) managed to top the Mainstream and Modern Rock Charts was a #1 rock hit ("Beds are Burning" was #6 in the former, on Mainstream Rock, and preceded the latter's Alternative's existence). In their native Australia and some other countries, they're more successful.



* '''Nerf Herder''' had a minor alternative rock radio hit in 1996 with their tribute to "Music/VanHalen". Nothing else by the band ever charted, and they are remembered as a classic one-hit wonder -- just not for "Van Halen", but for the instrumental theme to the CultClassic TV series ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer.''

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* '''Nerf Herder''' had a minor alternative rock radio hit in 1996 with their tribute to "Music/VanHalen". Nothing else by the band ever charted, and they are remembered as a classic one-hit wonder -- just not for "Van Halen", but for the instrumental theme to the CultClassic TV series ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer.'''' Frontman Parry Gripp is now a children's musician.



* '''The Verve Pipe''' (no relation) are only known for their top 5 hit "The Freshmen" and never saw any more Hot 100 action.

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* '''The Verve Pipe''' (no relation) relation to the ''Verve'') are only known for their top 5 hit "The Freshmen" and never saw any more Hot 100 action.


* '''Music/FosterThePeople''' had a surprise hit in 2011 with "Pumped Up Kicks." Because indie-pop songs rarely ever became major crossover hits at the time, they, like Gotye, were seen to be too left-field to score a second hit. They've had a couple of more hits on the alternative charts, but haven't done anything on a national chart since "Kicks." The band had a minor pop hit in 2018 with "Sit Next to Me", and for a while it was looking like they would finally score their second big hit with it, but the song wound up topping out at #56 on the Hot 100.

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* '''Music/FosterThePeople''' had a surprise hit in 2011 with "Pumped Up Kicks." Because indie-pop songs rarely ever became major crossover hits at the time, they, like Gotye, were seen to be too left-field to score a second hit. They've had a couple of more hits on the alternative charts, but haven't done didn't do anything on a national chart since "Kicks." The band had a minor pop hit in 2018 with "Kicks" until 2018, when their song "Sit Next to Me", and for Me" became a while it was looking like they would finally score minor pop hit. As of July 2018, the song is currently at #42 on the Hot 100, just two positions away from becoming their second big hit with it, but the song wound up topping out at #56 on the Hot 100.Top 40.


* Arty new-wavers '''Music/ScrittiPolitti''' scored a #11 hit in the US in 1985 with "Perfect Way". Despite critical acclaim and a strong cult following that adored frontman Green Gartside's quirky, intellectual lyrics, the band never made the Top 40 there again. This is despite the fact that one of their later singles, 1988's "Oh Patti (Don't Feel Sorry for Loverboy)", featured a solo from Creator/MilesDavis, who was a fan of the group. They had several hit singles in their native UK, and continued to be a concert draw into the 2010s.

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* Arty new-wavers '''Music/ScrittiPolitti''' scored a #11 hit in the US in 1985 with "Perfect Way". Despite critical acclaim and a strong cult following that adored frontman Green Gartside's quirky, intellectual lyrics, the band never made the Top 40 there again. This is despite the fact that one of their later singles, 1988's "Oh Patti (Don't Feel Sorry for Loverboy)", featured a solo from Creator/MilesDavis, Music/MilesDavis, who was a fan of the group. They had several hit singles in their native UK, and continued to be a concert draw into the 2010s.



* '''Quietdrive''' are mostly known for their PowerPop cover of CyndiLauper's "Time After Time". And even with that, despite fair airplay from some hot AC stations (mostly ones in the band's native Minnesota), the song failed to make a blip on music charts and peaked at #102 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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* '''Quietdrive''' are mostly known for their PowerPop cover of CyndiLauper's Music/CyndiLauper's "Time After Time". And even with that, despite fair airplay from some hot AC stations (mostly ones in the band's native Minnesota), the song failed to make a blip on music charts and peaked at #102 on the Billboard Hot 100.


* '''My Darkest Days''' are rather popular in their native Canada, but in America their success began and ended with "Porn Star Dancing," their breakthrough smash. Their lead singer later joined Music/ThreeDaysGrace.
* Speaking of '''Music/ThreeDaysGrace''', they're superstars on Mainstream Rock charts (with 12 #1 hits) and are not usually considered one-hit wonders. However, "Never Too Late" was their only song to gain sizable traction on pop radio. Additionally, former frontman '''Adam Gontier''' only has one notable credit as a soloist: his feature on Apocalyptica's "I Don't Care."

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* '''My Darkest Days''' are rather popular in their native Canada, but in America their success began and ended with "Porn Star Dancing," their breakthrough smash. Their The band is on an indefinite hiatus, as lead singer later Matt Walst has joined Music/ThreeDaysGrace.
* Speaking of '''Music/ThreeDaysGrace''', they're superstars on Mainstream Rock charts (with 12 a record-tying thirteen #1 hits) and are not usually considered one-hit wonders. However, "Never Too Late" was their only song to gain sizable traction on pop radio. Additionally, former frontman '''Adam Gontier''' only has one notable credit as a soloist: his feature on Apocalyptica's "I Don't Care."



* '''Music/TheWhiteStripes''' were a hugely successful and acclaimed alt-rock duo, but strangely enough can be seen as one-hit wonders from two different directions. Technically, their only Top 40 hit was 2007's "Icky Thump", which hit #26 due to strong first-week digital sales. However, they are generally known to the mainstream audiences almost exclusively for one decade-defining indie rock anthem that technically wasn't a hit -- 2003's "Seven Nation Army." Frontman Music/JackWhite's other project '''The Raconteurs''' are known solely to the greater public for their 2006 hit "Steady, As She Goes". They had a couple of other hits on alternative, but since going on hiatus that's the only one most people can name. It's also the only song by them that gets any airplay today. "Steady" also falls into the "famous one-hit wonders that weren't technically hits" zone, as it only reached #54. Finally, '''Jack White''' himself got a top 40 hit as a guest on Music/{{Beyonce}}'s "Don't Hurt Yourself". Since his music isn't made for pop radio, it'll likely remain his only Top 40 hit.

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* '''Music/TheWhiteStripes''' were a hugely successful and acclaimed alt-rock duo, but strangely enough can be seen as one-hit wonders from two different directions. Technically, their only Top 40 hit was 2007's "Icky Thump", which hit #26 due to strong first-week digital sales. However, they are generally known to the mainstream audiences almost exclusively for one decade-defining indie rock anthem [[ChartDisplacement that technically wasn't a hit hit]] -- 2003's "Seven Nation Army." Frontman Music/JackWhite's other project '''The Raconteurs''' are known solely to the greater public for their 2006 hit "Steady, As She Goes". They had a couple of other hits on alternative, but since going on hiatus that's the only one most people can name. It's also the only song by them that gets any airplay today. "Steady" also falls into the "famous one-hit wonders that weren't technically hits" zone, as it only reached #54. Finally, '''Jack White''' himself got a top 40 hit as a guest on Music/{{Beyonce}}'s "Don't Hurt Yourself". Since his music isn't made for pop radio, it'll likely remain his only Top 40 hit.



* '''Miike Snow''' have been cult icons in their native Sweden and beyond since they first arrived on the scene in 2009. Despite that, they have only ever managed to score one successful song on United States radio with 2016's "Genghis Khan". However, that isn't to say they haven't had hits by other means: The core of the group are songwriters Bloodshy & Avant, who are most famous for writing the Music/BritneySpears smash hits "Toxic" and "Piece of Me".
* The career of Seattle-based indietronica musician '''Robert [=DeLong=]''' can be narrowed down to his ''Film/JamesBond''-esque 2015 alternative smash hit "Long Way Down".

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* '''Miike Snow''' have been cult icons in their native Sweden and beyond since they first arrived on the scene in 2009. Despite that, they have only ever managed to score one successful song on United States radio with 2016's "Genghis Khan". "Music/GenghisKhan". However, that isn't to say they haven't had hits by other means: The core of the group are songwriters Bloodshy & Avant, who are most famous for writing the Music/BritneySpears smash hits "Toxic" and "Piece of Me".
* The career of Seattle-based indietronica musician '''Robert [=DeLong=]''' can be narrowed down to his ''Film/JamesBond''-esque 2015 alternative smash hit "Long Way Down".
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** '''Scars on Broadway''' was a short-lived side project of System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan. The group made it to #15 on the Billboard Alternative chart in 2008 with their song "They Say". The band's next two singles failed to catch on, and they broke up after just [[OneBookAuthor one album]].

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** '''Scars on Broadway''' was a short-lived side project of System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan. The group made it to #15 on the Billboard Alternative chart in 2008 with their song "They Say". The band's next two singles failed to catch on, and they broke up after just [[OneBookAuthor one album]].went on hiatus until 2017.



* '''Matthew Wilder''' had a Top 5 hit in both the US and UK in 1983 with "Break My Stride". Wilder never had another big hit in either country; Although "The Kid's American" scraped the Top 40 in the US the next year, it topped out at #33 and was quickly forgotten. He had a CareerResurrection in the 1990s as a record producer and songwriter, most notably producing Music/NoDoubt's breakout album ''Tragic Kingdom'' and co-writing Music/ChristinaAguilera's first single "Reflection".

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* '''Matthew Wilder''' had a Top 5 hit in both the US and UK in 1983 with "Break My Stride". Wilder never had another big hit in either country; Although "The Kid's American" scraped the Top 40 in the US the next year, it topped out at #33 and was quickly forgotten. He had a CareerResurrection in the 1990s as a record producer and songwriter, most notably producing Music/NoDoubt's breakout album ''Tragic Kingdom'' and co-writing Music/ChristinaAguilera's first single "Reflection".working on the soundtrack of ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' (he co-wrote "[[Music/ChristinaAguilera Reflection]]" and was the singing voice of Ling).


* '''Jarvis Cocker''' is one of the era-defining icons of the 1990s in the UK thanks to his role as frontman for beloved Britpoppers Music/{{Pulp}}. However, he's only had one solo Top 40 hit there, when "Don't Let Him Waste Your Time" made it to #36 in 2007. He had originally written the song for Nancy Sinatra, but then recorded it himself two years after she put out her version, and his is now the best-known version in an interesting variant on CoveredUp. Although his subsequent solo material has been critically acclaimed, his other singles haven't even come close to the Top 100, let alone the Top 40.



* '''Jarvis Cocker''' is one of the era-defining icons of the 1990s in the UK thanks to his role as frontman for beloved Britpoppers Music/{{Pulp}}. However, he's only had one solo Top 40 hit there, when "Don't Let Him Waste Your Time" made it to #36 in 2007. He had originally written the song for Nancy Sinatra, but then recorded it himself two years after she put out her version, and his is now the best-known version in an interesting variant on CoveredUp. Although his subseqeunt solo material has been critically acclaimed, his other singles haven't even come close to the Top 100, let alone the Top 40.


* '''James''' were huge in their native U.K., being active in the Britpop scene and having been active since the 80s, but in America are remembered almost solely for the 1993 hit "Laid". It made it to #3 on the alternative chart and #61 on the Hot 100, their only entry there. Back in the U.K., "Laid" isn't even their best known song; that would be "Sit Down" (which did make it to #9 on the alternative chart, but did not crossover to the pop charts in the US).



* '''Republica''' is primarily known for their one hit single, "Ready to Go", which hit #13 on the U.K. charts, cracked the Top 100 U.S. Singles and charted internationally. Their follow-up single, "Drop Dead Gorgeous", ranked higher on the U.K. charts but bombed everywhere else. Nowadays, even in the U.K., Republica are remembered exclusively for "Ready To Go".


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* '''James''' were huge in their native U.K., being active in the Britpop scene and having been active since the 80s, but in America are remembered almost solely for the 1993 hit "Laid". It made it to #3 on the alternative chart and #61 on the Hot 100, their only entry there. Back in the U.K., "Laid" isn't even their best known song; that would be "Sit Down" (which did make it to #9 on the alternative chart, but did not crossover to the pop charts in the US).


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* '''Republica''' is primarily known for their one hit single, "Ready to Go", which hit #13 on the U.K. charts, cracked the Top 100 U.S. Singles and charted internationally. Their follow-up single, "Drop Dead Gorgeous", ranked higher on the U.K. charts but bombed everywhere else. Nowadays, even in the U.K., Republica are remembered exclusively for "Ready To Go".


* ''Music/{{Oasis}}''' are in a weird situation in the United States. Just looking at the Hot 100, their only Top 40 hit was "Wonderwall", which made it to #8. However, they had several songs that were big on pop radio that would have made the Top 40 had they not been ineligible due to the infamous 90s Billboard chart quirk that deemed songs not issued as physical singles ineligible to chart. Among those songs were "Champagne Supernova", "Live Forever" and "Don't Go Away". Notably, "Don't Look Back in Anger", which is better known than either of the latter two singles[[note]]and "Supernova" in the UK, but not the US[[/note]] ''was'' released as a single, [[ChartDisplacement but only made it to #55]].

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* ''Music/{{Oasis}}''' '''Music/{{Oasis}}''' are in a weird situation in the United States. Just looking at the Hot 100, their only Top 40 hit was "Wonderwall", which made it to #8. However, they had several songs that were big on pop radio that would have made the Top 40 had they not been ineligible due to the infamous 90s Billboard chart quirk that deemed songs not issued as physical singles ineligible to chart. Among those songs were "Champagne Supernova", "Live Forever" and "Don't Go Away". Notably, "Don't Look Back in Anger", which is better known than either of the latter two singles[[note]]and "Supernova" in the UK, but not the US[[/note]] ''was'' released as a single, [[ChartDisplacement but only made it to #55]].


* '''Music/{{Blur}}''' was absolutely massive in the U.K., and while they had some minor success in the U.S. with three top 10 rock hits, they're only really remembered there for 1997's grunge-mocking anthem "Song 2." This is also a case of ChartDisplacement, since their other two Billboard Alternative top 10 hits ("There's No Other Way" and "Girls & Boys") charted higher than "Song 2".



* '''Music/{{Oasis}}''' are in a weird situation in the United States. Just looking at the Hot 100, their only Top 40 hit was "Wonderwall", which made it to #8. However, they had several songs that were big on pop radio that would have made the Top 40 had they not been ineligible due to the infamous 90s Billboard chart quirk that deemed songs not issued as physical singles ineligible to chart. Among those songs were "Champagne Supernova", "Live Forever" and "Don't Go Away". Notably, "Don't Look Back in Anger", which is better known than either of the latter two singles[[note]]and "Supernova" in the UK, but not the US[[/note]] ''was'' released as a single, [[ChartDisplacement but only made it to #55]].
** At the height of Oasis-mania in the UK, the band were responsible for creating three one-hit wonders:
*** '''The Mike Flowers Pops''' took a {{Retraux}} easy-listening cover of "Wonderwall" to #2 on the UK Singles Chart in late 1995, which was the same position the original had peaked at earlier that year.
*** '''No Way Sis''', an Oasis tribute band who had the coveted endorsement of both Gallagher brothers (Noel even gave their guitarist one of his guitars), scored a UK Top 40 hit with a cover of The New Seekers' "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" in 1996. The actual Oasis been involved in legal proceedings with the writers of that song, who had successfully argued that the band had lifted its melody for "Shakermaker".
*** Credited specifically to '''Oas*s''', "Wibbling Rivalry" was a bootleg single (albeit one released on legit indie label Fierce Panda) consisting of an ''NME'' interview with Liam and Noel Gallagher that devolves into an argument between the brothers about an incident on a ferry. Owing to the public fascination of the Gallaghers' famously contentious relationship, the single became the best selling interview recording in British history, and made it all the way to #52 in the UK



* '''Music/{{Placebo}}''' are ''superstars,'' with a total of fifteen top 40 hits (with three going top 5)... [[AmericansHateTingle in the United Kingdom.]] In the United States, meanwhile, their only song to have an impact on radio is "Pure Morning". Only one other song appeared on the Modern Rock chart, "Infra-Red", only at #35, and quickly forgotten outside their fanbase. And ironically, their best-known song, "Every You Every Me", failed to chart in the US.



* '''Stereophonics''' are absolutely massive in their native U.K., but are known to American audiences for "Dakota" and not much else.



* '''The Strumbellas''', a Canadian folk-rock band, saw their success end as quickly as it began with their 2016 hit "Spirits".



* '''Supergrass''' are very well-known back in the U.K., but international audiences will be hard-pressed to name any other song by them other than "Alright." Weirdly, that song never charted on the American alternative charts, while the [[ChartDisplacement considerably less remembered]] "Cheapstake" was their only entry there, peaking at #35.



* '''Music/TheVerve''' are popular in the U.K., but "Bitter Sweet Symphony" was their only hit across the pond.



* {{Britpop}}pers '''Whiteout''' had exactly one charting single with "Jackie's Racing", barely scraping the UK top 100 at #72, before falling into complete obscurity.


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* ''Music/{{Oasis}}''' are in a weird situation in the United States. Just looking at the Hot 100, their only Top 40 hit was "Wonderwall", which made it to #8. However, they had several songs that were big on pop radio that would have made the Top 40 had they not been ineligible due to the infamous 90s Billboard chart quirk that deemed songs not issued as physical singles ineligible to chart. Among those songs were "Champagne Supernova", "Live Forever" and "Don't Go Away". Notably, "Don't Look Back in Anger", which is better known than either of the latter two singles[[note]]and "Supernova" in the UK, but not the US[[/note]] ''was'' released as a single, [[ChartDisplacement but only made it to #55]].
** At the height of Oasis-mania in the UK, the band were responsible for creating three one-hit wonders:
*** '''The Mike Flowers Pops''' took a {{Retraux}} easy-listening cover of "Wonderwall" to #2 on the UK Singles Chart in late 1995, which was the same position the original had peaked at earlier that year.
*** '''No Way Sis''', an Oasis tribute band who had the coveted endorsement of both Gallagher brothers (Noel even gave their guitarist one of his guitars), scored a UK Top 40 hit with a cover of The New Seekers' "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" in 1996. The actual Oasis been involved in legal proceedings with the writers of that song, who had successfully argued that the band had lifted its melody for "Shakermaker".
*** Credited specifically to '''Oas*s''', "Wibbling Rivalry" was a bootleg single (albeit one released on legit indie label Fierce Panda) consisting of an ''NME'' interview with Liam and Noel Gallagher that devolves into an argument between the brothers about an incident on a ferry. Owing to the public fascination of the Gallaghers' famously contentious relationship, the single became the best selling interview recording in British history, and made it all the way to #52 in the UK
* '''Music/{{Placebo}}''' are ''superstars,'' with a total of fifteen top 40 hits (with three going top 5)... [[AmericansHateTingle in the United Kingdom.]] In the United States, meanwhile, their only song to have an impact on radio is "Pure Morning". Only one other song appeared on the Modern Rock chart, "Infra-Red", only at #35, and quickly forgotten outside their fanbase. And ironically, their best-known song, "Every You Every Me", failed to chart in the US.
* '''Stereophonics''' are absolutely massive in their native U.K., but are known to American audiences for "Dakota" and not much else.
* '''Supergrass''' are very well-known back in the U.K., but international audiences will be hard-pressed to name any other song by them other than "Alright." Weirdly, that song never charted on the American alternative charts, while the [[ChartDisplacement considerably less remembered]] "Cheapstake" was their only entry there, peaking at #35.
* '''Music/TheVerve''' are popular in the U.K., but "Bitter Sweet Symphony" was their only hit across the pond.
* {{Britpop}}pers '''Whiteout''' had exactly one charting single with "Jackie's Racing", barely scraping the UK top 100 at #72, before falling into complete obscurity.
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* '''The Strumbellas''', a Canadian folk-rock band, saw their success end as quickly as it began with their 2016 hit "Spirits".


* New Zealand singer '''Music/WillyMoon''' had a hit in 2013 with "Yeah Yeah". None of his other songs ever charted anywhere, and his chances of ever scoring another hit went up in smoke after his and his wife Music/NataliaKills' career-destroying behavior on the New Zealand ''Series/TheXFactor''.

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* New Zealand singer '''Music/WillyMoon''' '''Willy Moon''' had a hit in 2013 with "Yeah Yeah". None of his other songs ever charted anywhere, and his chances of ever scoring another hit went up in smoke after his and his wife Music/NataliaKills' career-destroying behavior on the New Zealand ''Series/TheXFactor''.



* The Scottish band '''Urusei Yatsura''' - yes, named after [[Manga/UruseiYatsura the manga]] - scored a #40 hit on the UK chart in 1997 with their song "Hello Tiger". They never made the British charts again; The fact that they sounded more like American indie rock bands like Pavement instead of either [[Music/{{Britpop}} the current trend in British rock]] or [[Music/{{Radiohead}} the band that was about to redefine the country's whole music scene]] probably didn't help matters for them.

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* The Scottish band '''Urusei Yatsura''' - yes, named after [[Manga/UruseiYatsura the manga]] - scored a #40 hit on the UK chart in 1997 with their song "Hello Tiger". They never made the British charts again; The fact that they sounded more like American indie rock bands like Pavement instead of either [[Music/{{Britpop}} [[{{Britpop}} the current trend in British rock]] or [[Music/{{Radiohead}} the band that was about to redefine the country's whole music scene]] probably didn't help matters for them.



* '''Berlin''' are only known for their #1 hit "Take My Breath Away", from the film ''Film/TopGun''. Earlier in their career, they managed a #23 hit with "No More Words", from another 80s film, ''Film/VisionQuest'', but that song is largely forgotten today. Instead, if they're remembered for any song other than "Breath", it would be for "The Metro", but that song [[ChartDisplacement only made it to #58]].

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* '''Berlin''' are only known for their #1 hit "Take My Breath Away", from the film ''Film/TopGun''. Earlier in their career, they managed a #23 hit with "No More Words", from another 80s film, ''Film/VisionQuest'', ''Vision Quest'', but that song is largely forgotten today. Instead, if they're remembered for any song other than "Breath", it would be for "The Metro", but that song [[ChartDisplacement only made it to #58]].



* '''ThomasDolby''' scored a Top 10 hit with "She Blinded Me With Science" in 1983 in the US (WordOfGod says it's a StealthParody of his "musical mad scientist" image), also something of a BlackSheepHit for him as much of his other work is more artsy, more [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly techno-prog-pop with experimental touches]]. He has something of a [[CultClassic cult following]] and had a couple of other minor hits ("Airhead", "Hyperactive!", "Windpower", "One Of Our Submarines"), but nothing on the level of "Science".

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* '''ThomasDolby''' '''Music/ThomasDolby''' scored a Top 10 hit with "She Blinded Me With Science" in 1983 in the US (WordOfGod says it's a StealthParody of his "musical mad scientist" image), also something of a BlackSheepHit for him as much of his other work is more artsy, more [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly techno-prog-pop with experimental touches]]. He has something of a [[CultClassic cult following]] and had a couple of other minor hits ("Airhead", "Hyperactive!", "Windpower", "One Of Our Submarines"), but nothing on the level of "Science".



* Synth-pop revivalists '''Future Islands''' scored a #37 entry on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in 2014 with their single "Seasons (Waiting for You)". The song's success was spurred by a [[ColbertBump star-making performance]] on ''TheLateShowWithDavidLetterman'' that March, which ultimately went viral. By the end of 2014, the song was one of the most critically acclaimed singles of the year, topping the best-of lists of several major music websites and magazines. The band never reached the same levels of buzz again. Their 2017 single "Ran" actually [[ChartDisplacement charted higher]] on Billboard's Adult Alternative chart than "Seasons" did (#19, compared to #27 for "Seasons"), but it never crossed over to the main alternative chart and has largely faded into the shadow of "Seasons".

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* Synth-pop revivalists '''Future Islands''' scored a #37 entry on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in 2014 with their single "Seasons (Waiting for You)". The song's success was spurred by a [[ColbertBump star-making performance]] on ''TheLateShowWithDavidLetterman'' ''Series/TheLateShowWithDavidLetterman'' that March, which ultimately went viral. By the end of 2014, the song was one of the most critically acclaimed singles of the year, topping the best-of lists of several major music websites and magazines. The band never reached the same levels of buzz again. Their 2017 single "Ran" actually [[ChartDisplacement charted higher]] on Billboard's Adult Alternative chart than "Seasons" did (#19, compared to #27 for "Seasons"), but it never crossed over to the main alternative chart and has largely faded into the shadow of "Seasons".



* '''Sniff 'n' the Tears''' scored a #15 hit in the United States with "Driver's Seat" in 1979. The song is very well-known in their native UK as well, but a problem with EMI's pressing plant meant that the single was not available following the band's appearance with the song on ''LiveActionTV/TopOfThePops'' and it peaked just outside the Top 40, stalling at #42. With the exception of a minor hit in the Netherlands with "One Love", the band never charted ever again.

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* '''Sniff 'n' the Tears''' scored a #15 hit in the United States with "Driver's Seat" in 1979. The song is very well-known in their native UK as well, but a problem with EMI's pressing plant meant that the single was not available following the band's appearance with the song on ''LiveActionTV/TopOfThePops'' ''Series/TopOfThePops'' and it peaked just outside the Top 40, stalling at #42. With the exception of a minor hit in the Netherlands with "One Love", the band never charted ever again.

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* '''Guadalcanal Diary''' are one of many jangly indie guitar bands who were favorites on 1980s college radio, but for whom the Billboard alternative chart came just a little too late to fully document their underground popularity. The band's one and only entry on a Billboard chart was "Always Saturday", which made it to #7 on that then-nascent chart in 1989. It was also one of the very last singles the band would release, as they disbanded just a few months later.


* Former [[Music/TheMonkees Monkee]] '''Michael Nesmith''' is a considered a pioneer in the country rock genre and is particular noted as an early adapter of both home video and the music video. However, he only had Top 40 hit as a solo artist, with the 1970 #21 entry "Joanne". He had two other Hot 100 hits.

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* Former [[Music/TheMonkees Monkee]] '''Michael Nesmith''' is a considered a pioneer in the country rock genre and is particular noted as an early adapter adopter of both home video and the music video. However, he only had Top 40 hit as a solo artist, with the 1970 #21 entry "Joanne". He had two other Hot 100 hits.


* '''Music/{{Oasis}}''' are in a weird situation in the United States. Just looking at the Hot 100, their only Top 40 hit was "Wonderwall", which made it to #8. However, they had several songs that were big on pop radio that would have made the Top 40 had they not been ineligible to do the infamous 90s Billboard chart quirk that deemed songs not issued as physical singles ineligible to chart. Among those songs were "Champagne Supernova", "Live Forever" and "Don't Go Away". Notably, "Don't Look Back in Anger", which is better known than either of the latter two singles[[note]]and "Supernova" in the UK, but not the US[[/note]] ''was'' released as a single, [[ChartDisplacement but only made it to #55]].

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* '''Music/{{Oasis}}''' are in a weird situation in the United States. Just looking at the Hot 100, their only Top 40 hit was "Wonderwall", which made it to #8. However, they had several songs that were big on pop radio that would have made the Top 40 had they not been ineligible due to do the infamous 90s Billboard chart quirk that deemed songs not issued as physical singles ineligible to chart. Among those songs were "Champagne Supernova", "Live Forever" and "Don't Go Away". Notably, "Don't Look Back in Anger", which is better known than either of the latter two singles[[note]]and "Supernova" in the UK, but not the US[[/note]] ''was'' released as a single, [[ChartDisplacement but only made it to #55]].


* '''Wax''' had a #28 hit on the alternative chart in 1995 with their song "California". The song's radio success was spurred by its striking video directed by Creator/SpikeJonze, which depicted a man on fire running to a bus stop in slow motion. It received a huge ColbertBump for its appearance on ''Series/BeavisAndButthead'', and pretty much became a proto-viral video. The song and video's success did not help Wax score any further hits, though.
* '''Music/{{Ween}}''' just missed the top 20 of the Modern Rock charts (going to #21) with "Push th' Little Daisies", and even went to #18 on the pop chart in [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Australia.]] "Voodoo Lady" charted at a less impressive #36 and #58, and future chartings stopped right then and there. Of course, most nowadays would only be able to name "Ocean Man", [[SongAssociation if only because of]] [[RevivalByCommercialization its appearance in]] ''Film/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie''.

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* '''Wax''' had a #28 hit on the alternative chart in 1995 with their song "California". The song's radio success was spurred by its striking video directed by Creator/SpikeJonze, which depicted a man on fire running to a bus stop in slow motion. It received a huge ColbertBump for its appearance on ''Series/BeavisAndButthead'', ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', and pretty much became a proto-viral video. The song and video's success did not help Wax score any further hits, though.
* '''Music/{{Ween}}''' just missed the top 20 of the Modern Rock charts (going to #21) with "Push th' Little Daisies", and even went to #18 on the pop chart in [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Australia.]] "Voodoo Lady" charted at a less impressive #36 and #58, and future chartings stopped right then and there. they had no further chart hits. Of course, most nowadays would only be able to name "Ocean Man", [[SongAssociation if only because of]] [[RevivalByCommercialization its appearance in]] ''Film/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie''.''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie''.


* '''The Golden Palominos''' is a eclectic {{Supergroup}} led by Anton Feir of The Feelies and featuring an array of alternative and folk luminaries that have passed in and out of the lineup over the years. The group's only chart hit was "Alive and Living Now", a #14 entry on the Billboard Modern Rock chart in 1991, which primarily charted because it featured [[Music/{{REM}} Michael Stipe]] on lead vocals and Music/RichardThompson on guitar.

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* '''The Golden Palominos''' is a an eclectic {{Supergroup}} led by Anton Feir of The Feelies and featuring an array of alternative and folk luminaries that have passed in and out of the lineup over the years. The group's only chart hit was "Alive and Living Now", a #14 entry on the Billboard Modern Rock chart in 1991, which primarily charted because it featured [[Music/{{REM}} Michael Stipe]] on lead vocals and Music/RichardThompson on guitar.


* '''Meredith Brooks''' had a massive #2 hit in 1997 with "Bitch", also known as "[[{{Bowdlerise}} Nothing in Between]]". Her only other chart entry was "What Could Happen", which fizzled out at #46. After that, she faded into complete obscurity with neither her singles nor albums charting anywhere. Not helping matters is the fact that the song only became a hit because [[MisattributedSong people thought it was a new]] Music/AlanisMorissette song. Naturally, interest in Brooks faded once people found out she was not Morissette, and the real deal released new music shortly afterwards.

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* '''Meredith Brooks''' had a massive #2 hit in 1997 with "Bitch", also known as "[[{{Bowdlerise}} Nothing in Between]]". Her only other chart entry was "What Could Would Happen", which fizzled out at #46. After that, she faded into complete obscurity with neither her singles nor albums charting anywhere. Not helping matters is the fact that the song only became a hit because [[MisattributedSong people thought it was a new]] Music/AlanisMorissette song. Naturally, interest in Brooks faded once people found out she was not Morissette, and the real deal released new music shortly afterwards.

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