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* '''Rogue Wave''' had a #29 hit in 2007 with the catchy "Lake Michigan". Despite the song's success and its frequent use in commercials, Rogue Wave never had another chart hit.


** '''Long Beach Dub Allstars''' - a group that the two surviving members of Sublime formed with a bunch of the band's friends after Nowell's death - is a more clear-cut example of a one-hit wonder. The band's one and only chart entry, "Sunny Hours", made it to #28 on the Billboard Alternative chart in 2001.The song is notable for featuring a guest appearance from a pre-fame [[Music/BlackEyedPeas will.i.am]].

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** '''Long Beach Dub Allstars''' - a group that the two surviving members of Sublime formed with a bunch of the band's friends after Nowell's death - is a more clear-cut example of a one-hit wonder. The band's one and only chart entry, "Sunny Hours", made it to #28 on the Billboard Alternative chart in 2001. The song is notable for featuring a guest appearance from a pre-fame [[Music/BlackEyedPeas will.i.am]].

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* Music/SteelyDan is not a one-hit wonder, but co-bandleader '''Donald Fagen''' had a #26 hit in 1982 with "I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World)".


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* If you know a song by the '''Amazing Rhythm Aces''', there's a very good chance that you know their 1975 debut "Third Rate Romance" and no others. It went to #11 country, #14 pop, and topped both the country and pop charts in Canada; while "Amazing Grace Used to Be Her Favorite Song" fared better at country, it's been forgotten today. Sammy Kershaw, who is not a one-hit wonder, covered "Third Rate Romance" in 1994, but the song seems to be associated just as much with him as it is with the Aces. Lead singer Russell Smith had a few solo releases that went nowhere, but had several country hits as a songwriter in TheEighties and TheNineties; he also sang backing vocals on Kershaw's cover of the song.
* '''Creator/PatrickSwayze''' and '''Wendy Fraser''' had a #3 hit in 1988 with "She's Like the Wind", from the ''Film/DirtyDancing'' soundtrack (which starred Swayze). While Fraser faded into complete obscurity afterwards, Swayze remained a successful actor into the 1990s.
* Music/SteelyDan is not a one-hit wonder, but co-bandleader '''Donald Fagen''' had a #26 hit in 1982 with "I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World)".
* '''Starland Vocal Band''' had a smash #1 in 1976 with "Afternoon Delight", which earned them their sole top 40 hit and the Grammy for Best New Artist.
* British singer '''Dave Mason''' had a few hits in the UK with the band Traffic, but had only one big solo hit with "We Just Disagree" in 1977, which went to #12. The song was later CoveredUp for the CountryMusic format by Billy Dean, who is not a one-hit wonder.
* '''Cymarron''' hit #17 in 1971 with "Rings". Two members of the group later had one-hit wonder success in 1991-92 in the CountryMusic group The Remingtons (see the Country subpage).
* '''Albert Hammond''' is known almost entirely for "It Never Rains in Southern California" from 1972. "I'm a Train" also hit Top 40 in 1974, and "99 Miles from LA" was a #1 hit on the AC charts the same year, but neither is well known today. Hammond never hit the charts again after the latter, but he did become a prolific songwriter through TheEighties. His son, Albert Jr., later became known as the guitarist for Music/TheStrokes.
* '''Mary [=MacGregor=]''' is known almost entirely for her 1977 hit "Torn Between Two Lovers", a soft rock/country song written by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary. The song was a #1 hit on the AC and Pop charts, a #3 hit on the country charts, a #1 hit in Canada, and #4 in the UK. Although she recorded two more albums afterward, none produced anything of note.
* '''Jennifer Rush''' has had a few hits in Europe, but her only Top 40 hit in her native USA was "Flames of Paradise", a duet with Music/EltonJohn. Her best known song ("The Power of Love") is probably better known in America for the [[CoveredUp cover versions]] by Laura Branigan and Music/CelineDion.
* '''Dobie Gray''' is known almost exclusively for his 1973 classic "Drift Away". Gray had another hit exactly 30 years later, but in a strange DoubleSubversion, it was a featured credit on Music/UncleKracker's cover of the same song.
* '''Marc Cohn''' is known for his 1991 #13 hit "Walking in Memphis" and pretty much nothing else.
* '''Player''' is known almost exclusively for their 1977 chart-topping debut "Baby Come Back"; though other songs hit the Top 40 (and another top 10 with "This Time I'm In It For Love"), they're all forgotten. Keyboardist '''J.C. Crowley''' later became a one-hit wonder in country music with "Paint the Town and Hang the Moon Tonight" in 1988.
* '''Desmond Child''' has composed over eighty Top 40 hits in his career, but his only top-40 hit as a lead artist was "Love on a Rooftop", which peaked exactly at #40.
* '''Dave Loggins''', a second cousin of Music/KennyLoggins, had a big soft-rock hit in 1974 with "Please Come to Boston". He then became a one-hit wonder a second time on the country charts, when he and Anne Murray went to #1 in late 1984 with "Nobody Loves Me Like You Do". While Dave had no other country chart entries as a singer, he had many more throughout TheEighties and TheNineties as a songwriter, including #1 hits for Music/RebaMcEntire, Music/{{Alabama}}, Music/KennyRogers, Lee Greenwood, Gary Morris, Restless Heart, and Wynonna Judd.
* '''Karla Bonoff''''s only hit was "Personally", which went to #19 in 1982. She later wrote "All My Life" for Linda Ronstadt and "Tell Me Why" for Wynonna Judd.
* '''Bertie Higgins''' is known almost exclusively for his 1981 debut "Key Largo". Higgins later became a film producer and even became, of all things, a porn actor.
* '''Peter [=McCann=]''' charted "Do You Wanna Make Love" in 1977 but was never heard from again. However, like many soft rockers in the 70s, he had a somewhat fruitful songwriting career in CountryMusic in TheEighties, penning hits for Earl Thomas Conley and Janie Fricke. He also gave Jennifer Warnes a top 10 pop hit with "Right Time of the Night" around the same time.
* '''Jimmy Harnen''' released "Where Are You Now", under the band name '''Synch''', in 1986. The song only got to #77, but a Buffalo DJ started playing the song again in 1989, which ignited interest and cause it to get {{rerelease|the song}}d, leading to a new peak of #10. Harnen never hit the charts again, and later went on to be president of Republic Records' Nashville branch.
* '''Sammy Johns''' had only one hit with "Chevy Van" in 1974. As with many other soft-rockers, he had more success as a country songwriter, including "Desperado Love" by Music/ConwayTwitty, "America" by Music/WaylonJennings, and "Common Man" by John Conlee.
* '''Greg Guidry''' hit #17 in 1982 with "Goin' Down" but was never heard from again, outside a few songwriting credits. It probably didn't help that his followup was a romantic love duet... with his sister. Guidry had somewhat more success as a songwriter.
* '''David Lasley''' was primarily known as a songwriter, most famously penning Maxine Nightingale's #5 hit "Lead Me On", but his only success as a singer was with "If I Had My Wish Tonight", a take on the famous "Starlight, Star Bright" poem.
* '''Alan O'Day''' was best known for his #1 hit "Undercover Angel". He never returned to the top 40 as a singer, but he penned hits for Helen Reddy ("Angie Baby"), Cher ("Train of Thought"), and the Righteous Brothers ("Rock and Roll Heaven").
* '''Randy [=VanWarmer=]''' was another fleeting soft-rock star who turned to country music songwriting after his time in the spotlight ended. His sole song of note was "Just When I Needed You Most", which hit #4 in 1979.
* '''Rex Smith''', although largely forgotten today, was a popular teen idol of the late '70s. He had a brief shining moment when "You Take My Breath Away", the theme song to his 1979 made-for-TV movie ''Sooner or Later'', hit #10 on the Billboard charts. His popularity didn't last long, with his only other top 40 hit being a duet cover of "Everlasting Love" with fellow one-hit wonder '''Rachel Sweet'''. Sweet later became an actress and television producer, and sang the theme song to ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll''. Although she was more famous in the UK, she didn't have that much pop success there either, but her signing to new wave label Stiff Records earned her street cred that typically wasn't afforded to teenage pop singers in the late 1970s. As a result, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff she's much better remembered there]] than in her native US.
* '''Joey Scarbury''' had a #2 hit in 1981 with "Believe it Or Not", the theme song to ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero''. That was the last anyone ever heard of him.
* '''Charlie Dore''' (who is a she, by the way) is best known for her 1980 #14 "Pilot of the Airwaves". On her resume as a songwriter is a top 10 hit for Sheena Easton and a #1 UK hit for Jimmy Nail.
* '''Timothy B. Schmit''' is well-known as having played bass for both Poco and the Music/{{Eagles}}, but as a solo artist, he was one and done with 1987's "Boys Night Out".
* The British band '''Ace''' had a #3 US hit and a #20 UK hit with "How Long" in 1975. Although it was their only hit, it was just the start of [[BreakupBreakout a very successful career]] for their frontman Paul Carrack, who scored hits as a solo artist, as the keyboardist for Music/{{Squeeze}} and as lead singer for Mike + The Mechanics.
* '''Billy Vera and the Beaters''' had a #1 hit in 1987 with "At This Moment". The song was originally released in 1981 and stalled out at #79, but its repeated use on ''Series/FamilyTies'' revived interest in the single, causing it to get {{rerelease|the song}}d. Vera had two other hits, "I Can Take Care of Myself", which hit #39 shortly before "At This Moment"'s first run, and "Country Girl - City Man" a duet with '''Judy Clay''' (also a one hit wonder), but they have since been forgotten. Vera later sang the theme songs to ''Series/EmptyNest'' and ''Series/TheKingOfQueens''.
* Music/PhilCollins is obviously not a one-hit wonder, but '''Marilyn Martin''', his duet partner on the 1985 chart-topper "Separate Lives", qualifies. While she later had a #28 with "Night Moves" (not to be confused with the Music/BobSeger song), it was quickly forgotten. Martin is married to RecordProducer and sound engineer Greg Droman.
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* '''Tal Bachman''', the son of Bachman-Turner Overdrive guitarist Randy Bachman, scored a hit of his own in 1999 with "She's So High". While the song reached #14 in the US and #30 in the UK, he had no further hits in either countries. He had two more minor hits in his native Canada, and that was it for him there too. He hasn't released a new album since 2004.

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* '''Tal Bachman''', the son of Bachman-Turner Overdrive guitarist Randy Bachman, scored a hit of his own in 1999 with "She's So High". While the song reached #14 in the US and #30 in the UK, he had no further hits in either countries.country. He had two more minor hits in his native Canada, and that was it for him there too. He hasn't released a new album since 2004.

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* '''Tal Bachman''', the son of Bachman-Turner Overdrive guitarist Randy Bachman, scored a hit of his own in 1999 with "She's So High". While the song reached #14 in the US and #30 in the UK, he had no further hits in either countries. He had two more minor hits in his native Canada, and that was it for him there too. He hasn't released a new album since 2004.


* '''Empire of the Sun''' have the distinction of becoming a one-hit wonder in the United States with an ''eight-year old song''' in 2016. "Walking on a Dream" was a popular hit in the band's native Australia back in 2008 and charted in several European countries over the next year. In the United States, it never made an impact until 2016, when it was featured in a Honda commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. That reignited interest in the song and got it up all the way to #65 on the ''Hot 100'' and #3 on the Alternative chart. The band just so happened to put out their third album a few months later, and its first single "High and Low" made it to #11 on the Billboard Alternative charts, but it it did not cross over to pop radio in America.

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* '''Empire of the Sun''' have the distinction of becoming a one-hit wonder in the United States with an ''eight-year old song''' song'' in 2016. "Walking on a Dream" was a popular hit in the band's native Australia back in 2008 and charted in several European countries over the next year. In the United States, it never made an impact until 2016, when it was featured in a Honda commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. That reignited interest in the song and got it up all the way to #65 on the ''Hot 100'' and #3 on the Alternative chart. The band just so happened to put out their third album a few months later, and its first single "High and Low" made it to #11 on the Billboard Alternative charts, but it it did not cross over to pop radio in America.


* '''Modern English''' are commonly cited as an example of an '80s one-hit wonder for their 1982 single "I Melt With You", which believe it or not, never made it past #78 in the US and missed the UK charts entirely. The band [[ReReleaseTheSong re-recorded the song]] in 1990, but that version failed to become a hit too, and peaked at #76 on the Hot 100. It ''was'' however on heavy rotation on Creator/{{MTV}}, and has become a staple of throwback, classic alternative and adult contemporary stations across the US.

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* '''Modern English''' are commonly cited as an example of an '80s one-hit wonder for their 1982 single "I Melt With You", which which, believe it or not, never made it past #78 in the US and missed the UK charts entirely. The band [[ReReleaseTheSong re-recorded the song]] in 1990, but that version failed to become a hit too, and peaked at #76 on the Hot 100. It ''was'' however ''was'', however, on heavy rotation on Creator/{{MTV}}, and has become a staple of throwback, classic alternative and adult contemporary stations across the US.


* '''Music/{{Madness}}''' only had one major hit in the US, when "Our House" made it to #7 in 1983. They had one more minor Top 40 entry later that year when "It Must Be Love" made it to #33, but it wasn't a particularly big hit and disappeared from the radio soon after. In their native UK, though, it's a whole other story. Madness were the second most-successful singles act in Britain in the 1980s, bested only by [=UB40=]. The band's first 20 singles all made the Top 20 there, and "Our House" is merely one of many well-remembered songs they have there,, as opposed to their biggest or most popular.

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* '''Music/{{Madness}}''' only had one major hit in the US, when "Our House" made it to #7 in 1983. They had one more minor Top 40 entry later that year when "It Must Be Love" made it to #33, but it wasn't a particularly big hit and disappeared from the radio soon after. In their native UK, though, it's a whole other story. Madness were the second most-successful singles act in Britain in the 1980s, bested only by [=UB40=]. The band's first 20 singles all made the Top 20 there, and "Our House" is merely one of many well-remembered songs they have there,, there, as opposed to their biggest or most popular.



* '''Modern English''' are commonly cited as an example of an '80s one-hit wonder for their 1982 single "I Melt With You", which believe it or not, never made it past #78 in the US and missed the UK charts entirely. The band [[ReReleaseTheSong re-recorded the song]] in 1990, but that version failed to become a hit too, and peaked at #76 on the Hot 100. It ''was'' however on heavy rotation on Creator/{{MTV}}, and has become a staple of throwback and adult contemporary stations across the US.

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* '''Modern English''' are commonly cited as an example of an '80s one-hit wonder for their 1982 single "I Melt With You", which believe it or not, never made it past #78 in the US and missed the UK charts entirely. The band [[ReReleaseTheSong re-recorded the song]] in 1990, but that version failed to become a hit too, and peaked at #76 on the Hot 100. It ''was'' however on heavy rotation on Creator/{{MTV}}, and has become a staple of throwback throwback, classic alternative and adult contemporary stations across the US.


* '''Cracker''' had a few hits on the rock charts in the mid '90s, yet the only song of theirs anyone seems to remember is "Low."


* '''Music/{{Madness}}''' are often considered a one hit wonder in the USA, with "Our House" as their best known hit. In their native UK however, they were absolutely massive: with the lone exception of [=UB40=], they were the most successful singles act of the 80's and their first 20 singles all managed the Top 20.
** "It Must Be Love" was also a top 40 hit in the US, but it was a cover version. "Our House" was Madness's only hit that the band wrote.

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* '''Music/{{Madness}}''' are often considered a only had one major hit wonder in the USA, with US, when "Our House" as their best known hit. In their native UK however, they were absolutely massive: with the lone exception of [=UB40=], they were the most successful singles act of the 80's and their first 20 singles all managed the made it to #7 in 1983. They had one more minor Top 20.
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* British band '''Wolf Alice''' had a #9 alternative hit stateside with "Moaning Lisa Smile". Their follow-up "Bros" barely scraped a #35 position, and they have yet to see an American chart again.

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* British band '''Wolf Alice''' had a #9 alternative hit stateside in 2015 with "Moaning Lisa Smile". Their follow-up "Bros" barely scraped a #35 position, and they have yet to see an American chart again. They've continued to be successful in their home country, and won the esteemed Mercury Music Prize in 2018 for their album ''Visions of a Life''.


* '''Music/TheGratefulDead''' are one of the most famous psychedelic bands, but only hit the Top 40 once with 1987's "Touch of Grey", which hit #9 in 1987.[[note]] Amusingly enough, the song debuted in 1982, but the MTV video was such a smash hit, it skyrocketed the song.[[/note]] While that song [[NewbieBoom introduced a new generation of Deadheads]] on Creator/{{MTV}}, they're also known for a whole catalog of classic tunes that [[ChartDisplacement never made the Top 40]]. What makes this even more amazing is that the ''albums'' have sold extremely well. The band has eighteen Gold records (sales of 500,000 albums), one Platinum record (sales of 1 million records) and two multi-Platinum records (sales of more than 2 million).

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* '''Music/TheGratefulDead''' are one of the most famous psychedelic bands, but only hit the Top 40 once with 1987's "Touch of Grey", which hit #9 in 1987.[[note]] Amusingly enough, the song debuted in 1982, but the MTV video was such a smash hit, it skyrocketed the song.[[/note]] While that the song [[NewbieBoom introduced a new generation of Deadheads]] on Creator/{{MTV}}, Deadheads (for better or worse)]] and made the band unlikely Creator/{{MTV}} stars, they're also known for a whole catalog of classic tunes that [[ChartDisplacement never made the Top 40]]. What makes this even more amazing is that 40]] and for their reputation as one of the ''albums'' have sold extremely well. The band has eighteen greatest live concert acts in rock history. They also did well as an album band, with 18 Gold records (sales of 500,000 albums), one certifed albums and 3 albums certified Platinum record (sales of 1 million records) and two multi-Platinum records (sales of more than 2 million).or higher.


* Despite a long, critically acclaimed but otherwise commercially unsuccessful career, PowerPop group '''Music/FountainsOfWayne''' have to yet to match the success of their 2003 #21 hit single, "Stacy's Mom" (which provides [[StacysMom the trope of the same name]]). They did have two minor alternative hits before "Stacy's Mom". However, not only was that their only song to chart on the pop charts. It's their last song to chart on any chart.

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* Despite a long, critically acclaimed but otherwise commercially unsuccessful career, PowerPop group '''Music/FountainsOfWayne''' have to yet to match the success of their 2003 #21 hit single, "Stacy's Mom" (which provides [[StacysMom the trope of the same name]]). They did have two minor alternative hits before "Stacy's Mom". However, not only was that their only song to chart on the pop charts. It's their last song to chart on any chart. In fact, [[MisattributedSong many believe "Stacy's Mom"]] is by Music/BowlingForSoup, who later covered it.


* '''Music/TheGratefulDead''' are one of the most famous psychedelic bands, but only hit the Top 40 once with 1987's "Touch of Grey".[[note]] Amusingly enough, the song debuted in 1982, but the MTV video was such a smash hit, it skyrocketed the song.[[/note]] While that song [[NewbieBoom introduced a new generation of Deadheads]] on Creator/{{MTV}}, they're also known for a whole catalog of classic tunes that [[ChartDisplacement never made the Top 40]]. What makes this even more amazing is that the ''albums'' have sold extremely well. The band has eighteen Gold records (sales of 500,000 albums), one Platinum record (sales of 1 million records) and two multi-Platinum records (sales of more than 2 million).

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* '''Music/TheGratefulDead''' are one of the most famous psychedelic bands, but only hit the Top 40 once with 1987's "Touch of Grey".Grey", which hit #9 in 1987.[[note]] Amusingly enough, the song debuted in 1982, but the MTV video was such a smash hit, it skyrocketed the song.[[/note]] While that song [[NewbieBoom introduced a new generation of Deadheads]] on Creator/{{MTV}}, they're also known for a whole catalog of classic tunes that [[ChartDisplacement never made the Top 40]]. What makes this even more amazing is that the ''albums'' have sold extremely well. The band has eighteen Gold records (sales of 500,000 albums), one Platinum record (sales of 1 million records) and two multi-Platinum records (sales of more than 2 million).

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