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  • Crush's "Jellyhead" (specifically the Motiv-8 dance remix) was one of only two singles by the group to make the charts in either the UK or U.S., and their only charter in the latter country. Even then, it barely qualifies as a hit, reaching #50 on the UK Singles Chart and #72 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, what makes the song interesting is that it's by a Fake Band from the British teen drama Byker Grove. The show was not aired in the US, so the fact that "Jellyhead" even charted at all there is nothing short of a surprise.
  • British indie dance trio Soho reached the Top 20 in the US in 1990 with their song "Hippychick", which prominently used a guitar sample from The Smiths' "How Soon is Now?". The next year, a re-issue of the song resulted in a Top 10 peak in their native UK. They never made the Top 40 with any other song in any country again.
  • Qkumba Zoo, a South African band that mixed Dream Pop with alternative dance and the highlife style of African music, scored a minor American hit in 1996 with "The Child (Inside)". The song topped the Billboard dance charts, peaked in the top 40 of the pop airplay charts and was a minor hit on the overall Hot 100. None of their other singles charted anywhere outside South Africa.
  • British techno group Lo-Fidelity Allstars and American indie Funk Rock band Pigeonhed scored a hit in 1998 with "Battle Flag" (a Pigeonhed song drastically remixed by the Lo-Fidelity Allstars). Although it barely squeaked onto the UK Top 40 at #36, it was a smash on American alternative radio, going all the way to #6 on the Billboard Alternative chart. While Lo-Fidelity Allstars had one more hit in the UK, the now-forgotten "Vision Incision" (which made it to #30), Pigeonhed never charted again anywhere, as they had already broken up before "Battle Flag" became a hit. Despite the lack of further chart success, Pigeonhed frontman Shawn Smith remained a respected figure in the Seattle indie rock scene until his death in 2019.
  • British indie dance singer-songwriter Dan Black had a Top 40 hit on the Billboard alternative chart in 2010 with his song "Symphonies". Although he's released several singles since, none of them have charted anywhere.
  • New Order aren't a one hit wonder by any means, but several of the side projects that the band members embarked on count as examples:
    • Electronic, a collaboration between New Order frontman Bernard Sumner and The Smiths' Johnny Marr, made it to #38 on the Hot 100 with their 1988 debut single "Getting Away With It". The song remains Marr's only American top 40 hit as a lead artist. Although this was the duo's only Hot 100 entry, they had two even bigger Top 10 hits in the UK and on the Billboard alternative chart: 1991's "Get the Message" (also their only #1 on the alternative chart) and 1992's "Disappointed", a Breakaway Pop Hit from the Cool World soundtrack.
    • Monaco, a side-project of New Order's bassist Peter Hook, scored a hit in 1997 with "What Do You Want From Me?". The song made it into the Top 30 of the alternative chart and was a minor pop hit. No other American hits followed. In the UK, the band was a Two-Hit Wonder, as both "What Do You Want From Me?" and its followup "Sweet Lips" made the top 20 there.
    • The Other Two, which consisted of, well, the other two members of New Order - husband and wife Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris - had a #6 Billboard alternative hit with "Selfish" in 1993. It was also their only major hit on any chart.
  • Trio had a hit in 30 countries with the song "Da Da Da", which would be their biggest and only hit outside Germany.
  • The Farm just barely missed the top 40 in the US with their song "Groovy Train", which made it to #41. The band was more successful in their native UK, where they had six top 40 hits. Not to be confused with the Country Music group of the same name, who are also a one-hit wonder.
  • The Shamen scored a #38 hit in the US with their single "Move Any Mountain" in 1991. It was the band's only entry on either the Hot 100 or the alternative chart, but the beginning of a very fruitful chart career in their native UK. The band followed the song with four more Top 10 singles there, including the #1 hit "Ebeneezer Goode". That song is the one that American alternative radio audiences are more likely to remember them for nowadays, despite it not being a hit in the country.
  • Crystal Castles were a major player in the indie rock scene in the early 2010s, but they only had one charting single in most countries: 2010's "Not in Love", a cover of a song by semi-obscure 1980s Canadian new wave band Platinum Blonde. The version of Crystal Castles' cover that became a hit featured Robert Smith, the legendary lead singer of The Cure, on lead vocals instead of frontwoman Alice Glass. The song also marked Smith's one and only chart entry as a solo artist apart from his band.
  • La Roux had quite a few hits in the UK, but only 2010's "Bulletproof" in America.
  • Peach (Union)'s only song to reach the Top 40 in the US (or anywhere, for that matter) was "On My Own". They disbanded in 1998 after the non-charting single "Sorrow Town".
  • Moby had many hits on the dance charts, but his only trip to the Hot 100 was his Gwen Stefani collaboration "South Side".
  • Everything But The Girl's only American hit was "Missing" which peaked at #2 in 1996. In their native England, they had five top 20 hits and numerous hits on the dance and indie charts. Before "Missing", the band was known for performing Sophisti-Pop, and the single's success resulted in a Genre Shift. However, no further hits came for the band in the United States.
  • Swedish trio NONONO had a Top 40 hit across Europe, and a #22 entry on the Billboard alternative chart in the United States, with their song "Pumpin Blood" in 2013; it even received pop airplay the next year. They haven't been able to match that song's success since.
  • Canadian band Dragonette is known solely in the US as a feature in Martin Solveig's 2011 hit "Hello", which reached #8 there. "Hello" was also a Top 20 hit in the UK, but they had a second, bigger hit there with the Top 10 entry "Outlines" in 2014. Frontwoman Martina Sorbara is also a one-hit wonder as a solo artist, as the featured vocalist on Basement Jaxx's "Take Me Back to Your House", a #42 hit in the UK in 2006.
  • Saint Etienne practically defined the alternative dance genre in the UK for most of the 1990s, with several hit singles, tons of critical acclaim and several later artists namechecking them as an influence. It's a different story across the pond in the US, however, where their only significant hit was their cover of Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart". The song went to #97 on the Hot 100 and #11 on the alternative chart, and was their only entry on either. It's also an instance of Early Installment Weirdness, since the band had yet to add Sarah Cracknall as their regular lead singer, and "Love" instead featured guest vocals by Moira Lambert. Even though they're just as acclaimed by American critics as they are in Britain, "Love" is still the song most music fans know them for in the States and the one you're most likely to hear on the radio.
  • Industrial band God Lives Underwater had a #17 hit on alternative radio in 1998 with "From Your Mouth". The group never charted again, and permanently disbanded after lead singer David Reilly died in 2005.
  • Utah Saints reached #98 on the Hot 100 and #7 on the alternative chart in 1992 with their Kate Bush-sampling "Something Good". While that was their only chart hit in the US, "Something Good" was the biggest of their nine Top 40 hits in their native UK.
  • The Go! Team, a British band who mixed indie pop with breakbeats and plunderphonic sampling, reached #26 in the UK in 2004 with their acclaimed single "Ladyflash". While the band continued to have critical success afterwards, they never reached the top 40 again.
  • The Space Monkeys reached #58 on the Hot 100 and #20 on the alternative chart in 1998 with "Sugar Cane". The song was a much bigger hit in the US than it was in their native UK, where it only reached #93, in part because the band's Madchester-inspired sound was several years out of date by the late '90s. The band broke up not long after their only hit.

    Dance 
  • "Can U Feel It" (no relation to the Jacksons song) was the only original hit scored by dance pop trio 3rd Party (not counting their cover of Gary Wright's "Love is Alive," which was nevertheless not as big of a hit), although "Waiting For Tonight" later became a hit for Jennifer Lopez.
  • Swedish DJ AronChupa only managed one hit - "I'm an Albatraoz", with his sister Nora Ekberg on vocals. It went to #1 in Sweden, and peaked at #25 on the UK charts. That was the last the world ever heard from either sibling.
  • ATC’s "Around the World (La La La La La)" hit #1 in five European countries and reached #28 on the US Hot 100 and #15 on the UK Singles chart. They had a few subsequent minor hits in parts of Europe, but never charted again in the US or UK.
  • Baauer's "Harlem Shake" was the number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100 for five whole weeks, all because of a massive dance craze. However, the sensation only surrounded that one song, and not Baauer himself. Although Baauer is fairly popular in the Trap fanbase, he remains virtually unknown outside that group other than having his name attached to the iTunes single, so it's very unlikely he will ever have another Top 40 hit again.
  • Havana Brown released a remix of her song "We Run the Night" with Pitbull in 2011, which reached #26 in the US and #1 on the US dance charts. Nothing else she's done has touched any North American chart, although she remains moderately successful in her native Australia.
  • Captain Hollywood Project were fairly popular in Europe throughout the mid-'90s, but never troubled the American charts after "More and More".
  • German eurodance act Culture Beat had a worldwide smash in 1993 with "Mr. Vain", a #17 entry in the US and a #1 hit in 8 countries. Shortly after the release of the song, the group's founder and leader Torsten Fenslau died in a car accident. His brother and the band's two singers carried on using the name, and had several other hits in Europe throughout the rest of the 90s, but they never made the American pop charts again.
  • Although massively successful in Europe and a hugely influential electronic group, Daft Punk struggled to achieve commercial success in the United States. That was, until 2013, when "Get Lucky," their collaboration with Pharrell Williams, became their first ever top 40 hit, peaking at #2. Although "One More Time" grew into a pop radio staple as a recurrent following its 2001 release, the song never made the top 40. They managed to actually get a #1 in 2017 as the featured artist on The Weeknd's "Starboy" and score another hit via its follow-up "I Feel It Coming", but since they were The Weeknd's hits and not theirs, they aren't enough to disqualify their one hit wonder status. Fortunately they're one of the most respected names in the world of electronic music, so they don't have to worry about this tag following them in the future.
  • DJ Company's "The Rhythm of Love" was a Top 5 hit in Canada in 1995, and reached #53 on the US Hot 100 and #8 on Dance Maxi Singles Sales with its 1997 Updated Re-release. Aside from their much less memorable preceding single "Hey Everybody", which was released in Canada but not the US, no further hits occured on the North American side of the pond.
  • DJ Encore's "I See Right Through To You" was his sole US-charting single, reaching #15 in 2001. The following singles, "Walking in the Sky" and "High on Life", enjoyed some popularity in the UK, Europe, and maybe elsewhere, but never caught on in the States.
  • Jesse Lee Davis, an American expatriate to Germany, topped the charts in Canada and Israel with his 1993 single "Is This Love?", which was his only hit in North America. The follow-up, "Round and Round", reached #3 in Israel but was unheard of elsewhere. "Like a Flame" was a moderate hit in a few European countries but is also mostly forgotten.
  • Dubstar's "Stars" was their only song to chart internationally, although they had several smaller hits in their home country.
  • Dyce: "Tomorrow Can Wait", mainly because it was remixed by Cascada.
  • East Beat Syndicate released a total of two singles, and only "Love Transmission" managed to chart anywhere or was remembered by anyone; the follow-up, "1000 Nights and One", languished in obscurity.
  • Edelweiss had "Bring Me Edelweiss" reach #1 on many European charts and around the world in 1988. Supposedly, they did it following the advice of The KLF's "The Manual (How To Have a Number One the Easy Way)". The song is indeed built on various samples: the melody of ABBA's "SOS", Indeep's "Last Night a DJ Saved my Life", small samples from Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus" and... Disney's famous "Goofy Holler" note .
  • Italian dance trio Eiffel 65 have exactly one entry on the US Hot 100: "Blue (Da Ba Dee)". Their next few hits charted to varying degrees in most major European markets, but since the early 2000s any later success has been limited to Italy.
  • Belgian singer Lara Fabian only cracked the Top 40 once with "I Will Love Again", which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, and No. 32 on the Hot 100. However, "Love By Grace" became a classic in Brazil.
  • Gummibär, a German Virtual Musician represented by a cartoon gummy bear, had a hit catchy novelty song, "I'm a Gummy Bear (The Gummy Bear Song)", that managed to hit #28 on Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, show up on Top 100 charts in other countries, and become one of the most memorable Memes of the Turn of the Millennium. Similar to the Hampton the Hamster example below, Gummibär still produces songs to this day, but they remain obscure and Gummibär would never reach the success "I'm a Gummy Bear" had again.
  • In 2000, one of the first examples of web-based Memetic Mutation produced a one-hit wonder. A Canadian art student created a Geocities page featuring animated GIFs of hamsters dancing to a sped-up sample of Roger Miller's "Whistle Stop". This was later sampled into a Eurodance song called the "Hampster Dance", credited to Hampton the Hampster. It went to #1 in Canada, and Hampton was never heard from again.
    • Another electronic dance song using that same sped-up sample, "Cognoscenti vs. Intelligentsia" by Cuban Boys, was a #4 hit in the UK in 1999 after it caught on with listeners of revered BBC DJ John Peel's hip Radio 1 indie rock show. The group released several other singles afterwards, several of which made into rotation on Peel's show, but none of these made the singles chart.
  • Swedish female duo Icona Pop had a massive crossover hit in 2012/2013 with "I Love It", which featured Charli XCX. They had two other dance hits, "All Night" and "Emergency", but have never touched the Hot 100 again.
  • Tom Jones is most certainly not a one hit wonder, but he did only have one hit on the U.S. dance charts with 1994's "If I Only Knew".
  • Jumalatar had a hit with "Are We Thinking The Same Thing". They disbanded after their second EP, Frenzy / Easy to Groove, which failed to catch on.
  • British duo Longo & Wainwright (no relation to Rufus Wainwright) is known only for 2010's "One Life Stand", which reached #3 on the American dance airplay charts; due to an appearance by Canadian vocalist Craig Smart (who, at least in his homeland, isn't a one-hit wonder), it also reached #22 in that country.
  • Kim Lukas' "All I Really Want" was a hit in 1999 in many European countries and even in Canada. The follow-up, "Let It Be the Night" charted in a few countries, but wasn't massive.
  • Although she has sung numerous Eurobeat songs under other aliases, Ann Lee (Annerly Gordon) only had one international Top 10 hit: "2 Times". Her only other charting single was "Voices", which peaked at #6 in Spain.
  • Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina reached #16 with "Stereo Love". Neither of them had another hit anywhere else.
  • Myndy K.'s 1997 dance hit "Love From Above", featuring the same producers behind fellow one hit wonder She Moves, was her sole spotlight single. She released only one other single, the Johnny Vicious-produced "Where U R", which is all but unknown.
  • Ondina's "Summer of Love". Her previous single, "Into the Night", is mostly forgotten.
  • Canadian dance group One Ton unintentionally did this. After not having success as a group called The Blokes, two of the band members left and were replaced with three new players, including Montreal singer Zita Laverdière. They released two albums afterwards. The second, Abnormal Pleasures, spawned their only chart-topping hit with "Supersexworld". Despite their success, the group never released another album and disbanded soon after, relegating them to their one-hit wonder status.
  • Mr. President had many hit singles in mainland Europe, but "Coco Jamboo" was their only Top 40 hit in English-speaking countries.
  • Mr. Probz and Lillywood and the Prick had hits in 2014 with "Waves" and "Prayer in C", respectively, after they were remixed by DJ Robin Schulz. While Schulz remains a big name in the EDM scene, his collaborators never chose to capitalize on their success, though Probz later managed a #1 single in his native Netherlands with "Nothing Really Matters". Lillywood and the Prick, meanwhile, were a folky indie band and the hit remix of "Prayer in C" sounds nothing like the rest of their work. They've had a couple minor hits in their native France since then, but none of them have charted anywhere else.
  • Everyone knows the "Cotton Eye Joe." However, few people can recall it's by a band called Rednex. Even fewer will be able to name another song they did.
  • Reina had "Find Another Woman" reach #2 on the Billboard dance charts in 1999. In 2003 and 2004, respectively, she had the minor hits "No One's Gonna Change You" and "If I Close My Eyes", but those failed to reach the heights of her first hit, and are less well remembered.
  • Rozalla's "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)" was her sole pop hit in the US, peaking at #37 in 1992. "Are You Ready to Fly?" was a major hit in England and many European countries, and even made #1 on the US dance charts, but failed to crack the pop Top 40 there.
  • Patrice Rushen is best known for her funky jazz-soul-disco hit "Forget Me Nots" in 1982. Although she had several other R&B chart hits, "Forget Me Nots"' #23 peak was the only time she saw the Top 40 in the US.
  • Sarina Paris's "Look at Us". She had more limited success with "Just About Enough", and never again achieved the popularity of her first single.
  • Sam and The Womp had a massive #1 hit in the UK with their novelty song "Bom Bom". It also landed in the Top 20 of most European countries (and Australia). After that, they've failed to scrape the bottom of any chart whatsoever. While it wasn't a success in America, only barely scraping the dance charts, it is well-known to many American gamers as that really weird song in Forza Horizon.
  • Lina Santiago's freestyle single "Feels So Good (Show Me Your Love)" hit #35 on the Hot 100 and #6 on Hot Dance Club Play in April 1996. Due to a series of bad decisions by her record label suggesting that her first album consist mostly of ballads, she never charted again, and was dropped from Universal Records after releasing just one album and three singles.
  • Sk8: "My Imagination"
  • Alexandra Stan had a #21 hit in 2011 with "Mr. Saxobeat". None of her other singles were as widespread hits (the only other with certifications was "Lemonade" in Italy), though Stan had some airplay in Europe and Japan, including a collaboration with fellow Romanian singer Inna.
  • The Supermen Lovers: "Starlight," best remembered for the music video featuring a rat and those creepy potato-men.
  • "Don't You Worry Child" was Swedish House Mafia's only major North American hit (reaching #6 on Billboard and #1 on the American Top 40). Indeed, they Gave Up Too Soon: The song was recorded as the group's farewell single and it became a hit just a month before they disbanded. Also, featured vocalist John Martin is a one-hit wonder by extension.
  • The Tamperer feat. Maya - "Feel It", heavily sampled from the Jackson 5's "Can You Feel It, " while lifting most of the lyrics from mid-90s house anthem "Drop a House" by Urban Discharge. The follow-ups "If You Buy This Record (Your Life Will Be Better)" and "Hammer to the Heart" were major hits in a few other countries, but none were as big as "Feel It."
  • Yolanda Be Cool had a massive hit in 2010 with "We No Speak Americano", which charted in the top 5 across Europe (and in their native Australia) and even cracked the Billboard Top 40. None of their follow-up singles went anywhere.
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph, who is otherwise a successful film, TV, and stage actress, only had one charting song during her short-lived singing career, the title track of her only album In the Evening, which reached #6 in 1984.
  • The Nightcrawlers' only stateside hit was "Push the Feeling On", particularly Marc Kinchen's remix, which reached #80 on the Hot 100 and #7 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. "Surrender Your Love", another collaboration with Kinchen, was a #7 hit in the UK, but failed to chart in the US. The Kinchen remix was later sampled by Pitbull (who is by no means a one-hit wonder) for his 2009 hit single "Hotel Room Service", which hit #8 on the Hot 100.
  • Whigfield had several hits in the '90s, but is today only remembered for "Saturday Night", her only #1 in any country.
  • Cedric Gervais is known only for his 2013 remix of Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness". While Lana Del Rey is hardly seen as a one-hit wonder in the public eye, this was her only major radio hit (her only other top 40 hits were "Young & Beautiful" and "West Coast").
  • DJ Rap's "Good to Be Alive", reaching #5 on the Billboard dance chart in July 1999, was her sole American hit. "Bad Girl" and "Everyday Girl" were minor hits in the UK, but neither charted in the States.
  • Europop sister duo Me & My's 1995 single "Dub i Dub" was a top 10 hit in Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, Italy, and Canada. After that, they mostly fell off the radar, with "Baby Boy" and "Fly High" reaching #3 and #8 respectively in their native Denmark but making little headway in other countries.
  • Gina G's "Ooh Aah...Just a Little Bit" only placed eighth as the United Kingdom's entry in the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest, but it did something that few other Eurovision songs - winners or otherwise - are able to achieve: It became a hit in the United States, and peaked at #16 on the Hot 100. Her follow-up "I Belong To You" failed to crack the Top 40 in the US, but it was still a major hit in both the UK (where she had several more hits) and her native Australia.
  • Marcia Griffiths, a former member of Bob Marley & The Wailers, recorded "Electric Boogie" - written by her former bandmate Bunny Wailer - in 1982, but it was not a hit. However, by the mid-80s it became a wedding and party staple in the United States after it was paired with the Electric Slide dance that was named in its chorus. A re-issue of the single made it to #51 on the Hot 100 in 1990. Despite not making the Top 40, it remains omnipresent on dancefloors across the world. It was also Griffiths' only chart appearance outside of the Wailers.
  • George Kranz, former drummer of the short-lived Neue Deutsche Welle band Zeitgeist, only scored one solo hit, "Din Daa Daa", in 1984, which spent two weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, in addition to reaching #25 in Belgium, #3 on the French Clubs WRTL chart, and #28 in his native Germany. As a band, Zeitgeist were almost completely unknown outside their homeland.
  • Freestyle singer Shana had a #40 hit in 1989 with "I Want You", which reached Top 40 on the Hot 100 and Dance charts. She took a stab at Country Music ten years later under her real name of Shana Petrone, but despite having a minor country music hit with "This Time", her country album was never released and she was never heard from again.
  • Stardust, a French house trio which included Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter among its members, scored a worldwide hit in 1998 with "Music Sounds Better With You". The song reached the Top 10 in seven countries, going to #1 in Spain and #2 in the UK. In the US, the song topped the dance charts, and reached #62 on the Hot 100. Although the group was offered $3 million to record a full-length album, they declined and went their separate ways, leaving "Music Sounds Better With You" as their only release.
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    Disco 
  • Wild Cherry: "Play That Funky Music" is the only thing anyone remembers them for. That, and having a white singer (Rob Parissi) who sounded incredibly black. Although they just missed the top 40 with a "Play That Funky Music" rewrite called "Baby Don'cha Know," right down to the subject matter (the refrain went, "Baby, don'cha know that the honky's got soul?").
  • Can you name a single song made by Carl Douglas? Other than "Kung Fu Fighting"? His hit was originally going to be "I Want to Give You My Everything", with "Kung Fu Fighting" being recorded as a B-side. The owner of Pye Records reportedly insisted that the latter instead be placed on the A-side, and the rest is history. After "Kung Fu Fighting" finished its run, he invited people to "Dance the Kung Fu," but nobody accepted. He charted in the top 40 a few more times back in the U.K., but is still considered a one-hit wonder there.
  • Rick Dees & his Cast of Idiots: Dees was a popular radio DJ in Memphis who wrote "Disco Duck," a parodic novelty song about the disco fad. The song was #1 in the US for one week. Dees' follow-up "Dis-Gorilla" only hit #56, and despite one last comeback attempt (1984's "Eat My Shorts," a few years before the Simpsons were introduced), he stuck with radio, where's he's done pretty well for himself in the ensuing years, and now hosts a nationally syndicated radio show.
  • Lipps Inc. has done little of note besides "Funkytown". They've hit the Hot 100 again with "Rock It", but that only made it to #64. They followed up with another single, "Designer Music", but nobody remembers it, and a cover of Ace's "How Long?" charted in a few other countries, but not in America.
  • Patrick Hernandez is now only remembered for his worldwide hit "Born to Be Alive", and for Madonna being one of his backup dancers.
  • Kano: "I'm Ready", another one-hitter from the last days of disco, is best known for having been sampled in "Whoomp! (There it Is)" by Tag Team, also a one-hit wonder, and a few other songs. They had a few more hits back in Europe and also pioneered the Italo-disco movement. Strangely enough, "I'm Ready" never charted there.
  • The Michael Zager Band's "Let's All Chant" was a top 40 hit in 1978.
  • The Trammps are not, strictly speaking, a one-hit wonder, but they are mostly only known nowadays for their Signature Song "Disco Inferno".
  • Alicia Bridges had a big top 5 hit in early 1979 with "I Love The Nightlife". Unfortunately, she wasn't a disco singer so she didn't have any real material to successfully follow-up with.
  • Carl Bean is known almost entirely for "I Was Born This Way", his 1975 hit which was one of the first gay disco anthems.
  • Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, who performed an unusual combination of disco and 1940s big band music, scored a #27 hit in 1976 with "Cherchez Le Femme". Bandleader August Darnell later achieved cult fame in the 1980s as the leader of Kid Creole and the Coconuts.
  • Walter Murphy and The Big Apple Band made it all the way to #1 in 1976 with "A Fifth of Beethoven", their disco rendition of Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Neither Murphy or his group had another pop hit; The closest they came again was with a medley of tunes from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982 (it topped out at #47). Although he's never made the charts again, he did have a Career Resurrection in the 2000s thanks to his work as the composer for Family Guy and most of Seth Macfarlane's other projects.
  • Jigsaw's 1975 single "Sky High", the Breakaway Pop Hit theme to The Man from Hong Kong, was a #3 Hot 100 hit and #1 Adult Contemporary hit. The follow-ups were much less successful, with "Love Fire" making #30, "Brand New Love Affair" only reaching #66, and "If I Have to Go Away" barely cracking the Hot 100 at #93.
  • Van McCoy scored a #1 Hot 100 hit in 1975 with his iconic, nearly instrumental, single "The Hustle". McCoy, an R&B singer, songwriter, and pianist, had been recording since the early 1960s without any chart success, but he had written successful singles for other artists like The Marvelettes and David Ruffin. "The Hustle", however, made McCoy internationally famous as an early figurehead of the disco genre. The song would be his first and last hit; Its immediate followup "Change with the Times" peaked at #46 and that was the closest he came to having top 40 entry. Sadly, McCoy died of a heart attack at the age of 39 just a few years later in 1979.
  • Dan-I was a British musician whose only hit song was the funk-disco "Monkey Chop", which reached #30 of the UK Singles Chart in 1979. He didn't have any other successes and sadly died in 2006 after an aggression.
  • Indeep are only known for their 1982 hit "Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life", and all their subsequent singles are now totally forgotten.
  • Bebu Silvetti, an Argentinian pianist, was one-and-done with the 1977 instrumental disco hit "Spring Rain". He had more success as a producer of various Latin artists.

    Electronic 
  • The Roc Project’s "Never (Past Tense)" cracked the US top 100 in 2003 and nearly made the UK top 40. They had a second single, "Deja Vu", and a full-length album, but never achieved a second hit. Tina Arena, the vocalist on the track, is a one-hit wonder in the U.S. but is big back in Australia.
  • Instrumental cover band Hot Butter had one hit and one hit only: their 1972 cover of the Moog synthpop instrumental "Popcorn".
  • Larissa: "I Do Both Jay and Jane"
  • K5: "Passion"; they later had the lesser hit "Lift You Up".
  • Josefine Garline: "The Young Generation", her only single from her sole album of the same name.
  • M|A|R|R|S: "Pump Up The Volume". This song is especially notable because its the band's only single. They were a one shot collaboration between two bands on the successful British indie label 4AD: Dream Pop duo AR Kane, and the electro-reggae group Colourbox. The song was a massive hit and a major influence on electronic music and sampling in pop music for years to come. The group was only active for about six months in 1987, and aside from the B-side to "Pump Up the Volume", never released another track. Ever. Despite the massive hit, neither Colourbox nor AR Kane had any hits on their own. Their collaboration ended in acrimony due to disagreements in the studio while making "Pump Up the Volume" and the two groups declined to work together on future M|A|R|R|S projects. Colourbox split up immediately after "Pump Up the Volume" came out, and AR Kane left 4AD after a couple singles, finishing their career on Rough Trade Records.
  • Precious’ only hit was "Precious Little Fantasy", which interpolated the riff from Kraftwerk's "Computer World".
  • Bomfunk MC's - "Freestyler". Their earlier song "B-Boys and Flygirls" was a hit in some countries, but never reached the heights that "Freestyler" got to. In the UK, "Uprocking Beats" made it to #11.
  • Planet Soul: "Set You Free", which reached # 26 on the Billboard Hot 100, was their only hit on the mainstream Top 40. "Feel The Music" only reached #76, and "Look Into My Eyes" was a minor hit on the dance charts, but not the Hot 100; said singles are now almost completely forgotten, though "Set You Free" isn't exactly well-remembered either.
  • DJ Jean's "The Launch" was a highly popular stadium anthem at hockey games in Canada and the US, but the rest of his discography is all but unknown on this side of the Atlantic. Even in Europe, it was his only Top 40 single outside of his home country of Holland, aside from "Love Come Home" reaching #26 in Belgium.
  • Disclosure are superstars in the United Kingdom but in the States are known only for "Latch". This is largely due to the fact that the song only became popular there due to featuring vocals by the rapidly-rising Sam Smith. Thus, the song is viewed by American audiences as Smith's song rather than Disclosure's, and the duo themselves remain largely obscure there. Ironically, "Latch" wasn't even their biggest hit in the U.K.; "White Noise", featuring vocals from AlunaGeorge (see below), was. They have a fairly large following in the US electronic scene, but to mainstream audiences they're nothing more than a name on a Sam Smith song. A later song, "Omen", which also featured Sam Smith, charted on the Hot 100, but it ultimately failed to reach the Top 40. Strangely, Disclosure would become a one-hit wonder once again on a different format. 2015's "Magnets" became their only song to get widespread airplay on alternative rock radio, but it only did so because it featured alternative mainstay Lorde. Since it's viewed as Lorde's song instead of theirs, and their style of music isn't really made for that format, they're unlikely to ever have another alternative hit again.
  • Naughty Boy is a prolific producer and had a few hits as an artist in his native U.K. but elsewhere only hit it big with "La La La". Like Disclosure above, Sam Smith's vocals contributed to the song's success; however, because he was unknown at the time it became a hit, Naughty Boy doesn't tend to be discredited as often.
  • Talisco is the pseudonym of a really obscure French artist called Jérome Amandi who only had one song achieve more than 1 million views on YouTube. That song is called Your Wish and was mainly known as “that cool song that appears on those ads/was on 3 Days to Kill”.
  • British duo AlunaGeorge is fairly popular in the UK and had a big hit there as a feature on Disclosure's aforementioned "White Noise". To the U.S. however, they're known only for "You Know You Like It". While the original was a moderate success back home, it became a huge success stateside when it was given a trap remix by DJ Snake. Given that the duo themselves are still quite obscure there, its success is mostly attributed to DJ Snake, and it sounds nothing like their normal, non-remixed material, it's unlikely they'll ever have another hit in the United States, especially not on their own.
  • Jack Ü, a Trap Music production super duo consisting of Skrillex and Diplo, scored a #8 hit entirely on the back of pop idol Justin Bieber with "Where Are Ü Now?". Since it's almost universally associated with Bieber, and neither of them are likely to score pop hits any time soon (either on their own or as a duo), it's not looking like Jack Ü will have another hit outside of the dance charts.
  • LMFAO isn't a one-hit wonder, but rather a Two-Hit Wonder with two massive #1 hits (namely "Party Rock Anthem" and "Sexy and I Know It"). However the former song featured guest vocals from British expat Lauren Bennett and credited production from GoonRock. This song marks their only chart entry on the Hot 100. The latter song averted this as it did not have any featured artists credited. Bennett would become a one-hit wonder twice over as member of the tragically short-lived Girl Group G.R.L.; see their entry in the pop subpage for more details.
  • Krewella are popular in EDM circles but their mainstream success began and ended with 2013's "Alive."
  • The Prodigy was absolutely massive in their native UK in the 1990s, but they only managed one top-40 hit stateside: "Firestarter". That being said, they had a few more hits on rock radio, such as "Breathe" and "Smack My Bitch Up" (which is now better-known than "Firestarter" because of its "sexist" lyrics and music video, despite peaking at #89).
  • Even the first electronic music band ever is technically a one-hit wonder. German band Kraftwerk only had one Top 40 hit in the US: A four-minute edit of their legendary 22 minute long "Autobahn" went to #25 in 1975. Of course, being that they were the Trope Makers of Electronic Music, they were massively influential and are rarely thought of as one-hit wonders. The group had nine more Top 40 hits in the UK, including the #1 smash "The Model".
  • Zedd isn't a one-hit wonder, but British singer Foxes, who provides the vocals on his Breakthrough Hit "Clarity", is.
  • Lithuanian DJ Ten Walls had a #6 hit in the UK with "Walking with Elephants," only to quickly implode shortly afterwards due to a homophobic rant on Facebook.
  • Calvin Harris isn't a one-hit wonder on any format he's charted in, whether it be on dance, pop, or even rhythmic radionote . However, Disciples, a British production trio that got equal credit on "How Deep Is Your Love", most certainly are. Since Disciples are virtually unknown even in their native UK, and that the song was widely associated with Harris first, they're unlikely to ever chart again. Also, Norwegian singer Ina Wroldsen had her only hit as well by providing the vocals — or at least she would have, had she been credited.
  • The Chainsmokers proved to not be a one-hit wonder, despite initially being dismissed by many as a quintessential 2010s examples of one for their memetic #16 song "#SELFIE" in 2014. They would later score one of the biggest EDM crossovers in 2016 with "Roses", which hit #6 and became bigger than "#SELFIE" ever was. However, in rescuing themselves from one-hit wonder status, they produced another. "Roses" features guest vocals from little-known singer Rozes. Since she has absolutely no profile outside of her spot on the song, it's unlikely she'll ever score another hit. "#SELFIE" is still a one-hit wonder, however, for Alexis Killacam, who did the "Valley Girl" voice on the song — or would have been had she been credited. Since she is not a professional singer, her chances at scoring another hit are even lower than the Chainsmokers' seemed to be before "Roses" took off.
  • British electronic group Apollo 440 are known internationally almost exclusively for the song "Stop The Rock", which became a huge Internet meme. They had several other hits back home, however.
  • While he has a cult following for his arthouse films like Rubber, and his musical career as a whole, Quentin Dupieux, under his moniker Mr. Oizo, is known to the world mainly for "Flat Beat," which topped the charts in Austria, Belgium, and the UK, and reached the top 5 in several others. The only iota of chart action he saw afterwards were two singles in his native France, 9 years after "Flat Beat," and neither reached the top 70 of the chart.
  • Jaydee (not to be confused with J Dilla) topped the dance charts with "Plastic Dreams" in 1993. He had two top 40 hits in Europe... but both were reprints of "Plastic Dreams," and while had a minor hit in Switzerland and the Netherlands, "Music Is So Special," "Plastic" is now by far the more likely song to be recongnized, as it is often stated to be a house classic.
  • Mirwais, producer of Madonna's Music, American Life, and Confessions on a Dancefloor albums, has only had one notable solo hit, "Naive Song", which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in 2000.
  • Clean Bandit is not a one-hit wonder, but their featured vocalist on "Rather Be", Jess Glynne is one, as it's one of only two of her songs to chart anywhere in the U.S. (the other, "Hold My Hand", only reached #86 after appearing in a Coca-Cola commercial). Back home, though, she's one of the biggest stars on the market, with a #1 debut album and two #1 hits (and a whopping five #1s if features are counted, all of which were scored before her album was even released).
  • Czech-born composer Jan Hammer had a number-one hit in 1985 with the theme from Miami Vice. It remains his sole entry on the Hot 100.
  • Australian DJ Flume has had several hits in his native UK, but in the U.S. "Never Be Like You" was his only song to make any impact on the charts. Kai, the featured vocalist, never had another hit anywhere.
  • While MSTRKRFT are a popular act within the Electro House scene, "Bounce" remains their only charter on the US Dance Charts.
  • Australian actor and comedian Santo Cilauro, going under the moniker of Zladko "Zlad!" Vladcik, only has one notable music piece to his name, the highly memetic "Elektronik - Supersonik". Cilauro produced one more song and video as Zlad!, "I am the Anti-Pope", which failed to garner anywhere near the level of popularity that "Elektronik" did.
  • While the drum & bass group Pendulum are extremely successful in their native Australia and in the UK, their only American hit was 2008's "Propane Nightmares", a #38 entry on the Billboard alternative chart.
  • Australian electro-pop musician Sam Sparro got noticed in 2008 when his song "Black and Gold" reached #4 in his home country and #2 in the UK, going on to be the tenth biggest hit of the year in the latter. Despite Grammy nominations and media hype, Sparro’s follow-up "21st Century Life" fell short of the top 40. His song "Happiness" did manage to become a hit in Belgium, Italy, and Poland, but nowhere else.

    Trance 
  • Silvertear - "So Deep"; a one-shot wonder co-produced by Cristophe and Erik of Ian Van Dahl, and remixed by them under the name Perfect Sphere. Famous for being That One Song in Dance Dance Revolution Max 2/Extreme AC and Max 2 US.
  • Rollergirl - "Love You More" (cover of Sunscreem). Also a Black Sheep Hit, as it was a different style from her other songs, which were generally Nu-Italo rather than trance.
  • Darude - "Sandstorm". Nothing else he's done comes close.
    • Except for "Feel The Beat".
    • Ditto for "Stomp To My Beat" by fellow Finn JS-16, although he also co-produced "Sandstorm" and "Feel The Beat".
  • "Kernkraft 400" by Zombie Nation.
    • The song was more of an international hit, while still played in every sporting event in America, it barely charted on the Hot 100
  • Binary Finary's "1998" is their only notable song. They had a number of b-sides on the remix EP's and the single "Niterider" in 2002, but due to disputes between members, they were mostly silent until 2006, when they released a download-only compilation of previously-unreleased tunes, The Lost Tracks. The remaining members have collaborated with various other trance musicians in recent years.
  • "Shattered" by Dejin, an indie musician from Snohomish County, WA, who was also a one-album wonder with As You Dream.
  • For a brief time during the summer of 2000, Sonique (a.k.a. Sonia Clarke) dominated the U.K., U.S. and Canadian charts with the reissue of her 1998 trance track "It Feels So Good", which was played on practically every Top 40 station in the world (and reaching the Top 5 in many countries). Despite releasing several more tracks after this (and suffering from breast cancer and mismanagement from her record label, who continually delayed the lead single from her follow-up album), nothing she's released in the years afterward has come close to replicating that success. Her follow-up "Sky" was a big hit in Europe but only charted on Club Play in the US.
    • Clarke's prior group, S'Express, was also a one-hit wonder with "Theme From S'Express".
  • "Days Go By" was a massive hit for British trio Dirty Vegas, becoming a hit in the US and Canada after being featured in a Mitsubishi commercial, despite not being that big anywhere else. Their only other song to become big afterwards was... "Days Go By" again, but in a stripped-down, electronics-free, acoustic guitar version. Despite not charting a second time, it's entirely possible that an American listening to adult contemporary or alternative radio will hear that version instead nowadays.
  • DJ Sammy, Yanou, and Do - "Heaven," a trance remake of the Bryan Adams chart-topper, became a worldwide hit in 2002. A remake of "The Boys of Summer" didn't do very well, and he faded back into obscurity afterwards.
  • The only hit Belgian dance trio D.H.T. has had outside their native country was a cover of Roxette's "Listen To Your Heart." It even cracked the U.S. market, despite the trance movement having died quite a while ago there.
  • Robert Miles had two entries on the Billboard Hot 100, and only "Children"(#21) reached the Top 40, being one of the first trance songs to do so. The second, "One and One" (#51), was the only US pop chart appearance of vocalist Maria Nayler.
  • Safri Duo's "Played A-Live (The Bongo Song)" was a #6 UK Singles hit and a #7 US dance hit in 2001. Their following single, "Samb-Adagio", was a top 10 hit in Spain, but fell by the wayside elsewhere.
  • Robin Fox's only hit of note was "I See Stars" in 2000. Her 2001 follow-up single, "It's Gonna Be Okay", had much less impact, coming up just short of the Billboard top 40.
  • Motorcycle, a collaboration between trance duo Gabriel & Dresden and singer/songwriter Jes. "As The Rush Comes" hit #1 in Billboard's Dance Music Airplay chart; it was also on Dance Dance Revolution EXTREME 2 (in America; DDR STRIKE in Japan and Dancing Stage Max in Europe also had the song). Their second single, "Deep Breath Love", didn't fare nearly as well, and the two acts went their separate ways.

    Trip-Hop 
  • Portishead are technically this, as their song "Sour Times," from Dummy has been their only song to appear on a Billboard chart, going to the top 5 on the Modern Rock charts and nearly cracking the top half of the Hot 100. Subverted in that they have a loyal cult following in the States, and are definitely not one hit wonders in their native England.
  • Forest for the Trees: "Dream" was the only charting single for the solo project for Beck producer Carl Stephenson.
  • Tricky has had a long, successful career in his native England, where he's considered to be one of the pioneers of the trip-hop genre. In America, however, he's had just one mainstream hit: 2001's ""Evolution Revolution Love", which featured Live vocalist Ed Kowalczyk and made it to #35 on the alternative charts. The song was also Kowalczyk's only chart entry as a solo artist, several years before he released any solo albums of his own.
  • Peeping Tom, the trip-hop project of Mike Patton, had its only chart entry with "Mojo", which squeaked onto the Billboard Alternative chart at #40 in 2006. Patton ultimately never recorded another album under the Peeping Tom name. The song is also the only hit for its two billed guests: Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and Rahzel. Nakamura is well known for a variety of projects, such as his collaborations with Gorillaz and membership in Deltron 3030, but he never had another hit under his own name. Rahzel, a former member of The Roots who is considered by many to be one of the greatest beatboxers in hip-hop, also never appeared on another chart.

Alternative Title(s): One Hit Wonder Electronic Dance

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