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  • The Sugar Hill Gang, a team of rappers gathered by Sylvia Robinson (more on her on the R&B page), had a #36 hit in 1980 with "Rapper's Delight". While it was a minor pop hit, it is considered the first popular hip-hop song. They never had another major hit, though.
  • Vanilla Ice had two top 5 hits in the early 1990's, but today he's only remembered for his #1 single "Ice Ice Baby".
  • J-Kwon had a massive hit in 2004 with "Tipsy", which peaked at #2 that spring. His follow-up "You & Me" petered out at #58, and he never charted anywhere again.
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  • Lifeseeker's "Gone Guru", which is their only hit thanks to the Song Association effect (it was in Dead Rising). According to their Myspace page, it's over 100 times more popular than their next-best songs.
  • Sir Mix-a-Lot is one of the more beloved one-hit wonders (especially in his native Seattle), but his massive 1992 chart-topper "Baby Got Back" is his only top 40 hit, and nothing else has even came close. Over twenty years later, it reentered pop culture as it was sampled in Nicki Minaj's memetic song "Anaconda". That said, his first album, "Swass" went platinum, despite not generating any top 40 songs.
  • Chamillionaire's "Ridin'" was a #1 hit in 2006 (generating the infamous "they see me rollin'… they hatin'!" meme). His only other top 40 hit was "Good Morning", which peaked exactly at #40. He also had another top 10 hit as a feature on Ciara's "Get Up", but it wasn't his hit (nor is it well-remembered today) so it can't really disqualify his one-hit wonder status.
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  • Limp Bizkit are not one-hit wonders on rock radio. However, their only trip to rhythmic airwaves was the Method Man-backed "N 2 Gether Now". Because it sounded nothing like their Nu Metal material, they never had another hit there.
  • In 2010, "I'm Awesome" became a surprise hit for little-known rapper Spose. The follow-up "We Hate Money" didn't chart anywhere. He wasn't heard from again until four years later, when he wrote an article for Cracked about how Executive Meddling, poor timing and the novelty status of his hit ruined his career.
  • Static Major's only hit came from singing the chorus of Lil Wayne's "Lollipop". This was not in his control because he died before the song was even released. Static Major was also a member of the R&B group Playa, who had a single top 40 hit in their repertoire as well, that song being "Cheers 2 U". Instead, Static Major is probably best remembered not as a musician, but as a songwriter: He wrote Ginuwine's breakthrough smash "Pony", as well as several of Aaliyah's biggest hits like "Are You That Somebody?", "Try Again" and "More Than a Woman".
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  • "Come On & Ride It (The Train)" by The Quad City DJ's. They had another top 40 hit with the Space Jam theme, and it is fondly remembered, but more as a song from a movie than as a hit.
  • House of Pain only had one top 40 hit in the US, "Jump Around", a #3 hit on the Hot 100 (they did manage four other Top 40 hits in the UK). Group member Everlast managed to be a one-hit wonder twice over: He started a solo career performing a folk-influenced style of hip hop and had a huge hit with "What It's Like", which topped the alternative chart and made to #13 on the Hot 100. Although Everlast never made the pop Top 40 again, he stuck around the alternative chart for a few years and had a few follow-up hits there.
  • Kardinal Offishall has been wildly popular in his native Canada for over 20 years, but 2008's "Dangerous" (featuring Akon) was his only song that successfully managed to travel South, aside from a feature on Akon's own hit "Beautiful" a year later. “Numba 1 (Tide Is High)” was featured in an episode of The Office (US) and "BodyBounce" (which also featured Akon) was a minor rhythmic hit in 2010, but neither ever touched the Hot 100.
  • Asher Roth got hyped in the late 2000s as the hottest white rapper since Eminem (though he did not like that comparison). He scored a #12 hit in 2009 with "I Love College" and faded back into obscurity.
  • The Shop Boyz, who are known for their 2007 #2 hit "Party Like a Rockstar" and nothing else.
  • Young M.C. had a #7 hit in 1989 with "Bust a Move", which has been featured countless times in media. Although his follow-up "Principal's Office" did manage to scrape the Top 40, landing at #33, he's completely fallen off the map ever since. This tag could even be applied to his albums; his debut Stone Cold Rhymin made the Top 10, his follow-up Brainstorm only reached #66, and all albums since didn't even chart. This was lampshaded with his 1997 album Return of the 1 Hit Wonder.
  • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is one of the biggest internet success stories of The New '10s and is most certainly not a one-hit wonder. However, all of his hits to date feature an artist who always becomes a one-hit wonder.
    • "Thrift Shop", his Breakthrough Hit, features Wanz, who is especially unlikely to score another hit being in his fifties (unless he collaborates with Macklemore again).
    • "Can't Hold Us" features gospel singer Ray Dalton. While Dalton has only released one single of his own, the public hasn't shown any interest in him.
    • "Same Love" features openly lesbian singer Mary Lambert. Lambert has fared the best of all the one-hit wonders featured, having minor success as an Indie Pop singer and a modest radio hit with her song "Secrets". Still, "Love" is her only song to make the Top 40.
    • "White Walls" has Hollis, who is completely unheard of outside that song. She was an uncredited vocalist on his song "Wings", but it can't disqualify her status as a one hit wonder since it never charted nor was it her hit.
    • "Downtown" ups the ante with Eric Nally, Melle Mel and Grandmaster Caz. The former is a singer for a band (Foxy Shazam, mentioned in the "rock" folder), and is highly unlikely to score a solo hit. The latter two, however, provide an interesting case among Macklemore's guests in that even though this was their only chart hit, they were already famous for being old-school hip-hop legends. Melle Mel was the lead rapper for the iconic Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (who are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), but that group had no top 40 hits; Mel was also featured prominently on Chaka Khan's 1984 smash hit "I Feel For You", but he isn't credited on the single, so his status for "Downtown" stands. Caz, meanwhile, is widely considered to be one of the first emcees ever, and collaborated with the genre's creator DJ Kool Herc in the early 1970s before forming the pioneering Cold Crush Brothers (also No Hit Wonders). A third hip-hop icon, Kool Moe Dee, is featured on the song; while it's unlikely he gets another hit either, he isn't a one-hit wonder to begin with as he was featured on Will Smith's #1 "Wild Wild West".
  • Macklemore featured on Rudimental's #1 UK hit "These Days". Of the other featured artists, only Dan Caplen has no other hits.
  • Asian-American electro-hop group Far East Movement scored a massive viral hit in 2010 with "Like a G6". The Ode to Intoxication anthem topped the Billboard charts (making them the first Asian act to do so since Kyu Sakamoto, another one-hit wonder), filled clubs globally, and sold over 10 million records worldwide. Their follow-up "Rocketeer" charted, making it all the way up to #7, but was quickly forgotten. After that, they faded into complete obscurity with only a near-Top 20 hit solely due to a Justin Bieber feature (their album Dirty Bass barely made the Top 200). Today, they are remembered for one song and one song only: "Like a G6". The song is also the Top 40 hit for credited producers The Cataracs (who are prominent producers, and have a few other production credits on the charts, but none to the same degree of success); other featured artist Dev had a #11 hit a year later with "In the Dark". In the UK, they had a #1 hit as feature on Bingo Players' "Get Up (Rattle)", but it wasn't their hit though (nor was it a hit in the US), so it can't disqualify their status as one-hit wonders.
  • Latino/Black rap group Terror Squad had a #1 hit in 2004 with "Lean Back", which introduced the easy-to-use dance move of the same name. Like many other songs that introduced a new dance move, they faded into obscurity afterwards, with their follow-up "Take Me Home" only peaking at #62. Any chance they had of scoring a comeback was lost when they broke up completely in 2006. They still have a cult following in the rap community, however; plus the group was fronted by Fat Joe, who is not a one-hit wonder.
  • Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy only had one hit out of his Solo Side Project; his 2010 debut Top 5 single "Billionaire" with Bruno Mars. All following singles haven't even scraped the lower ends of any charts (apart from Taio Cruz's "Higher", which hit #24. It wasn't his song however, so it doesn't nullify McCoy's one-hit wonder status). His band itself is an aversion, having hit the Top 40 four separate times (though they were one for four years until they made a comeback with "Stereo Hearts"). Additionally, Fall Out Boy isn't a one-hit wonder, but frontman Patrick Stump became a one-hit wonder in association with Gym Class Heroes. His hook he provided on their #4 hit "Cupid's Chokehold" became his only Top 40 hit. He almost had another Top 40 hit on another Gym Class Heroes song with "Clothes Off!!!", but it fell short at #46. Stump attempted a solo career in 2011, but it failed to generate any major hits. British singer Neon Hitch (which is her real name, by the way) only had two chart entries in the U.S. as a feature, the biggest one being on GCH's #12 "Ass Back Home". The only other entry is a feature on 3OH!3's "Follow Me Down" from Alice in Wonderland (2010), which only peaked at #89. She had two #1 dance hits, but has never charted on the Hot 100 by herself.
  • Luniz had a huge hit in 1995 with "I Got 5 On It". Their follow-ups weren't particularly successful on the rap charts, let alone the Hot 100.
  • British rapper Tinie Tempah crossed over to US charts in 2011 with the top 20 hit "Written in the Stars". Though he remains popular in the UK, he hasn't managed to crack the US Top 40 since. Featuring artist Eric Turner gets hit with this as well; nothing else he's done has charted anywhere.
  • British-Sri Lankan recording artist M.I.A. had a massive crossover hit in 2008 with "Paper Planes", which reached #4 on the U.S. pop chart, and was also a hit on the dance, rap, R&B and alternative charts. It's also her only song to enter the Hot 100, apart from a feature on Madonna's #10 hit "Give Me All Your Lovin'". It wasn't her hit however, so it doesn't discredit her one-hit wonder status. Although she has been a favorite of critics around the world since the beginning her career, she never had another hit as big as "Paper Planes". Her only other UK Top 40 hit was 2010's #23 entry "XXXO", which was quickly forgotten and is not as well remembered as singles like "Galang" or "Boyz" that weren't hits. "Bad Girls" was popular as well, having been featured in media numerous times, but it wasn't a major hit anywhere.
  • Atlanta hip-hop duo Playaz Circle, a member of Ludacris' Disturbing tha Peace family, scored a top 20 hit with "Duffle Bag Boy" in 2007, thanks mostly to a feature from Lil Wayne. Their subsequent singles and both of their albums failed to go anywhere; however, group member Tity Boi would later change his name to 2 Chainz and have more success.
  • T-Wayne scored a viral hit in 2015 with "Nasty Freestyle", which hit #9 with practically no radio airplay. The song featured the Texas hip-hop artist freestyling over the beat of "Nasty" by Bandit Gang Marco. However, it only became a hit because of Memetic Mutation — the line "first let me hop out the motherfucking Porsche" spread across the internet. Since it only became a hit because of a meme, and not him, he quickly faded back into obscurity.
  • Silentó hit #3 with "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" in 2015. Despite being panned by general audiences, the music video became one of 2015's most-viewed videos of the year. The song, which is an instructional tutorial of a wide variety of dance moves, became extremely popular with kids across the U.S. However, due to the widespread hatred of the song and unfavorable comparisons to "Crank That", and that it was too much of a novelty to be taken seriously, it's unlikely that he'll have any chance at a long-term career.
  • IHeartMemphis (later known as ILoveMemphis) is seen much in the same vein as Silentó. Though not quite as big, he did manage a viral #15 hit with "Hit the Quan", his own dance move. His follow-up "Lean and Dabb" barely charted. Like Silentó, it was too much of a novelty for him to have any long-term success, and he quickly faded out of public consciousness.
  • While Fetty Wap certainly isn't a one-hit wonder, becoming a rap superstar after "Trap Queen" and faring far better than the other three rappers who scored viral hits through Vine, he has two songs that feature a one-hit wonder. "679" has Remy Boyz, a duo consisting of Monty and P-Dice, the latter having since been kicked out while "My Way" features Monty, solo from the Remy Boyz.
  • Bobby Shmurda had a #6 hit in the fall of 2014 with "Hot Nigga," popularized by its viral Shmoney dance and the line "Mitch caught a body about a week ago". He promptly vanished from public consciousness after the song died down. Soon afterwards, he was arrested on murder conspiracy and drug trafficking charges. In October 2016, he was sentenced to seven years, killing his chances at a follow-up.
  • The Finatticz "Don't Drop That Thun Thun!" was the first major case of a rap song becoming popularized through Vine. Originally released in 2012 and based on a song of theirs from 2009, it blew up in the summer of 2013 after a video of several girls twerking appeared on Vine.
  • Although he has a strong following, Young Thug has only had one hit in the U.S., "Lifestyle", his collaboration with Rich Homie Quan under the Cash Money umbrella group name Rich Gang (who also only had that top 40 hit). Young Thug had featured spots on a Rae Sremmurd song and an Usher song (which both scraped the bottom of the top 40) as well as Camila Cabello’s (formerly of Fifth Harmony) chart-topping Breakup Breakout “Havana”, but nothing else as a lead. A previous single released under the Rich Gang name, "Tap Out", just missed the top 40.
  • Flo Rida isn't a one-hit wonder by any means, but "Sugar" featured Wynter Gordon on hook, who hasn't had any hit of her own since (apart from some dance club hits), and "G.D.F.R" featured producer Lookas, who is so obscure that his Wikipedia profile redirects to that song.
  • Sage the Gemini has a few featured hits (including the aforementioned "GDFR"), but his only hit as a lead was 2013’s “Gas Pedal”. It was also the only hit for featured rapper Iamsu!.
  • Khia had a surprise hit in 2002 with "My Neck, My Back", which peaked at #4 in the UK and #42 in the USA. Nothing else by her ever bothered the charts again.
  • Soulja Boy isn't a one-hit wonder, but I-15, who sang the chorus to his minor hit "Soulja Girl", is. Despite having five Top 40 hits, Soulja himself is now remembered as a one-hit wonder for his #1 debut smash "Crank That (Soulja Boy)".
  • Del Tha Funkee Homosapien is a very respected underground MC, but to the general public he's best known for his guest verses on Gorillaz' 2001 debut Breakthrough Hit "Clint Eastwood", which he wasn't even credited for and was his only Hot 100 appearance. He had four hits on the Billboard rap chart, but none of them crossed over to pop.
  • New York rapper Mims had a chart-topping smash with his 2007 song "This Is Why I'm Hot". His follow-up "Like This" fizzled out at #32, and afterwards he faded into complete obscurity. In fact, most people today probably don't even remember "Hot".
  • Afroman had a #13 hit in 2001 with "Because I Got High"... then, nothing.
  • Jay Rock is mostly known for "Hood Gone Love It" after being featured in Grand Theft Auto V.
  • In a similar case to the above, alt-rapper Chuck Inglish (of The Cool Kids fame) is only known for "Came Thru/Easily" after being included in the next-gen version of Grand Theft Auto V. His albums have never charted on the Billboard 200, and to make matters worse, it's probably more associated with Ab-Soul and/or Mac Miller.
  • Sean "Puff Daddy/P. Diddy/Diddy" Combs is most certainly not a one-hit wonder as a solo artist, but Diddy-Dirty Money, his collaboration with R&B singers Dawn Richard and Kaleena Harper, is known almost exclusively for their 2011 near-Top 10 hit "Coming Home". While they had a #27 song with its predecessor "Hello Good Morning", it failed to crossover like "Coming Home" did and is mostly forgotten. They're unlikely to have another hit anytime soon, since they broke up for good in 2012. Dawn Richard has since started a critically acclaimed solo career that unfortunately has not translated into any pop hits for her.
  • Hip hop icons N.W.A. only had one top 40 hit… in 2015, long after they broke up, when "Straight Outta Compton" made it to #38. How? A combination of several new rules added to the Billboard Hot 100 (streaming and YouTube plays being integrated into the Hot 100 and older songs are now allowed to chart as long as they make it above #50) and a resurgence of interest in the band due to to the popularity of the biopic Straight Outta Compton. Because of the "stars aligning" nature of this entry, and because the band is no longer active, it's unlikely they'll ever have another top 40 hit.
  • Latino rap group Cypress Hill are hardly considered one-hit wonders, having a massive fanbase with both hip-hop and rock audiences, and they still tour to large crowds to this day. However, many will be surprised to learn they only had one Top 40 hit, their signature 1993 song "Insane in the Brain", which peaked at #19. None of their other songs reached the Top 40, and while it's still easily their best known song, it's not the only one they're known for overall.
  • Candyman had a #9 hit in 1990 with "Knockin' Boots", and then, nothing.
  • Juvenile is not a one-hit wonder, but his 2004 #1 hit "Slow Motion" was the only hit for featured artist Soulja Slim, who was murdered before the song's release.
  • Kanye West isn't a one-hit wonder by any stretch of the imagination. However, a weird example of this happened to little-known New York rapper and A Tribe Called Quest associate Consequence. West's 2005 song "Gone", which feature Consequence and Cam'ron (who is not a one-hit wonder either) and was never released as single, went viral eight years later in 2013. After a woman posted a viral video of a dance to the song, "Gone" shot up to #18 on the charts, marking Consequence's only visit to the Hot 100.
  • D4L is remembered solely for their infamous #1 smash "Laffy Taffy", which dropped in late 2005 and hit the top of the charts by January 2006 thanks to enormous online and ringtone sales. Like so many of their fellow snap acts, they had a second chart entry ("Betcha Can't Do It Like Me") that no one remembers (it only peaked at #72). Thanks to snap's massive hatedom within both the mainstream and in hip-hop itself (where it was probably even more despised), most people probably don't even remember the D4L name and just remember the song from endless tinny ringtones and cars blasting it at red lights. The group dissolved almost immediately afterwards; former member Shawty Lo later had his own minor hit with "Dey Know" in 2008, but he too ended up a one-hit wonder as a soloist. Any chance that Shawty Lo or his group would escape being a one-hit wonder evaporated in 2016 when he tragically died in a fatal car crash that September.
  • Baby Bash actually had two hits ("Suga Suga" and "Cyclone") tied for his highest position (#7) on the Billboard Hot 100, but the Lil Jon-produced "Cyclone" (released in April 2007) was the more recognizable of the two, as it was one of the top-selling ringtones of 2007 and was notorious for its heavily Autotuned chorus, in addition to being his top-selling single in terms of gross sales (including ringtones, which were counted during that time period). While he is still active as an artist and had several other minor hits, he has not had a single real hit since "Cyclone", and when you ask people who were in their teens or early twenties back in the mid-2000s for a prime example of a one-hit wonder from that time period, chances are that "Cyclone" will be one of the first songs that they mention.
  • In 2012, Kirko Bangz (no relation to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain) had a modest hit with "Drank in My Cup", which reached #28 on the Hot 100 and topped the rap charts. He hasn't touched either chart since (he did slightly better on the hip-hop charts, but even there he never came close to matching "Drank"'s success).
  • Atlanta rapper Freak Nasty had a #15 hit in 1997 with his smash-hit "Da' Dip", which stayed on the charts for 33 weeks and made it to #34 on that year's Hot 100 Year-End chart. He followed up that song with "Do What U Feel" the following year, which although was a minor top 40 hit on the rap charts, did not chart on the Hot 100 and was immediately forgotten. He then quickly faded into obscurity and it was extremely unlikely he would have another song hit any chart, let alone the Hot 100, until 2007, when "Do It Just Like A Rockstar" featuring Crazy Mike (which would be the only time he has ever visited the Hot 100) hit #45 on the Hot 100. The song's success was, by all means, a fluke, as the only reason why that song charted in the first place was because confused iTunes customers thought it was the Shop Boyz' (see above) song "Party Like A Rockstar", and once the Shop Boyz' officially released their song digitally, "Do It Just Like A Rockstar" dropped off the charts immediately. He was once again completely forgotten soon after and he is only known for "Da' Dip" today and nothing else, and the argument can be made that part of the reason that people still even remember that song today is because Danny Brown (who has not had any charting hits but is otherwise quite popular) sampled it on "Dip" on Old.
  • Pop-rapper Outasight managed a #38 hit with 2012's "Tonight is the Night". His follow-up "Now or Never" fell just short of charting, and he never saw any chart action again afterwards.
  • Rap group Ghost Town DJs are known only for the song, the R&B dance cut "My Boo", which hit #31 in 1996 and #27 in 2016 following the Running Man Challenge. It was also the only song the group ever recorded: "My Boo" had been recorded specifically for a compilation for the record label So So Def, and Ghost Town DJs never even released a full album.
  • Rapper V.I.C., much like Fort Minor or Big & Rich, had exactly one top 40 hit on the Hot 100 but is now remembered as one for another song. "Get Silly" hit #29 in 2008 and was quickly forgotten, but was somewhat notable for being the last snap hit on the charts before that genre died for good. Follow-up "Wobble" flopped due to the attention drawn to it over its highly obscene lyrics — but interest was renewed in late 2011 after a dance craze involving the song brought it back to the spotlight. Nowadays, V.I.C. is remembered as a one-hit wonder, but for "Wobble" instead of "Get Silly". Not helping matters is the fact that "Get Silly" involved the aforementioned Soulja Boy.
  • Ace Hood has a large fanbase, but his only success on the Hot 100 was 2013's "Bugatti", which is also his only song most people not involved with hip-hop can name. He's had several songs hit the Hot 100, but none have come close to its success. He also had a minor hit as a feature on a DJ Khaled song, "Out Here Grindin'" in 2008, but since it wasn't his hit nor is it well-remembered today like "Bugatti", it can't disqualify his status as a one-hit wonder.
  • Kreayshawn is technically a No-Hit Wonder, as her only "hit" song, "Gucci Gucci", stalled out at #57. However, due to its viral Ear Worm-ish nature, it is remembered by most people as one.
  • Kid Ink is a fairly well-known rapper, but his only Top 40 hit as a lead artist was 2014's "Show Me" (featuring Chris Brown). He may be better known by mainstream audiences for his guest verse on Fifth Harmony's "Worth It", but it doesn't legitimately count as his hit, so it can't disqualify his status as a one-hit wonder.
  • Juelz Santana had many hits as a featured artist (including Chris Brown's Breakthrough Hit "Run It!"), but his only Top 40 entry as a lead artist was 2006's "There It Go (The Whistle Song)".
  • Craig Mack is an infamous example of a one hit wonder. "Flava In Ya Ear" was his biggest hit at #9, with its follow up "Get Down" sneaking in the Top 40 at #38. Unfortunately, the well known remix of "Flava In Ya Ear" featured Bad Boy labelmate The Notorious B.I.G., who completely murdered Mack on his own song (the fact that the remix also included LL Cool J and rising young rapper Busta Rhymes didn't help Mack either). Though his album Project: Funk Da World and its singles were successful, Mack was dropped from Bad Boy for not matching Biggie's success, and promptly fell into obscurity not long after, only making headlines almost twenty years later for having found religion in 2012. Mack was recording a comeback album in 2018, but died of heart failure before he could fully finish it.
  • Jibbs is known only for 2006's "Chain Hang Low" and nothing else.
  • Although he's fairly popular in the rap community, Ty Dolla $ign only had one top 40 hit of his own, with 2014's "Paranoid" (featuring B.o.B). Like Kid Ink above, he's probably better-known for his involvement on a Fifth Harmony song ("Work from Home"), and also his involvement in the all-star collaboration "Sucker For Pain" from Suicide Squad (2016), but "Paranoid" is the only song that can legitimately qualify as his hit.
  • Kent Jones is known for his summer 2016 hit "Don't Mind" and nothing else.
  • Fugees member Pras only ever had one hit in his solo career with "Ghetto Superstar" on the Bulworth movie soundtrack.
  • Ca$h Out had a #36 hit in 2012 with "Cashin' Out" (similarly titled to his stage name). He had another Hot 100 entry two years later with "She Twerkin'", but it didn't get any higher than #98.
  • Despite being a member of the legendary Three Six Mafia and having many hits as a featured artist, Juicy J's only hit as a lead artist was 2012's "Bandz a Make Her Dance".
  • D.R.A.M. scored a top 10 hit in 2016 with "Broccoli" before fading into obscurity. The only other things he did worth noticing are his appearances on Gorillaz' "Andromeda" and Canadian EDM group Chromeo’s “Must’ve Been”.
  • The duo of rapper Shwayze and singer-guitarist Cisco Adler only had one top 40 hit: "Corona & Lime", which made it to #23 on the Hot 100 in 2008. Interestingly, they're probably better remembered as a Two-Hit Wonder instead, for both that song and its predecessor "Buzzin'", despite the fact that the latter song topped out at #46.
  • Kevin Gates' only top 40 hit was 2016's "2 Phones", although "Really Really" just missed the top 40 a few months later.
  • Belly has had many hits in his native Canada, but his only song to gain traction anywhere else was 2016's "Might Not" (featuring The Weeknd).
  • The only hit for actor/rapper Nick Cannon was "Gigolo", his 2004 duet with R. Kelly. Cannon was also married to Mariah Carey from 2008-2016, managed the Ncredible Entertainment label, and became the head of TeenNick.
  • DJ Kool (not to be confused with DJ Kool Herc) had his only hit in 1997 with "Let Me Clear My Throat". He never saw any chart action again.
  • Psychedelic hip-hop fusion group The Justin Warfield Supernaut scored just one entry on the Billboard rap charts when their song "Season of the Vic" made it to #18 in 1991. 15 years later, Warfield resurfaced again as the frontman for the goth rock duo She Wants Revenge, who had a couple hits over on the alternative charts.
  • Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall had a viral hit in early 2017 with “Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)” before fading into obscurity (their article on Wikipedia redirects to the song’s article).
  • In 1985, the Chicago Bears released a promotional single called "The Super Bowl Shuffle", which featured the members of the team performing a Boastful Rap. Although it was well-received and earned a Grammy nomination, they never charted again.
  • Ayo & Teo, a duo consisting of brothers Ayleo and Mateo Bowles, had a viral hit in 2017 with “Rolex”. They’ve yet to chart again. Ayo did produce another hit, also in 2017 (Kyle's "iSpy").
  • White rapper MC 900 Foot Jesus scored a #25 hit on the Billboard alternative charts in 1994 with "If I Only Had a Brain". The song's radio popularity had a lot to do with its offbeat video, directed by Spike Jonze, making an appearance on Beavis And Butthead. However, his success was short-lived. After several years of working as an experimental musician, he was 37 years old when "Brain" hit it big, and he became disinterested in continuing his musical career while recording his follow-up album. He ultimately pursued several jobs outside of music, from flight instructor to bookstore employee before settling into a career as a DJ. Nearly 25 years later, he has yet to release a follow-up to "Brain".
  • Somalian-Canadian singer K'naan's only international success is "Wavin' Flag" (which, despite not actually being a big hit, is well-known due to commercial associations with Coca-Cola, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign). Before it, he had a minor hit on American alternative radio with "If Rap Gets Jealous", which featured Kirk Hammett on lead guitar, but that song fell short of the Billboard Alternative chart. His later song "Is Anybody Out There?" (a collaboration with Nelly Furtado) also scraped the bottom of the charts, but it's completely forgotten even in Canada. An incident where he infamously bashed Kendrick Lamar didn't help his chances of scoring another hit.
  • Rap duo Chiddy Bang scraped the bottom of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2010 with “Opposite of Adults”. They never charted again and broke up in 2013.
  • Lucas, a jazz-rapper from Denmark, had a huge cross-format hit with his 1994 single "Lucas with the Lid Off". The song made it to #29 on the Hot 100 and was also a Top 30 hit on both the rap and alternative charts. The song's success had much to do with its elaborate, eye-catching video, shot entirely in a single take by French director Michel Gondry. While Lucas had no further hits, the video proved to be a breakthrough moment for Gondry, who was nominated for a Grammy for Best Music Video. Gondry became one of the defining music video auteurs of the 1990s and 2000s, while Lucas faded into obscurity.
  • Jidenna had a surprise hit in 2015 with “Classic Man”, which was a top 10 urban hit and even got top 40 airplay. His followup “Yoga”, a collaboration with Janelle Monáe, fizzled at #79 and he never charted again after that. Featured artist Roman GianArthur fared even worse; “Classic Man” was his only entry on any chart.
  • Cali Swag District had a viral hit in 2010 with “Teach Me How to Dougie”, which spawned a massive dance craze of the same name. The song made it to #28 on the Hot 100 and topped Billboard's R&B chart. The group never had another hit and never recorded a second album, although several of their follow-up singles made the lower rungs of the R&B chart. Within six years of "Dougie", two of their original members had died, and the group now seems to be a part-time project for the surviving members, which means it's unlikely that they'll ever have the momentum to break back into the mainstream or even on urban radio.
  • New Boyz were a hip hop duo who had four top 40 hits, but only their 2009 debut, the #24 "You're A Jerk", is still remembered today.
  • Murphy Lee, a rapper known for his ties to ex-rap superstar Nelly, only ever had one hit of note, which was his chart-topping collaboration with Nelly and P. Diddy, "Shake Ya Tailfeater", from the Bad Boys II soundtrack. He did have a hit all on his own afterwards in the long forgotten "What Da Hook Gon' Be", and had a featured spot on another Nelly hit, "Air Force Ones", but "Tailfeather" is all anyone remembers him for, if at all. Speaking of "Air Force Ones", that song marked the only ever major hit for Ali and Kyjuan, who alongside Nelly and Lee were members of the rap supergroup St. Lunatics. Ali was a one hit wonder twice over as part of the duo Ali & Gipp, who appeared on Nelly's #1 single "Grillz". The fifth member of St. Lunatics was City Spud, whose only chart appearance was via "Ride Wit Me", another Nelly classic. Spud's one-hit wonder status was more due to unfortunate circumstances as he was in jail during the song's release. In fact, St. Lunatics' only album was called Free City, part of a campaign to get Spud out of jail.
  • Rap veteran Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest fame is hardly considered a one-hit wonder, but he’s only had one top 40 hit: 1999’s “Vivrant Thing”, which reached #26. He also contributed a guest rap verse to Deee-lite's #4 pop smash "Groove Is In the Heart", but was not credited on Billboard for his appearance.
  • Dutch hip hop duo MC Miker G & DJ Sven are known only for 1986's "Holiday Rap", a remix of Madonna's "Holiday", also containing an interpolation of Cliff Richard's "Summer Holiday". It topped the charts in several European countries including France and Germany.
  • Alt hip-hop quartet Souls of Mischief made a huge splash in 1993 with their debut single "93 'Til Infinity", which became one of the most critically acclaimed songs in any genre that year. The song made it to #72 on the Hot 100 and #11 on the rap chart, but it wound up being their only major hit and their only Hot 100 entry. Although their debut album is considered a hip-hop classic, they hit a Sophomore Slump with their second album and lost all their commercial momentum.
  • The Kentucky group Nappy Roots were one of the most hyped new musical acts of 2002, with their idiosyncratic mix of southern hip-hop, blues and soul capturing the interest of both critics and the general public. Their song "Po' Folks" was a #21 hit on the Hot 100 that year, while another single, "Awnaw", just missed the Top 40. However those would be the group's last significant hits. They took five years off between their second and third album, and their momentum had dried up by the time the latter was released. "Po' Folks" remains the group’s only Top 40 hit.
  • J.J. Fad, an all-female rap trio discovered by Eazy-E of N.W.A., scored a huge hit in 1988 with "Supersonic". The song went Top 40 on Billboard's pop, R&B and dance charts, and the single was certified Gold. Aside from Salt-N-Pepa, they were the biggest female act in hip-hop during the late 1980s. However, their success didn't last long: They had two more Hot 100 entries after "Supersonic", but neither made it to the Top 40. Their second album flopped in 1990, and the group called it quits two years later.
  • Stakka Bo had a hit across Europe in 1993 with "Here We Go". In addition to being a #4 hit in his native Sweden, it also reached #13 in the UK and #20 on the alternative chart across the Atlantic in the US. Stakka Bo never had a hit again outside of Sweden, but he's been quite successful as a music video and television director. In addition to helming acclaimed videos for artists like Madonna, New Order and David Bowie, he's also directed episodes of Breaking Bad and the 2019 Chernobyl miniseries.
  • Tay-K reached #44 on the Hot 100 and #12 on the Billboard rap chart in 2017 with his song "The Race". At the time of its release, Tay-K was a wanted fugitive and the subject of a nationwide manhunt after his involvement in a fatal home invasion, a series of robberies and the murder of a photographer. He was captured a few months later, and was sentenced to 55 years in prison in 2019, following a trial in which the lyrics to "The Race" were entered as evidence against him. His imprisonment ended his recording career.
  • Fu-Schnickens had a handful of hits on the rap charts, but their only pop hit was "What's Up Doc (Can We Rock?)", which reached #39 in 1993. The song featured basketball star Shaquille O'Neal, who used it as the launching pad for his own surprisingly successful rap career. The collaboration was also the origin of O'Neal's nickname "Shaq Fu", which followed the same structure as the rap names of the members of Fu-Schnickens. Without Shaq, the group's next single only made it to #67 on the Hot 100, and they never released a third album.

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