Pretty much every year, there is a new singer with a song that either really good and makes it to the top of the chart. Or it really sucks but makes it to the top. There’s no official definition of one-hit wonders. But according to the terms of Billboard, anyone whose second single falls short of the Top 25, after smashing the top spot or around the top with their first single, is a one-hit-wonder. Here are the singers who gave us a really good song before disappearing from the charts-
1. “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra
“Somebody That I Used to Know” is arguably one of the best songs that you can listen to again and again. The song along with its singers Gotye and Kimbra earned international fame when it stayed an impressive 44 weeks in the Top 40 and eight weeks at No. 1. The song also won the awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the Grammy Awards that year. But since the hit, Gotye never made it in the Top 40 again.
2. “Macarena” by Los del Río
90’s kids might remember this song. “Macarena” was released in 1996 entering the chart on May 18 of that year. It stayed in the Top 40 for an impressive 37 weeks. The song was even played at the 1996 Democratic National Convention. It left the chart on Jan. 25, 1997 and the singers never really made it to the chart again.
3. “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot:
Another song from the 90’s that you might have heard even if you’re not a 90’s kid ( Ross sings it to Emma on Friends’ 9th season). The song entered the Top 40 chart on May 2, 1992, and stayed for 24 weeks. The widely popular song has covered and parodied and referred to in everything from “Friends” to “Shrek.” But Sir Mix-A-Lot didn’t make it with any other of his songs.
4. ‘Hey There Delilah’ by Plain White T’s
Another song that will give you all the feels no matter how many times you listen to it. It made its chart debut on May 26, 2007 and stayed there for 28 weeks. Reportedly, Tom Higgenson wrote this song for a girl he was trying to impress, named Delilah DiCrescenzo. That didn’t work out and neither any of his other songs.
5. “Fireflies” by Owl City:
The synth-pop song “Fireflies” by Owl City gained a lot of popularity when it entered the Top 40 on Oct. 10, 2009. The song was wonderful and it stayed on the charts for 25 weeks. But Adam Young, the singer, hasn’t made into the Top 40 since then.
6. “Take On Me” by A-Ha
This song you might haven’t heard and unlike the other songs, it wasn’t an instant hit. It was first released by Norwegian music group A-ha in 1984, and an enhanced version was released in 1985. It took four months to reach number one in America. It won six MTV Video Music Awards in 1986.
7. “Let Her Go” by Passenger
Released on July 2012, “Let Her Go” was the second single from Passenger’s fourth album, All the Little Lights. The song achieved international success and topped the charts in several countries. It won Passenger the British Academy’s Ivor Novello Award for Most Performed Work and went on to become a 6x platinum.
8 .”You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt
“You’re Beautiful” entered the charts on Dec. 24, 2005, and stayed for 29 weeks. Blunt’s sole Top 40 hit was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
9. “Everything You Want” by Vertical Horizon
Sang by Vertical Horizon, “Everything You Want” was a huge success. It stayed in the Top chart for 34 in 2000. The rock band from Washington, D.C. earned worldwide recognition with this song. It was Billboard’s Most Played Single of 2000.
10. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin:
One of the most popular songs of 1988, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin reached No. 1 and won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.