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10 One-Hit Wonders Who Should Have Had More Success

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One-hit wonders, in some ways, are more innovative than their legendary counterparts. Sometimes -- such as is the case with the Buggles -- they are too innovative. People are not ready for them, and musical trends may not be in their favor, whether they are innovative or passe.

Anyway, here are ten one-hit wonders that should have had a second chance at being legends.


"I get knocked down/ but I get up again/ you're ever gonna keep me down?" was the resounding cry of Chumbawumba's 1997 hit, "Tubthumping." Though they had other hits in their native UK, this wound up being their one and only time in front of most U.S. listeners.

Chumbawumba was also pretty controversial because they some members were openly anarchist. For example, one time they appeared on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher and said they didn't care if anyone stole their music. Saying this, it prompted the now-defunct Virgin Megastore to pull their album from the shelves and sell it under the store's counter.

So what could have possibly prevented this band from achieving legendary status in the U.S.? Controversy and the fact that they wanted to be released from their contract with EMI. Chumbawumba broke up in 2012.

Jane Child

Jane Child was like the dance-pop, rock, and punk love child of the '80s. Though she continues to record, virtually nothing has been heard from her since her perennial hit "Don't Wanna Fall In Love." She has a great voice, and it's a shame that radio and audiences have ignored her.

Alannah Myles

In many ways, Canadian rocker Alannah Myles was a lot like Melissa Ethridge meets Joan Jett, a female equivalent to Bruce Springsteen or John Mellencamp. However, she did not receive much recognition outside her native Canada aside from her one worldwide hit, "Black Velvet" in 1990.

In 2011, Myles revealed that she is no longer able to move her head or neck due to receiving more than 500 chiropractic treatments. She now gets around using two canes and still continues to record and perform in spite of this disability.

Blind Melon

When Blind Melon came out with their single "No Rain" in 1993, it was like a breath of fresh air for rock fans everywhere, because "No Rain" was a such a darn happy song. In many ways, it was a throwback to some of the mellow songs of the '60s. However, their success was short-lived partly due to the death of lead vocalist Shannon Hoon, who died of a drug overdose.

The surviving members continued on, but things were never quite the same. It would have been great to hear more songs like "No Rain."


If you have ever been lucky enough to see this band live, then it's a lot like getting into a Delorean and going back to the '80s on a wild ride. I was lucky enough to see Animotion live with A Flock of Seagulls and When In Rome for Stereo Live's "Lost '80s Night" in 2011. Animotion is still a great band that deserves more respect than they usually get.

'Til Tuesday

Before Aimee Mann had a solo career, she was in Boston's 'Til Tuesday. Perhaps you may remember their 1985 hit song, "Voices Carry," from their self-titled debut album. If you listen to that album, you will also know that Mann is one amazing bass player.

However, the band broke up in 1988. Since the breakup, lead singer/bassist Aimee Mann has had greater successes as a solo artist, such as when she got an Oscar nod for "Save Me" for the soundtrack to Magnolia in 1999. Her latest solo project, Charmer, comes out September 18, 2012.


Probably best known in the U.S. for their hit "I Touch Myself," the Divinyls have actually had many hits throughout their career in their native Australia and even performed at the Us Festival in 1983. Sadly the band, became a duo before the really hit it big in the U.S. Lead singer Christina Amphlett has been fighting multiple sclerosis since 2007, and the group broke up in 2009.

The Buggles

Music history will forever remember the Buggles as the band that had the first video to ever air on MTV. The lyrics to the song itself became a bit prophetic for the music industry, but basically faded into obscurity shortly afterward. But not entirely: The duo became brief members of Yes in 1980.

The Waitresses

Next to Devo, the Waitresses were the quintessential New Wave band for the nerd in all of us. They had one big hit in the form of "I Know What Boys Like" and a minor hit: the seasonal "Christmas Wrapping." They also sang the theme song to the now-cult TV show Square Pegs starring a very young Sarah Jessica Parker and Tracy Nelson (daughter of late teen idol Rick Nelson).

If you listen to some of their deep tracks, they sound like the B-52s with a great amount of punk edge. Sadly, tragedy struck the band when lead singer Patty Donahue succumbed to lung cancer in 1996.

Stacie Oricco

If you remember "(There's Gotta Be) More To Life," then you are probably one of many. In some ways, Oricco was poised to contemporary Christian music's next pop crossover artist, complete with being thrust into the public eye as Destiny's Child's opening act on their 2001 Survivor tour. Oricco temporarily left the music business sometime in the the late '00s but returned in 2008, and in 2009 teamed up with the Fray for a cover of the Fugees' "Ready or Not."

Did I miss any? If so please let me know in the comments section.

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