- October 30, 2021
13 One-Hit Wonders And Whether They Deserved To Fade Into Obscurity Or Not
After you listen to all of these, it really becomes clear how difficult it is for an artist to score that second hit. Some of these artists failed because they tried to cut and paste the formula of their first hit, while others failed because they entirely changed the style that audiences loved. And for groups, the pressures of keeping a chart-topping band together often led to a premature breakup.
The most basic explanation for their one-hit-wonder status, though, is this: They didn't deliver a follow-up single as unforgettable as their hit.
In the end, the recipe for returning to the top of the charts is easy...just record another song that manages to reach the heavens, scoop up a little magic, and capture it in three minutes of sound. Easier said than done, of course!
Lastly, on the very off chance that any of these artists are reading this, please know that being a one-hit wonder is an incredible accomplishment! You climbed to the very top of the music world, and even if it didn't last long, you were able to look down and see every single musician in the world staring up at you, all of them wishing and hoping — and dreaming about what it would be like to accomplish what you just did.