Top 10 One Hit Wonders of the Decade

July 14, 2010 By:
Top 10 One Hit Wonders of the Decade

A one-hit wonder is a person or act known mainly for only a single success. Sure, they were super popular at one point, but thanks to them being on constant replay on radio stations, TV and the internet, we're glad to be rid of them for good.

Sure, there's a ton of one-hit wonders out there, but we've gathered together the most annoying top 10 one-hit wonders of the last decade. Check out the list below and tell us who gets your number one vote.

10. Lou Bega: "Mambo No. 5"

Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5" climbed to No. 3 in November 1999 and we'll admit it was damn catchy. It was so catchy it stayed in the top 10 for months, but the one hit wonder curse got them and they've since gone into early retirement.

9. Vanessa Carlton: "A thousand Miles"

In May 2002 Vanessa Carlton seemed to be the next "it" girl after she sang her way into our hearts with "A Thousand Miles." Unfortunately that was her one and only hit. She tried again five months later with “Ordinary Day,” but the song barely made the top 30.

8. Blu Cantrell: "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)"

Blu Cantrell struck gold with “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!),” which reached the No. 2 position in July 2001, but basically disappeared after. She had one more decent song with Sean Paul called "Breathe" and has been M.I.A since.

7. Crazy Town: "Butterfly"

This was perhaps our favorite one hit wonder of the decade. Crazy Town climbed to the top of the charts with "Butterfly” in March 2001 and stayed there for weeks. The lead singer even snagged up Kimberly Stewart thanks to his new found fame, but the relationship, and song, soon fizzled.

6. MIMS: "This Is Why I'm Hot"

“This Is Why I’m Hot,” sizzled at the no. 1 spot for two weeks in March 2007. You literally couldn't walk into a club without hearing this hit for about a month, but their fame was short lived. That's the last we've heard of MIMS.

5. Macy Gray: "I Try"

Oh Macy Gray! Her strange hair and sense of style captured our attention in May 2000 and we really thought she had a lot of potential, but she hasn't appeared back in the top 100 for over a decade now.

4. Gnarls Barkley: "Crazy"

Gnarls Barkely's hit song "Crazy" made it all the way up No. 2 in July 2006, but the song was more annoying than catchy so we're glad it fizzled out so quickly.

3. James Blunt: "You're Beautiful"

James Blunt sweet-talked his way all the way up to No. 1 on the Billboard chart with “You’re Beautiful” in March 2006. The video was great, his voice was enchanting, but it became super annoying as quickly as it became a hit.

2. Terror Squad: "Lean Back"

We all did the 'Lean Back' dance in August 2004, but we leaned forward shortly after and were super annoyed with the song. Luckily it didn't last on the top 10 for long.

1. Daniel Powter: "Bad Day"

Why this song was such a big hit is beyond us. If you can stand to listen to the first 10 seconds, you have more will power than us. Daniel's song "Bad Day” was used as the kiss-off song for the 5th season of “American Idol,” which helped the song become the biggest single of 2006. Fortunately, we haven't heard it much since.