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A Ranking of Music's Greatest One-Hit Wonders

Any successful pop artist will tell you that gaining their first number one hit was a landmark moment. How could you not feel a major sense of accomplishment from sitting at the top of the charts and proving you can make a smash record? However, for every Rihanna or Mariah Carey out there, there’s a long list of musicians who sizzled and burned out before the ink even got a chance to dry on their royalty checks. Thus, we bring you the legend of the infamous one-hit wonder.

One-hit wonders come along every generation. They’re musicians who manage to strike gold off of one über-popular song, and then we never hear from them again. Even with an attempt at follow-up success, they just can’t manage to grasp longevity. After doing some research, including scanning through ‘80s and ‘90s Internet radio, we came up with the best of the worst, the flashes in the pan, and the biggest hits that overshadowed the artists who made them. See if you remember some of these classic, yet only briefly popular, hit makers. Even now, we still don’t know who let the dogs out.

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