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Top 10 Artists You Thought Were One-Hit Wonders

Updated on November 5, 2015

#10 Falco

The eccentric Austrian pop-rock rapper hit the charts hard with his comedic single, Rock Me Amadeus. Rock Me Amadeus was largely inspired by the hit movie, Amadeus, about the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Despite the song being spoken entirely in German, the song reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

The following year, the single, Vienna Calling, was released and peaked at #18 on the Hot 100. Falco would continue having moderate success in Austria but never charted on US charts again. Falco died on February 6, 1999 due to severe injuries when his car collided into a bus.

#9 Fastball

If you were alive in the 90's, chances are you remember not being able to escape Fastball's song, The Way. The song received an excessive amount of airplay and charted at #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100. So, few may remember that Fastball had a second hit around that time with their single, Out of my Head which peaked at #10 on the Hot 100.

#8 Men Without Hats

Their single, The Safety Dance, hit #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming a huge dance club hit. Afterward, it seemed that the band had slid into obscurity, but they had another top 40 hit with their song, Pop Goes the World, which peaked at #20 on the US Hot 100. Pop Goes the World was a smash-hit in Austria, reaching #1 on the charts, and reaching #2 in Canada and Sweden.

#7 The Knack

The Knack rose to fame with their very first single, My Sharona, which rose to the #1 position on the US Billboard Hot 100. Their follow up single was a song called Good Girls Don't, which peaked at #11 on US charts. Their follow up album ...But the Little Girls Understand went Gold in the US, but failed to produce another hit. The Knack's next album, Round Trip, did even poorer, eventually resulting in the break-up of the band.

#6 Europe

Best known for their mega-hit, The Final Countdown, which hit #1 in 25 countries and peaked at #8 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The Swedish rock band had an even bigger hit in the US, with their power ballad, Carrie, which hit #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Today Europe is almost exclusively known for The Final Countdown, but have continued recording new material. They released their 10th studio album, War of Kings, on March 2, 2015.

#5 Quiet Riot

Quiet Riot are best known for their cover of Slade's song, Cum on Feel the Noize, but they also had two other successful singles. (Metal Health) Bang Your Head and Mama Weer all Crazee Now charted at #31 and #51 respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100.

Quiet Riot guitarist, Randy Rhoads, also had huge success as a guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne. Contributing the legendary guitar licks on Blizzard of Ozz, which went 4x Platinum in the US.

#4 Spin Doctors

The Spin Doctors released the album, Pocket Full of Kryptonite in 1991 and had two successful singles, Two Princes and Little Miss Can't be Wrong. Little Miss Can't be Wrong charted at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100, but was soon forgotten when Two Princes charted at #7, when the single was released two years after the initial release of the album. Today, both songs get a descent amount of airplay on alternative stations, but when asked about the Spin Doctors, many assume they were one-hit wonders.

#3 Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice may be synonymous with washed-up nowadays, but in 1990 he had two hits chart at the same time. His most well known hit, Ice Ice Baby, hit #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and garnered a lot of controversy for ripping off the bass line of Queen's hit, Under Pressure. A lawsuit filed by David Bowie and the members of Queen, resulted in them being credited as song writers and granted them royalties. His other 1990 hit was Play That Funky Music, which peaked at #4 on the Hot 100 and also resulted in yet another lawsuit, by the songwriter of the original, Play That Funky Music, Robert Parissi. Parissi was awarded $500,000 in a copyright infringement lawsuit.

#2 Corey Hart

The song most attributed to Corey Hart is Sunglasses at Night which peaked at #7 on the US Billboard Hot 100, but Corey Hart has had a slew of songs hit the top 100, his highest charting hit, Never Surrender, peaked at #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100. So, what is so special about Sunglasses at Night? Perhaps it's the catchy hook that we always catch ourselves singing along to, maybe it's the laughable premise of a guy who wears his shades at night and feels the need to tell everyone, whatever it is, this song has become a classic-rock mainstay and we may never know why.

#1 A-ha

The Norwegian New-Wave band received heavy rotation in 1985 with their #1 hit, Take On Me, which remained on US charts for 23 weeks. While Take On Me has since become a classic, their other hit, The Sun Always Shines on the Tv, charted at #20 on the US Billboard Hot 100, but has since all but faded completely from radio play. The single managed to do better than Take On Me on the Ireland and UK charts, but A-ha may forever be known in the US as the band that gave us a catchy 80's synth pop song with a music video that pretty much embodies the 80's for most of the MTV generation.

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