Although being called a “one hit wonder” can sound like a bad thing, just having one hit song can often bring an artist or band plenty of money and international fame. Whether they are rappers or rock and rollers, making it in the music business is certainly tough. Things are a lot different today than they were in the 90s. Just think, back then there was no iTunes or Spotify, and there were also a lot less ways to illegally download music off of the Internet.
Some of these artists gave up on making music, but most of them have kept at it in some way or another. Many of the musicians on this list didn’t stop making music after their hit single. They kept at it, but it’s difficult enough to have one hit song, let alone having multiple songs top the charts. Being a one hit wonder is a badge of honor; at least these people did what 99% of bands and musicians failed to do, have a hit song that is widely recognizable.
10 Billy Ray Cyrus – “Achy Breaky Heart”
9 4 Non Blondes – “What’s Up?”
8 Cracker – “Low”
7 House of Pain – “Jump Around”
6 Lisa Loeb – “Stay”
5 Spacehog – “In The Meantime”
4 Semisonic – “Closing Time”
3 The Wallflowers – “One Headlight”
2 Gerardo – “Rico Suave”
1 Vanilla Ice – “Ice Ice Baby”
Rapper Vanilla Ice had one of the first hit singles of the 1990s with the popular tune “Ice Ice Baby” which reached #1 in the US, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. The single came off of his debut studio album To the Extreme, which also reached #1 in the United States where it was certified 7x Platinum. None of Vanilla Ice’s next five albums would have any success on the charts, and luckily for him he had a failed suicide attempt which changed his life for the better. He hosted the TV series The Vanilla Ice Project on the DIY Network and has also appeared in the movies Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, The New Guy, That’s My Boy, and The Ridiculous 6.
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