The infamous one hit wonder category. Many artists unfortunately succumb to the abyss of and take on the the less than ideal label, but hey, at least they are known for something, right? Let’s first take a look at what the “one hit wonder” term actually means. For this answer, I went to the all trusted site, Wikipedia — because, well, wouldn’t you? According to the all-knowing web site, “A one hit wonder is a person or act known mainly for only a single success. The term is most often used to describe music performers with only one hit single or for having one signature song that overshadows their other work.” So without further ado, I present to you 7 of Country Music’s One Hit Wonders…
1. Jessica Simpson – Come On Over
I’m a little surprised that Jessica Simpson didn’t have much more success in the country music world. The only big splash she made in country was with “Come On Over” which broke into the Top 20 of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs in 2008.
2. Deana Carter – Strawberry Wine
The beautiful voice of Deana Carter is considered a one hit wonder. “Strawberry Wine” went all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1996 and stayed at the position for two weeks.
3. Billy Ray Cyrus – Achy Breaky Heart
Billy broke the Top 10 of the Billboard charts with this pretty little gem, “Achy Breaky Heart”, back in 1992. We know you remember this one.
4. The Wreckers – Leave The Pieces
Now what in the hell ever happened to this duo? Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp just come in and drop a number one hit in “Leave The Pieces” and leave.
5. James Otto – Just Got Started Loving You
James graced us with this No. 1 hit back in 2007. He had some other singles, but nothing compared to the chart success “Just Got Started Loving You” had.
6. Trailer Choir – Rockin’ the Beer Gut
Remember Trailer Choir and their funny song, “Rockin’ the Beer Gut”, from back in 2009? The song saw some chart success, but once member Vinny made all that weight disappear on the Biggest Loser, so did the group.
7. Carolyn Dawn Johnson – Complicated
“Complicated” was a Top Ten hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart back in 2001. In fairness, she did have another song, “I Don’t Want You To Go”, follow into the Top 10, but “Complicated” is the most remembered.
Well this is just too much fun….
Here are a bonus FOUR more for good measure…
8. Jaron and the Long Road to Love – Pray For You
Jaron Lowenstein’s sang the 2009 Top 20 hit reaching Platinum status, but we never quite heard much more from him after that.
9. Jamey Johnson – In Color
Jamey is a killer singer/songwriter and has seen more success on the songwriting side. But who can forget this 2009 song, which everyone can relate to.
10. Jessica Andrews – Who I Am
A number one hit back in 2000.
11. Lee Greenwood – God Bless the USA
Lee’s been around awhile, but he’ll always be remembered for this American anthem. Interestingly enough, this song was written in 1983 by Greenwood, but saw more success in 2011 upon it’s re-release.
*Most info taken from Wikipedia (surprised?) I can’t name another song by any of these artists. Can you?
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