Whatever Happened To… 15 One-Hit Wonders From the Past 15 Years


One-hit wonders are just about as an important part of music history as the iconic rock stars. The short-lived successes of those we will inevitably forget offer a balance to those who we remember, standing as proof that “making it” takes more than recording a single hit song.

From Eden’s Crush to Lady Sovereign to Cali Swag District, looking back at the this decade’s one-hit wonders so far, there are standouts of acts to love and acts to hate. While Crazy Town’s “Butterfly” seems like the perfect example of a flash in the pan, Gotye made a conscious decision to step out of the spotlight and might well return yet someday soon.

So, bearing in mind we do not know what the future will hold for “CoCo” rapper O.T. Genasis or the Norwegian brothers Ylvis, enjoy the best (or worst) one-hit wonders from the past 15 years:

2000 – “Butterfly” by Crazy Town

2001 – “Get Over Yourself” by Eden’s Crush

2002 – “Tell Me” by Smilez and Southstar

2003 – Collide by Howie Day

2004 – “On The Way Down” by Ryan Cabrera

2005 – Just The Girl by The Click Five

2006 – Lady Sovereign – Love Me Or Hate Me

2007 – Hurricane Chris – A Bay Bay

2008 – Estelle – American Boy (Feat. Kanye West)

2009 – Asher Roth “I Love College”

2010 – Cali Swag District “Teach Me How to Dougie”

2011 – Hot Chelle Rae – Tonight Tonight

2012 – Gotye and Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know”

2013 – Ylvis “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)”

2014 – MAGIC! – “Rude”

2015 – O.T. Genasis – CoCo