What Happened to These One-Hit-Wonder Artists? – Part 1

13th November 2017

At some point in the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s they had us singing and dancing but then disappeared as quickly as they appeared. In this segment, we’re going to track down some of the most famous one-hit-wonder songs and see where they are today.

Psy – Gangnam Style (#1 in 2012)

In 2012, Psy burst onto the scene with the annoyingly catchy single, Gangnam Style. This viral sensation sparked controversy over the globe, with people copying the iconic dance. To this day, Psy is still releasing singles but none have achieved the same success as his apparent one-hit-wonder Gangnam Style.

Joe McElderry – The Climb (#1 in 2010)

Joe McElderry swooned everyone back in 2010 when he won The X Factor singing The Climb. Since then, Joe has appeared on shows like Popstar to Operastar and The Jump and has also starred in musicals.

Lou Bega – Mambo No. 5 (#1 in 1999)

Everyone remembers doing the ‘jazz hands’ on the dance floor to this one-hit-wonder Latino track and hoping to hear their name in the chorus in the summer of 1999. The single topped the charts and remained at #1 in France for 20 weeks! After his second single reached 58 in the UK charts, he hasn’t released anything. Nowadays, he works as a lyricist for the German Euro-Trance act, Groove Coverage.

Deep Blue Something – Breakfast At Tiffany’s (#1 in 1996)

Back in the summer of ’96, we were all swaying along with the Texan rockers, Deep Blue Something’s catchy tune. Although the band never enjoyed similar success and split in 2001, they’ve now reformed and are working on new material.

The Rembrandts – I’ll Be There For You (#3 in 1995)

Do you remember what was possibly the greatest TV theme tune ever? With the cult followers of Friends behind them, it’s hard to believe that The Rembrandts’ tune was a one-hit wonder. Two years later, they re-released the tune and enjoyed another top 5 slot. Their follow-up singles didn’t chart, however, and nowadays they write songs for other artists including Catchpenny and Gin Blossom.

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