They had one big hit, and then...?

Whigfield
Haddaway
A-Ha
PSY
Conchita Wurst
Eagle Eye Cherry
Eiffel 65
t.A.T.u.
James Blunt
Natalie Imbruglia
Lou Bega
Bobby McFerrin
Vanilla Ice
Los del Río
Billy Ray Cyrus
The Verve
Gotye
Jon Secada
Omi
The Cardigans
Bloodhound Gang
The Wonders
Hanson
Kevin Lyttle
Lara Fabian
Macy Gray
Blink 182
Gorillaz
Whigfield

One of the most imitated choreographies of the 1990s was the song 'Saturday Night'. In the meantime, don't look for any more hits from 'Whigfield', because they're going to be hard to find.

Haddaway

'What is Love?' is a legend of disco music from the 90s. Put it on to play and you'll think it hasn't been that long since it came out.

A-Ha

In September 1985, the Norwegian band released a revolutionary music video 'Take on me', which achieved worldwide success. It ranked first in the charts of 15 countries and won several awards. A few smaller hits came after that (for example, 'Hunting High and Low') but the sensation of that song and video was never equaled.

PSY

The year 2012 was the year of 'Gangnam Style.' This mega PSY phenomenon took K-Pop to the last corner of the planet. His videoclip was the most watched on YouTube at the time. After that, PSY was forgotten and he even lost all his fortune.

Conchita Wurst

The appearance of Conchita Wurst broke all the expectations of the Eurovision 2014 festival, but in addition, their song 'Rise Like a Phoenix' became a deserved number one. It sounded around the world for months, but then the hype faded.

Eagle Eye Cherry

A respected composer, he released his first album in 1997, including the single 'Save Tonight.' That song rocked audiences for the next two decades. His career as a singer did not advance and a second success never came.

Eiffel 65

This band had a French name, sang in English, and they were actually Italian. Their song: 'Blue (Da Ba Dee).' Yes, you will hear that in your head for the next couple of hours. It achieved fame in 1998 and no other Eiffel 65 song could surpass it.

t.A.T.u.

One of the most clearly marketed bands in history was formed by Lena Katina and Yulia Vólokova. Their group t.A.T.u. revolutionized Russia and the rest of the world with 'All the things she said' in 2002. Despite the stories about the members' romance, they later confessed that they were never a couple.

James Blunt

'You're Beautiful' became known in the world in 2005. A catchy ballad that made its singer sell over five million records. He still had a few hits afterwards, and he's certainly not irrelevant, but a song like 'You're Beautiful'?

Natalie Imbruglia

In 1997, the Australian singer conquered the world with 'Torn.' The star's passionate blue eyes, her modern haircut, and the iconic video helped the success along. She is still active in music but never managed to repeat that success.

Lou Bega

Although the lyrics of 'Mambo Nº 5' would be frowned upon today, Lou Bega burst into the charts when he launched it in 2000. What the artist really did was adapt an old song by Pérez Prado.

Bobby McFerrin

The singer's name may not be familiar to many people. On the other hand, if we say 'Don't Worry, Be Happy', everyone will remember who this man is.

Vanilla Ice

Another worldwide success whose sound we'll never forget is 'Ice Ice Baby.' Several versions of this song have been made and Vanilla Ice has been living from those for over three decades.

Los del Río

To talk about this band is to talk about nothing less and nother more than 'Macarena'. The song triumphed for 14 weeks in the Billboard charts at the time it was released.

Billy Ray Cyrus

'Achy Breaky Heart' was launched in 1992 and has enlightened weddings, graduations, and millions of people's first introductions to country music. Billy Ray Cyrus also made a name for himself in the series 'Hannah Montana', alongside his famous daughter Miley Cyrus.

The Verve

There was enormous talent in its 1998 album 'Urban Hymns', which included 'Bitter Sweet Symphony.' While the song will last forever, the band fell apart due to internal conflicts.

Gotye

He rocked 2011 with 'Somebody that I used to know', the hymn of a generation. And then.... what happened to Gotye?

 

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Jon Secada

More than 40 years in music, 3 Grammy Awards, 20 million records sold and no one knows any other song from this Cuban musician besides 'Just Another Day' (1992).

Omi

'Cheerleader' was one of the most-played songs of 2015, thanks to its promotion by Syco Music, the label of producer Simon Cowell. Omi disappeared from the map after the hit gave way to another hype (which was not his).

The Cardigans

The Swedish band played 'Lovefool', one of the themes of the film 'Romeo + Juliet' (starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes). It gained instant cult status. The Cardigans made other known songs, like 'My Favorite Game' and 'Erase and Rewind,' but they never had as big an audience as that other song.

Bloodhound Gang

"The roof is on fire." Remember? This funny rock band made 'The Bad Touch,' an album full of songs that would be considered inappropriate today. However, in 1999 it sounded in TV shows and series, films and in the sound systems of thousands of people. The band never managed to repeat this success.

The Wonders

'The Wonders' is the name of a film released in 1995, which tells the story of a band of the same name. Its only success was 'That thing you do!' While the soundtrack made phenomenal sales, the band never really existed.

Hanson

'Mmmbop' reached the top of 27 countries' charts and was a never repeated success by this group of brothers.

Kevin Lyttle

Kevin Lyttle sang 'Turn me on' in 2001, but it was not until 2003 when the music started making waves in the UK. Then, within months, his Caribbean rhythm spread to the rest of the world.

Lara Fabian

Lara Fabian's ballad-turns-dance-song 'I Will Love Again' bombarded the world in 1999. Both her success and her downfall came quickly.

Macy Gray

With an aesthetic of the 70s, an incredible voice and a passionate R&B and neo soul sound, Macy Gray had everything to succeed in the new century. Her biggest hit was 'I Try', released in 2001, and it was also her first hit.

Blink 182

Just like Macy Gray, Blink 182 is not a one-day-fly, but it has definitely struggled to repeat the success of its biggest hit: 'All the small things' in 2000.

Gorillaz

Gorillaz is a parallel project of Blur singer Damon Albarn. It's a virtual band and has somewhat of a cult status. The success of its first single, 'Clint Eastwood' in 2001, has never been repeated, but it still has a loyal following of dance and dub-hiphop fans.

 

See also: The number one songs of every year since 1940

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