Recently I have discovered a podcast called Stuff You Should Know, which covers various fascinating topics and discusses them in detail. This morning, I listened to an episode on one hit wonders and have since spent several hours compiling this blog as found it so interesting.
First, what is the definition of a one hit wonder? It is commonly accepted that a one hit wonder is an artist who has only had one song break into the Billboard Top 40. I was extremely surprised at some very well-known artists who have only had one hit song based on this criterion (this looks like wrong grammar, but Word is insisting on it). Here are some of the artists that I found noteworthy for their lack of mainstream commercial song success. If you really want to geek out on this topic, there is a website devoted to one hit wonders that I encourage you to visit.
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