Genuine Real Life One-Hit Wonders
The rule for inclusion is simple: one (1) Top 40 Pop Hit. No Alternative hits, no Adult Contemporary charts, no Country, no Jazz, no R&B, no Anglo-Saxon Hardcore, no Canadian charts. No #67 hit single, which is essentially "Big In Japan." No hits with five other supergroups where you stood in the background and made faces for the camera.
I also don't care if you've had ten albums hit #1 on the Album Charts. That's a different level of success.
Most importantly? No second Top 40 hit that cancels out your One-Hit Wonder Status!
25) Fiona Apple -- Criminal: Remember that weird 'Is it an American Apparel ad or a sex-trade video' she made for this song, where she looked too young for us to be watching her sitting around in her underwear? It still looks like porn without the porn. Or is it just my imagination?
24) Beck -- Loser: The Voice of a Generation or the Voice Inside His Head? You decide!
23) Big Audio Dynamite -- Rush: The Clash managed two hits -- "Train In Vain" and "Rock The Casbah" -- while the Mick Jones who wasn't in Foreigner managed one solid top 40 hit with Big Audio Dynamite, who will always be remembered as long as Sony, Inc. owns the rights to release their stuff, since it's easier to repackage old albums than to bother breaking new artists everyone will just download illegally!
22) Black Oak Arkansas -- Jim Dandy: While looking this up, I saw BOA had something like 223 members come and go. Was there anyone else left in town? Jim Dandy was also the name of the band's lead singer, Jim "Dandy" Mangrum, who many people still swear is David Lee Roth. The song had been a 1957 hit for LaVern Baker, who by all accounts was never a member of the band.