Psy, Five For Fighting, and 15 other 2-hit wonders who have all but disappeared

officialpsy/YoutubeWhy don’t we hear PSY, Marky Mark, and Dido on the radio anymore?

• Everyone talks about one-hit wonders in the music business, but two-hit wonders also exist.

• These artists managed to put out two chart-topping hits, but failed to consistently repeat that success later on.

• The list includes the artists behind hits like “Bust a Move” and “Gangnam Style.”

For some musical acts, a lasting string of hits just isn’t in the cards.

Everyone talks about one-hit wonders, but there are two-hit wonders out there, too. These artists were able to put out two smash hits, and then failed to match that chart-topping glory later on.

Of course, declaring someone a “two-hit wonder” is inherently subjective. A band or an artist can have a brief brush with the mainstream, but continue to appeal to a niche audience or maintain a lasting influence in a specific genre.

This particular list is also focuses on US charts, and only draws upon the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The chart measures the physical and digital sales, radio play, and online streaming of singles in the United States. Plenty of the people mentioned within the article found – or continue to find – consistent success in Europe, Asia, and beyond. They have just been largely forgotten by American audiences.

What’s more, putting out two hit singles is more than most of us can say.

So here’s a look at some famous two-hit wonders across the years:


Tone-Loc

The American rapper had back-to-back hits in the late 1980s.

Best-known songs:

• “Wild Thing” (1988): Hit #2 on Billboard Hot 100

• “Funky Cold Medina” (1989): Hit #3 on Billboard Hot 100


Owl City

The American electronica project has seen two major smash successes.

Best-known songs:

• “Fireflies” (2009): Hit #1 on Billboard Hot 100

• “Good Time” (2012): Hit #18 on Billboard Hot 100


Men Without Hats

The Canadian New Wave band peaked in the 1980s.

Best-known songs:

• “The Safety Dance” (1983): Hit #3 on Billboard Hot 100

• “Pop Goes the World” (1987): Hit #20 on Billboard Hot 100


Five For Fighting

The American singer-songwriter had some big hits in the early 2000s.

Best-known songs:

• “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” (2001): Hit #14 on Billboard Hot 100

• “100 Years” (2003): Hit #28 on Billboard Hot 100


Golden Earring

The Dutch rockers had two Billboard hits, but continued to chart in Europe long afterwards.

Best-known songs:

• “Radar Love” (1973): Hit #13 on Billboard Hot 100

• “Twilight Zone” (1982): Hit #10 on Billboard Hot 100


? and the Mysterians

The punctuation-happy American rock act were initially active in the 1960s.

Best-known songs:

• “96 Tears” (1966): Hit #1 on Billboard Hot 100

• “I Need Somebody” (1966): Hit #22 on Billboard Hot 100


Dido

This British artist was everywhere in the early 2000s.

Best-known songs:

• “Thank You” (2000): Hit #3 on Billboard Hot 100

• “White Flag” (2003): Hit #18 on Billboard Hot 100


Young M.C.

The English-born American rapper put out two hits on his debut album “Stone Cold Rhymin’.”

Best-known songs:

• “Bust a Move” (1989): Hit #7 on Billboard Hot 100

• “Principal’s Office” (1989): Hit #33 on Billboard Hot 100


Animotion

The American synth pop group made waves in the 1980s.

Best-known songs:

• “Obsession” (1984): Hit #6 on Billboard Hot 100

• “Room to Move” (1989): Hit #9 on Billboard Hot 100


PSY

The South Korean rapper is best known in the US for two of his tracks.

Best-known songs:

• “Gangnam Style” (2012): Hit #2 on Billboard Hot 100

• “Gentleman” (2013): Hit #5 on Billboard Hot 100


Cutting Crew

The English rock band achieved popularity in the mid-1980s.

Best-known songs:

• “(I Just) Died In Your Arms” (1986): Hit #1 on Billboard Hot 100

• “I’ve Been In Love Before” (1986): Hit #9 on Billboard Hot 100


KT Tunstall

The Scottish singer-songwriter’s music seemed to be everywhere in the mid-2000s.

Best-known songs:

• “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree ” (2005): Hit #20 on Billboard Hot 100

• “Suddenly I See” (2005): Hit #21 on Billboard Hot 100


Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

Mark Wahlberg’s stint as frontman for this hip-hop ground ultimately launched him into a career in Hollywood.

Best-known songs:

• “Good Vibrations” (1991): Hit #1 on Billboard Hot 100

• “Wild Side” (1991): Hit #10 on Billboard Hot 100


Natasha Bedingfield

The English singer-songwriter has had a lot of success in Europe, but two of her hits grabbed ahold of US radio stations.

Best-known songs:

• “Unwritten” (2004): Hit #5 on Billboard Hot 100

• “Pocketful of Sunshine ” (2008): Hit #5 on Billboard Hot 100


Dead or Alive

The English pop band saw a lot of success in the 1980s.

Best-known songs:

• “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (1984): Hit #11 on Billboard Hot 100

• “Brand New Lover” (1987): Hit #15 on Billboard Hot 100


3OH!3

The American electronic music duo had two poppy hits in 2009 and 2010.

Best-known songs:

• “Don’t Trust Me” (2009): Hit #7 on Billboard Hot 100

• “My First Kiss” (2010): Hit #9 on Billboard Hot 100


Paula Cole

The American singer-songwriter became prominent in the late 1990s.

Best-known songs:

• “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?” (1997): Hit #8 on Billboard Hot 100

• “I Don’t Want to Wait” (1997): Hit #11 on Billboard Hot 100

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