One Hit Wonders
Many of the most successful hit songs were products of one hit wonders. While some hoped to enjoy continued success, others simply took advantage of the popular genre, made a billboard song, and went into hiding. Many left us wondering, "What ever happened to that musician?" Lets take a look at some of the most famous one hit wonders.
- Carl Douglas - "Kung Fu Fighting" (1974). After selling 11 million copies of his hit single worldwide, Douglas's career was forever overshadowed by "Kung Fu Fighting." He released two more singles which enjoyed little success. Maybe he should have starred in a kung fu movie.
- The Weather Girls - "It's Raining Men" (1979). Posing on their album with a giant rainbow umbrella and hideous parachute-looking ensembles, it's no wonder The Weather Girls seemed to drop off the face of the planet.
- Survivor - "Eye of the Tiger" (1982). For "Rocky III", star Sylvester Stallone couldn't get permission for "Another One Bites The Dust" so he requested one be written specifically for the movie. "Eye of the Tiger" was born and soon became one of the best selling singles of all time. Unfortunately, the band Survivor couldn't survive in the music industry.
- Vanilla Ice - "Ice Ice Baby" (1990). Known as the very first rap single to top the charts, "Ice Ice Baby" was an upbeat, fast-tempo song that received plenty of airplay. Maybe Vanilla Ice never returned because people found out that his real name was Robert Matthew Van Winkle.
- Los Del Rio - "Macarena" (1996). If you're not familiar with this song and dance, you've probably been living under a rock for the past decade and a half. "Macarena" features a catchy beat, easy-to-memorize lyrics, and a full dance as an added bonus.