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The Greatest Artists With Only One Masterpiece

The greatest artists with only one masterpiece include authors, actors and actresses, directors, painters and musicians. Each person included on this list managed to have incredible impact with one truly memorable piece of work, whether it's an album, a song, a painting or a novel. This list of the greatest artists with only a single, amazing and memorable piece of work, is VoteRanked, meaning the rank is determined by the community. Be sure to vote for those artists you believe contributed the most and feel free to add anyone else you think should be included.

This list of so-called "one hit wonders" includes several authors. Harper Lee certainly deserves a spot. Her novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird' won the Pulitzer Price in 1960, and it remains her only published work. I've included both Sylvia Plath ('The Bell Jar') and John Kennedy Toole ('A Confederacy of Dunces') on the list, although in both cases, these writers' memorable masterpieces were published either shortly before, or just after, their deaths (both Plath and Toole committed suicide). And of course, Margaret Mitchell earns a spot on this list: 'Gone With the Wind' was her only novel.

Directors and actors are also included on this list. None, perhaps, are more infamous for only creating one truly memorable piece of work than director Charles Laughton. In 1955, Laughton directed 'The Night of the Hunter' -- a film that's considered by some to be one of the best from that decade. Sadly, Laughton never directed another movie. Actors and actresses on this list include Brandon Lee ('The Crow'), Linda Blair ('The Exorcist'), Kate Hudson ('Almost Famous') and David Naughton ('An American Werewolf in London'). Disagree with the choices? Vote them down. And definitely add any Hollywood greats I've missed along the way.

Musicians who've released only one memorable album or song also got spots on this list, though they are rare. Examples? The Sex Pistols! The band only released one studio album: 1977's 'Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols.' Everything else is a compilation and/or a live release. Jeff Buckley, sadly, also only released one (truly amazing) complete studio album: 'Grace,' in 1994.

American painter Grant Wood also makes this list of the greatest artists with only one masterpiece. His painting 'American Gothic' is without question his greatest (and most memorable) piece, though he did paint other, much lesser known paintings during his career. If you know of other artists who should be included on this list, by all means, add them.

Enjoy this list of artists who've created some of the biggest, most memorable pieces of work in history, and again, add anyone you think was overlooked.
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    1926 Great Work: To Kill a Mockingbird

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    1547 Great Work: Don Quixote

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    1900 Great Work: Gone With the Wind

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    1818 Great Work: Wuthering Heights

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    added by TaraWickstrom 1816 Jane Eyre

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    1879 Great Work: Nosferatu

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    added by HumbertoIbarra 1265 Great Work: The Divine Comedy

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    Great Work: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"

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    added by analise.dubner 1935 Great Work: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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    added by EEE1 1919 Catcher in the Rye

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    1959 Great Work: The Exorcist

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    1913 Great Work: Invisible Man

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    1653 Great Work: Canon in D

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    1868 Great Work: Cyrano de Bergerac

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    1891 Great Work: American Gothic

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    1910 Great Work: Adagio for Strings

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    added by Skojare 1911 Great Work: The Lord of the Rings

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    1937 Great Work: A Confederacy of Dunces

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    1965 Great Work: The Crow

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    Great Work: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols

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    1892 Great Work: The Passion of Joan of Arc

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    1932 Great Work: The Bell Jar

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    added by KirkSaw 1915 Great Work: Citizen Kane

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    1959 Great Work: Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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    1899 Great Work: The Night of the Hunter

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    1970 Great Work: The Sixth Sense

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    1951 Great Work: An American Werewolf in London

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    1968 Great Work: Boyz n the Hood

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    1954 Great Work: The Millennium Series

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    1966 Great Work: Grace

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    added by FashionBaby 1969 Great Work: Mad World (Tears for Fears cover)

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    added by clash1977 Bat Out Of Hell

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    1980 Great Work: My Girl

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    1975 Great Work: Donnie Darko

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    added by teppscan-google 1939 "Great Work; The Last Picture Show"

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    added by HumbertoIbarra Great Work: La Macarena

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    1979 Great Work: Almost Famous

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    Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez Great Work: The Blair Witch Project

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    1791 Great Work: The Raft of the Medusa

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    1961 Great Work: Buffalo 66

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    Jim Theis Great Work: The Eye of Argon

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