The Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 2000s Bands/Musicians

The Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 2000s

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List Criteria: Artists that have only had one credible hit in the 2000s. Subsequent singles have flopped or they didn't even try.

The last decade in music featured music shifting away from the unpredictability of the 1990s. Instead, trends and novelty acts broke through easily. Almost EVERYBODY went platinum in the years between 2000 and 2005. Afterward, certain artists continued to be perfectly content by calling it a day with only one platinum single. And this list salutes those kind of artists. Stoner anthems, songs about MILFs, bad days, bad girls, and songs that make you wanna yell "FUCK YOU"!--it's all here. Along with wikipedia facts about what these one-hit wonders are up to. You might not remember the artists that sing these songs. And these days you might tell people you never liked most of these songs. They are the guilty pleasures and defining hits of the decade. Music fans that care about the 2000s are more than welcome to vote on which artist and single remains the most memorable of the decade. Ah, the new millenium!!


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    "Stacy's Mom"
    The group has been together since 1996, but it wasn't until seven years later that they scored their first and only major hit. Teenage boys could relate to the theme of the song: having a crush on a girl, but being more in love with her hot mom. And the success of the Grammy-nominated tune was all the group ever needed.
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    "Because I Got High"
     This 'shoulda, coulda, woulda" tune may have seemed comical for many (particularly stoners), but the song also has quite a moral. Afroman explains that weed kept him from going to college and getting laid, in catchy hip-hop sing-along fashion. The rapper resurfaced a couple years later with "Wack rappers", an ill-fated diss record directed towards just about any rapper more successful than him (so pretty much everyone).
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    "You're Beautiful"
     As if coming across as the Verve of the 2000s, Blunt's teary-eyed, super sappy love ballad is considered a classic, and shot the singer to a multitude of critical and commercial promise, scoring a Record of the Year nod for the 2007 Grammy awards. While he is still wishing and hoping and trying to match (or even top) the success in that song, he can take solace in knowing that wrote and recorded a staple for soft rock radio for decades to come.
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    "All the Things She Said"
    From the pedophilia porn image to the terrible moniker, to the hammering "Running through my head" chorus, this was calculated hit-making at its most obvious. And what better marketing technique than fake Russian lesbians? After a 2003 MTV Movie Wards performance, the group can probably be found now on the side of a milk carton.
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    "Bad Day"
     The depressing ode to bad times was heard on TV shows like Grey's Anatomy and became the official swan song for American Idol. While this may be the only single to Powter's credit, the song has earned it's place for being one of the greatest singles of the decade. Powter on the other hand? Probably playing outside of a grocery store near you.
     
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    "My Neck, My Back"
     This song was often revered as one of the hottest rap records of 2002. And it was a raunchy one, too; enough to make Lil' Kim blush (sample lyrics: "beat it right, lick it good; suck that pussy just like you should"). While the song led Khia's album, Thug Misses to gold status, and scored her a Janet Jackson collaboration, the rest of her career seemed laughable. She appeared on VH1's Miss Rap Supreme and lost, tried to wage war with Trina and Jacki-O and lost, and now posts video-blogs slamming everyone from the former to Kanye West to even Beyonce.
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    "The Ketchup Song"
     J. Lo! Shakira! Paulina Rubio!...Las Ketchup?! The non English speaking babes may not have reached those heights, but they still carved a special place into the heart of the slowly dying Latin explosion in 2002. Nobody new what the hell these ladies were saying, but everybody new how to do that stupid dance (think: a weaker version of "The Macarena"). In typical one-hit wonder fashion, the song, the dance, and the group vanished as the buzz died down.
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    "Move Your Feet"
    This classic dance record by a Danish duo (one straight, and one gay) was heard everywhere from malls to Queer Eye for the Straight Guy to being background music for practically every show MTV aired in 2003. It's hard to say what has happened to the duo since, but the song itself has held up nicely, as it was featured on the first installment of the Just Dance video game franchise.
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    "I Wanna Be Bad"
    America's obsession with sweet, blonde, teenage pop tarts began in 1999 and catapulted the careers of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, and Mandy Moore. Hoping to get a piece of the steak, Willa Ford had a different format: Teen Pop bad girl. The raunchy 20 year-old's 2001 smash is now on every high school queen bee's playlist. As for Willa? The follow up single "A Toast to Men" wasn't up to par, but Ford still stayed in the spotlight by appearing on Dancing With Stars, The 2007 Maxim Hot 100, and a remake of Halloween.
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    "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops)"
     While her man was out cheating, Blu Cantrell didn't lay down in cry. Instead she got a hold of his wallet and spent his cash down to the last dime "for all the hard times". While Blu seemed to be a star in the making, she couldn't manage to duplicate the magic of that catchy R&B ditty. A spread in Playboy, however, expanded her fifteen minutes of fame, and the song breathed new life again, thanks, in part, to The Voice featuring a show-stopping rendition by contestant Nic Hawk.
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    "I Believe in a thing Called Love"
     A true modern classic. featuring 1980's style guitar riffs, Queen-like harmonies, falsettos that sound castrating, and a flamboyant lead singer, this song had everyone buzzing about what could've been a potentially show-stopping band. After the buzz died down, so did the future of the band, but nobody could deny that this track is a timeless record in modern rock.
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    "Who Let the Dogs Out?"
    Dancehall pop couldn't be more irreverent than this annoyingly infectious song/question. FYI: The Baha Men are from the Bahamas and their style of music is called "junkanoo," but as to who let the dogs out (Who? Who?!?), we may never really know. The group is planning an album and are still together, but in the meantime, their hit lives on at sports games, in kids cartoons and as the bane of dogcatchers' everywhere. 
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    "1, 2, 3, 4"
     Catchy and simple, this 2007 feel-good tune had critics and vh1 kissing her ass, boasting a Grammy Nod for Best Female Pop Vocals in 2008. It might not have won the Grammy, but it did score Feist a spot on Sesame Street (you know the Count had a field day). Other releases from Feist have since failed, but that didn't stop vh1 from continuing to kiss ass, even if it meant questionably putting her on their 100 Greatest Women in Music list in 2012.
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    "Butterfly"
    Few bands have ever had crappier names than Crazytown, yet these shirtless, tattooed pretty boys still managed to score an alt hip-hop hit - albeit by ripping off, er sampling, a chunk of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Pretty Little Ditty." A couple former members of the band have died, but the group reformed in 2007, after breaking up in 2003, and, all you diehard Crazytown fans can look forward to a new album soon.
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    "This Why I'm Hot"
    Why was Mims hot? Apparently, because we just aren't. Sure it sounds stupid, but it became the number one ringtone in 2007, and can be heard in sports arenas near you. Mims' follow up single, "Like This" didn't fair as well as his first, the unofficial LeBron James theme song.
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    "Tipsy"
     Maybe teen drinking was "very bad", but that didn't stop 17 year-old J-Kwon from promoting the practice on his 2004 Top 10 hit, "Tipsy". Unfortunately, like many other teenage rappers, it was hard to take Kwon seriously, with a fun party track like this one, not to mention that he began dating teen pop sensation, Jojo, and played second banana to Bow Wow on "Freshasimiz". In the wake of "Tipsy", the teenage drinking rate went up by a margin, and this song is now a staple on the Teenage House Party playlist.
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    "Just the Girl"
    In an era where boy bands were practically extinct and pop-rock was at the forefront, this band found a cozy home in between both worlds. This catchy little ditty was good enough to make get these Beatles look-alikes features in every hot teen magazine out at the time and a bevy of clamoring young fan girls. Nowadays, this song is mostly forgettable as was any attempt at a follow up single.
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    "Girlfight"
    Before "ratchet" was a phrase and a movement, this young H-Town beauty let these bitches know what time it was with this runaway R&B smash. When this song was prime, every girl from every hood had this song blasting the speakers out of their cars on their way to the club. Along with assistance from Lil' Jon and Big Boi from OutKast, this tune dealt with a fired up young Black woman, with the two guest rappers providing gasoline for the fire. Valentine was sexy and had charisma, but never blew up in a world where Ashanti and Ciara were reigning R&B princesses. But remember: before ratchet, there was this jam, and popular series like Bad Girls Club, Basketball Wives, and Love & Hip-Hop followed
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    "Scandalous"
     Across the pond, many would disagree with their entry on this list, given that they have had many other hits in the UK from their album One Night Stand. But in the US, the sexy trio took pillow talk to the club in this 2004 rump-shaker. What are the ladies up to? Considering they don't even have a Wikipedia page, they ended up worse than Cleopatra.
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