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.
Birthplace: New York City, New YorkCatcher in the Rye
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of AmericaGreat Work: The Exorcist
Birthplace: Monroeville, AlabamaGreat Work: To Kill a Mockingbird
Birthplace: Alcalá de Henares, SpainGreat Work: Don Quixote
Birthplace: Atlanta, GeorgiaGreat Work: Gone With the Wind
Birthplace: Clontarf, Dublin, Dublin, Republic of IrelandOne great work: the novel Dracula
Birthplace: Florence, ItalyGreat Work: The Divine Comedy
Birthplace: Thornton, West Yorkshire, United KingdomGreat Work: Wuthering Heights
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, OklahomaGreat Work: Invisible Man
Birthplace: Nuremberg, GermanyGreat Work: Canon in D
Birthplace: Thornton, West Yorkshire, United KingdomJane Eyre
Birthplace: Marseille, FranceGreat Work: Cyrano de Bergerac
- 135839Great Work: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
Birthplace: La Junta, Colorado, United States of AmericaGreat Work: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Birthplace: St Columb Minor, United KingdomGreat Work: Lord of the Flies
Birthplace: West Chester, PennsylvaniaGreat Work: Adagio for Strings
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of AmericaGreat Work: Buffalo 66
Birthplace: Jamaica Plain, Boston, MassachusettsGreat Work: The Bell Jar
Birthplace: Pantin, FranceGreat Work: The Passion of Joan of Arc
Birthplace: East Orange, New Jersey, United States of AmericaThe Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Birthplace: Anamosa, IowaGreat Work: American Gothic
Birthplace: Skelleftehamn, SwedenGreat Work: The Millennium Series
- 235358Great Work: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
Birthplace: New Orleans, LouisianaGreat Work: A Confederacy of Dunces
Birthplace: Texas, USA, DallasMichael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday; September 27, 1947), known professionally as Meat... more on Wikipedia