Billboard's one-hit wonders of the decade

Wed Dec 9, 2009 2:34am EST
 
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NEW YORK (Billboard) - They came, they conquered ... they were never heard from again. After reaching the Hot 100's Top 10 with their very first singles, none of these acts managed to crack the Top 25 for the rest of the decade. But hey, four minutes of fame is better than nothing.

The one-hitmakers on this list have been ranked by how high their big song climbed on the chart compared to how far down the tally their subsequent highest-charting effort peaked.

1. DANIEL POWTER

BAD DAY

Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" was used as the kiss-off song for the fifth season of "American Idol," which gave the song enough juice to become the biggest single of 2006. The song went to No. 1 in April and stayed at the top for five weeks. But Powter's good fortune didn't last long; he hasn't visited the Hot 100 since.

2. TERROR SQUAD

LEAN BACK

Terror Squad, the hip-hop collective led by Fat Joe, topped the charts in August 2004 with "Lean Back," giving the world a new dance craze in the process. The Squad fell back hard after that, only reaching as high as No. 62 with a subsequent single: "Take Me Home," at the end of 2004.

3. CRAZY TOWN   Continued...

 
<p>Canadian singer Daniel Powter performs on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2007 in Saitama, north of Tokyo, May 26, 2007. REUTERS/Kiyoshi Ota</p>