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8 Great One Hit Wonders from the 2000s

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We all know the mess which was the Y2K (early 2000s) era. The frosty makeup, terrible hair styles and cringey fashion sense.


But this is definitely the era that set the pace for modern music. We were blessed with some pretty great songs from the pop, rock and rap scenes. Some of these artists are household names like Christina Aguilera and Fergie, but other have faded into the abyss.


So today, join me for a trip down the rabbit hole of One Hit Wonders from the 2000s.


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Bad Day by Daniel Powter

This is the OG song for getting through a crappy day. It ended up going platinum three times. It sold over three million copies in the US and earned Daniel a whole lot of clout in the 2000s. But Powter’s good luck ran out and we haven’t heard another hit from him. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the Alvin and the Chipmunks rendition :3



Crazy by Gnarls Barkley

FYI, Gnarls Barkley is the team-up of Cee Lo Green and producer Danger Mouse. This hit is still so loved. It includes an enjoyable groove and earworm-inducing lyrics. But this is more of a one-hit wonder for Gnarls Barkley, not Green and Mouse individually.


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Crush by David Archuletta

David first rose to fame by coming in second place on American Idol. This debut single did not perform spectacularly (selling over 2 million copies) but stole the hearts of tween girls everywhere. And who can forget his I Wanna Know You duet on Hannah Montana – talk about a flashback!



Move Ya Body by Nina Sky

This song speaks to the heavy club vibes of the 2000s. It was released by identical twins, Nicole and Natalie Albino. And while they did later appear on N.O.R.E’s Oye Mi Canto, they never found the same success post Move Ya Body.



You’re Beautiful by James Blunt

Now do not get me wrong Jame Blunt was extremely famous in my home. But nothing of his has been able to live up to hype of this hit. At one point in the 2000s it felt like James was just everywhere. Despite the No.7 rank on Rolling Stone’s Most Annoying Songs poll in 2007, he enjoyed three Grammy Award nominations, quadruple platinum RIAA certification and a BMI Internet award.



Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus

Besides the club scenes during the 2000s, pop rock was also huge! And this song by a bunch of (self-proclaimed) teenage dirtbags has become a true cult classic still enjoyed by fellow teenagers today. It enjoyed moderate success in the States, but about five million units were sold globally.



Bulletproof by La Roux

This song is the only Hot 100 hit from La Roux, who was once a duo. Made up of Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid. Unfortunately, the pair broke up and now Elly releases music on her own as La Roux.



Who Let the Dogs Out by Baha Men

Do not pretend like you didn’t bust a move when you heard the woof,woof,woof,woof! This song burned up the charts in the 2000s (despite being named one of the most annoying songs ever by Rolling Stone)…Are you noticing a trend? But anyway, this was Baha Men’s first – and only – hit song.



Pieces Of Me By Ashlee Simpson

Did the world just forget about Ashlee Simpson? Well, this single will always be part of our lives. It gained popularity in 2004, and seemed like it was playing on repeat on every radio station. It’s worth noting that the music video has over 30 million views on YouTube.



Zahraa Schroeder
Zahraa Schroeder
Zahraa writes articles about climate change, world conflict and celebrities. She received her Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies from Damelin, and has garnered more than four years’ experience in the radio industry. She is short for no reason and loves talking to strangers on the bus.

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