I was listening to a classic episode of Casey Kasem's American Top 40 earlier today and it featured a countdown of the Top 40 hits from this week in 1981.  Many of those were songs I hadn't heard in a long time.  A good handful of them were "one-hit wonders"...the artist or group would have a great song hit the charts, fans would go nuts over it and then...you never hear from the group again.  Case in point...a movie came out in the mid 1990s called "That Thing You Do".  It was about a group called The Wonders starring Steve Zahn and Tom Hanks and they came up with a catchy song called "That Thing You Do".  The group and the song are a huge hit for them and they tour around the country to perform that song at various fairs and festivals.  But then internal problems mount and the group breaks up without recording another tune.  Thus, the group lives up to its name.

One of the "one-hit wonders" in the last decade include "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter.  Made famous during the 5th season of American Idol, it was Billboard's #1 song of 2006 and the #1 one-hit wonder of the 2000s.  After the buzz on that song died down, Powter never hit the charts again.

Another one is "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley.  You hear more about their lead singer Cee-Lo Green, who has struck out on his own solo success as well as one of the judges of the NBC show The Voice.  But you never really hear much about Gnarls Barkley, even though Cee-Lo says that he's working with the group again...

Finally, we come to "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt.  Again, people ate that song up like he was the next big thing.  Heck, we even played that song a lot during its heyday and sometimes it pops up now and then.  But after that, nothing else from Mr. Blunt...

Makes me wonder (pun intended) if a major act like Maroon 5 debuted with "Moves Like Jagger" instead of "This Love", would they have been just as successful in that alternate universe or would they have been a one-hit wonder as well?  Perhaps it's all about timing...if a new artist debuts with a killer song with great melodies and hooks that stay in your head, their follow up would have to live up to its predecessor in order to avoid that stigma.