10 Bands That Became One Album Wonders

Capturing the Magic Once.

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Any random joker can fool their way into being a one hit wonder. As much as the ascent to the top of the charts seems hard, sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time to have something that sticks in people's minds for the rest of eternity. One album wonders though...that's almost a whole different can of worms.

Though these artists never managed to get all that far out of their comfort zone for more than one album, there's a lot more respectability when it comes to making an entire body's work of fantastic songs. More than just a flash in the pan, these entire records hold together as some of the greatest in their genre, if not some of the greatest that their respective era of music had to offer. It didn't really seem to last though, considering that most of these bands either broke up by the time the albums were finished or slowly fell into obscurity after the album finished production.

Still, it's good to at least have these little nuggets of brilliance before quickly retreating back into the shadows of pop history. They may not have had a lot of gas in the tank, but these artists certainly left the impression while they were here.

10. Them Crooked Vultures

Most supergroups tend to be fairly shortlived by nature. Though it might seem great to have a handful of your favorite artists in one room, there comes a point where they just have to return to the safety of their own acts, regardless of how good the jam sessions were. Then again, did we have to leave an act like Them Crooked Vultures in the dust?

When talking about some of the greatest in rock and roll, you almost can't script a better lineup for a band, having Joshua Homme from Queens of the Stone Age alongside Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones. Across their self-titled debut, the chemistry on here is off the charts, as Homme's sultry smooth delivery fits in perfectly with Grohl's tight instrumentation, maybe showing a bit of magic left over from QOTSA's album Songs for the Deaf.

Aside from the raw instrumentation, Jones has certainly not lost his touch from the old Zeppelin days, sprinkling in bits and pieces of low end while also finding time to interweave some of the most beautiful arrangements that he's made in ages. Then again, with time commitments being what they are, it's anyone's guess whether we will see this kind of thing again. Though there's a lot of untapped potential here, this is the kind of loose throwback rock that will fit nicely next to your '70s classics.

 
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