10 One-Hit Wonders Who Deserved A Second Hit

Excuse me, may I have another?

For all of its streetwise corniness, Eminem's "Lose Yourself" did get one thing right: In the music business, you only get one shot. So you really cannot miss your chance to blow. (This opportunity comes once in a lifetime...and so on and so forth.) Unfortunately, even when an artist does in fact "blow" (in the good way) on their first shot, it doesn't necessarily mean the public is going to embrace them in the future. Thus...one-hit wonders. Those poor souls who get just a taste of fame before being unceremoniously booted off the face of the pop music landscape for the rest of their careers. Of course, that's not to say these musicians all just stop doing their thing. Some of them go on to have low-key, modestly successful careers. But others do throw in the towel soon after their sudden drop in popularity. And that's a shame. Because in retrospect, we realize that some of these artists had a wealth of talent, but we just couldn't/didn't want to see it at the time. Some of them truly deserved that ever-elusive second hit. Oh, and because the term "one hit wonder" can be a little misleading, for the purposes of this article, it's defined as any artist who was able to climb their way to the Top 40 on the charts, but were unable to repeat that feat a second time around, and had very little lasting success in the industry from then on.

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