You’re Still Around?! Celebrities We Just Knew Would be One-Hit Wonders

December 11, 2012  |  
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Celebrities come and go and while some get lucky, others have their moment of fame and fade out quite quickly. For some that minute of fame is enough to make them life-long millionaires, for others, the moment isn’t enough to sustain the life of the rich and famous. In any case, here are 14 very well-known celebrities that we thought for sure would be one-hit wonders, but turned out to be anything but.



When Rihanna’s reggae-inspired breakthrough single, Pon De Replay hit the sound waves and music t.v. stations in 2005 it seemed as though the song, and RiRi herself, would just be a summer hit. However, after her 2005 album, Rihanna continued to fill the airwaves, debuting a new album in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. With every album she’s released, she’s had at least two hit songs that have continued to boost her popularity. Today she’s sold around 25 million albums and 60 digital singles around the world, plus she just snagged her first no. 1 album, Unapologetic.

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber was first discovered in 2008 through YouTube videos and worked to release his first album, My World in November 2009. At the ripe age of 15, it didn’t seem likely that Bieber’s career would go much further than his first single Baby. But, despite his age, the Biebs has become a worldwide hit, especially amongst tweens and teens. To date, he’s been named Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Top New Artist, and several other awards and nominations.



Ciara hit the Hollywood stage with her debut songs “Goodies” and “1,2, Step,” about the same time that Rihanna did. Her first album went triple platinum and her second album, released in 2006, wasn’t nearly as successful. Her third album, released in 2009, had one hit, “Love Sex Magic” and after that Ciara’s career was in decline. In 2011 she was dropped by Jive Records and resigned with Epic Labels by September 2011, but Ciara is set to release an album in 2013 and has since broadened her career through acting.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry’s breakthrough song, “I Kissed a Girl” didn’t seem like one that would stick around for long. The song was catchy and risque, but it definitely sounded like a one-hit wonder. However, after several other successful songs, including “Waking Up in Vegas” and “Hot n Cold,” Katy has definitely made a name for herself in Hollywood. She became a truly commercial success with her song “Teenage Dream” and her popularity has yet to dwindle. She has sold 11 million albums worldwide and is the only artist to be on the Hot 100 list for 69 consecutive weeks.

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LMFAO released their song “Party Rock” in July 2008 and while the song was definitely one you’d hear blaring from car windows and on iPods around the world, LMFAO seemed to be responsible for a summer hit, and that’s it. However, the dance-electro pop group continued to gain popularity after pairing with David Guetta and eventually released “Party Rock Anthem” in January 2011. “I’m Hot and I Know It” also became an instant hit. To date the duo has won Billboard’s Top Dance Song, Top Pop Song, Top Digital Song, and several other awards.

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Ke$ha first rose to fame after teaming with Flo Rida for her single “Right Round.” Soon after, she released her first album, Animal in 2010, which became best known for the song “Tik Tok.” With a very eccentric image and style, Ke$ha rose to fame quickly, but could have definitely faded out just as fast. However, after releasing Warrior in 2012, she has continued to gain fans and sell plenty of albums, especially with her new song, “Die Young.” Ke$ha has racked up a total of 14 awards as of 2012.

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Keri Hilson

Keri Hilson by far isn’t the most successful artist on this list, but by no means is she a one-hit wonder. Miss Keri Baby has long been in the music industry, writing songs for Mary J. Blige and several other artists. She got her big breakthrough in 2009 with her first album, In a Perfect World… The album was certified gold after releasing hit songs “Knock You Down,” “Turnin’ Me On,” and “I Like.” Keri released No Boys Allowed in 2010 but the album wasn’t nearly as successful. As of now Keri is pursuing an acting career and working on a third album.


Alecia Moore, better known as P!nk, hit the music scene running in 2000 with the single “There You Go” from the album Can’t Take Me Home. P!nk released albums in 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. Every single album produced at least one hit single. With six albums in her pocket, P!nk has sold over 40 million albums all over the world. She’s won three Grammy Awards so far.


Soulja Boy

Soulja Boy released his most notable and memorable song, “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” in September 2007. The song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart not too long after it was released. The single was part of his album,, which went certified platinum. Since 2007, Soulja Boy released two more albums, iSouljaBoyTellem and The DeAndre Way, neither of which were as successful as his first, but did produce hit singles including “Kiss Me Thru the Phone,” “Turn My Swag On,” and “Pretty Boy Swag.” He’s confirmed to be working on another album right now.

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Lady Gaga

When Lady Gaga first hit the music scene with her song “Just Dance,” it seemed as though she was quirky and eccentric enough to keep the limelight for just long enough, but her minute of fame would eventually fade out. However, ever since her first hit single, Gaga has done nothing but create even more hits including “Poker Face,” “Telephone,” “Bad Romance,” “Alejandro,” “Born This Way,” and “The Edge of Glory.” Lady Gaga has sold 23 million albums worldwide and has earned five Grammy Awards and was ranked fourth by VH1 in a list of 100 Greatest Women in Music.


Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa has been around since 2006 with his first album Show and Prove but it really wasn’t until 2010 when he released the single Black and Yellow that the rapper really hit the mainstream. The song made it to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2011, he released Rolling Papers which hit number two on the Billboard 200. Wiz has also had hits with “Payphone” featuring Maroon 5 and “Young, Wild, & Free” featuring Bruno Mars and Snoop Dogg.

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Nicki Minaj

With her crazy outfits, enormous hair, and over-the-top personality, Nicki seemed the perfect gimmicky candidate to be a one hit wonder. Not the case. Nicki Minaj’s first studio album, Pink Friday was certified platinum, just a month after it was released and she’s had seven hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at once. Her second album, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” was released in 2012 and also topped the charts around the world.

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Demi Lovato

Paired with being an actress, it seemed as though Demi Lovato would have to choose between acting and her singing career, but crazily enough she has been able to do both quite successfully. Her first album was released in September 2008 and received a gold certification. Here We Go Again, her second album, was released in July 2009 and her third in September 2011. All of her albums have earned a spot on the Billboard 200.


Avril Lavigne

When you think of Avril Lavigne, you think of her most famous song, “Sk8er Boi” and though her fame and popularity have slowly decreased, she is no one hit wonder. Avril has had plenty of popular singles including “Complicated,” “I’m With You,” “My Happy Ending,” and “Girlfriend.” She’s released four studio albums and is currently working on a fifth.

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  • P!NK is old hat and she thinks she’s cool.. Cause she is a rebel chick! *HINT TO PINK* Your lame! Really lame!

  • Ke$ha is absolutely annoying! Sorry.. Her song Dinosaur all her like ” O M G” Were stuck in CLUELESS circa 1996 and sound like my head is like ummm, like filled with helium and stuff! Want a BJ.. She is is embarrassing to women!

  • mac

    ….half these people ARE one hit wonders.

  • Cherry

    I agree with heyheynow, RiRi definitely should put down roots and live on this list because she is the prime example of somebody with zero talent being touted as one with. She’s the worse offender in my opinion because she gets the most hype as being a ‘real’ artist. Just one question, does she have a perpetual cold? Because I’m concerned as to why she is so nasally sounding at all times. Anyhoo, Nikki and Solja Boy should also rent spots on this list because they are just embarrassing, and even though it hurts my heart because I really want to believe in her I will have to say Cici should also rent a spot here even though I feel like I want to give here a chance to try, just one more time ……..

  • scandalous7

    Pink is the SHYT

  • Ay

    I wish most of these artists would go away………………….

  • Trisha_B

    I”m so happy Rihanna is getting success. The girl worked hard for where she’s at. Some people shouldn’t be on this list b/c their buzz is gone. Keri Hilson was never really that big, she had like 2 big hits after that she was just face. She should have stayed as a producer/song writer. & Soulja Boy is just blah. No one is checking for him anymore

    • heyheynow

      here we go with the fascination with rihanna knew someone who say it…Rihanna has zero talent..after being in the game since she was what 17 still has luke dance moves..and in the past three years we’ve found out she is crazy

      • Trisha_B

        This is your opinion, & that was mine. I like Rihanna’s music. Not everybody is a dancer.

      • whogoingcheckme.

        I also like Rhianna’s music . To say she has zero talent and has the success that she has is a bit mean spirited and sounds like AA jealousy and hate. You just said that CB can sing but Rihanna cant check your damn ears again cus they both in the same damn boat. You are obviously a hater and a CB supporter.

  • Tonya

    So True. I actually believed all these artists would’ve been one hit wonders with the exception of Justin Bieber and Wiz Khalifa. Justin Bieber’s first single One Time was pretty successful then Baby was released and things blew up for him. I knew Tween girls would love him, plus the fact that Justin Timberlake and Usher wanted to sign him, as we all know he chose Usher. I figured he would release a couple albums but nothing too long term. I was bumping to Wiz way before black & yellow, so he never fit the one hit wonder category.

    I also thought these artist would’ve been one hit wonders:
    Bruno Mars
    Jennifer Lopez
    Chris Brown
    Kelly Clarkson

    • heyheynow

      you’re adding chris brown really? although he beats women and has social issues who else can dance and sing like him and still look good at the same time….uh and please don’t say weak trey songs. chris is right up there with usher and justin also kelly clarkson..she was voted on by America so I think she gets a pass everyone else yeah you’re right

      • Ms kai

        CB can dance no doubt…….u are def pushing it with the singing….boy cant carry a tuner in a bucket. his latest efforts are auto tune to death.

  • TLC

    LOL Not mine…I never listen to her music.

  • Lola

    That Nicki Minaj has maintained “success” in the music industry calls into question our collective intelligence – ALL OF US!!

    • TLC

      LOL Not mine…I never listen to her music.

      • Lola

        But you read about her though, just as I do. SMH. The more we read about Minaj, the more the Media writes about her which, in turn, adds to her “success”.

        • We dont read about her we run into cause she is pushed on us and put into everything and then we resort to responding cause we are sick and tired of hearing about her cause she is a talentless, ridiculous person who is taking up space for someone who actually deserves it!! I cant wait for her to go away!! Its like Joan Rivers, Lil Kim and RuPaul all Mixed together 🙁

    • LOL I cannot agree more!! She is not even Lady Gaga weird/cool when she dresses like a retard or starts barking and making weird sounds and not understanding her random blabber c*** music. She fills the airwaves and spreads like HERP E S

  • Miss_Understood

    I would have bet my first-born child that Soulja Boy was a one hit wonder-good thing I don’t have any kids

  • sabrina

    Bieber’s first single was actually One Time — not Baby, which was released after. One Time was my jam though!!!!! He did gain more popularity with Baby though.

  • KJ23

    I agree whole heartily with this article. Not saying that any of these artists are horrible, but I thought that all of them were going to be one hit wonders. I’m glad that many of them persisted.

  • the only ones i can say belong on here is Wiz and Solja (the spelling isn’t important cause i dont care for the boy) Boy… the rest are actually pretty decent artists.