One And Done: One Hit Wonders We Miss (Sorta)

August 1, 2014 ‐ By Iva Anthony

While many singers and rappers strive to have a long and successful career in the music industry, these artists had just one hit and then were done. Who do you wish had a longer career?

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Vanilla Ice

In 1990, Vanilla Ice had a hit on his hands with “Ice Ice Baby.” The song was everywhere and it shot straight to the top of the Billboard charts making Vanilla Ice a star overnight. But he could never repeat the same success again. The white rapper released other rap songs but the reception just wasn’t the same as his debut single. After overdosing on drugs, Vanilla Ice, real name Robert Van Winkle, switched his attention to heavy metal music before going into real estate.


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  • ITrue

    Jimmy Cozier had a great album back in the day.

  • Alicia

    Barry White said it best. A lot of these so called artists are nothing but novelty acts. They have no staying power. They are nothing but a fad. Lack of talent is what I call it. I would rather listen to the stuff I grew up on. Where do these so called record executives find these clowns?

  • PS

    What about Glen Lewis “Don’t You Forget It”….

  • Tee Elyse

    KP & Envyi’s “Shorty Swing My Way” & Ghost Town DJ’s “My Boo” should’ve been on here! They are BOTH classic summer anthems!!!!

    • IGotItLikeThat

      OMG, I forgot about KP & Envyi! “Shorty, Swing My Way, you sure look good to me, so would you please swing my way…” THAT WAS THE JAM!!

  • Dmonique Holl

    I wish kut klose, Mona lisa, sa-deuce, and sam salter had longer careers

  • Sheila

    Where is Prophet Jones with Lifetime?!? I may be mistaken but I only remember this song being big. In my eyes you can’t have a one hit wonder list without Prophet Jones.

  • IGotItLikeThat

    Long before we had Eminem, there was Vanilla Ice! I think he was the first White guy I ever saw rock a hightop fade, lol! “Tag Team back again, check and direct and let’s begin, Party on, party people, let me hear some noise, DC’s in the house jump, jump, rejoice..” Whoomp, there it is” was the jam! Y’all forgot Baha Men “Who Let the Dogs Out,” & Quad City DJs “Come & Ride Da Train.”

  • Tubie

    What’s really cool about some of these songs like “Bust A Move” and “Let Me Clear My Throat” is how timeless they are. Throw one of these songs on at the club and it’s on!

    • IGotItLikeThat

      Those songs right there are CLUB BANGERS! I betcha Young MC is still collecting royalty checks from writing that single!

  • MayBaby

    These songs take me back to time when life was simple and I had the biggest crush on my camp counselor, Dekedrus. He was so cute! I like all of the songs in this list with the exception of “My Neck, My Back”. That there song was pure ratchicity! Hmmmm….sigh….here come the feelings of nostalgia.

  • EP

    I like all of these songs except “My Neck, My Back.” I hated that song. But I loved “Freak Like Me”, “I Got 5 On It”, etc. This was a good list. Yall forgot Gina Thompson “The Things You Do”. I loved that song. Also, “Get Gone” by Ideal. That was a good one as well as “He’s Mine” by Mokenstef. Sigh… .the 90’s. Great songs that I miss.

    • IGotItLikeThat

      I think we all can agree that “My Neck, My Back, lick my p***y & my crack” were some of the worst lyrics ever. Where else could Khia’s career go after that? Lol

      • papillon

        Why are they some of the worst lyrics ever? Because they’re raunchy?

        • IMO, it marked the beginning of RATCHET lyrics!

          • papillon

            She singing about sex, that’s ratchet? I’m not fluent in slang so I am sincerely asking what you mean by that. If “My Neck” is ratchet why isn’t “Freak Like Me”? They’re both talking about the same thing.

            • IGotItLikeThat

              IMO, it’s not what you say it’s how you say it!! Listen to “My Neck & My Back,” & then listen to “Freak Like Me” by Adina Howard. There’s a BIG DAMN DIFFERENCE in the delivery of the message both songs are trying to convey!!

              • Fox Fine

                Just because Khia knows how to ask for exactly what she wants isn’t a bad thing.

            • Fox Fine

              “Freak Like Me” is like a gospel compared to some of Khia’s songs. Shoot, it’s a gospel compared to even some of Adina Howard’s own other songs.

              “My Neck, My Back” is like the actual act of love making, whereas “Freak Like Me” is just the before play. I hope that makes sense!

        • IGotItLikeThat

          Like I said before, after a song like that, there was NO PLACE for Khia’s career to go.

          • Fox Fine

            She independent. I would bet she probably has more money than you and me combined, because aside from paying revenues and some market ads, she pockets her cash because she is her business.

    • Fox Fine

      Lol, “My Neck, My Back” was a trip. It’s nothing I would ever bump unless I was at a party, but Khia got some other good songs.

    • Ms. White

      Damn you remember all the good jams.

  • “I wanna freak in the morning, freak in the evening, just like me…” who doesn’t remember “Freak Like Me” by Adina Howard, I definitely wish she had a longer career (last saw her on “Life After”, she’s a chef now)! Sunshine Anderson spoke for all us ladies “Come home late, It seems you barely beat the sun, tapping my shoulder thinking you gon get you some…” yes ma’am, I still rock to “I heard it all before.” “Hit Up With Style” was the jam! Both Blu Cantrell & Sunshine Anderson should be on R&B Divas!

    • melissa

      Nicole wray is still aroud a bit. Check out Blakroc’s song What You Do To Me. One of my favorites!