11 Surprising One-Hit Wonders

We all love Norah Jones, but she's still on this list

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 9, 2010 8:42 AM CDT

(Newser) – You would never guess, but Jimi Hendrix was technically a one-hit wonder. Yep, the definition of the term is “an artist or band who only has one song make the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart,” regardless of album sales or performance on other charts, writes Sam Greenspan. He goes on to list 10 more very surprising one-hit wonders on 11points.com:

  • Grateful Dead, “Touch of Grey”: “Go figure—an eternally loyal army of hippies doesn't translate into huge financial returns.”
  • Garth Brooks, “Lost in You”: His “only top 40 single was from that rock album he made under the pseudonym ‘Chris Gaines.’ No song actually attributed to Garth Brooks has ever made the top 40. Ouch.”

  • Weezer, “Beverly Hills”: “And yet, if I walked up to 90% of people I've ever known and said, ‘You take your car to work...’ they'd respond, ‘I'll take my board.’”
  • Blink-182, “All the Small Things”: Even though “there was a point where they had a song in every single teen or college comedy movie that came out for like an eight-year span.”
  • Norah Jones, “Don’t Know Why”: “We're rapidly coming up on the ten-year anniversary of when people were just crapping themselves left and right over Norah Jones,” but no other singles really scored.
For the complete list, click here.

This is a 1970 photo of Jimi Hendrix performing on the Isle of Wight in England.
This is a 1970 photo of Jimi Hendrix performing on the Isle of Wight in England.   (AP Photo/FILE)
Members of the Grateful Dead pose in a 1985  photo in Marin County, Calif.
Members of the Grateful Dead pose in a 1985 photo in Marin County, Calif.   (AP Photo)
Country music star Garth Brooks appears at a news conference in Las Vegas, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009.
Country music star Garth Brooks appears at a news conference in Las Vegas, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009.   (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Rivers Cuomo, left, and Scott Shriner, right, of Weezer perform during the Virgin Mobile Freefest concert Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md.
Rivers Cuomo, left, and Scott Shriner, right, of Weezer perform during the Virgin Mobile Freefest concert Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md.   (AP Photo/ Steve Ruark)
From left to right, musician Tom DeLonge, drummer Travis Barker, and singer and musician Mark Hoppus of the band Blink-182 arrive at the Blink-182 tour launch party in Los Angeles on May 18, 2009.
From left to right, musician Tom DeLonge, drummer Travis Barker, and singer and musician Mark Hoppus of the band Blink-182 arrive at the Blink-182 tour launch party in Los Angeles on May 18, 2009.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
In this Oct. 14, 2009 file photo, Norah Jones poses for a portrait at her in-home recording studio in New York.
In this Oct. 14, 2009 file photo, Norah Jones poses for a portrait at her in-home recording studio in New York.   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)
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