Special Report

One Hit Wonders Who Are Still Making Music

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13. Blu Cantrell
> Hit song: Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)
> Year: 2001
> Peak position on Top 40: 2 (21 weeks total)

Blu Cantrell’s Grammy-nominated “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)” off her 2001 album “So Blu” shot to the No. 2 on the Hot 100. The singer followed up that release in 2003 with her album “Bittersweet,” which failed at having another standout track. Cantrell is reportedly working on her third album in between her scheduled live performances.

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12. Nicki French
> Hit song: Total Eclipse Of The Heart
> Year: 1995
> Peak position on Top 40: 2 (21 weeks total)

English singer and actress Nicki French scored a hit with her dance cover of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” French has had a prolific career since, making and performing music, collecting numerous television credits, and combining her talents to work in musical theater — most recently in a production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

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11. Mark Morrison
> Hit song: Return Of The Mack
> Year: 1997
> Peak position on Top 40: 2 (33 weeks total)

“Return of the Mack,” by British R&B singer Mark Morrison, spent 33 weeks in the top 40, peaking at No. 2. Morrison struggled to maintain this success, due in part to legal issues that led to him spending time in prison. Morrison has put out music recently, however, including an EP in 2014 titled “I Am What I Am.”

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10. Hoobastank
> Hit song: The Reason
> Year: 2004
> Peak position on Top 40: 2 (34 weeks total)

Pop-rock quartet Hoobastank found success early in their near 20-year existence with the release of the Grammy-nominated album “The Reason.” The record included the hit song of the same name, which, despite its heavy rock edge, reached No. 2 on the Hot 100. The band has not returned to the chart since, despite releasing four more albums, including 2018’s “Push Pull.” A 15th anniversary edition of “The Reason” will be released this October.

9. Donna Lewis
> Hit song: I Love You Always Forever
> Year: 1996
> Peak position on Top 40: 2 (35 weeks total)

Welsh singer Donna Lewis made pop music history with her infectious “I Love You Always Forever” from her debut album, “Now in a Minute.” Lewis has released four albums since and recently recorded a cover of singer Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill.”