Special Report

One Hit Wonders Who Are Still Making Music

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3. Daniel Powter
> Hit song: Bad Day
> Year: 2006
> Peak position on Top 40: 1 (27 weeks total)

The Canadian musician’s song “Bad Day” spent five weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in 2006 and was featured in a commercial for NFL Fantasy Football. Powter has not equaled that success yet, although he continues to perform and recently played shows in Kuala Lumpur and Japan.

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2. Soulja Boy
> Hit song: Crank That (Soulja Boy)
> Year: 2007
> Peak position on Top 40: 1 (29 weeks total)

“Crank That (Soulja Boy)” held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks, peaking on Sept. 15, 2007. Soulja Boy, born DeAndre Cortez Way, has released four studio albums along with numerous mixtapes, singles, and videos since his blockbuster hit. However, he’s run afoul of the law and is serving an eight-month prison term for a parole violation stemming from a conviction for carrying a loaded firearm in public.

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1. James Blunt
> Hit song: You’re Beautiful
> Year: 2005
> Peak position on Top 40: 1 (29 weeks total)

James Blunt, an English singer-songwriter, record producer, and former British Army officer, has made just one appearance in the Billboard Hot 100 with “You’re Beautiful,” which was No. 1 for one week. He’s had five additional studio albums and has enjoyed success in the U.K. since then. Blunt continues to tour worldwide, often opening for artists such as Ed Sheeran.