10 Popular Country Stars Who Were One Hit Wonders
It’s very hard to make it as an artist in the music industry, both as a solo artist or in a band. The more popular genres like country music are even more difficult for new artists. To make matters worse, success is fleeting. Country artists know success can happen overnight, but it can also fade just as fast. Lots of them have experienced the boom of a career altering single, but not all of them are able to keep the momentum going and many fall victim to the one hit wonder curse. Here’s a list of 10 popular country stars who were one hit wonders!
10. Cyndi Thomson, “What I Really Meant To Say”
Cyndi Thomson released her first album in 2001 and used “What I Really Meant to Say” as her debut single. It shot to the top of the Billboard Hot Country charts landing in the No. 1 spot. Her career has been very hot and cold. At the peak of her success in 2002 she quit making music, only to resume again in 2006. Unfortunately by then she had lost her footing and was never able to gain the success she once had. She’s had two other singles land on the charts in the 21 and 31 spot, but never again came close to having a No. 1 hit. She did co-write “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful” for Gary Allan which became a top five hit for him in 2006.
9. The Wreckers “Leave the Pieces”
The Wreckers was a country duo made up of two solo artists, Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp. The two singer/songwriters joined forces in 2005 and released the album Stand Still, Look Pretty. The album spawned the No. 1 hit single, “Leave the Pieces” and “My, Oh My” which reached the No. 9 spot. The Wreckers were nominated for a Grammy in 2006 and released another single in 2007, but it failed to live up to their first two hits. Branch and Harp announced their duo was splitting up to focus on their solo careers.