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TOP TEN: Wondering About One Hit Wonders — 2013 Edition

The end of 2013 is just a few weeks away, and unfortunately, some acts just won’t be able to carry another single onto the charts in the new year. It’s the sad truth. Some may find success on genre-specific surveys or on small market panels, but it just isn’t the same. So, I must tackle the inevitable: acts who could be past their glory days, as small a time window as it was. Only one big song can do the trick, and for these artists and bands, that could be it. (Nothing to look down upon, however, some people can’t even get to that point.)

(NOTE: I did not include several acts who still have active singles at the moment. Those include American AuthorsEmblem3, NONONO and Zendaya, among others. You better watch out for 2014!)

Let’s start the top ten of the could-be one hit wonders of 2013 when it comes to popular music and the Hot 100…

That's "the way" to sample.

Her team has a Grande problem.

The horror! Yes, as much as I know how many you like her, Grande’s team really can’t get it together when it comes to second significant radio hit. Though she will have an album out next year, I don’t feel she’ll have as big a hit as “The Way”.

Don't "Miss" this new track.

From #9 to Five.

The X Factor gals had a good 2013 with a top ten EP. However, “Miss Movin’ On” is the only charting single from Better Together and I don’t think Syco/Epic know what to do with them. I am not expecting much from their full-length album.

That's "Who" he is.

That’s “Who” he is.

This is another Epic act who seems to have been lost in the shuffle. His hit “Who Booty” managed some airplay at the Rhythmic and Urban formats, plus a minor CHR crossover. Baby got back, but he hasn’t been back on the charts since.

Darling Nikki.

Darling Nikki.

The South African singer took “Glowing” onto the pop airwaves but had its lights turned out midway up the survey. She plans to release a song called “Thank God It’s Friday” to CHR radio next year, but it’s very average and will underperform.

Livin' the life.

Not so “Alive” on the charts right now.

They hit the top ten at pop radio in May with “Alive”, though sales of the songs were tepid. I actually thought the followup titled “Live For The Night” was a stronger song, but radio wasn’t a big fan. At least they’ll have DJ’ing gigs to fall back on.

I like it, "I Love It".

I like it, “I Love It”.

They crashed their car into the bridge and wound up with a hit, “I Love It”, but when they wanted to do it “All Night”, radio and retail weren’t buying into it. Their album tanked and their buzz is largely gone. These two could only Pop for so long.

A "Safe" bet for some sales.

Their one and only “Safe” hit.

The Los Angeles based duo had a major Alternative crossover smash in “Safe And Sound”. Its longevity was the main reason why followup “Kangaroo Court” quickly hopped on radio and was then pulled. I doubt they’re due for another hit.

Cup, cup and away.

Cup, cup and away.

This one should be no surprise as no one expected “Cups (When I’m Gone)” from Pitch Perfect to blow up. Even though there’s a sequel in the works, Kendrick is focused on making films. Plus, “Plates” or “Utensils” couldn’t follow it up, right?

He really shook it up in 2013.

Really shook it up in 2013.

He captivated work places everywhere to film their staff shaking it out to the “Harlem Shake”, and a large change in the Billboard Hot 100 methodology lifted it to a #1 debut. Unfortunately, the DJ hasn’t busted out any chart moves recently.

"Fox" on the run.

“Fox” on the run.

Admit it, you watched the video for “The Fox” a few times and tried to howl along. It was a viral sensation for the duo from Norway, who lit up YouTube and iTunes and cracked the Hot 100’s top ten. Though this song is over now, the two keep churning out videos on the ‘net, even if they don’t get the attention their one big hit received. At least they’re consistent.

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Foxes On The Run: The Tricksters Of The Top 10

Someone call animal control up in here.

Someone call animal control up in here.

If you’ve been living under a rock, which probably isn’t true of most of you, then you’ve only missed the answer to one of the most important questions in history: “What does the fox say?” The Norwegian duo Ylvis sings about it in their international hit, “The Fox”, which is now being distributed here by Warner Bros. Records. Just yesterday, it was announced that due to strong sales and streaming data, “The Fox” is now a top ten single on the Hot 100, scurrying up to #8 this week. Whether you have the video on repeat or are embarrassed for America, it’s still a major achievement and also brings a furry friend up to a higher region of the chart for the first time in years. This comes at the same time that artist Foxes is also currently on the Hot 100 as a vocalist on the Zedd hit, “Clarity”. It too recently reached #8. So, for probably the only time you’ll see me writing about this subject, let’s go viral into some top ten style:

“Fox On The Run”, The Sweet (#5, 1975)
Up until Ylvis, this song by British rockers The Sweet was the only song to make both the top 40 and top 10 about a fox. Featured on the group’s album Desolation Boulevard, it was written by the members of the band and produced by Mike Chapman, known for later work with Blondie and The Knack. It was their third of four top ten hits in America, the last of them coming in the summer of 1978.

Other foxy Hot 100 entries:
“Foxy Lady”, Crown Heights Affair (#49, 1977)
“Black Fox”, Freddy Robinson (#56, 1970)
“Looking For A Fox”, Clarence Carter (#62, 1968)
“Foxey Lady”, Jimi Hendrix (#67, 1967)
“Fox Hunt”, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass (#84, 1974)
“Fox On The Run”, Manfred Mann (#97, 1969)

Charlie and Inez Foxx
Brother Charlie and sister Inez began in a gospel choir before deciding to settle on recording pop music. In 1963, the two did a version of the popular lullaby “Hush, Little Baby” under a new title of “Mockingbird” and it cracked the top 10, peaking at #7. Inez went solo after this, but never went nearly as high on the charts. They last charted together in 1967; Inez made the R&B charts as late as 1974.

The quintet from Miami and led by Ish “Angel” Ledesma were big on the Disco scene starting in 1976, but began hitting the Hot 100 in 1978 with a top ten single, “Get Off” (#9). It was followed by a minor top 40 entry in 1979 and the band broke up the next year. Ledesma went onto lead Oxo, known for 1983’s “Whirly Girl” (#28), and formed the group Company B who charted with “Fascinated” in 1987 (#21).

Foxy Brown
The rapper originally from Brooklyn, NY did a bit of damage on the charts in the late 90’s and early 00’s. Her three charting albums all went top ten and were each certified. From her first album, 1996’s Ill Na Na, came her biggest success: “I’ll Be”, a #7 single featuring a rap by Jay-Z. Brown also appeared on a #9 song by Case the same year, “Touch Me Tease Me”. Brown last entered any Billboard chart in 2005.

Jamie Foxx
Actor, comedian and musician Foxx released his first album in 1994 to little attention, but returned a decade later in 2004 on Twista‘s #1 single, “Slow Jamz”. After a starring role in Ray, there was a renewed interest in his music, leading to hits like 2006’s “Unpredictable” (#8), 2009’s “Blame It” (#2), as well as a feature on Kanye West‘s 2006 #1 “Gold Digger”. His last album to date came out in 2010.

Samantha Fox
Pin-up girl turned pop star Fox took a ride up the charts beginning in 1986 with a string of sexually charged hits. Although she garnered more success in Europe, the U.S. surveys still paid her some attention, making the top ten three times with 1987’s “Touch Me (I Want Your Body)” (#4), 1988’s “Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)” (1988) and 1989’s “I Wanna Have Some Fun” (#8). She is still active as a performer.

Sly Fox
This duo of Gary Cooper and Michael Camacho formed in Miami with their producer looking to style them in a clean-cut, teen idol image. However, the idea coupled with a big single called “Let’s Go All The Way” didn’t seem to help that at all. The song was a hit, going to #7 on the Hot 100 in 1986, but after a return to that squeaky clean ideal, the national success faded. Both are still in the music business today.

Other foxy Hot 100 artists:
Britny Fox
Biggest hit: “Long Way To Love” (#100, 1988)

Charles Fox
Biggest hit: “Seasons” (#75, 1981)

Biggest hit: “Only You Can” (#53, 1975)

Jeff Foxworthy
Biggest hit: “Redneck Games” [with Alan Jackson] (#66, 1995)

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