The 10 “Best” One-Hit Wonders of the 2000’s

by Quincy Tejani, Music Connoisseur


CeeLo Green and Danger Mouse AKA. Gnarls Barkley

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These artists came, made boat loads of money and then lived the rest of their days in musical obscurity. That’s right, today we’re counting down the 10 “best” one hit wonders of the 2000’s.

10. Baha Men | Who Let The Dogs Out | 2000 | No. 40

This song is still catchy.

9. Terror Squad | Lean Back | 2004 | No. 1

And no one ever heard from Terror Squad again.

8. Crazy Town | Butterfly | 2001 | No. 1

I used to sing the words to this and had no idea what they meant. I know you did too.

7. Daniel Powter | Bad Day | 2006 | No. 1

Daniel Powter will always be remembered as the guy who’s song was used in sad video collages of people getting eliminated from American Idol. Not a bad legacy I guess?

6. Hoobastank | The Reason | 2004 | No. 2

Hoobastank actually released a greatest hits album in 2009, released in Japan.

5. Asher Roth | I Love College | 2009 | No. 11

Okay, for real Asher Roth’s album Asleep In The Bread Aisle is fantastic. LISTEN TO IT!

4. Eiffel 65 | Blue (Da Ba Dee) | 2000 | No. 6

If I were green would I die? Who knows.

3. Feist | 1234 | 2007 | No. 8

This song shows Feist at her feistiest. The track was released from her album The Reminder which is a great little folk LP.

2. Jimmy Eat World | The Middle | 2002 | No. 5


1. Gnarls Barkley | Crazy | 2006 | No. 2

I mean, these two artists still ended up doing other “great” things (See CeeLo’s track “F*** You) but for me, this track represents their peak. I mean, it is ranked number 1 on Rolling Stones “100 Best Songs of the Decade.” And if Rolling Stone thinks it’s amazing then it must be right? RIGHT?


Quincy Tejani is the co-founder of The Violet Wave and is also editor of music. When he’s not listening to or writing about music you can probably find him walking through the forests of Ontario or pondering the inner workings of the universe. He also never turns down a cold Pabst… never.

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