Two of the top 10 one-hit wonders of the past decade come to you courtesy of “American Idol.”
Only one of the two — fourth-season runner-up Bo Bice — was actually a contestant on “Idol.” But the show was responsible for fueling the rise up the charts of the decade’s biggest one-hit wonder — “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter.
The song was played over the elimination montage for every finalist in “Idol’s” fifth season, which led to “Bad Day” hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 2006. It would stay there for five weeks and became the year’s top-selling single.
Since then, though, Powter has failed to crack the Hot 100 even once, which pretty much makes him the definition of a one-hit wonder.
Bice, meanwhile, reached No. 2 in 2005 with “Inside Your Heaven,” the song written for that season’s finale (winner Carrie Underwood went to No. 1 with it that same year). He hasn’t cracked the Top 50 since; his next-best effort was “The Real Thing,” which reached No. 56 in 2006.
Others in the dubious top 10 list include Crazy Town, MIMS, James Blunt and Gnarls Barkley (who, somewhat surprisingly, have cracked the top 10 only once).
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