Wednesday Question: Best One-Hit Wonders Rock Bands?

One-hit wonders or not, they still made some timeless tunes, right?

Wednesday Question: Best One-Hit Wonders Rock Bands?
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The music world can be a strange place, and not everyone that reaches superstardom is guaranteed to hold on to it.

One-hit wonders are the perfect example. Some bands simply made a tune or two that suddenly topped the charts around the globe and then just disappeared off the face of the earth, or ultimately reappeared in some cheesy reality show.

But despite only getting to briefly shine, these songs tend to stick around and even symbolize the era in which they were created. Anyhow, our Wednesday question for this week is:

What's the best one-hit wonder rock band?

Also, these tunes tend to often be regarded as guilty pleasures, so don't hesitate to reveal your favorites nonetheless.

Same rules as always apply - only one suggestion per comment, vote up the candidates you support and vote down the ones you dislike. We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another traditional UG Top 10. Let the voting begin!

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    N-D
    Europe. They have some other good songs, but because of "The Final Countdown" they remain one-hit wonder band for the wider public.
    MegadethFan18
    Well said, well said. I love Europe and they do have other songs (semi hits even) but I bet if you asked the general public who The Final Countdown was by they wouldn't know.
    Luke-LikeICare
    Good choice. I love a lot of Europe but I completely agree.
    azrael667
    I don't even... 8 platinum records and 9 gold records disagree with Europe being a one hit wonder.
    MetalMullet
    Well... this song is one of my all time favourites, and I couldn't name one more song by Europe.
    JFRules
    Rock the night, Cherokee, Girl From Lebanon, Ready or not, Stormwind, Scream of Anger, In the future to come, Open your Heart, On Broken Wings, Carrie, Prisoners in Paradise, Open your Heart lol Europe ****ing rocks
    ZWH
    Yeah, how the hell is that a one-hit wonder? They also had multiple hits at the time when 'The Final Countdown' was released (Rock the Night, Wings of Tomorrow, Carrie, etc...) This is like saying that Bon Jovi was a one-hit wonder because of 'Living on a Prayer'...
    JAHellraiser
    well hits are based on popular songs that hit #1 on the chart..so you could have platinum and gold records without big hit songs pre-late 90's, therefore they could still be a one-hit wonder if they've only had one actual hit song.
    Way Cool JR.
    A song does not have to be #1 to be classified as a hit song, all it has to be is in the chart hit list. If a band had several songs in the charts then they can not be considered a 1 hit wonder.
    Way Cool JR.
    Just because all the younger generation may not know who they are doesn't automatically qualify them as 1 hit wonders. When in fact they are just the opposite of that.
    TreyR666
    I don'ť know man, it's like saying that Nirvana was one-hit band because of Smells Like Teen Spirit.
    PRL18
    funny this song reminds me of an indy wrestler long ago coming out of this song
    N-D
    The Verve - "Bitter Sweet Symphony" - for the most of people they are one-hit wonder band.
    westley23j
    here in the U.S. they are sadly a one hit wonder. its a shame, because they haven't released anything i don't thoroughly enjoy.
    xevious1
    I always thought this was a coldplay song haha, definitely a one hit wonder.
    TryTheKetchup
    Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
    kiba56
    Burning heart, high on you etc... There's many other hits that survivor had other than just eye of the tiger.
    Danjo's Guitar
    I've feel like we've successfully proven that there is actually no such thing as a one hit wonder. Can we all go home now?
    CPEngel
    Machineflame
    He actualy has the record for most number 1's in UK for a male solo artist, but I have to say, this fact and this song are the only things I know about Rick Astley (Oh yeah right, and rickrolling)
    rival8091
    Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag
    KnotParkDay
    *Wheatus Still, exactly what I first thought, amazed that it took this long for someone to choose it.
    seance
    That first self-titled album is great. Still listen to it regularly. I haven't listened to any of their other stuff though.
    PoloSG68
    I saw them live at my uni during Freshers week, they were really really good