Country One Hit Wonders – Do You Remember Who Sang These Songs?
Some country stars release hit song after hit song for years. Some don't have that much luck. Here are some "one hit wonders" in country music. You probably remember their songs, but do you remember their names?
What I Really Meant to Say
This Georgia-born songwriter was on her way to stardom. Her debut single made it all the way to No. 1 on the country charts, and her debut album was certified gold. Then she abandoned her recording career, saying that the lifestyle wasn't for her. She co-wrote the Gary Allan hit 'Life Ain't Always Beautiful,' and has dabbled with recording her own material off and on over the past several years.
Mrs. Steven Rudy
"You don't know what you do to me." Admit it, as soon as you read "Mrs. Steven Rudy," you silently sang "you don't know what you do to me" in your head. 'Mrs. Steven Rudy' defied all odds and became a Top 10 hit in 2001. It was the first time in over 40 years that a new artist on an independent label reached the Top 10.
I Loved Her First
A song that instantly became a favorite father-daughter wedding dance song. It's been nearly 10 years since 'I Loved Her First' peaked at No. 1, and the group has never had a successful follow up. However, chances are pretty decent that you'll hear the song if you attend a wedding reception.
Who I Am
This singer's career began when she was just 15 years old. Her biggest hit, however, came from her second album, released when she was 17. She has recorded a total of three studio albums, and has worked with music industry pros like Richard Marx and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts. She was the winner of the Top New Female Artist award at the 35th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Bonus: Not quite one hit wonders, but sort of close.
This group was a trio from Canada, and the members were all family members. Dad Steve, daughter Amanda, and son Tyler. '26 Cents' was a No. 1 song in Canada, and a Top 5 hit here in the U.S. They did reach the top of the charts again in their home country, but never again released a song that went higher than 15 in the United States. Amanda and Tyler have recently formed a group called Small Town Pistols.
Leave the Pieces
'Leave the Pieces' was the first single from a country duo that was made up of pop singer Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp. The duo did not stay together very long. Both returned to solo work after only a few years. The follow up to 'Leave the Pieces,' a song called 'My, Oh My' made it into the Top 10, but their debut song is much better remembered.