Two's a Company: Music and Lyrics of Two-Hit Wonder Musicians

by Tia Briggs - Date: 2010-10-15 - Word Count: 507 Share This!

Everybody knows about those infamous one-hit wonders-songs by artists who never managed to match the popular they first attained with their initial song. An example of this is Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby," "Teenage Dirtbag," by Wheatus, "My Sharona" by The Knack, and Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger." Some of these songs reached top spots in hit charts and were even used as a song in movie soundtracks (as the case of 'Ice Ice Baby" and "Eye of the Tiger"). But the artists of these songs never resurfaced on the charts again. Can it be because of the music? The lyrics of their songs? Or the general appeal and talent (or lack) of the artists? In any case, one-hit wonders are not rare, and we still hear these songs and are still familiar with their lyrics even until today.

An rare occurrence, however, is the two-hit wonder. As with the one-hit wonders, these are artists who only managed to score two hits in their entire careers. Which is kind of sad, considering that anyone would assume an artist who already has two hits could go on and become more successful. Is it because of the wrong choice of music and lyrics? Here's a one at some of the rare two-hit wonders.

Paula Cole

Paula Cole had her whole career ahead of her. After all, she won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist-which should be an indication that she will become a successful artist. Yet here succeeding albums and singles after "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone" and "I Don't Want to Wait" failed to reach the top ten. The lyrics of both these songs are sad and regretful, with the lyrics of "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone" telling the story of a regretful wife who got the man she wished for but realized it wasn't enough to make her happy. The lyrics of "I Don't Want To Wait" also have a tragic streak. Many her listeners do not want to listen to her sad lyrics anymore?

Billy Ray Cyrus

Today, Billy Ray Cyrus is better known as the father of teen sensation Miley Cyrus. But several years ago, he was country singer with hits such as 'Achy, Breaky Heart" and "Ready, Set, Don't Go." One of his albums achieved the multi-platinum status. But this is in America-in other parts of the world, he is only known for those two aforementioned songs. For instance, only these two managed to top charts in the United Kingdom, making him popular in his home country but an unsuccessful singer elsewhere. Nonetheless, even those who are not familiar with Billy Ray are familiar with the infectious lyrics of "Achy, Breaky Heart."

Edwin McCain

Edwin McCain's "I'll Be" is often made fun of for its somewhat nonsensical lyrics. Yet it is extremely popular, with various artists covering this song over the years. However, save for this and "I Could Not Ask For More," he hasn't made a hit since. Perhaps he could rest in the fact that two of his songs and lyrics remain to be karaoke favorites?

Tia Briggs explains how a one song can establish an artist, and how choice of music lyrics and Song lyrics can make or break their careers is presented by http://www.welovelyrics.comn
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