Our Favourite One-Hit Wonders From The Early 2000s–Where Are They Now?


The current music scene is stacked full of talent and big name arists, but remember those one-hit wonders you couldn’t stop listening to? There were so many catchy tunes in early 2000s, so we decided to take a look back at the one-hit wonders of the past and find out what they’re up to now.

Daniel Powter, Bad Day

You may remember this Canadian pop-rock singer from his hit song Bad Day. Daniel Powter released the single back in 2005 and it became Billboard’s Hot 100 song of 2006. The single was also nominated for a Grammy in 2006 and became the theme song for a Coca-Cola ad and was featured on the fifth season of American Idol. In 2012 the artist released a new album Turn on The Lights, but it is yet to have any singles as successful as Bad Day. According to his Instagram, he’s currently back in the studio, so we will hopefully hear some more hits from him in the near future.

Vanessa Carlton, A Thousand Miles

This American singer-songwriter had a hit song back in 2002 that was probably as catchy as it was annoying. Vanessa Carlton’s A Thousand Miles was on Billboard’s Hot 100 when it was released back in 2002 and was featured in numerous TV shows and movies including Legally Blonde and White Chicks. Her hit album Be Not Nobody that featured the single, also went platinum in the US earning Vanessa three Grammy nominations back in 2003. Vanessa recently released a new album Liberman last October and is currently touring Europe this summer.

The Calling, Wherever You Will Go

Remember the hit song Wherever You Will Go that you may have heard on the TV show Smallville and the movie Coyote Ugly? The American rock band The Calling was responsible for this 2001 hit song. Wherever You Will Go made it to number five on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 2001, making the group a household name at the time. The band went on indefinite hiatus in 2005 and reformed in 2013 with new members, but after just a few concerts, they went on hiatus again.

James Blunt, You’re Beautiful

This English singer-songwriter hit it big with his song You’re Beautiful back in 2005. Doesn’t this song just give you all the early 2000’s feels? His album Back to Bedlam, which the hit single was off of, earned James five Grammy nominations in 2007. The singer was most recently a judge on X-Factor Australia and went on tour last spring. The singer is known for his blunt personality (pun intended) and definitely has quite the presence on Twitter. The artist announced this February he’s currently working on his fifth studio album.

Nine Days, Absolutely (Story of a Girl)

Absolutely (Story of a Girl) was a smash hit off the band’s debut album The Madding Crowd. The song went on to be number one that summer and was the biggest hits of 2000. The group released an album Something Out Of Nothing in 2013 that was modestly successful, but plan to drop another album this summer.

Nina Sky, Move Your Body

One of the best R&B dance songs of the early 2000s (and current hit Zumba track) has to be Move Your Body. The song was number four on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 2004 and was identical twin duo Nina Sky’s hit song. The girls haven’t really seen much success since, but are set to release their newest album Brightest Gold this year.

Ryan Cabrera, On The Way Down

If you were a fan of the reality TV show The Hills, you’d remember the singer-songwriter Ryan Cabrera who famously dated Audrina Patridge. Back in 2004, the singer hit it big with his single On The Way Down which peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. The video for the hit featured Ryan’s then girlfriend Ashlee Simpson. The artist now DJs in his spare time and released an EP last February that features his number one Billboard Dance Track House on Fire.

Howie Day, Collide

The American artist is best known for his hit song Collide which was a top 10 radio hit in 2003. The single was off his debut album Stop All The World Now, and the music video was filmed right here in Toronto. Howie hasn’t put out any new music in quite some time, but did release his new album Lanterns last April. The singer is currently on tour and Collide is still being used on TV and will even appear in the upcoming movie Miracles From Heaven.

Snow Patrol, Chasing Cars

The Irish rock band hit in big in 2006 with their hit song Chasing Cars. The song was featured on numerous TV shows including One Tree Hill and Grey’s Anatomy. The Grammy-nominated group has yet to come anywhere close to the success they had from the single and last performed together in 2012. The lead vocalist Gary Lightbody is still around however, but is touring on his own.