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One-Hit Wonders On The Australian Chart: The 2000s

Originally posted in 2015. Updated in 2020.


When it comes to charts, I'm a man of my word and so here is my look back at one-hit wonders on the ARIA singles chart during the 2000s (which it originally took me a year to get around to after my initial one-hit wonder posts). If you've checked out those posts on one-hit wonders from the 1980s and 1990s, the same rules apply. If you haven't, why haven't you?


Lucía, Lola and Pilar Las Ketchup, as we would've called them in Smash Hits where surnames didn't exist

For newcomers, those rules are as follows: first, I'll look at those acts that had one number 1 single and no other top 50 entries. Then, I'll list artists with one top 10 single to their name and no other top 50 entries. Simple!

Ultimate One-Hit Wonders: one number 1 and no further hits

So let's take a trip back through the 2000s to remember the seven genuine one-hit wonders and a few chart-toppers who almost made the grade. Not included in this list is AR Rahman, since number 1 single "Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)" was performed with Pussycat Dolls, who had several hits, and would arguably never have reached the top without their input. OK, let's get on with it...


"Bloke" by Chris Franklin

Entered the Australian chart: February 7, 2000

Weeks at number 1: Two

No other top 100 entries

The first of two response records on our list, this bogan anthem was a rewrite of "Bitch" by Meredith Brooks herself a one-hit wonder from the perspective of a stereotypical Aussie bloke. Tapping into the same market that finds Housos amusing, stand-up comedian Chris Franklin wound up with the third highest-selling single by an Australian artist in 2000, behind Madison Avenue and Bardot, whose debut single "Poison" provided the inspiration for Chris's follow-up track, the unsuccessful "Beer Is My Poison".

"Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" by Spiller

Entered the Australian chart: September 18, 2000

Weeks at number 1: Three

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "Cry Baby" (number 78 in 2002)

The uncredited vocalist of this crossover club hit might have registered a handful of chart appearances in the 2000s, but Italian DJ Cristiano Spiller wasn't as fortunate as singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor. "Groovejet..." was also a number 1 in the UK, where it triumphed in a greatly hyped chart battle against the Victoria Beckham-featuring "Out Of Your Mind" by Truesteppers. Even though Spiller hails from Italy, there was a decidedly French house feel to the track, which started off as an instrumental and samples 1977 disco record "Love Is You" by Carol Williams

"Because I Got High" by Afroman

Entered the Australian chart: October 1, 2001

Weeks at number 1: Three

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "Crazy Rap" (number 99 in 2002)

A song about drugs hitting the chart was nothing new, but few had been as literal or as popular as this account of what happened when the rapper born Joseph Foreman smoked a joint or six. One of the earliest examples of the internet being instrumental in a single's success, "Because I Got High" was released independently and made available at Afroman's concerts before being shared via Napster and eventually attracting the notice of high-profile fans like Howard Stern and director Kevin Smith. Despite being snapped up to a major label record deal, Afroman has never been able to repeat the feat not even with his recent reworking of "Because I Got High" in which he extolled the virtues of legalised marijuana.

"The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" by Las Ketchup

Entered the Australian chart: October 14, 2002

Weeks at number 1: Three

No other top 100 entries

Six years earlier, "Macarena" had topped the ARIA chart, and six years before that, "Lambada" had hit the top 10, so by 2002, we were due for a Latin-flavoured dance track with lyrics no one understood the chorus is said to be inspired by "Rapper's Delight" by The Sugarhill Gang and a routine few perfected (although at Smash Hits, we played our part by printing a frame-by-frame guide to the dance steps). Performed by the Muñoz sisters, "Aserejé" started out as a Spanish tune before being given a "Spanglish" makeover and earning a new title, "The Ketchup Song", for the English-speaking world. The trio's second single, "Kusha Las Payas", was a resounding flop and not even the Los Del Rio tactic of re-recording "Aserejé" as a Christmas record provided the girls with another hit. In 2006, a fourth sister, Rocío, was part of the line-up that represented Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest.

"Rise Up" by Australian Idol The Final 12

Entered the Australian chart: October 20, 2003

Weeks at number 1: Three

No other top 100 entries (as a collective)

I was in two minds about including this since many of the finalists from Australian Idol season one ended up making the chart with four topping it individually. But that's a bit like not including a one-hit wonder girl group just because its members go on to have successful solo careers. 

So here they are Guy, Shannon, Cosima, Millsy, Paulini and a bunch of other singers that time has forgotten with "Rise Up", a song originally recorded by Vanessa Amorosi that was no doubt chosen due to the fact that Idol judge Mark Holden co-wrote it. 

The accompanying album, which featured a solo track by each of the top 12, also did quite well, reaching number 3. However, an attempt to repeat the trick with season two's top 10 failed dismally and their version of "Good Times" stalled at number 53 in early 2005 when they were on tour.

No one's put the actual video of "Rise Up" on YouTube, but there's an audio clip below.

"F.U.R.B. (Fuck You Right Back)" by Frankee

Entered the Australian chart: June 14, 2004

Weeks at number 1: Three

No other top 100 entries

While it took three years for Chris Franklin to answer Meredith Brooks, American singer Nicole Aiello Frankee comes from middle name Francine hit back at Eamon's "Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)" in a matter of weeks. Claiming to be Eamon's ex-girlfriend and insulting his sexual prowess (among other things), Frankee's just-as-obscenity-riddled response track topped the ARIA chart a mere seven weeks after his run at the top ended but it was soon revealed that the two singers had never been romantically involved and the supposed relationship was nothing more than a marketing ploy. Every bit as average a song as the single it responds to, "F.U.R.B." proves my theory that people will buy anything with a bit of swearing in it.

"Bubbly" by Colbie Caillat

Entered the Australian chart: February 25, 2008

Weeks at number 1: One

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "Fallin' For You" (number 63 in 2009)

After all the drugs, swearing and bogans we've recapped so far, this gentle debut single from pop/rock singer Colbie Caillat is like a burst of sunshine. Along with 2008's "Sweet About Me" by Gabriella Cilmi and "Love Song" by Sara Bareilles, "Bubbly" was an alternative to the power-pop of Pink, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Lady Gaga that year and in the States, it was the first of a number of big radio-friendly singles Colbie has enjoyed in the years since. Not so in Australia. Fun fact: Colbie's dad co-produced one of the biggest albums of all-time, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, and its follow-up, Tusk.   

Almost One-Hit Wonders: one number 1 and a second minor hit

With only seven genuine chart-topping one-hit wonders in the 2000s, it'd be rude not to acknowledge a few more acts that almost qualify for the list above but have one extra pesky, low-charting single to their name. Not surprisingly, there's a couple of reality show contestants in here including the first solo winner of Popstars and one of the Australian Idol season one Final 12.


Wheatus

Number 1 single: "Teenage Dirtbag" (2000)

Next biggest single: "Leroy" (number 47, 2001)

Scott Cain

Number 1 single: "I'm Moving On" (2002)

Next biggest single: "Crazy People Rock" (number 39, 2002)

Cosima

Number 1 single: "When The War Is Over / One Night Without You" (2004)

Next biggest single: "Now That You Can't Have Me" (number 42, 2004)

Youth Group

Number 1 single: "Forever Young" (2006)

Next biggest single: "Catching & Killing" (number 44, 2006)

Sandi Thom

Number 1 single: "I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)" (2006)

Next biggest single: "What If I'm Right" (number 36, 2006)



B-List One-Hit Wonders: one top 10 single and no further hits

At this point in my look back at the one-hit wonders of the 1990s, I braced myself to run through 81 separate second string one-hit wonders. For the 2000s, we have half that number.


Why the drop-off? One reason: the rise of the collaboration. From rap hits with guest vocalists to new performers being introduced via a featured spot on a song by an established act, an increasing amount of singles in the 2000s were credited to two or more artists. And so, the likes of Angie Stone and 112 won't appear here although they meet the criteria when it comes to their own releases, they both also featured on a top 50 hit by someone else.


Just to make things more confusing, I haven't included performers who ONLY appeared on a top 10 hit in a featured artist capacity. Sorry Case and Tamia, but unless you were a lead artist on a top 10 hit, I'm not interested. Also not included: one-off charity ensemble Band Aid 20.


"Steal My Sunshine" by Len

Entered the Australian chart: November 8, 1999

Peak: number 3

No other top 100 entries

We start off with a song that was a hit in Len's home country of Canada as well as the US in 1999 but didn't reach the ARIA top 10 until the start of 2000, when its summertime feel made it the perfect soundtrack for beach trips and pool parties. Using a sample from disco classic "More More More" and inspired by the dual vocals in The Human League's "Don't You Want Me", "Steal My Sunshine" was the lead single from Len's third album a burst of inspiration in an otherwise hit-less career.

"Shackles (Praise You)" by Mary Mary

Entered the Australian chart: July 24, 2000

Peak: number 2

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest hit: "I Sings" (number 88 in 2001)

Cliff Richard had brought Christianity back to the chart seven months earlier with "The Millennium Prayer", but this duo comprised of sisters Erica and Tina Atkins-Campbell put the groove back into gospel with their debut single. Since "Shackles", Mary Mary have preached to the converted, with great success on Billboard's gospel chart but no further mainstream hits.

"Dance With Me" by Debelah Morgan

Entered the Australian chart: October 16, 2000

Peak: number 3

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "I Remember" (number 55 in 2001)

She'd spent the best part of the 1990s being signed to and dropped from record deals, so American singer Debelah Morgan was taking no chances with her latest contract, putting a new twist on the tango staple "Hernando's Hideaway". The familiarity of "Dance With Me" helped the pint-sized performer finally attain that chart hit that had eluded her for so long. Fun fact: I once did a lunchtime interview with Debelah and she ordered a Caesar salad with everything on the side. Cut to the waiter bringing her a bowl of leaves and several ramekins containing the other ingredients.



"Butterfly" by Crazy Town

Entered the Australian chart: March 26, 2001

Peak: number 4

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "Drowning" (number 72 in 2002)

We have Linkin Park to thank for the nu metal explosion of the early 2000s, which saw a whole host of rap/rock bands invade the chart. Driven by its insistent "come my lady, come come my lady" hook, the Red Hot Chili Peppers-sampling "Butterfly" became one of the biggest hits from the genre for the band with members including Shifty, Epic and the late DJ AM.

"Miss California" by Dante Thomas

Entered the Australian chart: October 1, 2001

Peak: number 5

No other top 100 entries

While Wyclef Jean was the only Fugee who seemed serious about attempting a solo career in the early 2000s, his former band-mate Pras Michel popped up on this debut single by then-23-year-old American Dante Thomas, who Pras had discovered and signed.

"Rapture" by iiO

Entered the Australian chart: November 26, 2001

Peak: number 3

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "At The End" (number 53 in 2002)

Originally called Vaiio after the similarly spelt Sony laptop the duo of singer Nadia Ali and producer Markus Moser decided to avoid legal difficulties and shortened their name to iiO ahead of the release of this debut single. Despite sounding like just another big club track out of Europe, iiO actually hailed from America and even cracked the US top 50 with "Rapture" at a time when dance singles didn't perform so well Stateside.

"Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling

Entered the Australian chart: March 18, 2002

Peak: number 5

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "Adrienne" (number 60 in 2002)

A genre that did continue to dominate American airwaves and charts in the early 2000s was white-bread rock music like Train, Nickelback, Matchbox Twenty and these new kids on the block, who landed the fifth-biggest single of the year in the States with debut single "Wherever You Will Go". Fronted by Alex Band, who looked like he'd just stepped out of a boy band but sounded like Chad Kroeger or Scott Stapp, The Calling were never able to live up to the success of this song, not even gracing the Billboard Hot 100 with their presence again.

"Way Of The World" by Francesca

Entered the Australian chart: August 26, 2002

Peak: number 3

No other top 100 entries

The younger sister of Anna Belperio from Popstars winners Scandal'us (yes, they had two hits), Francesca owes her appearance on this list to a youth initiative called SNAP (Say No And Phone) and a concert held in her hometown of Adelaide to support the cause. Like Hillsong events, selling the "Way Of The World" single at the gig qualified as a chart store and that one rush of sales resulted in her entering the chart at number 3. It also meant the song fell out of the top 100 the following week making Francesca the briefest one-hit wonder of all time.

"She Hates Me" by Puddle Of Mudd

Entered the Australian chart: November 11, 2002

Peak: number 9

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "Blurry" (number 52 in 2002)

More post-grunge American rock now and another song that derived much of its success from the fact that it drops an F-bomb or 10, although not in the sanitised radio-friendly version, of course. "She Hates Me" became one of an increasing number of chart hits to have swear words unsubtly silenced in "clean" versions that sat side-by-side on CD singles with the "explicit" versions. For me, the almost novelty-ish "She Hates Me" was nowhere near as good as "Blurry", which was an even bigger hit for the band in the US and the UK.

"Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones

Entered the Australian chart: March 3, 2003

Peak: number 5

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "Here We Go Again" (with Ray Charles) (number 51 in 2005)

She may have no trouble regularly placing albums in the top 5, but this multi-Grammy Award-winning debut single is easy listening star Norah Jones's only hit in Australia. It's also a cover version, having been originally recorded by its writer, Jesse Harris, in 1999.

"You Promised Me (Tu Es Foutu)" by In-Grid

Entered the Australian chart: March 17, 2003

Peak: number 7

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "In-Tango (We Tango Alone)" (number 63 in 2003)

The list of '90s one-hit wonders was full of trashy Eurodance acts, but Italian Ingrid Alberini is our sole purveyor of Continental party tracks for the '00s. "You Promised Me" was the English version of In-Grid's European hit, "Tu Es Foutu"  a song that, bizarrely, was actually in French and bore a title that translates politely as "you're screwed". 



"United States Of Whatever" by Liam Lynch

Entered the Australian chart: June 2, 2003

Peak: number 6

No other top 100 entries

At just under a minute-and-a-half, this is easily the shortest song on this list and also the silliest. Recorded by Liam Lynch (real name: William Niederst) in one take, the frenetic burst of joke rock was brief enough not to wear out its welcome, as it poked fun at America's culture of disaffected youth. Musician and director Liam Lynch had previously been involved with MTV's sock puppet series, The Sifl and Olly Show, which had featured Zafo the only character in the song not to get a "whatever!".

"Angel" by Amanda Perez

Entered the Australian chart: July 21, 2003

Peak: number 2

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "I Like It" (number 54 in 2004)

Stuck behind The Black Eyed Peas' chart-topper "Where Is The Love?" for four weeks, "Angel" was the title track and lead single from Amanda Perez's second album. The Mexican-American singer has released three more albums with decreasing sales in the years since this breakthrough smash.

"Unchained Melody" by Gareth Gates

Entered the Australian chart: July 28, 2003

Peak: number 9

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "Sunshine" (number 60 in 2003)

Pop Idol didn't even air here in Australia and so the fact that season one runner-up Gareth Gates managed to hit the ARIA top 10 more than a year after he topped the UK chart with this debut single is all down to song choice: a snoozesome cover of the ubiquitous The Righteous Brothers classic. By the end of 2003, Gareth's music career was already on the skids at home, which put paid to future chart action in Australia but the spiky-haired teen heartthrob still has one up on Pop Idol victor Will Young, who still hasn't reached the Australian chart despite a string of hit singles and albums in the UK that continues to this day.

"Take Me To The Clouds Above" by LMC (vs U2)

Entered the Australian chart: April 5, 2004

Peak: number 7

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "You Get What You Give" (vs New Radicals) (number 60 in 2005)

Obviously on this list thanks to the first part of the artist credit, dance group LMC got its name from its members: producers Lee Monteverde, Matt Cadman and Cris Nuttall. Sung by house diva Rachel McFarlane, "Take Me To The Clouds Above" featured a lyrical hook from Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know" and a musical sample taken from "With Or Without You" by U2 thus the second part of the artist credit.

"Four To The Floor" by Starsailor

Entered the Australian chart: April 26, 2004

Peak: number 5

No other top 100 entries

Next up, a song that became a hit thanks to Stuart Price's Thin White Duke remix, which transformed the indie rock original version into a storming club track and FM radio staple in the mid-'00s. Despite only charting in Australia the one time, the band enjoyed a string of 10 consecutive top 40 hits in the UK, all of which will be found on their greatest hits album, Good Souls.

"I Don't Wanna Know" by Mario Winans (featuring Enya and P.Diddy)

Entered the Australian chart: May 31, 2004

Peak: number 2

No other top 100 entries

After years working as a producer for Puff Daddy's Bad Boy label, Mario Winans got around to releasing his second album (his first had been under a previous deal with Motown) in 2004 and roped in his boss (now going by P.Diddy) as a guest rapper on lead single "I Don't Wanna Know". Also claiming a credit on the song was Enya, whose 1987 instrumental "Boadicea" had been sampled by The Fugees on "Ready Or Not", which in turn was the basis for Mario's track. As we earlier with Eamon and Frankee, answer tracks were big business in 2004 and a response to "I Don't Wanna Know" came via The Pirates' UK top 10 single, "You Should Really Know".

"Tipsy" by J-Kwon

Entered the Australian chart: June 14, 2004

Peak: number 5

No other top 100 entries

Talk about peaking early. The rapper born Jerrell Jones was 17 going on 18 when his debut single, "Tipsy", became a worldwide hit and he still hasn't turned 30. In retrospect, it might have been a slight bit irresponsible for us to run the songwords to this ode to underage drinking in Smash Hits at the time.

"Heartbreaker" by Kayne Taylor

Entered the Australian chart: June 28, 2004

Peak: number 8

No other top 100 entries

Not even the rebranding of Popstars to Popstars Live  in an attempt to emulate the runaway success of Australian Idol  could save what was by now a dying franchise. And as if to prove the point, winner Kayne Taylor barely scraped into the top 10 with his winner's single, "Heartbreaker". The Australia Post worker-turned-reality show champ's only other chart appearance was on "Stand Up Next To Me" by his season's finalists, which fell some way short of doing for Popstars what "Rise Up" had done for Idol

"I Believe" by Fantasia

Entered the Australian chart: July 26, 2004

Peak: number 4

No other top 100 entries

I'm pretty sure Channel 10 didn't air the first two seasons of American Idol locally and although it would've been great to see Kelly Clarkson triumph as the inaugural winner, season three was a pretty good place to start. Fantasia Barrino was my favourite throughout the season and, for me, there was really no competition when it came to the final, when she was up against Diana DeGarmo. The voting public of America thought differently, and Fantasia won by a margin of only two percent and got to release winner's single "I Believe". For once, the song was actually pretty good a stirring ballad accompanied by a swaying gospel choir that raspy-voiced Fantasia, to coin a phrase, nailed. Unfortunately, her follow-up material didn't live up to the promise she showed on Idol  and I should know, since I bought Fantasia's first two albums.

"Underwear Goes Inside The Pants" by Lazyboy

Entered the Australian chart: January 24, 2005

Peak: number 5

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "Inhale Positivity" (number 78 in 2005)

As one-quarter of Aqua, Søren Rasted had been part of some of the biggest chart hits of the '90s, but the Danish musician and producer's side-project, Lazyboy, can only lay claim to this one success story. Featuring the spoken vocals of comedian Greg Giraldo, "Underwear Goes Inside The Pants" details everything that's wrong with the world particularly the United States and kind of felt like the antidote to the positivity of the similarly styled "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen".



"Evie" by The Wrights

Entered the Australian chart: March 7, 2005

Peak: number 2

No other top 100 entries

A veritable who's who of Aussie rock stars, this supergroup comprised members of Jet, Powderfinger, Grinspoon, Spiderbait, The Living End and more, banding together for a remake of The Easybeats' three-part epic, "Evie". Performed at Wave Aid in January 2005, the one-off single also raised money for victims of the Boxing Day tsunami, with some proceeds donated to Easybeats singer Steve Wright, who gave the ensemble their name, and the Salvation Army. 

"Stop The Music" by P-Money (with Scribe)

Entered the Australian chart: April 18, 2005

Peak: number 7

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "Everything" (featuring Vince Harder) (number 85 in 2008)

Now, we get to a couple of songs that might be contentious inclusions. New Zealand hip-hop acts P-Money (DJ/producer Peter Wadams) and Scribe (rapper Malo Luafutu) both crossed the Tasman to score Australian chart success in the mid-'00s but only Scribe managed to achieve top 50 entries besides their collaboration on "Stop The Music". Although P-Money did write and produce some of Scribe's other hits, his only chart credit as an artist is on "Stop The Music".

"Obsession (No Es Amor)" by Frankie J (featuring Baby Bash)

Entered the Australian chart: April 25, 2005

Peak: number 5

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "Don't Wanna Try" (number 81 in 2003)

Next up, we have singer Frankie J (real name: Francisco Javier Bautista Jr) who collaborated with rapper Baby Bash (real name: Ronnie Bryant) on two top 10 singles but he didn't receive featured artist billing in Australia on 2004's "Suga Suga". And so, Frankie's only credited chart hit in this country is his own release "Obsession...", one of a handful of covers of a song originally recorded by group Aventura. Interestingly, another remake by boy band 3rd Wish also featured a rap by Baby Bash.

"Crash" by Chloë

Entered the Australian chart: September 12, 2005

Peak: number 10

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "Stars" (number 66 in 2004)

The original version of "Crash", a UK top 10 hit for British indie band The Primitives, didn't make the ARIA top 100, but 17 years later, a cover by up-and-coming Australian singer Chloëachieved the same result in Australia. Following its top 10 debut, the single fell out of the top 100 after its fifth week on the chart and just as quickly Chloë Stafford's music career was over, with record company Sony Music choosing not to release her album.

"Hit Me Up" by Gia Farrell

Entered the Australian chart: February 5, 2007

Peak: number 6

No other top 100 entries

Here's another singer who was dropped by her record label in this case, Atlantic Records after she landed a top 10 single in Australia. The song in question was "Hit Me Up", which got a leg up from its use in animated film Happy Feet. After years of record company and management wrangling, Gia popped up during the 2012 season of American Idol under her birth name, Jeannie Bocchicchio, but didn't progress beyond Hollywood Week.

"Suddenly I See" by KT Tunstall

Re-entered the Australian chart: February 26, 2007

Peak: number 6

No other top 100 entries

It might be Scottish singer/songwriter Kate Tunstall's only ARIA chart hit, but it's visited the top 100 on at least three separate occasions originally reaching number 39 in early 2006 then making it into the top 10 a year later when people were more familiar with it from The Devil Wears Prada. Fittingly, there are also three videos for the songs, one which appears below, another which you can watch by following the link in the song title above and a third which doesn't seem to be on YouTube in Australia.

"If You Don't Mean It" by Dean Geyer

Entered the Australian chart: May 14, 2007

Peak: number 10

No other top 100 entries

Before he was an internationally successful TV star in series as diverse as Neighbours, Terra Nova and Glee, South African-born Dean Geyer was a finalist in season four of Australian Idol. A former model, with some shirtless shots in his portfolio that Channel 10 tried to stop us running in TV WEEK, Dean was a serious contender for the Idol crown. Despite finishing third, he was also signed by Sony Music but ultimately only released this one single from debut album Rush

"Destination Calabria" by Alex Gaudino (featuring Crystal Waters)

Entered the Australian chart: June 11, 2007

Peak: number 3

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "Destination Unknown" (with Crystal Waters) (number 99 in 2004)

This insistent club smash was a mash-up of "Destination Unknown", which had scraped into the top 100 for Italian DJ/producer Alessandro Gaudino and club singer Crystal Waters in 2004, and instrumental track "Calabria" by Rune RK, a Danish DJ/producer who seems to have been missed out in the distribution of artist credits second time around. "That song with the saxophone" spent four weeks at number 3 behind different combinations of "Umbrella", "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Dance Floor Anthem".

"That's Gold" by Paul "The Chief" Harragon

Entered the Australian chart: September 3, 2007

Peak: number 8

No other top 100 entries

Up until now I'd been spared ever hearing this affront to music, which tied in with the former rugby league player's segment of the same name on The Footy Show and, at least, raised money for charity. Thankfully, Paul Harragon's take on Spandau Ballet's "Gold" was out of the top 100 within a month. My ears may never recover, however. 



"This Heart Attack" by Faker

Entered the Australian chart: November 5, 2007

Peak: number 9

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "The Familiar/Enough" (number 62 in 2005)

By the late '00s, it was more or less unheard of for a song to spend six months working its way up to the top 10, but that's exactly how long it took "This Heart Attack" to reach its peak after being released in mid-October 2007. The breakthrough hit for Australian band Faker, who'd formed back in 1996, came fifth in the JJJ Hottest 100 at the start of 2008 and although I like the indie rock original, I prefer the dance mixes by the likes of Grafton Primary and Miami Horror.

"Here I Am" by Natalie Gauci

Entered the Australian chart: December 3, 2007

Peak: number 2

No other top 100 entries

Poor Natalie Gauci she has so many credits to her name (besides being a one-hit wonder), but none of them positive. She was the first Australian Idol winner to see her winner's single peak at number 2 rather than number 1. Stan Walker's "Black Box" did the same, but then he had a further top 10 hit with 2011's "Loud" (among other top 50 entries), which means he's not on this list but Natalie is. 

She's also the only Idol champ not to release a follow-up single under her record deal and the only victor whose sole album released by Sony Music was the Winner's Journey collection of songs she performed on the show, which just happens to be the only album released by a winner immediately post-Idol not to go top 10. 

She's not, however, the only Idol to be eclipsed in the years since by their runner-up, in this case Matt Corby, who admitted his distaste for "Here I Am". The track, which was co-written by Lindy Robbins (who's penned tunes in the years since for Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo and David Guetta), is about as insipid a winner's single as you could hope for. Natalie finally got around to releasing new music independently in 2010, and has lurched from dance tracks to jazz releases since then.

"Naughty Girl" by Mr G

Entered the Australian chart: March 10, 2008

Peak: number 7

No other top 100 entries

Even more shocking than some of this song's lyrics about schoolgirl Annabel Dickson (who, in comedy series Summer Heights High, died of a drug overdose) is the fact that the music video created for the single release features young kids miming them. But then at this point, comedian Chris Lilley could get away with just about anything even tweens chanting "ecstasy". Released at the height of his characters' popularity, "Naughty Girl" features dialogue from attention-craving school teacher Mr G set to a thumping dance beat courtesy of Paul Mac. 

"I Don't Do Surprises" by Axle Whitehead

Entered the Australian chart: March 17, 2008

Peak: number 8

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "Anywhere" (number 77 in 2008)

He'd appeared back on the first season of Australian Idol, and despite not making the finals Axle Whitehead did remarkably well for himself, with this single released between his time as a co-host of Video Hits and a star on Home And Away. Thankfully involving no scat singing, the Coldplay-lite "I Don't Do Surprises" was co-written by Axle and benefitted from radio stations finally coming around to the idea of playing songs by former Idol contestants.

"Psycho Teddy" by Psycho Teddy

Entered the Australian chart: April 21, 2008

Peak: number 5

No other top 100 entries

While I was spared having to relive Crazy Frog above even if that did mean accepting the fact that the animated act had more than one hit there's no escaping this ringtone-inspired single, which emerged out of Australia as an obvious cash-in attempt. Thankfully, its chart tenure was brief, spending only six weeks in the top 100.

"From Little Things Big Things Grow (Get Up Stand Up version)" by The GetUp Mob

Entered the Australian chart: April 28, 2008

Peak: number 4

No other top 100 entries

Another short-lived hit was this cover of the Paul Kelly & The Messengers song, which spent only three weeks in the top 100 in the wake of the Australian government's apology to the Stolen Generation on February 13, 2008. Featuring vocal input from Paul, Kev Carmody (who'd also previously recorded the song), John Butler, Missy Higgins and Dan Sultan, among others, the new recording was credited to The GetUp Mob, a reference to the similarly named activist group.

"My Delirium" by Ladyhawke

Entered the Australian chart: December 15, 2008

Peak: number 8

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "Paris Is Burning" (number 52 in 2008)

Just when it looked like nothing from Ladyhawke's excellent self-titled debut album was going to have any luck on the chart, fourth single "My Delirium" broke the curse that had caused "Back Of The Van", "Paris Is Burning" and "Dusk Till Dawn" to falter. Unfortunately, it was back to missing the top 50 with follow-up "Magic" and, although Pip Brown won two ARIA Awards in 2009 for her musical alter ego, she's yet to return to the singles chart.

"Rock & Roll" by Eric Hutchinson

Entered the Australian chart: January 19, 2009

Peak: number 9

No other top 100 entries

Here's a song that owes its place on this list to primetime soap Packed To The Rafters, which had become known for its crowd-pleasing soundtrack albums and featured "Rock & Roll" in its 2008 season finale. Previously signed to Madonna's Maverick Records, Eric ended up self-releasing his Sounds Like This album, which was in turn picked up by Maverick's parent company, Warner Music.

"The Boy Does Nothing" by Alesha Dixon

Entered the Australian chart: July 13, 2009

Peak: number 8

No other top 100 entries

In between her time as a member of Mis-teeq (biggest Australian hit: "Scandalous", number 9 in 2003) and as a judge on UK reality shows like Strictly Come Dancing (on which she'd also competed) and Britain's Got Talent, Alesha Dixon released this "Mambo No. 5"-style lead single from her second album, The Alesha Show. One of six top 20 hits for her at home in the UK, "The Boy Does Nothing" remains her only solo effort to do anything locally.

"According To You" by Orianthi

Entered the Australian chart: October 26, 2009

Peak: number 8

No other top 50 entries

Next biggest single: "Shut Up And Kiss Me" (number 85 in 2010)

The sudden death of Michael Jackson in June 2009 resulted in two things happening on the Australian chart. Firstly, much of his back catalogue returned to the countdown, with a couple of tracks even peaking higher than they had originally. Secondly, the Australian guitarist scheduled to play on his This Is It tour saw her profile sky-rocket and her major label debut, Believe, released. Then 24 years old, Orianthi Panagaris was also a singer/songwriter and breakthrough single "According To You" fit in perfectly with the power pop of Avril Lavigne, Pink and Kelly Clarkson.

As with my previous one-hit wonder playlists, some of these are missing from Spotify but not always the ones you'd expect:


Still with me? That just leaves the two-hit wonders from the '80s, '90s and '00s, which I'll combine in one post from the original versions.

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