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The 13 Most Spectacular One-Hit Wonders of 2006

A Linkin Park side project, an infamous socialite and other artists all earned one big hit in 2006...and were barely heard from again on the charts

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James Blunt

James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" led to a huge year for the British singer-songwriter and his Back to Bedlam album. While he never found another hit in America, the dude is still making music today and his singles chart quite well in his native U.K., with three more Top 10 hits under his belt post-"You're Beautiful." He most recently released his fourth studio album, Moon Landing, in 2013.

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Daniel Powter

Sing it with us: "'Cause you had a bad day! You're taking one down! You sing a sad song just to turn it around!" "Bad Day" is probably the best embodiment of 2006's most spectacular one-hit wonder, as it was the Canadian singer's breakout tune and his first and only single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. It stayed at No. 1 for five weeks, was the first single to sell two million digital downloads and was later named the most successful single of 2006. Powter is still active today, and most recently released an album in 2012.

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Matthew Paul Miller, famously known by his stage and Hebrew name Matisyahu, is the Orthodox Jewish rapper who found success for his blend of reggae and hip hop. "King Without a Crown" was a certified chart hit, but the shtick wasn't enough to land a big follow-up. He still performs today, though he's shaved his beard and no longer wears a yarmulke, which caused a stir with his followers.

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The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus made waves with their progressive debut single "Face Down" that tackled domestic abuse and promoted female empowerment. The band was beloved in the pop-punk scene, but couldn't find much traction with follow-up releases despite staying together for more than a decade.

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Fort Minor

The hip hop-leaning side project of Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda, Fort Minor had a huge hit with their somber "Where'd You Go" single that introduced the world to Skylar Grey (at the time going by Holly Brook). You might have heard their jock jam "Remember the Name" on an NBA commercial or two, but the collective only lasted two years after their album, The Rising Tied, failed to make waves. In 2015, the group reunited with the single "Welcome."

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Cassie showed a ton of promise with her icy R&B sound on breakout hit "Me & U," but despite many follow-up attempts, it hasn't parlayed into another hit or even another album. She's still signed to Bad Boy Records, owned by Diddy, and she's still remained an ever-present socialite with an unexpectedly huge underground following.

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The Houston MC seemed like the future of hip hop with his breakout No. 1 hit "Ridin'," that not only was an addictive crunk jam, but solidified a new catchphrase in American culture. Despite high-profile collaborators including the likes of Christina AguileraCiaraLudacris and KelisChamillionaire couldn't follow up with anything bigger than that hit.

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Taylor Hicks

One of the most infamous American Idol winners, Hicks' debut single "Do I Make You Proud" hit No. 1, and he couldn't chart a song after that, despite three LPs to his name. While runner-up Katharine McPhee doesn't have a No. 1 to her name, she has released four albums and had a very successful TV career starring in shows like Smash and Scorpion. 

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In news that shocked very few, this rap quartet couldn't follow-up their ridiculous "Laffy Taffy" banger with anything nearly as inescapable. The group released their gold-certified Down for Life album in late 2005 and "Laffy Taffy" topped the charts in 2006, but the group called it quits in just three years.

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Teddy Geiger

In the mid-2000's anyone could get a hit single if they were linked to an MTV reality star--just ask Ryan Cabrera. Teddy Geiger had a hit with his single "For You I Will (Confidence)," thanks in part to its music video where he made out with Laguna Beach star Kristin Cavallari. Geiger's done quite well for himself despite no huge single afterwards: He's snagged writing credits on One Direction and Shawn Mendes' latest albums, co-writing the latter act's breakout hit, "Stitches."

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"Laffy Taffy," "Ridin' Dirty," and now we have Jibbs' "Chain Hang Low": 2006 was the year of one-hit wonders delivering silly hip-hop songs! He attempted to follow up his nursey-rhyme-interpolating hit with collaborations with the Pussycat DollsLloyd and (ironically?) Chamillionaire, but couldn't land anyhting close to another hit.

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While the Oklahoma rock band is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Hinder will more or less always be known to the public for its massive hit "Lips of an Angel." With five LPs under its belt and dozens of singles, Hinder has developed a steady live following in spite of the long radio drought.

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Paris Hilton

"What? Paris Hilton?!?" you're screaming at your computer screen. Yes, this list is called One-Hit Wonders and the heiress does, in fact, have a hit to her name. The reggae-pop cut "Stars Are Blind" was one of the highest-debuting singles in 2006, entering the charts at No. 18 with strong digital sales.

Don't be a hater: Even Lady Gaga has declared her love of the pop gem.

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