one-hit wonder

variants: or less commonly one hit wonder or one-hit-wonder
plural one-hit wonders also one hit wonders or one-hit-wonders

Definition of one-hit wonder

1 : a musical group that has achieved recognition on the basis of only one widely popular song Such folks as John Lennon, the Byrds, Lou Rawls, the Hollies, Cyndi Lauper and one-hit wonder Peter McCann will entertain you via a radio played at an unobtrusive level.— Pete Bishop also : the widely popular song of a one-hit wonder Their 1994 hit "Macarena" has often been voted as the top one-hit-wonder of all time. — Kathryn Williams
2 : a person, group, or organization that is known only for a single notable event, product, etc. But without Pat Croce or Maurice Cheeks to mediate the Larry Brown-Allen Iverson relationship, the Sixers could easily be a one-hit wonder.— Mike Wise Years later, [Steve] Jobs famously described how devastated he felt, only to realize that getting fired from Apple helped him develop the sustained creativity that turned him from a one-hit wonder into a great business leader.— Rick Newman also : the notable event, product, etc. of a one-hit wonder For readers who aren't as head-over-heels for poetry as I am, The Bell Jar might seem like writer Sylvia Plath's one hit wonder. — E. Ce Miller

First Known Use of one-hit wonder

1957, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“One-hit wonder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of one-hit wonder

: a performer, group, etc., that is popular or successful only once for a brief time


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