In honor of National One-Hit Wonder Day, it feels like my civic duty to pay homage to the girl groups that skyrocketed to the top of the charts only to never be heard from again -- or at least plummet into obscurity, forever relegated to "what-ever-happened-to...?" trivia, random club dates or totally different careers after their initial bout with fame.
Remember Dream? t.a.T.u.? They all gave us the precious gift of songs we'll forever hold in our hearts -- and program into karaoke systems from now until eternity.
Russian girl band t.a.T.u. made a splash in their "All The Things She Said" video when they kissed in the rain dressed in school girl uniforms and sang that infectious bass-heavy hook, "All the things she said/All the things she said/running through my head/running through my head/running through my head." A decade after the release of their 2003 hit, the duo performed their lesser known single "Not Gonna Get Us" at the 2013 Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony. But it was no "All The Things She Said," and really, nothing ever will be.
If you watched "Pokémon: The First Movie," you definitely know M2M's 1999 song "Don't Say You Love Me." Wish we heard a little more from this Norwegian duo.
The fierce trio known as 702 have a very clear message in their 1999 single "Where My Girls At?": you better not try to take my man. They recorded three albums together, but broke up due to "a lot of jealousy and animosity towards Kameelah Williams" according to the former lead singer in an interview with TheYBF.com. Williams also happens to be on "R&B Divas: Atlanta."
The innocent lyrics of "C'est La Vie" (I said, hey boy sittin' in your tree/Mummy always wants you to come for tea ) paired with its bouncy piano-driven melody made for a fun, memorable song from this Dublin-based quartet that had me doing the Irish jig in my living room. Shocking tidbit: B*Witched dropped an album called Champagne Or Guinness in April 2014.
5. Eden's Crush
Grammy Award-winning musician and music producer David Foster was partially responsible for putting together this girl group on The WB's 2001 reality competition show "Popstars." They had us moving on from our ex-boyfriends who made us feel like we weren't perfect with their female empowerment anthem "Get Over Yourself." Recognize a young Nicole Scherzinger?
"If You Wanna Dance" by Nobody's Angel definitely had me shaking what my mama gave me as soon as I heard it. They got a good amount of on-screen exposure when they had walk-on roles as waitresses who were trying to make it big as a band in an episode of ABC's show "Boy Meets World" and played themselves in a prom scene of the Disney 2000 film "Model Behavior" starring Justin Timberlake.
Dream hit the pop music scene with their 2001 song "He Loves U Not," which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the band's debut album It Was All A Dream actually went platinum. They disbanded three years later, because Bad Boy Records (started by Sean Combs a.k.a. Diddy) kept pressuring them to be skinnier and sexier, according to our 2006 interview with them.
8. Aly & AJ
It's hard to transition smoothly from acting to singing for a lot of people, but sister act Aly & AJ proved they had the chops to do it with their catchy "Potential Breakup Song." The Michalka ladies haven't put out anything that received a lot of airplay recently, but maybe they'll get a second wind now that they renamed their band 78Violet.
The members of Innosense were picked out by Lou Pearlman, who helped form the most known '90s boy bands, Backstreet Boys and 'NSync. "Say No More" was their song that grabbed our attention in 2000, and I couldn't get enough of it. This girl group has two famous alumae: Britney Spears, who left before they gained popularity, and Nikki DeLoach, who plays Lacey Hamilton on MTV's "Awkward."