Billboard has named Daniel Powter, whose song "Bad Day" topped the Billboard charts for five weeks in 2006, the one-hit wonder of the decade. The magazine defined a one-hit wonder as any act whose second song didn't reach the top 25. To be fair, it only considered the years 2000-2007, because last year's hit-makers might still have another one up their sleeves.
Anyone old enough to remember 2006 should remember the ubiquity of "Bad Day." In addition to massive radio play, it served as the song American Idol used each week for the goodbye montage that played after a contestant was voted off the show. "Bad Day" was also popular overseas: The BBC News reported that "Bad Day" was the most-played song in the U.K. between 2003 and 2008. A cover version of the song opened the movie Alvin & The Chipmunks.
Powter, a Canadian singer-songwriter who said he has battled drugs and dyslexia in the past, took two years off after "Bad Day" made him famous. He returned last year with the album Under The Radar, which failed to mimic the success of "Bad Day."
Coming in at number 2 on Billboard's one-hit wonder list is the Terror Squad for "Lean Back"; number 3 is Crazy Town with "Butterfly"; number 4 is MIMS with "This Is Why I'm Hot"; and number 5 is D4L's "Laffy Taffy."