Study: Nearly half of songs that charted from 1955-2005 were one-hit wonders

March 13, 2012 by Bryne Yancey

Study: Nearly half of songs that charted from 1955-2005 were one-hit wonders

Digital Music News reported on a new study today from University of Colorado Denver assistant professor Storm Gloor that found nearly half of Billboard Hot 100-charting artists only chart once in their careers (47.5 percent, to be exact). 

The chart below breaks down the statistics from fifty years of charts from 1955-2005, with the number of new artists and how many of them never charted on the Hot 100 again.

What do you think this says about the music industry? Do you follow the Billboard charts at all? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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