Posted byon 09/26/2012 at 10:51 AM
#22 Daniel Powter, “Bad Day” (2006)
What It Was: The ultimate walk-off song of the ’00s, Billboard’s #1 song of 2006, and the apex of the VH1-led White Guys With Pianos movement of the mid-’00s. It also probably triggers all sorts of traumatic memories for contestants on the fifth season ofAmerican Idol, where the song was used as the soundtrack for elimination montages.
What Happened Next: Powter, a balding Canadian singer/songwriter in his mid-30s, always made for a rather unconventional pop star, and the mainstream corrected itself by never even allowing Powter another Hot 100 hit. At the end of the ’00s, Billboard gave Powter another, slightly-more-dubious distinction: The biggest one-hit wonder of the ’00s.
Where Are They Now?: Turn on the Lights, Powter’s fourth full-length release, came out this July, to little fanfare. Cross-promotional opportunities with Atlanta rapper Future have yet to be explored.
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