Fountains of Wayne was an American power pop band formed in 1996. However, their moment did not come until the release of "Stacy's Mom" in 2003. This song about a teenage's wet dream for his girlfriend's mother became a no.21 hit on Billboard Hot 100 and a MTV's favorites. Sadly, they could not maintain this popularity and quickly disappeared from the chart.
O-Zone was an Eurodance trio who was actived from the late 1990s to the mid 2000s. Their moment came in 2004 when the funny dance tune with nonsensical lyric "Dragostea Din Tei" became a smash hit all-over Europe (as well as no.3 hit in UK). Sadly, the band decided to disband the following year before they could make another big hit.
What could cause more controversial than claiming to be the ex-girlfriend subject in the big hit song and, at the same time, released your answer song? That was what Frankee did with her version of Eamon's "Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)" in 2004. Her song "F.U.R.B. (F U Right Back) inevitable graped the media attention and shot to no.29 position on Billboard chart. However, her fame died out as quickly as it came and she dropped out not long after.
No one would imagine that the character originated for ringtone marketing would become an international star. The hiralious remix of an instrumental classic "Axel F", featuring this fictional character, became an unexpected huge smash throughout the planet. It was Crazy Frog's only song to ever become a chart hit in US.
This Icelandic show by Nickelodeon was a popular children television shows during the mid 2000s. The producer eventually released some of the soundtracks as singles. Among them was "Bing Bang (Time to Dance)", a joyful dance song which became a surprise Top5 hit in UK in 2006. None of other soundtracks became another hit and the series ended in 2007.
Asher Roth was a white rapper who broke into the national scene with an strange song in the late 2000s. "I Love College", a story of college parties Roth joined back in his study years, actually became a fluke Top20 hit in 2009. Roth tried to follow this instant fame with more singles and full albums, but still no more hit.
This comical band was actually the side-project of DJ Armand Van Helden and a turntablist A-Trak. Their breakthrough came in 2010 with their second singles "Barbra Streisand". This infectious dance groove (which was samples of Bonny M's "Gotta Go Home") with occasionally, pointlessly, spoke the name 'Barbra Streisand' became an smash Top5 hit in UK and topped many charts in Europe. It was the duo's only big hit so far.
The Lonely Island was a group of three comedians who famous for their series of "digital shorts" which were aired on Saturday Night Live since 2005. In 2010, their straight-forward joke "I Just Had Sex", which featured a voice of Akon, became a Top40 hit on Billboard chart. The music video also became a phenomenon hit on Youtube. It was their first and only real hit to date.
Ylvis was a comedy duo brothers from Norway since 2000. They also have been releasing records from time to time. In 2013, their hiralious but infectious dance groove "The Fox" became a Youtube sensation. The song topped the chart in Norway as well as no.6 hit in US. The brothers keep on releasing records, but, so far, none could become another hit.
Brooklyn producer Harry Bauer Rodrigues (aka Baauer) was a prominent figure in electro-trap music. His unlikely opportunity came in 2013 when when someone used his trap-dance mix "Harlem Shake" to create a video of people (dressed as fictional characters) dancing. It soon spawned hundreds of imitations and enabled "Harlem Shake" to debut at No.1 spot in 2013. So far, Baauser still hasn't made another hit.