11 Music Legends Who Never Cracked the Top 40

Fame's a funny thing...
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2010 4:40 PM CDT
11 Music Legends Who Never Cracked the Top 40
Phish performs after Trey Anastasio, second from left, inducted Genesis into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Monday, March 15, 2010, in New York.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Sometimes it can take a while for fans to find you, or your music might not be the best fit to sell in single format. For whatever reason, many musicians considered legendary today actually never had a hit single. 11 Points compiles these "No-Hit Wonders."

  1. Bob Marley: Despite total ubiquity among college students, the closest any track from Legend came to the Top 40 was No. 11 on the alternative charts for "Iron Lion Zion" in 1992.
  2. NWA: It's perhaps fitting that one of the most influential rap groups of all time never achieved success—NWA said they were too rough for the radio, and they were right.

  1. Phish: Phish has collected at least $175 million in concert revenue over the past 20 years, but all through crunchy word-of-mouth—the band has had no top singles. Whatever, man, they aren't in it for the money anyway...
  2. Sublime: Millennials of a certain vintage will remember a time when it seemed impossible to avoid hearing "Santeria" or "What I Got" everywhere, but those songs apparently never cracked the Top 40.
  3. Marylin Manson: Similar to Sublime, Manson's ubiquity in the '90s—especially when he was getting blamed for Columbine and other bad-kid events—make it hard to believe that he never had any hits. Except for in Britain, that is, where he had 12.
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(More Bob Marley stories.)

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