8. The Tony Rich Project
> Hit song: Nobody Knows
> Year: 1996
> Peak position on Top 40: 2 (38 weeks total)
The Tony Rich Project — the moniker under which R&B singer-songwriter Tony Rich performs — had a massive hit in 1996 with his Grammy-nominated “Nobody Knows.” Though Rich hasn’t returned to the pop charts since the 1990s, he’s released a substantial amount of music since then, including a full length studio album called “Encaustic” in 2017. The singer also continues to perform live, entertaining crowds this past summer.
7. Tag Team
> Hit song: Whoomp! (There It Is)
> Year: 1993
> Peak position on Top 40: 2 (40 weeks total)
The chorus of “Whoomp! (There It Is)” should be familiar to anyone who lived through the 1990s. Created by rap duo Tag Team, the track spent an exceptional 40 weeks in the top 40, peaking at No. 2 in the summer of 1993. The group has ridden the song to ongoing success, performing it on television, at professional sports games, and at corporate events. Fans can currently book Tag Team for performances through their website.
6. Debby Boone
> Hit song: You Light Up My Life
> Year: 1977
> Peak position on Top 40: 1 (20 weeks total)
Debby Boone’s “You Light Up My Life” spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 1977. That year, the song also won Grammy awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance. In the years following the song’s release, Boone released both country and Christian music albums, then expanded her career, working as both an actor and author of children’s books. She continues to perform live, recently singing jazz and pop standards.
5. Ini Kamoze
> Hit song: Here Comes The Hotstepper
> Year: 1994
> Peak position on Top 40: 1 (23 weeks total)
“Here Comes The Hotstepper” was the biggest hit for Ini Kamoze, spending two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1994. The song was included on director Robert Altman’s film “Ready to Wear.” That has been the only top-40 hit for the Jamaican reggae artist. Since then, he has released four albums and four singles.
4. Owl City
> Hit song: Fireflies
> Year: 2009
> Peak position on Top 40: 1 (25 weeks total)
Owl City is a musical project by singer/producer Adam Young, whose song “Fireflies” went seven-times platinum, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Young has continued to work in motion pictures (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Croods”) and television (“VeggieTales”).