One of the ways you know you’re getting really old is when people start getting nostalgic about stuff that (in your mind) basically only happened yesterday. Brace yourself: it’s ten years today since Amerie released her perfect R&B banger ‘1 Thing’ on an unsuspecting world. It’s now a guaranteed floor filler from DC to Dalston: such a big tune that some people even think it’s by Beyoncé. And when people start getting you mixed up with Queen Bey, you know you’ve done something right.
However, Amerie almost didn’t get the chance to release ‘1 Thing’ at all. The singer’s label, Columbia, were planning to give the song to J-Lo before Amerie and her producer leaked the track to a handful of radio stations. It was an instant hit, Columbia had to back down, and a star was born – but not for long.
Amerie has since released four albums, learnt to play the flute, and added an extra ‘i’ to her name based on nothing more than ‘vibes and intuition’. She has never had another real hit, and probably never will. But who needs a follow-up when you’ve become the greatest one-hit wonder of all time?
We picked ‘1 Thing’ as the best one-hit wonder ever – read the full list right here.