16 Forgotten Pop Stars Who Will Never Make A Comeback!

Some pop stars like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake have serious staying power. After all these years, they are still in the spotlight and it doesn’t look like they are going anywhere anytime soon. However, there are many other pop stars that, in spite of all of their success, have just disappeared and are no longer relevant. Here is our list of 16 forgotten pop stars who will never make a comeback in music!

16. Lindsay Lohan

Although Lindsay began her career in films, she was also a somewhat successful pop star. Her first album Speak was certified platinum and her second album A Little more Personal (Raw) was certified gold. In late 2007, the actress/singer was working on her third studio album; however, other than a single called “Bossy,” the album never saw the light of day.

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15. Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore became famous with her first hit single in 1999 “Candy;” however, her record sales were never as impressive as those of Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera. In 2007, she released the album Wild Hope; however, it failed to have much success. Although she has continued to dabble in music, her real success has been in films.

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14. Hanson

The Hanson brothers are best known for their 1997 hit song “MMMBop.” While they never stopped releasing albums over the years, they have never been able to regain the same level of commercial success that they had with their first album Middle of Nowhere.

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13. Michelle Branch

In the early 2000s, Michelle Branch achieved success with her two top-selling albums, The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper. Although she has been working on a new album – West Coast Time – for the past few years, the album has seen numerous delays and has yet to be released.

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12. 98 Degrees

98 Degrees were at their peak from the late ‘90s to the early 2000s. They had eight top 40s singles in the U.S. and sold over 10 million records worldwide. The group went on a hiatus from 2003 to 2012, reuniting for a one-time performance at Mixtape Festival in 2012. The group apparently released a new album in 2013 which debuted at an unimpressive number 65 on the Billboard 200.

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11. Sisqo

Sisqo rose to fame with hit songs like “Thong Song” and “Incomplete;” however, he has more or less faded into obscurity in recent years. In 2008, he was working on another album, but it was never released. He was last seen on the British reality television show “Celebrity Big Brother 2010.”

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10. Mya

Mya shot to fame in the ‘90s with hit singles like “It’s All About Me,” “Moving On,” “My Love is like…Wo” and “Lady Marmalade.” After 2003, however, all of her singles have failed to chart. She was last seen in 2009 on “Dancing with the Stars” but the singer insists she has a new album which will be ready for release “when it’s properly supported.”

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9. Brandy

In the late ‘90s, Brandy was one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. However, throughout the 2000s, she hasn’t been able to achieve the same level of musical success. She is currently working on her seventh studio album; however, music critics are doubtful it will be as successful as any of her earlier albums.

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8. Monica

Monica was one of the most successful R&B singers in the late 1990s. She rose to fame with hit songs like “For You I Will,” “First Night” and “Angel of Mine.” Her most recent album New Life has sold significantly less copies than any of its predecessors with its singles “Anything (To Find You) and “Until It’s Gone” failing to sell or chart on either the pop or R&B charts.

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7. All Saints

All Saints was one of the most successful pop groups of the 1990s. They had nine top ten singles, two multi-platinum albums, two gold albums and sold over ten million records. The band broke up in 2001, but got back together and released another album in 2006, which sold poorly, and they split up again in 2009. It was announced that the group would be joining the Backstreet Boys for their UK tour in 2014.

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6. Ashanti

Ashanti rose to fame in 2002 with her hit single “Foolish.” Her self titled album Ashanti garnered eight Billboard Awards, a Grammy Award, two American Music Awards and the Soul Train Aretha Franklin Award. While her album Chapter II debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, her subsequent albums Concrete Rose (2004) and The Declaration (2008), were not nearly as successful.

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5. Vanessa Carlton

Vanessa Carlton became an instant star with her debut single “A Thousand Miles” and her debut album Be Not Nobody received platinum certification in the U.S. However, her subsequent albums Harmonium and Heroes & Thieves did not achieve the same level of commercial success as the first album and now she is more or less remembered as a one hit wonder.

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4. Pussycat Dolls

The Pussycat Dolls released two hit albums PCD with hit singles like “Don’t Cha” and “Buttons” and Doll Domination which featured hit singles like “When I Grow Up” and “I Hate This Part.” Unfortunately there was a lot of conflict between the group’s members because of the attention that was put on lead member Nicole Scherzinger. PCD ended up calling it quits in 2009.

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3. TLC

TLC was very successful in the 1990s and early 2000s with hits like “Creep,” “Waterfalls,” “Scrubs” and “Unpretty;” however, after Left Eye’s tragic death in Honduras in 2002, the girl group just hasn’t been the same. T-Boz and Chilli still release albums under the name TLC but, without one of their key members, it just doesn’t have the same impact.

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2. Savage Garden

In the late ‘90s and early 2000s, Savage Garden achieved international success with hit singles like “I Want You,” “To the Moon and Back” and “Truly, Madly, Deeply.” In spite of their success, the duo – Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones – disbanded in 2001 with Hayes continuing as a solo artist.

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1. Natalie Imbruglia

With her international hit single “Torn,” Natalie Imbruglia was an instant success. While her debut album Left of The Middle sold over six million copies worldwide, her subsequent albums have not been as commercially successful. Her latest album Come to Life (2009) was so unsuccessful in Australia and Europe that the UK release was canceled altogether.

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Cate has a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature and has been the Managing Editor of Fame10 for more than 6 years. Despite having a love for the works of Thomas Hardy, Leo Tolstoy and Lord Byron, she also has an intense fascination with pop culture. When she isn’t writing for Fame10, she’s planning her next big adventure in Southeast Asia.