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Busted: Musicians Who Sang The Wrong Tune

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Just as there are highly talented musical acts that never make the big time, there are musical acts that make the big time, only to never go anywhere. Some of these acts make the big time and make a fool of themselves, while others make the big time, make an impact, and make a quick getaway. Some are lucky enough to have at least one hit, while others are stuck with a few mediocre hits that come back to haunt them decades later. Some are loved for a while, only to fall from grace quickly, and some just never gain acceptance. The following is our list of the top five busted musicians, bands and solo acts who sang the wrong tune.

Milli Vanilli

Ah, Milli Vanilli. Just like our parents remember where they were when Elvis died, those of us who were children of the 1980’s remember where we were when Milli Vanilli’s secret came out. The singers that brought us “Girl You Know It’s True,” Milli Vanilli won a Grammy in 1990 for Best New Artist. This, however, was short lived after it was revealed that their talent had less to do with music, and more to do with lip singing. Still, those of us who were true fans didn’t blame it on the duo; we blamed it on the rain.

Ashley Simpson

While performing on Saturday Night Live in fall of 2004, Ashley Simpson was caught pulling a “Milli Vanilli” when it was revealed she wasn’t actually singing. This was followed by an ill-received performance at the Orange Bowl and a slug of condemnation. Still, Ashley Simpson has two huge things working for her: she’s released two number one albums and she’s young enough to bounce back from any criticism accrued. Plus, she can benefit from having her manager, who also happens to be her father, on her side. He seems just a tad crazy.


A group that came together through the reality series, Making of the Band, O – Town got on the literal band wagon just a bit too late. As the boy band fad started to fade into the night, O-Town found that they were unable to gain substantial success. The group was together for only a short time and though they did release two albums, O-Town disappeared from the scene as quickly as they came into it. This is, however, old potatoes: the manager of the group, Lou Pearlman, apparently has more pressing worries on his mind.

Eddie Murphy

We love his stand up, we love his movies, we even love when he lends his voice to an animated donkey. We just don’t love his music. Though he can actually hold a note quite well, the songs Eddie Murphy released have to be tunes that even he looks back on and says…”wha???” Still, Eddie did have two hits with “Put Your Mouth on Me” and “Party all the Time.” The latter song was voted, in 2004,  as number eight on the list of 50 Worst Songs of All Time by Blender magazine.


After playing the part of Ricky in the film, Can’t Buy me Love, Gerardo Mejia became a singer… sort of. He was known more for his sexy appearance, his six packed abs, and his dance talent than he was for his booming voice. Still, he reached the top of the charts with his hit “Rico Suave,” a hit that – admit it – you know you’ve sang along with.  One of the first performers to merge Latin and English, Gerardo occasionally calls himself the “Latin Frank Sinatra.” Uh…. right.

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