The single has come full circle. In the 60s, legendary producers like Mickie Most thought that albums were nothing – just something to stick out after a hit single. As rock & roll took center stage in the 70s and early 80s, LP records became popular spins on independent radio.
With the digital pop music revolution came a diverse range of use for the single track – from dance clubs to YouTube videos. Still, there’s a universal feeling of disappointment among fans when an artist releases a hot 3-minute rocker to promote an album, only to release a track list of filler that pales in comparison to the catchy bliss promised by the single.
Here are 15 artists who put it all into the singles – and dashed off depressingly-average LPs to go with them.