alternative music The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders  

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List Rules Only hit songs from alternative or alt-rock bands who were otherwise unsuccessful in the charts.

Important question: What's your favorite one-hit wonder? Are you a fan of alternative music? Are you trying to find that one special song that you remember from your youth, or are you looking for a new favorite song to enjoy? Not sure? Let this list of the greatest alternative songs by one-hit wonders help. It covers several decades, including the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, and more.

Whatever you are looking for, you are sure to find some great music when you browse through this list of the greatest alternative songs by one-hit wonders. Ranked in order of the most popular one-hit alternative rock songs to the least popular, you can see which alternative songs are favorites by viewers just like you. Feel free to place your votes for your favorite one-hit alternative songs as well, and see them get raised to a higher position on the list.

Do you not see your favorite one-hit alternative song on the list? Go ahead and add it so that others can listen to it as well. Many great music artists only managed to have one true song hit in their music career that made the top 40. Even though their other songs didn’t manage to make the list, there are still many great songs from these same artists that have been enjoyed by all. From awesome '90s one hit wonders to famous one-hit wonders from way back in the day, we've collected some of the best alternative songs by artists who only managed one great hit.

Alternative music enthusiasts will enjoy browsing through this list. With this list of the top alternative music songs from one-hit wonders as well as the artists, it is simple to look through the list and find a familiar song or an artist that you would like to hear again. You may even find a new favorite CD of alternative music to listen to.
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gamedemon24 added Bittersweet Symphony The Verve

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392 123
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No Rain Blind Melon

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330 157
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Closing Time Semisonic

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308 157
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Sex and Candy Marcy Playground

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271 134
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hellodalai added Breakfast at Tiffany's Deep Blue Something

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224 120
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You Get What You Give New Radicals

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287 172
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Stacy's Mom Fountains of Wayne

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273 161
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Tubthumping Chumbawamba

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145 70
There She Goes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
laustcawz added There She Goes The La's

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249 137
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200 123
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Lovefool The Cardigans

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234 152
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Relax (Don't Do It) Frankie Goes to Hollywood

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218 121
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Right Here, Right Now Jesus Jones

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169 101
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richerb added Cannonball The Breeders

The Greatest Songs by '90s One-Hit Wonders

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187 100
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Fade Into You Mazzy Star

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164 82
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DavidPerry added Seether Veruca Salt

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224 159
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Electric Avenue Eddy Grant

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217 161
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Mmm Mmm Mmm Crash Test Dummies

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146 98
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In the Meantime Spacehog

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100 40
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) The Proclaimers

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164 125
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Zoot Suit Riot Cherry Poppin' Daddies

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142 109
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What I Am Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

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113 79
All Star is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
NickGarcia added All Star Smash Mouth

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I Know What Boys Like The Waitresses

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61 24
Save Tonight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
sdc224 added Save Tonight Eagle-Eye Cherry

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141 126
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hellodalai added Youth of the Nation P.O.D.

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55 20
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sdc224 added Good Better Than Ezra

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126 98
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richerb added Life In A Northern Town The Dream Academy

The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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109 107
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OCD Man added She's So High Tal Bachman

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108 108
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Laid James

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39 24
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NoahEvans added Absolutely (Story of a Girl) Nine Days

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92 97
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I Got a Girl Tripping Daisy

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109 101
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Your Woman White Town

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78 95
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Naked Eye Luscious Jackson

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85 106
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hellodalai added The Boys of Summer The Ataris

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93 93
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hellodalai added Wherever You Will Go The Calling

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71 93
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Mother, Mother Tracy Bonham

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34 39
I Want Candy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
-1449913396271 added I Want Candy Bow Wow Wow

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102 107
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Butterfly Crazy Town

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41 51
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hellodalai added Wasting My Time Default

The Greatest Dance Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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25 27
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sdc224 added Boyz-N-the-Hood Dynamite Hack

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34 55
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OCD Man added A Million Miles Away The Plimsouls

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46 72
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possumprincess added Pass the Dutchie Musical Youth

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29 35
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aaron-loomis added Turn Up The Radio Autograph

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Scooby Snacks Fun Lovin' Criminals

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27 36
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aaron-loomis added Ah! Leah! Donnie Iris

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27 56
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OCD Man added Pure Lightning Seeds

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58 92
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Stars Hum