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 The Verve

2
422 142
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Blind Melon

3
362 176
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Semisonic

4
333 174
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Marcy Playground

5
246 134
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New Radicals

6
320 191
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Fountains of Wayne

7
289 154
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hellodalai added Deep Blue Something

8
300 178
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Chumbawamba

9
163 79
There She Goes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
laustcawz added The La's

10
273 149
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11
216 105
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Mazzy Star

12
215 132
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The Cardigans

13
234 129
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Jesus Jones

14
250 162
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Frankie Goes to Hollywood

15
181 89
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DavidPerry added Veruca Salt

16
186 112
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richerb added The Breeders

17
166 106
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Spacehog

18
235 175
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Eddy Grant

19
233 174
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Crash Test Dummies

20
119 53
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
The Proclaimers

21
173 134
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Cherry Poppin' Daddies

22
152 118
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Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

23
137 105
All Star is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
NickGarcia added Smash Mouth

24
159 150
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The Waitresses

25
70 26
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sdc224 added Better Than Ezra

26
79 37
Save Tonight is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
sdc224 added Eagle-Eye Cherry

27
139 105
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richerb added The Dream Academy

28
151 141
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hellodalai added P.O.D.

29
123 114
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124 114
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James

31
58 38
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NoahEvans added Nine Days

32
84 73
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OCD Man added Tal Bachman

33
104 107
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Tripping Daisy

34
123 109
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White Town

35
54 50
I Want Candy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
-1449913396271 added Bow Wow Wow

36
114 106
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hellodalai added The Calling

37
56 60
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hellodalai added Default

38
95 113
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39
86 101
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Luscious Jackson

40
117 117
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Crazy Town

41
40 42
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aaron-loomis added Autograph

42
39 60
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OCD Man added The Plimsouls

43
113 120
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hellodalai added The Ataris

44
34 39
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sdc224 added Dynamite Hack

45
51 83
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possumprincess added Musical Youth

46
73 104
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Tracy Bonham

47
94 108
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Fun Lovin' Criminals

48
39 54
This Corrosion is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
OCD Man added The Sisters of Mercy

49
32 45
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aaron-loomis added Donnie Iris

50
66 98
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