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
431 146
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Blind Melon

3
373 181
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Semisonic

4
341 178
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Marcy Playground

5
252 137
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New Radicals

6
329 197
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Fountains of Wayne

7
301 160
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hellodalai added Deep Blue Something

8
305 182
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Chumbawamba

9
175 82
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
282 151
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11
222 109
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Mazzy Star

12
227 135
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The Cardigans

13
241 131
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Jesus Jones

14
255 165
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Frankie Goes to Hollywood

15
188 93
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DavidPerry added Veruca Salt

16
191 116
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richerb added The Breeders

17
171 107
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Spacehog

18
129 54
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
The Proclaimers

19
241 177
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Eddy Grant

20
239 178
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Crash Test Dummies

21
147 107
All Star is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
NickGarcia added Smash Mouth

22
175 138
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Cherry Poppin' Daddies

23
155 121
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Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

24
163 151
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The Waitresses

25
72 27
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sdc224 added Better Than Ezra

26
84 39
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
143 105
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richerb added The Dream Academy

28
153 142
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hellodalai added P.O.D.

29
126 114
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126 114
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James

31
89 73
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OCD Man added Tal Bachman

32
60 38
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NoahEvans added Nine Days

33
104 107
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Tripping Daisy

34
57 51
I Want Candy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
-1449913396271 added Bow Wow Wow

35
124 109
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White Town

36
119 107
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hellodalai added The Calling

37
57 60
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hellodalai added Default

38
86 101
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Luscious Jackson

39
95 115
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40
119 118
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Crazy Town

41
120 122
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hellodalai added The Ataris

42
41 44
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aaron-loomis added Autograph

43
38 41
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sdc224 added Dynamite Hack

44
40 61
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OCD Man added The Plimsouls

45
54 84
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possumprincess added Musical Youth

46
41 54
This Corrosion is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
OCD Man added The Sisters of Mercy

47
96 108
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Fun Lovin' Criminals

48
73 105
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Tracy Bonham

49
34 45
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aaron-loomis added Donnie Iris

50
66 98
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