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The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders 

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Updated December 23, 2019 18.4k votes 1.7k voters 102.5k views 66 items

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
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Blind Melon
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Semisonic
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hellodalai added Deep Blue Something
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Marcy Playground
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Chumbawamba
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New Radicals
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Fountains of Wayne
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Jesus Jones
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Mazzy Star
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Frankie Goes to Hollywood
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richerb added The Breeders
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The Cardigans
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There She Goes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
laustcawz added The La's
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Eddy Grant
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Crash Test Dummies
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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
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James
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All Star is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
NickGarcia added Smash Mouth
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Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
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DavidPerry added Veruca Salt
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Cherry Poppin' Daddies
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The Waitresses