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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No Rain Blind Melon

337 162
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Closing Time Semisonic

320 161
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Sex and Candy Marcy Playground

232 123
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You Get What You Give New Radicals

295 177
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Stacy's Mom Fountains of Wayne

275 141
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hellodalai added Breakfast at Tiffany's Deep Blue Something

282 165
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Tubthumping Chumbawamba

259 139
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150 74
There She Goes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
laustcawz added There She Goes The La's

242 153
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Relax (Don't Do It) Frankie Goes to Hollywood

205 126
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Lovefool The Cardigans

222 123
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Right Here, Right Now Jesus Jones

194 101
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Fade Into You Mazzy Star

The Greatest Songs by '90s One-Hit Wonders

171 84
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DavidPerry added Seether Veruca Salt

174 105
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richerb added Cannonball The Breeders

228 163
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Electric Avenue Eddy Grant

153 100
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In the Meantime Spacehog

222 165
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Mmm Mmm Mmm Crash Test Dummies

105 43
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

167 126
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Zoot Suit Riot Cherry Poppin' Daddies

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146 112
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What I Am Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

152 145
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I Know What Boys Like The Waitresses

63 21
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sdc224 added Good Better Than Ezra

116 90
All Star is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
NickGarcia added All Star Smash Mouth

67 29
Save Tonight is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
sdc224 added Save Tonight Eagle-Eye Cherry

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richerb added Life In A Northern Town The Dream Academy

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

The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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Laid James

74 64
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OCD Man added She's So High Tal Bachman

43 29
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NoahEvans added Absolutely (Story of a Girl) Nine Days

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I Got a Girl Tripping Daisy

115 102
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Your Woman White Town

80 97
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Naked Eye Luscious Jackson

The Worst Albums by Great Bands

88 109
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I Want Candy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
-1449913396271 added I Want Candy Bow Wow Wow

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sdc224 added Boyz-N-the-Hood Dynamite Hack

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Butterfly Crazy Town

37 56
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OCD Man added A Million Miles Away The Plimsouls

108 112
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hellodalai added The Boys of Summer The Ataris

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hellodalai added Wherever You Will Go The Calling

The Greatest Dance Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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Mother, Mother Tracy Bonham

48 75
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possumprincess added Pass the Dutchie Musical Youth

31 36
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aaron-loomis added Turn Up The Radio Autograph

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hellodalai added Wasting My Time Default

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Scooby Snacks Fun Lovin' Criminals

29 39
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aaron-loomis added Ah! Leah! Donnie Iris

33 49
This Corrosion is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
OCD Man added This Corrosion The Sisters of Mercy

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OCD Man added Pure Lightning Seeds