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
418 141
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Blind Melon

3
358 174
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Semisonic

4
330 172
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Marcy Playground

5
316 188
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Fountains of Wayne

6
242 133
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New Radicals

7
284 153
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hellodalai added Deep Blue Something

8
298 176
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Chumbawamba

9
272 147
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10
160 78
There She Goes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
laustcawz added The La's

11
214 105
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Mazzy Star

12
214 130
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The Cardigans

13
249 160
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Frankie Goes to Hollywood

14
231 128
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Jesus Jones

15
180 89
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DavidPerry added Veruca Salt

16
184 112
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richerb added The Breeders

17
164 106
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Spacehog

18
234 173
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Eddy Grant

19
118 51
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
The Proclaimers

20
231 173
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Crash Test Dummies

21
173 133
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Cherry Poppin' Daddies

22
152 117
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Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

23
158 149
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The Waitresses

24
134 104
All Star is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
NickGarcia added Smash Mouth

25
69 26
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sdc224 added Better Than Ezra

26
74 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
137 103
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richerb added The Dream Academy

28
149 140
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hellodalai added P.O.D.

29
121 114
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122 114
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James

31
56 37
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NoahEvans added Nine Days

32
81 72
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OCD Man added Tal Bachman

33
104 106
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Tripping Daisy

34
122 109
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White Town

35
53 49
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
111 104
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hellodalai added The Calling

37
94 113
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38
85 101
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Luscious Jackson

39
53 60
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hellodalai added Default

40
116 116
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Crazy Town

41
39 41
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aaron-loomis added Autograph

42
39 59
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OCD Man added The Plimsouls

43
112 119
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hellodalai added The Ataris

44
33 38
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sdc224 added Dynamite Hack

45
51 81
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possumprincess added Musical Youth

46
73 102
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Tracy Bonham

47
32 42
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aaron-loomis added Donnie Iris

48
39 53
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
93 107
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Fun Lovin' Criminals

50
65 98
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