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

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325 154
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Closing Time Semisonic

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223 117
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You Get What You Give New Radicals

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303 156
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Sex and Candy Marcy Playground

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269 132
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hellodalai added Breakfast at Tiffany's Deep Blue Something

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Stacy's Mom Fountains of Wayne

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271 157
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Tubthumping Chumbawamba

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142 65
There She Goes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
laustcawz added There She Goes The La's

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

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217 119
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Right Here, Right Now Jesus Jones

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195 122
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Lovefool The Cardigans

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richerb added Cannonball The Breeders

Child Actors Who Tragically Died Young

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Fade Into You Mazzy Star

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161 81
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DavidPerry added Seether Veruca Salt

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220 156
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Electric Avenue Eddy Grant

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212 159
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Mmm Mmm Mmm Crash Test Dummies

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97 38
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) The Proclaimers

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In the Meantime Spacehog

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Zoot Suit Riot Cherry Poppin' Daddies

The Greatest Songs by '60s One-Hit Wonders

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112 76
All Star is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
NickGarcia added All Star Smash Mouth

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What I Am Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

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I Know What Boys Like The Waitresses

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61 20
Save Tonight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
sdc224 added Save Tonight Eagle-Eye Cherry

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

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sdc224 added Good Better Than Ezra

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richerb added Life In A Northern Town The Dream Academy

The Greatest Country Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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OCD Man added She's So High Tal Bachman

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NoahEvans added Absolutely (Story of a Girl) Nine Days

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Laid James

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I Got a Girl Tripping Daisy

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Your Woman White Town

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hellodalai added The Boys of Summer The Ataris

The Best Qualities in a Man

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Naked Eye Luscious Jackson

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Butterfly Crazy Town

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hellodalai added Wherever You Will Go The Calling

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OCD Man added A Million Miles Away The Plimsouls

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hellodalai added Wasting My Time Default

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32 36
I Want Candy is listed (or ranked) 42 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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Mother, Mother Tracy Bonham

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aaron-loomis added Turn Up The Radio Autograph

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possumprincess added Pass the Dutchie Musical Youth

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Scooby Snacks Fun Lovin' Criminals

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aaron-loomis added Ah! Leah! Donnie Iris

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OCD Man added Pure Lightning Seeds

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hellodalai added Face Down The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus