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
444 149
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Blind Melon

3
383 188
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Semisonic

4
352 180
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Marcy Playground

5
342 200
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Fountains of Wayne

6
260 144
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New Radicals

7
310 165
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hellodalai added Deep Blue Something

8
183 86
There She Goes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
laustcawz added The La's

9
311 190
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Chumbawamba

10
288 155
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11
229 115
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Mazzy Star

12
233 141
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The Cardigans

13
263 168
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Frankie Goes to Hollywood

14
247 139
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Jesus Jones

15
196 97
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DavidPerry added Veruca Salt

16
197 121
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richerb added The Breeders

17
141 58
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
The Proclaimers

18
177 109
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Spacehog

19
246 182
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Eddy Grant

20
242 185
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Crash Test Dummies

21
154 111
All Star is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
NickGarcia added Smash Mouth

22
169 154
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The Waitresses

23
161 126
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Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

24
177 145
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Cherry Poppin' Daddies

25
78 30
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sdc224 added Better Than Ezra