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

335 161
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Closing Time Semisonic

317 159
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Sex and Candy Marcy Playground

231 122
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You Get What You Give New Radicals

273 141
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hellodalai added Breakfast at Tiffany's Deep Blue Something

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Stacy's Mom Fountains of Wayne

281 163
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Tubthumping Chumbawamba

257 139
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148 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

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

204 126
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Lovefool The Cardigans

222 122
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Right Here, Right Now Jesus Jones

193 100
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Fade Into You Mazzy Star

The Greatest Songs by '90s One-Hit Wonders

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richerb added Cannonball The Breeders

169 83
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DavidPerry added Seether Veruca Salt

227 162
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Electric Avenue Eddy Grant

151 99
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In the Meantime Spacehog

221 163
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Mmm Mmm Mmm Crash Test Dummies

104 41
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

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Zoot Suit Riot Cherry Poppin' Daddies

The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made

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What I Am Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

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I Know What Boys Like The Waitresses

115 86
All Star is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders
NickGarcia added All Star Smash Mouth

66 27
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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sdc224 added Good Better Than Ezra

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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

73 64
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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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I Got a Girl Tripping Daisy

114 102
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Your Woman White Town

80 96
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Naked Eye Luscious Jackson

Incredibly Famous Bands Playing Shows You Would Never Imagine They Would

40 41
I Want Candy is listed (or ranked) 36 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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hellodalai added The Boys of Summer The Ataris

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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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possumprincess added Pass the Dutchie Musical Youth

The Greatest Dance Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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Butterfly Crazy Town

72 95
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Mother, Mother Tracy Bonham

42 54
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hellodalai added Wasting My Time Default

30 36
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aaron-loomis added Turn Up The Radio Autograph

91 99
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Scooby Snacks Fun Lovin' Criminals

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aaron-loomis added Ah! Leah! Donnie Iris

32 48
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