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Top 10 Alternative Rock One-Hit Wonders of the 90's

Updated on December 20, 2009

1. Spacehog- In The Meantime

Back in 1995, it seemed that no matter what rock station you were listening to or what music video channel you were watching, "In The Meantime" was everywhere you looked. It was a David Bowie inspired, retro-glam kind of rock tune. Although the rest of the album seems to get great reviews, this was the only hit that made the cut.

2. Luscious Jackson- Naked Eye

Luscious Jackson evolved just in time for the female rocker era: Veruca Salt, Hole, Letters to Cleo... everyone was doing it. Although they released several albums between 1993 and 2000 "Naked Eye" was the only song that became a hit and reached the Billboard Top 40. It actually sounds like more of a funk-pop song than a rock song. It has a fast, catchy rhythm with a sexy female sing-talky chant to go along with every beat.

3. 4 Non Blondes: What's Up

"What's Up" has a certain bluesy, acoustic rock feel to it that puts you right at ease and makes you want to sing along to every word. Not to mention, Linda Perry has one of those raspy, distinctive female rocker voices with a great range, so she adds some style and talent to it as well.

4. Tracy Bonham- Mother Mother

Ahh, good old Tracy Bonham. She seemed to have got caught in the middle of deciding whether to be an angry, female rocker or a nice, mellow acoustic artist. The reason being is that every verse of this song contains a mellow, acoustic beat followed by a chorus explosion of frighteningly angry screams. But once again, it was a hit!

5. Crash Test Dummies- Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

Another obscure 90's song. This had to be one of the strangest songs ever made. Every word was sung in the same, monotone, followed by a chorus that contained one word: "mmm". And technically, that's not even a word.

6. Tripping Daisy: I Got a Girl: This song is borderline categorizing as strange, along with the Crash Test Dummies, except for the fact that it's rather upbeat and catchy. Although it doesn't have much musical or vocal talent, it's a fun, bubbly song that makes you want to turn up the volume and dance around your room.

7. Folk Implosion: Natural One: This song was featured in the movie "KIDS" circa 1995 and it was different than most of the songs that emerged in the 90's. It was sung in a very low tone and had a funky drum beat that you could groove to. The vibe was rather hypnotic with an eerie guitar sound and strange percussion.

8. Marcy Playground: Sex and Candy: "Sex and Candy" was another strange 90's song with down tempo chords and a dull melody. John Wozniak's vocals were rather sleepy and repetitive. I could never quite comprehend why this became a hit.

9. Blind Melon: No Rain

In the midst of all the melancholy grunge rock music that evolved in the early 90's, "No Rain" was like a breath of fresh air. It is an upbeat, mellow song with a hippie-like sound that makes you feel good. This gleeful little tune soon became a hit every where, and rightfully so.

10. Mad Season- River of Deceit: Layne Staley delivers one again. This track just proves that talented artists like Staley can still be successful when forming a supergroup and showing some diversity. "River of Deceit" was the complete opposite of the loud rocking Alice in Chains songs that Staley typically performed. It had a relaxed, country-rock feel with a beautiful instrumentation.







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    • ParadigmEnacted profile image


      5 years ago

      Good one. I would have included the Toadies, the Rentals, For Squirrels, but good topic to bring up nonetheless.

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      6 years ago

      yeah, where's teenage dirtbag?

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      7 years ago

      P-Funk, i need the title also. it goes.

      lets our thoughts for the moment swim - then don't be afraid, honey that's the way that i love you.

      does any body know that song

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      7 years ago

      looking for the name of an album that had playdough charecters on it. alternative or maybe a little heavier. one hit wonder. and not marcy's playground. thanks

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      8 years ago

      What was the name of the song that went something like, "Let the candles in the corner burn down and something about, "we're strange, that's the way we.." something? It was a great song and now I can't recall the words or anything!!!

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      9 years ago

      annaestelle: pretty sure that's not 90's

      yhamzy: friends of P by the rentals maybe...

      "if you're friends with p, well then you're friends with me"

    • rb101182 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      is it tom's diner by suzanne vega? I think that was an 80's song actually

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      9 years ago

      does anyone know a 90's song that goes do do do do, and she sings about sitting in a diner on the corner. looking through the horoscopes looking for the funnies and i feel like someones watching me and so i raise my do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do......

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      Adam B 

      9 years ago

      I thought Mad Season rocked!

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      10 years ago

      hey...does anyone know the title of this with a not sure lyrics like this..."prince of pee prince with me"......(verse) ohwoohoho....

      Its a 90's song, some kind of a melodic,punk, alternative rock..

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      10 years ago

      The Days of the New song "The Downtown" is worthy of any rock collection.

    • AnnaEstelle profile image


      10 years ago from Boston

      What about Weetus-Teenage Dirtbag?

      Awesome list.

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      10 years ago

      don't forget HUM and the Toadies!!!


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