These Are the Most “Popular” One-Hit Bands of the 1990s Alternative Scene

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While every era produces it fair share of one-trick ponies, no decade produced as diverse and interesting a crop as the 90s Alternative Rock scene. Thanks in large part to the huge breakthrough of Nirvana, scores of alternative bands (many of whom influenced Cobain) became huge successes, as record executives suddenly viewed weird rockers as viable commodities: Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., Meat Puppets, Mudhoney, and Sonic Youth, just to name a few. Yes, alt exploded in the 90s, for better or worse. And suddenly, the hits weren’t so predictable. Let’s take a look at our Top 5 90s alternative one-hit wonders.
These Are the Most “Popular” One-Hit Bands of the 1990s Alternative Scene
Image Credit: Wikipedia
While every era produces it fair share of one-trick ponies, no decade produced as diverse and interesting a crop as the 90s Alternative Rock scene. Thanks in large part to the huge breakthrough of Nirvana, scores of alternative bands (many of whom influenced Cobain) became huge successes, as record executives suddenly viewed weird rockers as viable commodities: Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., Meat Puppets, Mudhoney, and Sonic Youth, just to name a few. Yes, alt exploded in the 90s, for better or worse. And suddenly, the hits weren’t so predictable. Let’s take a look at our Top 5 90s alternative one-hit wonders.
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Conclusion

What a decade for off-the-beaten path success. In fact, tried and true methods of song writing seem to ensure you wouldn’t have a hit in the 90s. Being children of the 90s ourselves, we take great pride in our encyclopedic knowledge of all things that took place during the decade. (Still wearing my Blossom snap-braclet… psyche!) But, hey, if you think you know alternative better than we do, maybe you should put your AOL Start-up Disks where your mouth is. Put your personal favorite below; if you’re lucky, it might just make it on to this list. But, because we can’t get enough of that 90s stuff, here are a few honorable mentions to tide you over while you search YouTube for “Run Away Train.”


Crash Test Dummies — “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm”—Best band name ever. Weirdest hit ever.


New Radicals — “You Get What You Give”—If you can get past the fact that he sounds a lot like Bono, you might get lost in Gregg Alexander’s voice.


King Missile — “Detachable Penis”—It’s a song as old as time: Man has penis; Man loses penis; Man buys penis back at flea market.


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