10 Other Amazing Songs By ’90s Alt-Rock One-Hit Wonders

Proof that these artists had more than just one great song.

1. New Radicals

The hit song: “You Get What You Give”

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In late 1998 and most of 1999 it was hard to escape this ubiquitous smash hit song from their from their album Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too.

Great track you should listen to: “Gotta Stay High”

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Also from Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too, if anything the track demonstrates lead singer Gregg Alexander’s (who wrote and produced all the songs on the album) keen instinct at being able to write catchy songs.

2. The Folk Implosion

The hit song: “Natural One”

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The Folk Implosion had a huge hit in 1995 with this lo-fi, almost shoegazing, track off the Kids soundtrack.

Great track you should listen to: “Insinuation”

From their 1997 album, Dare to Be Surprised, this song keeps with their familiar lo-fi sound.

3. White Town

The hit song: “Your Woman”

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Released in 1997, this song was the catchy lead single from, Women in Technology. The song reached No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Great track you should listen to: “Undressed”

“Undressed” is also a track from Women in Technology. It is a nice departure from “Your Woman,” in fact it sounds like it could be right at home on the soundtrack to an ‘80s John Hughes film.

The hit song: “Laid”

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This 1993 song off James fifth album, Laid, was a bit conversational at the time because of it’s slightly risqué lyrics - mainly due to the line, “But she only comes when she’s on top.”

It was also used as the theme song for the American Pie films.

Great track you should listen to: “Say Something”

A completely underrated song, “Say Something” was also a single off the album Laid. While “Laid” was a cheeky song about obsession, “Say Something” is the opposite – a dark track about a relationship falling apart.

The hit song: “Feed The Tree”

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This 1993 hit reached all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks.

Great track you should listen to: “Now They’ll Sleep”

This 1995 single was off Belly’s second album King. The song actually shows a nice progression in the band’s sound: a bit more hook-heavy and rock.

6. The Cardigans

The hit song: “Lovefool”

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This 1996 song was first released on The Cardigans’ third studio album First Band on the Moon, but it didn’t became a hit until two months later when it was featured in the film Romeo + Juliet.

Great track you should listen to: “Erase and Rewind”

This song was off their 1998 album Gran Turismo - an album that saw the band move musically towards more electronica and trip hop.

The hit song: “In the Meantime”

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“In the Meantime” was the first single off Spacehog’s 1996 debut album Resident Alien, the song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and remained there for four weeks.

Great track you should listen to: “Cruel To Be Kind”

Probably the most fun song on an album full of tracks emulating Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie.

Also, this is not a cover of Nick Lowe’s “Cruel To Be Kind.”

8. Semisonic

The hit song: “Closing Time”

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This song was released in 1998 as the lead single from Semisonic’s sophomore album Feeling Strangely Fine.

Great track you should listen to: “Secret Smile”

A really great love song from Feeling Strangely Fine, that was overshadowed by the success of “Closing Time.”

Also, if you didn’t know already, you probably have another Dan Wilson (the lead singer and song writer for Semisonic) song on your iPod. Not only was Dan one of the producers on Adele’s 21, he co-wrote “Someone Like You.”

9. Marcy Playground

The hit song: “Sex and Candy”

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“Sex and Candy” spent a then-record 15 weeks at No.1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks in 1997.

Great track you should listen to: “America”

This great folksy track comes off the band’s 1999 sophomore album Shapeshifter.

10. Mazzy Star

The hit song: “Fade Into You”

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“Fade Into You” was the first single off Mazzy Star’s sophomore album So Tonight That I Might See. The song reached number three on the Billboard Modern Rock Track charts in 1994.

Great track you should listen to: “Five String Serenade”

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Hope Sandoval’s haunting vocals on this cover of Arthur Lee & Love’s “Five String Serenade” somehow manages to be both extremely melancholy and sensual.

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