Top 10 Famous No Hit Wonder Bands and Artists

A No Hit Wonder isn't just any band with no hits, it's a band that became famous despite having no hits.

The Top Ten

1 Bob Marley Bob Marley Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

This guy is the patron saint of stoners and reggae music, but never had a single hit. Oddly enough, his son Ziggy does have a hit. - lavashooter

2 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.

No hits, a strong in THE most important No Hit Wonder of all time. - lavashooter

3 The Ramones The Ramones The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound. V 1 Comment
4 Garth Brooks Garth Brooks Troyal Garth Brooks, known professionally as Garth Brooks, is an American country pop singer-songwriter.

A monster success at country, but never had a single hit unless you count the Chris Gaines pseudonym. - lavashooter

How are you defining "hits"? He had several hit songs; are we talking baseball? - Billyv


Dr. Dre's old group. Not a single hit, and wide influence and ROck and Roll Hall of Famers - lavashooter

6 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date. They received a lot of popularity due to their big hits Breaking The Law, You've Got Another Thing Comin', and Living after Midnight which were played on the radio a more.
7 Sublime Sublime Sublime was an American ska punk band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988. The band's line-up, unchanged until their breakup, consisted of Bradley Nowell, Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh. V 1 Comment
8 Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Clan The Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip hop group from New York City, originally composed of East Coast rappers RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Cappadonna.
9 The Melvins The Melvins The Melvins are an American band that formed in 1983. They usually perform as a trio, but in recent years have performed as a four piece with two drummers.

A strong influence on Grunge. Not a single hit. - lavashooter

10 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s.

Not a single hit, but extremely well known. - lavashooter

The Contenders

11 Blur Blur Blur are an English rock band, formed in London in 1988. The group consists of singer/keyboardist/guitarist Damon Albarn, guitarist/singer Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree. V 1 Comment
12 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.

Yeah, bands with more complex music can't have hits and this is normal because their songs are not for broad audiences. - Metal_Treasure

It's easy to understand why they don't have a hit. - lavashooter

13 Disturbed Disturbed Disturbed is an American heavy metal band from Chicago, Illinois . The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren . They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .

Closest thing they had to a hit was a cover of "The Sound of Silence". - lavashooter

14 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a Nu-Metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk. V 1 Comment
15 Tim Buckley Tim Buckley Timothy Charles "Tim" Buckley III (February 14, 1947 – June 29, 1975) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music and style changed considerably through the years; he began his career based in folk music, but his subsequent albums incorporated jazz, psychedelia, funk, soul, avant-garde more.
16 The Smiths The Smiths The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. V 1 Comment
17 Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit is an American nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland.

Widely hated at their peak, yet not a single hit for Fred Durst and co. - lavashooter

18 Slayer Slayer more.

How could I forget on of the Big Four of Thrash when I first put this list together? - lavashooter

19 They Might Be Giants They Might Be Giants They Might Be Giants is an American alternative rock band formed in 1982 by John Flansburgh and John Linnell.

Another well-known No Hit Wonder more successful elsewhere. - lavashooter

20 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst.

"Pain" is the closest thing they have. "Never Too Late" would have been a hit if not for Billboards rules at the time. - lavashooter

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