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 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

2 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

3 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.

Having a hit is not very Punk. - lavashooter

4 Garth Brooks Troyal Garth Brooks is an American singer and songwriter. His integration of rock and roll elements into the country genre has earned him immense popularity in the United States.

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 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.

Also influential in sludge metal and drone metal.

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

7 Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. more.
8 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.

May Norwell rest in peace, despite having no hit. - lavashooter

9 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.
10 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. more.

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

The Contenders

11 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.

They have had a UK number 1 song, and a bunch of top 10 tracks, so they obviously had some hits mate

Song 2 is well known, but not a hit. - lavashooter

12 Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-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 big audiences. - Metal_Treasure

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

13 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rock 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.

When more people knew who they where lol.

Though they did have a hit in the UK. - lavashooter

14 Disturbed Disturbed is an American nu metal/ alternative rock/ alternative 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

15 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 Next of Kin (Boy Band)

Sang in the 90s.
Had hair similar to Hanson.
Three brothers. Mark, Kieran and Nathan.
But are from England, Essex.
Had songs 24 Hours from you and More Love.

17 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.

A large Influence with no hits. - lavashooter

18 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

19 Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. more.

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

20 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

21 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1992 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. Their original name was Groundswell until they changed it to their current name in 1997. more.

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

22 Laura Nyro Laura Nyro was an American songwriter, singer, and pianist. She achieved critical acclaim with her own recordings, particularly the albums Eli and the Thirteenth Confession and New York Tendaberry, and had commercial success with artists such as Barbra Streisand and The 5th Dimension recording her songs. more.
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