70s The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s  

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List Rules Only hits from 1970s bands who were otherwise unsuccessful in the charts

We see flash-in-the-pan artists come and go with every decade, but one hit wonders of the 70s ironically always seem to stick around. For example, you’ve probably heard the classics “American Pie” by Don McLean or “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum despite not knowing any of their other songs or discography. Below, music lovers have ranked the greatest songs of the 70s by one hit wonders in order to increase awareness for them—and also because they kick ass. So if you like “American Pie” or “Spirit in the Sky”, then you’re sure to love the other one hit wonders of the 70s below. Also be sure to vote for your favorite 70 one hit wonders below or add any you feel should be on the list.

If you’re not satisfied with what others think are the best 70s one hit wonders, then you can copy and paste from the list to make your own list of favorite songs. Many great music artists only managed to have one true song hit in their music career that made the top 40. After all, not every artist can sustain quality output like Bob Dylan or Queen. Though to be fair, Dylan hasn’t sustained quality output in a while. Still, he’s far from a one hit wonder.

So if you haven’t heard some of the songs below, give them a listen! Browse through this list of the greatest songs by one-hit 70s wonders, and you may just find that one special nostalgic song that you haven’t heard in a long time. Just don’t be too adventurous with the artist’s other tracks, as they may not be quite up to standards. After all, these aren’t the best one hit wonders of the 70s for no reason.
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richerb added American Pie Don McLean

The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders The Most Overrated Actors of All Time

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richerb added Cat's in the Cradle Harry Chapin

432 172
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Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum

383 184
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In the Summertime Stealers Wheel

375 149
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richerb added My Sharona The Knack

390 157
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Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry

251 87
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Kung-Fu Fighting Carl Douglas

358 172
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mainpleine added Hooked on a Feeling Blue Swede

270 127
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richerb added Cruel to Be Kind Nick Lowe

254 152
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221 75
Baker Street is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
wimvi added Baker Street Gerry Rafferty

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The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band

The Best One-Hit Wonders of the 1970s Great One Hit Wonder Artists of the '90s

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IanHarvey added Layla Derek and the Dominos

236 132
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One Toke Over the Line Brewer & Shipley

232 152
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Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson

170 63
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IanHarvey added Love Hurts Nazareth

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221 130
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smellsrank added Alone Again Naturally Gilbert O'Sullivan

278 151
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Ride Captain Ride The Blues Image

239 124
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richerb added Hot Child in the City Nick Gilder

221 146
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O o h Child The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

165 60
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298 152
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Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band

255 129
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226 137
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Magnet and Steel Walter Egan

126 72
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IanHarvey added Black Betty Ram Jam

The Greatest Songs by '90s One-Hit Wonders The Worst Qualities in a Woman

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IanHarvey added Radar Love Golden Earring

106 64
Magic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
mainpleine added Magic Pilot

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Knock on wood Amii Stewart

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richerb added Jackie Blue The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

165 86
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Amie Pure Prairie League

177 142
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Rose Garden Lynn Anderson

120 69
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Rock the Boat The Hues Corporation

142 94
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IanHarvey added Werewolves of London Warren Zevon

190 148
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Ring My Bell Anita Ward

127 67
Rock On is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Rock On David Essex

71 19
In the Summertime is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Mark Lanzarotta added In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

160 76
Seasons in the Sun is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
tcjx14me added Seasons in the Sun Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum

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RandySWilhite added Knock Three Times Tony Orlando and Dawn

The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders The Best Canned Beers

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Brand New Key Melanie

133 86
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I'd Like to Teach the World The Hillside Singers

104 46
Cover of 'Rolling Stone' is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
StevenHess added Cover of 'Rolling Stone' Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

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Please Come to Boston Dave Loggins

71 19
Stuck in the Middle With You is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Mark Lanzarotta added Stuck in the Middle With You Stealer's Wheel

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Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo Rick Derringer