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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420 157
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richerb added Cat's in the Cradle Harry Chapin

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432 173
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Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum

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383 184
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In the Summertime Stealers Wheel

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375 150
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richerb added My Sharona The Knack

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390 157
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Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry

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251 87
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304 219
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Kung-Fu Fighting Carl Douglas

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358 172
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213 59
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mainpleine added Hooked on a Feeling Blue Swede

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270 128
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richerb added Cruel to Be Kind Nick Lowe

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254 152
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221 76
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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223 73
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The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band

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263 146
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The Best One-Hit Wonders of the 1970s Great One Hit Wonder Artists of the '90s

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199 75
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IanHarvey added Layla Derek and the Dominos

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236 133
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One Toke Over the Line Brewer & Shipley

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232 152
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Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson

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170 64
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IanHarvey added Love Hurts Nazareth

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241 143
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221 130
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smellsrank added Alone Again Naturally Gilbert O'Sullivan

22
278 151
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Ride Captain Ride The Blues Image

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239 124
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richerb added Hot Child in the City Nick Gilder

24
221 146
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O o h Child The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

25
165 60
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298 152
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Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band

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255 129
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226 137
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Magnet and Steel Walter Egan

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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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163 59
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IanHarvey added Radar Love Golden Earring

31
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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197 129
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Knock on wood Amii Stewart

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211 101
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richerb added Jackie Blue The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

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165 86
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Amie Pure Prairie League

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177 142
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Rose Garden Lynn Anderson

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120 69
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Rock the Boat The Hues Corporation

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142 94
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IanHarvey added Werewolves of London Warren Zevon

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190 148
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Ring My Bell Anita Ward

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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

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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

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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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122 69
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141 109
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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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161 110
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103 114
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Brand New Key Melanie

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

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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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176 134
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Please Come to Boston Dave Loggins

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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