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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American Pie Don McLean

The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders The Best Qualities in a Leader

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Cat's in the Cradle Harry Chapin

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In the Summertime Stealers Wheel

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Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum

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Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry

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My Sharona The Knack

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Kung-Fu Fighting Carl Douglas

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Hooked on a Feeling Blue Swede

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Cruel to Be Kind Nick Lowe

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Layla Derek and the Dominos

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Ride Captain Ride The Blues Image

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Alone Again Naturally Gilbert O'Sullivan

The Best One-Hit Wonders of the 1970s 16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson

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Baker Street is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Baker Street Gerry Rafferty

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The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band

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Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band

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Hot Child in the City Nick Gilder

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One Toke Over the Line Brewer & Shipley

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Love Hurts Nazareth

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O o h Child The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

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Magnet and Steel Walter Egan

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Jackie Blue The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

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Black Betty Ram Jam

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

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Rose Garden Lynn Anderson

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Knock on wood Amii Stewart

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Radar Love Golden Earring

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Brand New Key Melanie

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Knock Three Times Tony Orlando and Dawn

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Werewolves of London Warren Zevon

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Rock the Boat The Hues Corporation

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Magic is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Magic Pilot

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Seasons in the Sun is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Seasons in the Sun Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum

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Cover of 'Rolling Stone' is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Cover of 'Rolling Stone' Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

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Amie Pure Prairie League

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Ring My Bell Anita Ward

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The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders The Best Wedding Shows on TV

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I'd Like to Teach the World The Hillside Singers

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Please Come to Boston Dave Loggins

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Rock On is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Rock On David Essex

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Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo Rick Derringer

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In the Summertime is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
In the Summertime Mungo Jerry