The Best One-Hit Wonders of the 1970s Bands/Musicians
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The Best One-Hit Wonders of the 1970s

List Criteria: Bands / artists that had one & only one Top 40 US single between 1970 and 1979

One hit wonders from the 1970s, listed by performer. This is a list of popular 70s songs from bands or artists who only had one single reach the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. Many of these bands and artists had extensive careers, either in the US or other countries, they just didn't ever have another single reach the Top 40 after the songs on this list.Vote up and down your faves!

Many of the bands and artists listed had popular hits in their native countries. For example, Shocking Blue's only breakthrough song in America was the now-iconic "Venus," but they had a number of successful hits in their native Netherlands. Additionally, many of the artists on the list had massive success with other groups or projects. Lou Reed's only major single as a solo artist in the '70s was "Walk on the Wild Side," but of course he's more famous for his work with The Velvet Underground. Ace Frehley makes the list for his single "New York Groove," but had other singles as the lead guitarist for KISS. Finally, some artists on the list just had lengthy careers but a niche audience, such as Warren Zevon (whose "Werewolves in London" proved to be his only Top 40 single.) Other acts were simply flash-in-the-pans who had a big moment in the spotlight, then faded into obscurity.

Who are some one hit wonders from the 1970s? This is an attempt to list every one hit wonder artist of the '70s. Think you have an example of a 1970s hit that was the only Top 40 US single for a band or artist? Let me know in the comments!
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    often listed Pop music, Pop rock, Soft rock “'How Long?': Peaked at #3 on May 31, 1975.”

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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Glam rock “'New York Groove': Peaked at #13 on February 3, 1979.”

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    added by C_Moorehead Disco “'I Love the Nightlife (Disco 'Round)': Peaked at #5 on December 23, 1978.”

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    Disco, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B “'Knock on Wood': Peaked at #1 on April 21, 1979.”

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    Disco, Rhythm and blues “'Ring My Bell': Peaked at #1 on June 30, 1979.”

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    Disco, Film score “'Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)': Peaked at #1 on July 2, 1977.”

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Pop music, Country “'I Can Help': Peaked at #1 on November 23, 1974.”

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    Rock music “'Jim Dandy': Peaked at #25 on February 16, 1974.”

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    New Wave, Rock music, Power pop “'Girl of My Dreams': Peaked at #37 on September 1, 1979.”

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    added by C_Moorehead Country

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Reggae “'Kung Fu Fighting': Peaked at #1 on December 7, 1974.”

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    Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues “'Got to Be Real': Peaked at #12 on February 17, 1979.”

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    added by laustcawz Chi Coltrane “'Thunder and Lightning': Peaked at #17 on November 18, 1972.”

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music “'Fool (If You Think It's Over)': Peaked at #12 on September 16, 1978.”

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    added by C_Moorehead Smooth jazz, Jazz

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    Rock music, Pop rock “'Precious and Few': Peaked at #3 on February 26, 1972.”

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    “'Playground in My Mind': Peaked at #2 on June 16, 1973.”

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    Bubblegum pop “'Chick-a-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)': Peaked at #9 on May 8, 1971.”

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    Pop music “'Beautiful Sunday': Peaked at #15 on September 16, 1972.”

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    Pop music, Country “'Please Come to Boston': Peaked at #5 on August 10, 1974.”

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks “'Jeans On': Peaked at #17 on January 29, 1977.”

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    Pop music, Musical theatre “'Rock On': Peaked at #5 on March 9, 1974.”

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    “'Makin' It': Peaked at #5 on July 21, 1979.”

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    Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    Blues-rock “'Layla': Peaked at #10 on August 5, 1972.”

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Pop music, Middle of the road 'Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)': Peaked at #5 on March 28, 1970.

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    Pop music, Rock music

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    Edward Bear

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    Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock “'From the Beginning': Peaked at #39 on October 28, 1972.”

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    Film score “'Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)': Peaked at #2 on March 31, 1973.”

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Pop music “'Beach Baby': Peaked at #4 on October 5, 1974.”

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    Nederpop, Rock music, Instrumental rock “'Hocus Pocus': Peaked at #9 on June 2, 1973.”

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    “'Music Box Dancer': Peaked at #3 on May 5, 1979.”

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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music “'All Right Now': Peaked at #4 on October 17, 1970.”

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    Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk “'One Nation Under a Groove': Peaked at #23 on November 11, 1978.”

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    added by C_Moorehead Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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    added by C_Moorehead Blue-eyed soul, Rhythm and blues, Pop rock

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    Synthpop, Pop music “'Popcorn': Peaked at #9 on October 21, 1972.”

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    Hurricane Smith

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    Adult contemporary music, Folk music

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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music “'Me and Bobby McGee': Peaked at #1 on March 20, 1971.”

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    Outlaw country, Pop music, Country “'I'm Not Lisa': Peaked at #4 on June 21, 1975.”

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    Pop music

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    Rock music “'Run Run Run': Peaked at #27 on March 18, 1972.”

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