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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  1. 35
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    Pop music, Pop rock, Soft rock More
    55
    “'How Long?': Peaked at #3 on May 31, 1975.”
  2. 22
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ace Frehley

    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Glam rock More
    61
    “'New York Groove': Peaked at #13 on February 3, 1979.”
  3. 46
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    49
  4. 53
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    Disco, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    46
    “'Knock on Wood': Peaked at #1 on April 21, 1979.”
  5. 44
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    Disco, Rhythm and blues More
    50
    “'Ring My Bell': Peaked at #1 on June 30, 1979.”
  6. 51
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    47
  7. 45
    Up 40
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    Disco, Film score More
    49
    “'Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)': Peaked at #1 on July 2, 1977.”
  8. 20
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    Pop music, Country More
    61
    “'I Can Help': Peaked at #1 on November 23, 1974.”
  9. 64
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    Rock music More
    44
    “'Jim Dandy': Peaked at #25 on February 16, 1974.”
  10. 27
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    59
  11. 84
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    New Wave, Rock music, Power pop More
    39
    “'Girl of My Dreams': Peaked at #37 on September 1, 1979.”
  12. 95
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    28
  13. 107
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    No image
    Country More
    26
    added by: C_Moorehead
  14. 11
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Carl Douglas

    Reggae More
    65
    “'Kung Fu Fighting': Peaked at #1 on December 7, 1974.”
  15. 52
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    Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    47
    “'Got to Be Real': Peaked at #12 on February 17, 1979.”
  16. 40
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    51
    “'Fool (If You Think It's Over)': Peaked at #12 on September 16, 1978.”
  17. 37
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    Rock music, Pop rock More
    53
    “'Precious and Few': Peaked at #3 on February 26, 1972.”
  18. 76
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    40
    “'Playground in My Mind': Peaked at #2 on June 16, 1973.”
  19. 92
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    30
  20. 70
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    Bubblegum pop More
    42
    “'Chick-a-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)': Peaked at #9 on May 8, 1971.”
  21. 86
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    Pop music More
    38
    “'Beautiful Sunday': Peaked at #15 on September 16, 1972.”
  22. 89
    Up 44
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    Pop music, Country More
    38
    “'Please Come to Boston': Peaked at #5 on August 10, 1974.”
  23. 77
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    40
    “'Jeans On': Peaked at #17 on January 29, 1977.”
  24. 29
    Up 70
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    Pop music, Musical theatre More
    58
    “'Rock On': Peaked at #5 on March 9, 1974.”
  25. 72
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    42
    “'Makin' It': Peaked at #5 on July 21, 1979.”
  26. 98
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    No image
    Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    28
  27. 66
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    43
    “'Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)': Peaked at #2 on March 31, 1973.”
  28. 7
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    ranked low on reranks
    Derek and the Dominos

    Blues-rock More
    71
    “'Layla': Peaked at #10 on August 5, 1972.”
  29. 8
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    Pop music, Middle of the road More
    68
    'Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)': Peaked at #5 on March 28, 1970.
  30. 104
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    No image
    Pop music, Rock music More
    26
  31. 96
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    No image

    Edward Bear

    28
  32. 39
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    Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock More
    53
    “'From the Beginning': Peaked at #39 on October 28, 1972.”
  33. 23
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    First Class

    Pop music More
    60
    “'Beach Baby': Peaked at #4 on October 5, 1974.”
  34. 55
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    46
  35. 41
    Up 36
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    Nederpop, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    51
    “'Hocus Pocus': Peaked at #9 on June 2, 1973.”
  36. 59
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    44
    “'Music Box Dancer': Peaked at #3 on May 5, 1979.”
  37. 10
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    ranked low on reranks
    Free

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    66
    “'All Right Now': Peaked at #4 on October 17, 1970.”
  38. 60
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    Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk More
    44
    “'One Nation Under a Groove': Peaked at #23 on November 11, 1978.”
  39. 54
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    Synthpop, Pop music More
    46
    “'Popcorn': Peaked at #9 on October 21, 1972.”
  40. 110
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    No image

    Hurricane Smith

    24
  41. 103
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    Adult contemporary music, Folk music More
    27
  42. 15
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    ranked low on reranks
    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    63
    “'Me and Bobby McGee': Peaked at #1 on March 20, 1971.”
  43. 79
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    Outlaw country, Pop music, Country More
    40
    “'I'm Not Lisa': Peaked at #4 on June 21, 1975.”
  44. 65
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    Pop music More
    43
  45. 81
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    Rock music More
    40
    “'Run Run Run': Peaked at #27 on March 18, 1972.”
  46. 111
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    Pop music More
    23
  47. 42
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    51
    “'Welcome Back': Peaked at #1 on May 8, 1976.”
  48. 109
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    Popular music, Folk music, Alternative country More
    24
  49. 74
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    Folk music, Country More
    41
    “'Sunshine': Peaked at #4 on January 15, 1972.”
  50. 87
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    Pop music, Country More
    38
    “'Daisy a Day': Peaked at #14 on May 19, 1973.”
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