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. 34
    Up 44
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    ranked low on reranks
    Ace

    Pop music, Pop rock, Soft rock More
    57
    “'How Long?': Peaked at #3 on May 31, 1975.”
  2. 30
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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. 27
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alan O'Day

    61
  4. 94
    Up 27
    Down 22
    Disco More
    34
    added by: C_Moorehead
    “'I Love the Nightlife (Disco 'Round)': Peaked at #5 on December 23, 1978.”
  5. 50
    Up 29
    Down 27
    Disco, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    48
    “'Knock on Wood': Peaked at #1 on April 21, 1979.”
  6. 47
    Up 45
    Down 39
    Disco, Rhythm and blues More
    50
    “'Ring My Bell': Peaked at #1 on June 30, 1979.”
  7. 54
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    47
  8. 46
    Up 41
    Down 35
    Disco, Film score More
    50
    “'Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)': Peaked at #1 on July 2, 1977.”
  9. 26
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Billy Swan

    Pop music, Country More
    61
    “'I Can Help': Peaked at #1 on November 23, 1974.”
  10. 65
    Up 26
    Down 31
    Rock music More
    45
    “'Jim Dandy': Peaked at #25 on February 16, 1974.”
  11. 29
    Up 58
    Down 22

    ranked low on reranks
    Blues Image

    61
  12. 89
    Up 7
    Down 19
    New Wave, Rock music, Power pop More
    39
    “'Girl of My Dreams': Peaked at #37 on September 1, 1979.”
  13. 102
    Up 4
    Down 3
    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    31
  14. 103
    Up 1
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    No image
    Country More
    30
    added by: C_Moorehead
  15. 15
    Up 61
    Down 45
    Reggae More
    66
    “'Kung Fu Fighting': Peaked at #1 on December 7, 1974.”
  16. 53
    Up 35
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    Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
    47
    “'Got to Be Real': Peaked at #12 on February 17, 1979.”
  17. 42
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    53
    “'Fool (If You Think It's Over)': Peaked at #12 on September 16, 1978.”
  18. 109
    Up 1
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    Smooth jazz, Jazz More
    29
    added by: C_Moorehead
  19. 39
    Up 41
    Down 23
    Rock music, Pop rock More
    55
    “'Precious and Few': Peaked at #3 on February 26, 1972.”
  20. 76
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    42
    “'Playground in My Mind': Peaked at #2 on June 16, 1973.”
  21. 95
    Up 25
    Down 19
    33
  22. 74
    Up 18
    Down 26
    Bubblegum pop More
    43
    “'Chick-a-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)': Peaked at #9 on May 8, 1971.”
  23. 87
    Up 11
    Down 21
    Pop music More
    40
    “'Beautiful Sunday': Peaked at #15 on September 16, 1972.”
  24. 79
    Up 45
    Down 21
    Pop music, Country More
    41
    “'Please Come to Boston': Peaked at #5 on August 10, 1974.”
  25. 81
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    Down 23
    41
    “'Jeans On': Peaked at #17 on January 29, 1977.”
  26. 31
    Up 73
    Down 37
    Pop music, Musical theatre More
    60
    “'Rock On': Peaked at #5 on March 9, 1974.”
  27. 68
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    44
    “'Makin' It': Peaked at #5 on July 21, 1979.”
  28. 101
    Up 6
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    No image
    Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    31
  29. 69
    Up 18
    Down 26
    44
    “'Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)': Peaked at #2 on March 31, 1973.”
  30. 8
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    ranked low on reranks
    Derek and the Dominos

    Blues-rock More
    73
    “'Layla': Peaked at #10 on August 5, 1972.”
  31. 11
    Up 59
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Edison Lighthouse

    Pop music, Middle of the road More
    69
    'Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)': Peaked at #5 on March 28, 1970.
  32. 108
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    No image
    Pop music, Rock music More
    30
  33. 99
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    No image

    Edward Bear

    31
  34. 41
    Up 42
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    Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock More
    53
    “'From the Beginning': Peaked at #39 on October 28, 1972.”
  35. 33
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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.”
  36. 56
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    47
  37. 18
    Up 38
    Down 27

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Focus

    Nederpop, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    64
    “'Hocus Pocus': Peaked at #9 on June 2, 1973.”
  38. 58
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    46
    “'Music Box Dancer': Peaked at #3 on May 5, 1979.”
  39. 10
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    Down 37
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    69
    “'All Right Now': Peaked at #4 on October 17, 1970.”
  40. 66
    Up 24
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    Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk More
    45
    “'One Nation Under a Groove': Peaked at #23 on November 11, 1978.”
  41. 98
    Up 1
    Down 0
    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music More
    31
    added by: C_Moorehead
  42. 118
    Up 1
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    Blue-eyed soul, Rhythm and blues, Pop rock More
    28
    added by: C_Moorehead
  43. 52
    Up 27
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    Synthpop, Pop music More
    48
    “'Popcorn': Peaked at #9 on October 21, 1972.”
  44. 117
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    No image

    Hurricane Smith

    28
  45. 106
    Up 6
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    Adult contemporary music, Folk music More
    30
  46. 14
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    ranked low on reranks
    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    67
    “'Me and Bobby McGee': Peaked at #1 on March 20, 1971.”
  47. 77
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    Outlaw country, Pop music, Country More
    42
    “'I'm Not Lisa': Peaked at #4 on June 21, 1975.”
  48. 73
    Up 5
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    Pop music More
    43
  49. 86
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    Down 20
    Rock music More
    40
    “'Run Run Run': Peaked at #27 on March 18, 1972.”
  50. 121
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    Pop music More
    25
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