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

The Best One-Hit Wonders of the 1970s

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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!

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

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    1. 37
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      Pop music, Pop rock, Soft rock More
      60
      “'How Long?': Peaked at #3 on May 31, 1975.”
    2. 21
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      Ace Frehley

      Glam metal, Heavy metal, Glam rock More
      70
      “'New York Groove': Peaked at #13 on February 3, 1979.”
    3. 43
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      Down 24
      57
    4. 53
      Up 26
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      Disco, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
      54
      “'Knock on Wood': Peaked at #1 on April 21, 1979.”
    5. 47
      Up 45
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      Disco, Rhythm and blues More
      55
      “'Ring My Bell': Peaked at #1 on June 30, 1979.”
    6. 54
      Up 21
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      54
    7. 48
      Up 40
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      Disco, Film score More
      55
      “'Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)': Peaked at #1 on July 2, 1977.”
    8. 26
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      Billy Swan

      Pop music, Country More
      69
      “'I Can Help': Peaked at #1 on November 23, 1974.”
    9. 66
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      Rock music More
      48
      “'Jim Dandy': Peaked at #25 on February 16, 1974.”
    10. 30
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      67
    11. 71
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      Bram Tchaikovsky

      New Wave, Rock music, Power pop More
      47
      “'Girl of My Dreams': Peaked at #37 on September 1, 1979.”
    12. 98
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      Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
      32
    13. 100
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      No image
      Country More
      31
      added by: C_Moorehead
    14. 12
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      Carl Douglas

      Reggae More
      75
      “'Kung Fu Fighting': Peaked at #1 on December 7, 1974.”
    15. 49
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      Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues More
      55
      “'Got to Be Real': Peaked at #12 on February 17, 1979.”
    16. 39
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      Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
      58
      “'Fool (If You Think It's Over)': Peaked at #12 on September 16, 1978.”
    17. 34
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      Rock music, Pop rock More
      64
      “'Precious and Few': Peaked at #3 on February 26, 1972.”
    18. 74
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      46
      “'Playground in My Mind': Peaked at #2 on June 16, 1973.”
    19. 92
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      34
    20. 72
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      Bubblegum pop More
      47
      “'Chick-a-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)': Peaked at #9 on May 8, 1971.”
    21. 89
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      Pop music More
      40
      “'Beautiful Sunday': Peaked at #15 on September 16, 1972.”
    22. 87
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      Pop music, Country More
      41
      “'Please Come to Boston': Peaked at #5 on August 10, 1974.”
    23. 63
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      49
      “'Jeans On': Peaked at #17 on January 29, 1977.”
    24. 20
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      Pop music, Musical theatre More
      70
      “'Rock On': Peaked at #5 on March 9, 1974.”
    25. 69
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      48
      “'Makin' It': Peaked at #5 on July 21, 1979.”
    26. 94
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      No image
      Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
      32
    27. 56
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      ranked high on reranks
      Deodato

      51
      “'Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)': Peaked at #2 on March 31, 1973.”
    28. 7
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      Derek and the Dominos

      Blues-rock More
      83
      “'Layla': Peaked at #10 on August 5, 1972.”
    29. 10
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      Pop music, Middle of the road More
      78
      '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
      30
    31. 99
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      No image

      Edward Bear

      32
    32. 36
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      Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock More
      62
      “'From the Beginning': Peaked at #39 on October 28, 1972.”
    33. 24
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      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      First Class

      Pop music More
      69
      “'Beach Baby': Peaked at #4 on October 5, 1974.”
    34. 51
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      55
    35. 41
      Up 34
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      Nederpop, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
      57
      “'Hocus Pocus': Peaked at #9 on June 2, 1973.”
    36. 65
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      49
      “'Music Box Dancer': Peaked at #3 on May 5, 1979.”
    37. 8
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      Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
      80
      “'All Right Now': Peaked at #4 on October 17, 1970.”
    38. 44
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      ranked high on reranks
      Funkadelic

      Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk More
      57
      “'One Nation Under a Groove': Peaked at #23 on November 11, 1978.”
    39. 50
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      Synthpop, Pop music More
      55
      “'Popcorn': Peaked at #9 on October 21, 1972.”
    40. 110
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      No image

      Hurricane Smith

      27
    41. 97
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      Adult contemporary music, Folk music More
      32
    42. 16
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      Janis Joplin

      Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
      73
      “'Me and Bobby McGee': Peaked at #1 on March 20, 1971.”
    43. 82
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      Outlaw country, Pop music, Country More
      44
      “'I'm Not Lisa': Peaked at #4 on June 21, 1975.”
    44. 70
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      Pop music More
      48
    45. 73
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      Rock music More
      47
      “'Run Run Run': Peaked at #27 on March 18, 1972.”
    46. 108
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      Pop music More
      28
    47. 40
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      Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
      57
      “'Welcome Back': Peaked at #1 on May 8, 1976.”
    48. 107
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      Popular music, Folk music, Alternative country More
      29
    49. 68
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      Folk music, Country More
      48
      “'Sunshine': Peaked at #4 on January 15, 1972.”
    50. 64
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      ranked high on reranks
      Jud Strunk

      Pop music, Country More
      49
      “'Daisy a Day': Peaked at #14 on May 19, 1973.”
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