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. 108
    Up 4
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    The Buoys

    Rock & Roll More
    30
    added by: AvalonBrownProvin
  2. 105
    Up 1
    Down 1
    No image
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    30
    added by: C_Moorehead
  3. 14
    Up 111
    Down 40

    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.”
  4. 71
    Up 19
    Down 25
    Pop music, Folk music More
    44
    “'Eres Tu (Touch the Wind)': Peaked at #9 on March 23, 1974.”
  5. 87
    Up 11
    Down 21
    Pop music More
    40
    “'Beautiful Sunday': Peaked at #15 on September 16, 1972.”
  6. 67
    Up 26
    Down 31
    Rock music More
    45
    “'Jim Dandy': Peaked at #25 on February 16, 1974.”
  7. 85
    Up 15
    Down 27
    Rock music, Country rock, Pop rock More
    40
    “'Living Next Door to Alice': Peaked at #25 on February 26, 1977.”
  8. 115
    Up 3
    Down 3
    Folk rock, Soft rock, Jazz More
    29
  9. 92
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    often listed
    Red Sovine

    Country More
    38
    “'Teddy Bear': Peaked at #40 on August 28, 1976.”
  10. 74
    Up 5
    Down 8
    Pop music More
    43
  11. 111
    Up 1
    Down 0
    Rock music, Psychedelic rock More
    29
    added by: C_Moorehead
  12. 1
    Up 128
    Down 44

    most listed
    Thin Lizzy

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    92
    “'The Boys Are Back in Town': Peaked at #12 on July 24, 1976.”
  13. 17
    Up 116
    Down 53

    ranked low on reranks
    Nazareth

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    64
    “'Love Hurts': Peaked at #8 on March 13, 1976.”
  14. 11
    Up 56
    Down 28

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Pilot

    Pop rock More
    70
    “'Magic': Peaked at #5 on July 12, 1975.”
  15. 41
    Up 43
    Down 29
    Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock More
    54
    “'From the Beginning': Peaked at #39 on October 28, 1972.”
  16. 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.”
  17. 97
    Up 8
    Down 4
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk More
    32
  18. 121
    Up 2
    Down 5
    Pop music More
    25
  19. 61
    Up 10
    Down 8
    Pop music, Country More
    46
  20. 23
    Up 82
    Down 35

    ranked low on reranks
    Mott the Hoople

    Rock music, Soul rock, Glam rock More
    63
    “'All the Young Dudes': Peaked at #37 on September 23, 1972.”
  21. 63
    Up 22
    Down 27
    Pop music, Rock music More
    45
    “'Just When I Needed You Most': Peaked at #4 on June 16, 1979.”
  22. 122
    Up 2
    Down 5
    Soft rock More
    25
  23. 77
    Up 17
    Down 25
    Pop music, Nashville sound, Country More
    42
    “'Pillow Talk': Peaked at #3 on June 9, 1973.”
  24. 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.”
  25. 89
    Up 7
    Down 19
    New Wave, Rock music, Power pop More
    39
    “'Girl of My Dreams': Peaked at #37 on September 1, 1979.”
  26. 10
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    ranked low on reranks
    Free

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    70
    “'All Right Now': Peaked at #4 on October 17, 1970.”
  27. 21
    Up 36
    Down 30
    Rock music More
    63
    “'Driver's Seat': Peaked at #15 on September 29, 1979.”
  28. 13
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    Down 41

    ranked low on reranks
    T. Rex

    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock More
    67
    “'Bang a Gong (Get It On)': Peaked at #10 on March 4, 1972.”
  29. 18
    Up 49
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    M

    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    64
    “'Pop Muzik': Peaked at #1 on November 3, 1979.”
  30. 26
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    Down 39
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    62
    'Mississippi Queen': Peaked at #21 on April 18, 1970.
  31. 101
    Up 6
    Down 3
    No image
    Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    31
  32. 16
    Up 53
    Down 38
    Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock More
    65
    “'Short People': Peaked at #2 on January 28, 1978.”
  33. 59
    Up 22
    Down 22
    Disco, Latin pop More
    46
    “'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood': Peaked at #15 on February 18, 1978.”
  34. 110
    Up 1
    Down 0
    Disco, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    29
    added by: C_Moorehead
  35. 39
    Up 43
    Down 25
    Rock music, Pop rock More
    55
    “'Precious and Few': Peaked at #3 on February 26, 1972.”
  36. 119
    Up 1
    Down 1
    Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock More
    28
    added by: DebbyHood
    "Baby come back"  Oct 77
  37. 46
    Up 46
    Down 40
    Disco, Rhythm and blues More
    50
    “'Ring My Bell': Peaked at #1 on June 30, 1979.”
  38. 42
    Up 52
    Down 36
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    53
    “'Fool (If You Think It's Over)': Peaked at #12 on September 16, 1978.”
  39. 73
    Up 14
    Down 21
    Folk music, Country More
    43
    “'Sunshine': Peaked at #4 on January 15, 1972.”
  40. 118
    Up 1
    Down 1
    Blue-eyed soul, Rhythm and blues, Pop rock More
    28
    added by: C_Moorehead
  41. 20
    Up 38
    Down 29

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Focus

    Nederpop, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    63
    “'Hocus Pocus': Peaked at #9 on June 2, 1973.”
  42. 27
    Up 35
    Down 34

    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.”
  43. 7
    Up 145
    Down 35

    ranked low on reranks
    Derek and the Dominos

    Blues-rock More
    74
    “'Layla': Peaked at #10 on August 5, 1972.”
  44. 52
    Up 27
    Down 27
    Synthpop, Pop music More
    48
    “'Popcorn': Peaked at #9 on October 21, 1972.”
  45. 19
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    Down 48

    ranked low on reranks
    Lou Reed

    Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word More
    64
    “'Walk on the Wild Side': Peaked at #16 on April 28, 1973.”
  46. 5
    Up 96
    Down 38
    Rock music, Hard rock More
    77
    “'Black Betty': Peaked at #18 on September 3, 1977.”
  47. 44
    Up 45
    Down 35
    Folk rock, Funk More
    51
    “'Here Comes the Sun': Peaked at #16 on May 22, 1971.”
  48. 66
    Up 18
    Down 21
    Pop music, Rock music More
    45
    “'Brother Louie': Peaked at #1 on August 25, 1973.”
  49. 81
    Up 16
    Down 28
    Outlaw country, Bluegrass, Country More
    41
    “'I Love': Peaked at #12 on March 2, 1974.”
  50. 4
    Up 81
    Down 28
    Rock music, Pop rock More
    78
    “'Dancin' in the Moonlight': Peaked at #13 on February 24, 1973.”
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