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. 119
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    added by AvalonBrownProvin The Buoys Rock & Roll

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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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    Pop music, Folk music “'Eres Tu (Touch the Wind)': Peaked at #9 on March 23, 1974.”

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

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

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    Rock music, Country rock, Pop rock “'Living Next Door to Alice': Peaked at #25 on February 26, 1977.”

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  7. 75
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    Folk rock, Soft rock, Jazz

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  8. 98
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    Country “'Teddy Bear': Peaked at #40 on August 28, 1976.”

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  9. 88
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    Pop music

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  10. 62
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    new! & added by brew2112 Rock and roll

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    added by C_Moorehead Rock music, Psychedelic rock

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    most listed Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music “'The Boys Are Back in Town': Peaked at #12 on July 24, 1976.”

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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal “'Love Hurts': Peaked at #8 on March 13, 1976.”

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  14. 22
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    Pop rock “'Magic': Peaked at #5 on July 12, 1975.”

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  15. 29
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    Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock “'From the Beginning': Peaked at #39 on October 28, 1972.”

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  16. 48
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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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  17. 55
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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  18. 43
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    Pop music, Country

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    Rock music, Soul rock, Glam rock “'All the Young Dudes': Peaked at #37 on September 23, 1972.”

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    Pop music, Rock music “'Just When I Needed You Most': Peaked at #4 on June 16, 1979.”

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    Pop music, Nashville sound, Country “'Pillow Talk': Peaked at #3 on June 9, 1973.”

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

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  24. 10
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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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    Rock music “'Driver's Seat': Peaked at #15 on September 29, 1979.”

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    ranked low on reranks Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock “'Bang a Gong (Get It On)': Peaked at #10 on March 4, 1972.”

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music “'Pop Muzik': Peaked at #1 on November 3, 1979.”

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal 'Mississippi Queen': Peaked at #21 on April 18, 1970.

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    Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock “'Short People': Peaked at #2 on January 28, 1978.”

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    Disco, Latin pop “'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood': Peaked at #15 on February 18, 1978.”

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    added by C_Moorehead Disco, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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  33. 47
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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Pop rock “'Precious and Few': Peaked at #3 on February 26, 1972.”

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  34. 32
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    added by DebbyHood Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock "Baby come back"  Oct 77

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

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  36. 34
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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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  37. 71
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    Folk music, Country “'Sunshine': Peaked at #4 on January 15, 1972.”

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

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Glam metal, Heavy metal, Glam rock “'New York Groove': Peaked at #13 on February 3, 1979.”

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

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

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    Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word “'Walk on the Wild Side': Peaked at #16 on April 28, 1973.”

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    Rock music, Hard rock “'Black Betty': Peaked at #18 on September 3, 1977.”

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    Folk rock, Funk “'Here Comes the Sun': Peaked at #16 on May 22, 1971.”

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    Pop music, Rock music “'Brother Louie': Peaked at #1 on August 25, 1973.”

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    Outlaw country, Bluegrass, Country “'I Love': Peaked at #12 on March 2, 1974.”

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    Rock music, Pop rock “'Dancin' in the Moonlight': Peaked at #13 on February 24, 1973.”

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    Pop music “'Heaven on the 7th Floor': Peaked at #6 on November 26, 1977.”

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    Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk “'Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now': Peaked at #13 on July 21, 1979.”

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