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. 101
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    The Buoys

    Rock & Roll More
    30
    added by: AvalonBrownProvin
  2. 16
    Up 98
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    ranked low on reranks
    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    73
    “'Me and Bobby McGee': Peaked at #1 on March 20, 1971.”
  3. 77
    Up 18
    Down 24
    Pop music, Folk music More
    46
    “'Eres Tu (Touch the Wind)': Peaked at #9 on March 23, 1974.”
  4. 89
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    Down 20
    Pop music More
    40
    “'Beautiful Sunday': Peaked at #15 on September 16, 1972.”
  5. 66
    Up 24
    Down 28
    Rock music More
    48
    “'Jim Dandy': Peaked at #25 on February 16, 1974.”
  6. 84
    Up 14
    Down 25
    Rock music, Country rock, Pop rock More
    42
    “'Living Next Door to Alice': Peaked at #25 on February 26, 1977.”
  7. 102
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    Folk rock, Soft rock, Jazz More
    30
  8. 91
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    often listed
    Red Sovine

    Country More
    37
    “'Teddy Bear': Peaked at #40 on August 28, 1976.”
  9. 70
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    Pop music More
    47
  10. 1
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    most listed
    Thin Lizzy

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    99
    “'The Boys Are Back in Town': Peaked at #12 on July 24, 1976.”
  11. 15
    Up 109
    Down 49
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    73
    “'Love Hurts': Peaked at #8 on March 13, 1976.”
  12. 11
    Up 48
    Down 25
    Pop rock More
    77
    “'Magic': Peaked at #5 on July 12, 1975.”
  13. 35
    Up 40
    Down 25
    Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock More
    62
    “'From the Beginning': Peaked at #39 on October 28, 1972.”
  14. 23
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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.”
  15. 95
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    Down 4
    No image
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk More
    32
  16. 108
    Up 2
    Down 5
    Pop music More
    28
  17. 79
    Up 7
    Down 5
    Pop music, Country More
    45
  18. 18
    Up 77
    Down 32
    Rock music, Soul rock, Glam rock More
    72
    “'All the Young Dudes': Peaked at #37 on September 23, 1972.”
  19. 62
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    Pop music, Rock music More
    49
    “'Just When I Needed You Most': Peaked at #4 on June 16, 1979.”
  20. 109
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    Down 5
    Soft rock More
    28
  21. 83
    Up 16
    Down 23
    Pop music, Nashville sound, Country More
    43
    “'Pillow Talk': Peaked at #3 on June 9, 1973.”
  22. 71
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    Down 17

    ranked high on reranks
    Bram Tchaikovsky

    New Wave, Rock music, Power pop More
    47
    “'Girl of My Dreams': Peaked at #37 on September 1, 1979.”
  23. 8
    Up 108
    Down 35
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    80
    “'All Right Now': Peaked at #4 on October 17, 1970.”
  24. 17
    Up 30
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sniff 'n' the Tears

    Rock music More
    73
    “'Driver's Seat': Peaked at #15 on September 29, 1979.”
  25. 9
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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock More
    78
    “'Bang a Gong (Get It On)': Peaked at #10 on March 4, 1972.”
  26. 13
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    often listed
    M

    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    74
    “'Pop Muzik': Peaked at #1 on November 3, 1979.”
  27. 19
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    70
    'Mississippi Queen': Peaked at #21 on April 18, 1970.
  28. 94
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    No image
    Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    32
  29. 24
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    often listed
    Randy Newman

    Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock More
    69
    “'Short People': Peaked at #2 on January 28, 1978.”
  30. 76
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    Down 20
    Disco, Latin pop More
    46
    “'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood': Peaked at #15 on February 18, 1978.”
  31. 34
    Up 38
    Down 21
    Rock music, Pop rock More
    64
    “'Precious and Few': Peaked at #3 on February 26, 1972.”
  32. 47
    Up 45
    Down 34
    Disco, Rhythm and blues More
    55
    “'Ring My Bell': Peaked at #1 on June 30, 1979.”
  33. 40
    Up 47
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    57
    “'Fool (If You Think It's Over)': Peaked at #12 on September 16, 1978.”
  34. 68
    Up 12
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    Folk music, Country More
    48
    “'Sunshine': Peaked at #4 on January 15, 1972.”
  35. 39
    Up 35
    Down 22
    Nederpop, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    57
    “'Hocus Pocus': Peaked at #9 on June 2, 1973.”
  36. 21
    Up 30
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ace Frehley

    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Glam rock More
    70
    “'New York Groove': Peaked at #13 on February 3, 1979.”
  37. 6
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    ranked low on reranks
    Derek and the Dominos

    Blues-rock More
    82
    “'Layla': Peaked at #10 on August 5, 1972.”
  38. 53
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    Synthpop, Pop music More
    54
    “'Popcorn': Peaked at #9 on October 21, 1972.”
  39. 14
    Up 99
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    Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word More
    74
    “'Walk on the Wild Side': Peaked at #16 on April 28, 1973.”
  40. 5
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    Down 36
    Rock music, Hard rock More
    85
    “'Black Betty': Peaked at #18 on September 3, 1977.”
  41. 46
    Up 41
    Down 29
    Folk rock, Funk More
    55
    “'Here Comes the Sun': Peaked at #16 on May 22, 1971.”
  42. 61
    Up 17
    Down 17
    Pop music, Rock music More
    49
    “'Brother Louie': Peaked at #1 on August 25, 1973.”
  43. 85
    Up 14
    Down 26
    Outlaw country, Bluegrass, Country More
    42
    “'I Love': Peaked at #12 on March 2, 1974.”
  44. 3
    Up 72
    Down 27
    Rock music, Pop rock More
    86
    “'Dancin' in the Moonlight': Peaked at #13 on February 24, 1973.”
  45. 59
    Up 17
    Down 24
    Pop music More
    50
    “'Heaven on the 7th Floor': Peaked at #6 on November 26, 1977.”
  46. 50
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    Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk More
    54
    “'Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now': Peaked at #13 on July 21, 1979.”
  47. 82
    Up 17
    Down 28
    Outlaw country, Pop music, Country More
    43
    “'I'm Not Lisa': Peaked at #4 on June 21, 1975.”
  48. 44
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    ranked high on reranks
    Funkadelic

    Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk More
    56
    “'One Nation Under a Groove': Peaked at #23 on November 11, 1978.”
  49. 20
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    Down 35
    Pop music, Musical theatre More
    70
    “'Rock On': Peaked at #5 on March 9, 1974.”
  50. 107
    Up 2
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    Popular music, Folk music, Alternative country More
    28
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