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 2
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    The Buoys

    Rock & Roll More
    25
    added by: AvalonBrownProvin
  2. 14
    Up 102
    Down 38

    ranked low on reranks
    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    63
    “'Me and Bobby McGee': Peaked at #1 on March 20, 1971.”
  3. 73
    Up 18
    Down 25
    Pop music, Folk music More
    42
    “'Eres Tu (Touch the Wind)': Peaked at #9 on March 23, 1974.”
  4. 86
    Up 10
    Down 21
    Pop music More
    38
    “'Beautiful Sunday': Peaked at #15 on September 16, 1972.”
  5. 62
    Up 25
    Down 29
    Rock music More
    44
    “'Jim Dandy': Peaked at #25 on February 16, 1974.”
  6. 83
    Up 14
    Down 26
    Rock music, Country rock, Pop rock More
    39
    “'Living Next Door to Alice': Peaked at #25 on February 26, 1977.”
  7. 101
    Up 3
    Down 3
    Folk rock, Soft rock, Jazz More
    27
  8. 91
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    Down 24

    often listed
    Red Sovine

    Country More
    37
    “'Teddy Bear': Peaked at #40 on August 28, 1976.”
  9. 70
    Up 5
    Down 7
    Pop music More
    42
  10. 1
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    most listed
    Thin Lizzy

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    91
    “'The Boys Are Back in Town': Peaked at #12 on July 24, 1976.”
  11. 16
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    ranked low on reranks
    Nazareth

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    62
    “'Love Hurts': Peaked at #8 on March 13, 1976.”
  12. 9
    Up 49
    Down 26
    Pop rock More
    68
    “'Magic': Peaked at #5 on July 12, 1975.”
  13. 39
    Up 41
    Down 27
    Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock More
    52
    “'From the Beginning': Peaked at #39 on October 28, 1972.”
  14. 24
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    First Class

    Pop music More
    59
    “'Beach Baby': Peaked at #4 on October 5, 1974.”
  15. 94
    Up 7
    Down 4
    No image
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk More
    29
  16. 111
    Up 2
    Down 5
    Pop music More
    23
  17. 66
    Up 7
    Down 7
    Pop music, Country More
    43
  18. 23
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    ranked low on reranks
    Mott the Hoople

    Rock music, Soul rock, Glam rock More
    60
    “'All the Young Dudes': Peaked at #37 on September 23, 1972.”
  19. 64
    Up 20
    Down 26
    Pop music, Rock music More
    43
    “'Just When I Needed You Most': Peaked at #4 on June 16, 1979.”
  20. 112
    Up 2
    Down 5
    Soft rock More
    23
  21. 74
    Up 17
    Down 24
    Pop music, Nashville sound, Country More
    41
    “'Pillow Talk': Peaked at #3 on June 9, 1973.”
  22. 84
    Up 7
    Down 18
    New Wave, Rock music, Power pop More
    38
    “'Girl of My Dreams': Peaked at #37 on September 1, 1979.”
  23. 10
    Up 111
    Down 35

    ranked low on reranks
    Free

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    66
    “'All Right Now': Peaked at #4 on October 17, 1970.”
  24. 17
    Up 31
    Down 27
    Rock music More
    62
    “'Driver's Seat': Peaked at #15 on September 29, 1979.”
  25. 13
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    ranked low on reranks
    T. Rex

    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock More
    64
    “'Bang a Gong (Get It On)': Peaked at #10 on March 4, 1972.”
  26. 12
    Up 46
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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.”
  27. 25
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    59
    'Mississippi Queen': Peaked at #21 on April 18, 1970.
  28. 98
    Up 5
    Down 3
    No image
    Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    27
  29. 15
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    often listed
    Randy Newman

    Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock More
    63
    “'Short People': Peaked at #2 on January 28, 1978.”
  30. 57
    Up 21
    Down 20
    Disco, Latin pop More
    45
    “'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood': Peaked at #15 on February 18, 1978.”
  31. 37
    Up 38
    Down 23
    Rock music, Pop rock More
    52
    “'Precious and Few': Peaked at #3 on February 26, 1972.”
  32. 99
    Up 1
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    new! Player

    Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock More
    27
    added by: DebbyHood
    "Baby come back"  Oct 77
  33. 44
    Up 45
    Down 36
    Disco, Rhythm and blues More
    49
    “'Ring My Bell': Peaked at #1 on June 30, 1979.”
  34. 40
    Up 48
    Down 34
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    51
    “'Fool (If You Think It's Over)': Peaked at #12 on September 16, 1978.”
  35. 75
    Up 12
    Down 21
    Folk music, Country More
    41
    “'Sunshine': Peaked at #4 on January 15, 1972.”
  36. 43
    Up 36
    Down 24
    Nederpop, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    50
    “'Hocus Pocus': Peaked at #9 on June 2, 1973.”
  37. 21
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ace Frehley

    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Glam rock More
    60
    “'New York Groove': Peaked at #13 on February 3, 1979.”
  38. 7
    Up 137
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    ranked low on reranks
    Derek and the Dominos

    Blues-rock More
    70
    “'Layla': Peaked at #10 on August 5, 1972.”
  39. 55
    Up 25
    Down 26
    Synthpop, Pop music More
    46
    “'Popcorn': Peaked at #9 on October 21, 1972.”
  40. 18
    Up 99
    Down 44
    Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word More
    61
    “'Walk on the Wild Side': Peaked at #16 on April 28, 1973.”
  41. 4
    Up 90
    Down 36
    Rock music, Hard rock More
    75
    “'Black Betty': Peaked at #18 on September 3, 1977.”
  42. 41
    Up 44
    Down 30
    Folk rock, Funk More
    51
    “'Here Comes the Sun': Peaked at #16 on May 22, 1971.”
  43. 61
    Up 17
    Down 19
    Pop music, Rock music More
    44
    “'Brother Louie': Peaked at #1 on August 25, 1973.”
  44. 85
    Up 14
    Down 28
    Outlaw country, Bluegrass, Country More
    38
    “'I Love': Peaked at #12 on March 2, 1974.”
  45. 5
    Up 74
    Down 27
    Rock music, Pop rock More
    75
    “'Dancin' in the Moonlight': Peaked at #13 on February 24, 1973.”
  46. 68
    Up 17
    Down 25
    Pop music More
    42
    “'Heaven on the 7th Floor': Peaked at #6 on November 26, 1977.”
  47. 51
    Up 22
    Down 21
    Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk More
    46
    “'Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now': Peaked at #13 on July 21, 1979.”
  48. 78
    Up 17
    Down 29
    Outlaw country, Pop music, Country More
    39
    “'I'm Not Lisa': Peaked at #4 on June 21, 1975.”
  49. 63
    Up 23
    Down 32
    Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk More
    44
    “'One Nation Under a Groove': Peaked at #23 on November 11, 1978.”
  50. 29
    Up 71
    Down 36
    Pop music, Musical theatre More
    58
    “'Rock On': Peaked at #5 on March 9, 1974.”
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