70s The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s  

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List Rules Only hits from 1970s bands who were otherwise unsuccessful in the charts

We see flash-in-the-pan artists come and go with every decade, but one hit wonders of the 70s ironically always seem to stick around. For example, you’ve probably heard the classics “American Pie” by Don McLean or “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum despite not knowing any of their other songs or discography. Below, music lovers have ranked the greatest songs of the 70s by one hit wonders in order to increase awareness for them—and also because they kick ass. So if you like “American Pie” or “Spirit in the Sky”, then you’re sure to love the other one hit wonders of the 70s below. Also be sure to vote for your favorite 70 one hit wonders below or add any you feel should be on the list.

If you’re not satisfied with what others think are the best 70s one hit wonders, then you can copy and paste from the list to make your own list of favorite songs. Many great music artists only managed to have one true song hit in their music career that made the top 40. After all, not every artist can sustain quality output like Bob Dylan or Queen. Though to be fair, Dylan hasn’t sustained quality output in a while. Still, he’s far from a one hit wonder.

So if you haven’t heard some of the songs below, give them a listen! Browse through this list of the greatest songs by one-hit 70s wonders, and you may just find that one special nostalgic song that you haven’t heard in a long time. Just don’t be too adventurous with the artist’s other tracks, as they may not be quite up to standards. After all, these aren’t the best one hit wonders of the 70s for no reason.
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richerb added American Pie Don McLean

2
551 234
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Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum

3
510 214
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richerb added Cat's in the Cradle Harry Chapin

4
457 223
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In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

5
477 180
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richerb added My Sharona The Knack

6
456 204
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Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry

7
329 113
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367 262
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Kung-Fu Fighting Carl Douglas

9
308 104
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doremifasola added Hooked on a Feeling Blue Swede

10
327 115
Baker Street is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
wimvi added Baker Street Gerry Rafferty

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420 225
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12
319 157
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richerb added Cruel to Be Kind Nick Lowe

13
314 197
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321 181
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Famous People You Didn't Know Were Married to Each Other

15
249 100
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IanHarvey added Love Hurts Nazareth

16
277 103
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The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band

17
267 118
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IanHarvey added Layla Derek and the Dominos

18
283 162
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One Toke Over the Line Brewer & Shipley

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335 177
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Ride Captain Ride The Blues Image

20
274 165
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smellsrank added Alone Again Naturally Gilbert O'Sullivan

21
224 83
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The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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281 147
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richerb added Hot Child in the City Nick Gilder

23
361 179
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Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band

24
271 171
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25
266 191
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Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson

26
177 94
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IanHarvey added Black Betty Ram Jam

27
219 77
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IanHarvey added Radar Love Golden Earring

28
294 155
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The Greatest Songs by '60s One-Hit Wonders

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267 163
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Magnet and Steel Walter Egan

30
158 29
Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
egghead added Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) Looking Glass

31
260 191
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O o h Child The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

32
246 147
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Knock on wood Amii Stewart

33
245 106
Seasons in the Sun is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
tcjx14me added Seasons in the Sun Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum

34
167 95
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Rock the Boat The Hues Corporation

35
150 87
Magic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
doremifasola added Magic Pilot

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202 158
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Rose Garden Lynn Anderson

37
143 32
Stuck in the Middle With You is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Mark Lanzarotta added Stuck in the Middle With You Stealer's Wheel

38
227 170
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Ring My Bell Anita Ward

39
210 109
Amie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Amie Pure Prairie League

40
188 137
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IanHarvey added Werewolves of London Warren Zevon

41
251 130
Jackie Blue is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
richerb added Jackie Blue The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

42
157 87
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196 134
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108 37
In the Summertime is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Mark Lanzarotta added In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

45
169 89
Rock On is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Rock On David Essex

46
165 106
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I'd Like to Teach the World The Hillside Singers

47
166 137
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RandySWilhite added Knock Three Times Tony Orlando and Dawn

48
126 141
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Brand New Key Melanie

49
197 160
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Please Come to Boston Dave Loggins

50
123 66
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American Woman Mark Freidkin