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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,” you’re sure to love the other one hit wonders of the '70s below. Also be sure to vote for your favorite '70s 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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Norman Greenbaum
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richerb added Mungo Jerry
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richerb added The Knack
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richerb added Harry Chapin
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Wild Cherry
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egghead added Looking Glass
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doremifasola added Blue Swede
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wimvi added Gerry Rafferty
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Brewer & Shipley
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Carl Douglas
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IanHarvey added Derek and the Dominos
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The Charlie Daniels Band
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IanHarvey added Nazareth
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richerb added Nick Gilder
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The Blues Image
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tcjx14me added Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum
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IanHarvey added Ram Jam
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richerb added Nick Lowe
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Starland Vocal Band
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IanHarvey added Golden Earring
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