One Hit Wonders 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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909 350
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richerb added Don McLean

2
790 350
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Norman Greenbaum

3
738 319
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richerb added Harry Chapin

4
636 346
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Mungo Jerry

5
703 284
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richerb added The Knack

6
648 298
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Wild Cherry

7
527 197
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8
516 187
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doremifasola added Blue Swede

9
534 390
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Carl Douglas

10
439 77
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egghead added Looking Glass

11
538 215
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wimvi added Gerry Rafferty

12
619 331
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13
459 165
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The Charlie Daniels Band

14
491 183
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IanHarvey added Derek and the Dominos

15
426 231
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Brewer & Shipley

16
399 136
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17
419 281
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18
489 236
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The Blues Image

19
404 261
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smellsrank added Gilbert O'Sullivan

20
415 184
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IanHarvey added Nazareth

21
462 265
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22
435 253
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richerb added Nick Lowe

23
517 267
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Starland Vocal Band

24
401 126
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IanHarvey added Golden Earring

25
312 170
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IanHarvey added Ram Jam

26
387 240
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27
334 81
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28
417 191
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tcjx14me added Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum

29
400 221
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richerb added Nick Gilder

30
410 214
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31
280 170
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The Hues Corporation

32
331 219
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IanHarvey added Warren Zevon

33
288 227
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Lynn Anderson

34
345 290
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Vicki Sue Robinson

35
366 290
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The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

36
374 190
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richerb added The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

37
266 162
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doremifasola added Pilot

38
334 160
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Pure Prairie League

39
355 248
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Walter Egan

40
321 228
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Amii Stewart

41
240 113
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Mark Freidkin

42
254 148
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43
277 149
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David Essex

44
261 112
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StevenHess added Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

45
214 220
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Melanie

46
267 205
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RandySWilhite added Tony Orlando and Dawn

47
277 187
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doremifasola added Edwin Starr

48
304 252
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Anita Ward

49
277 200
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50
244 165
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The Hillside Singers