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 Don McLean

2
746 327
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Norman Greenbaum

3
691 302
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richerb added Harry Chapin

4
611 320
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Mungo Jerry

5
658 267
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richerb added The Knack

6
610 282
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Wild Cherry

7
492 181
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8
500 372
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Carl Douglas

9
477 178
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doremifasola added Blue Swede

10
504 202
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wimvi added Gerry Rafferty

11
584 312
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12
390 68
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egghead added Looking Glass

13
426 151
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The Charlie Daniels Band

14
450 167
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IanHarvey added Derek and the Dominos

15
400 218
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Brewer & Shipley

16
362 125
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17
442 251
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18
400 269
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19
378 244
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smellsrank added Gilbert O'Sullivan

20
384 169
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IanHarvey added Nazareth

21
462 226
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The Blues Image

22
412 238
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richerb added Nick Lowe

23
371 119
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IanHarvey added Golden Earring

24
482 258
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Starland Vocal Band

25
367 229
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26
284 157
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IanHarvey added Ram Jam

27
378 207
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richerb added Nick Gilder

28
381 176
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tcjx14me added Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum

29
294 75
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30
393 201
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31
261 156
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The Hues Corporation

32
304 198
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IanHarvey added Warren Zevon

33
272 215
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Lynn Anderson

34
327 276
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Vicki Sue Robinson

35
341 274
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The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

36
244 151
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doremifasola added Pilot

37
350 183
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richerb added The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

38
311 151
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Pure Prairie League

39
334 237
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Walter Egan

40
302 216
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Amii Stewart

41
236 138
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42
218 104
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Mark Freidkin

43
257 141
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David Essex

44
200 205
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Melanie

45
258 174
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doremifasola added Edwin Starr

46
236 103
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StevenHess added Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

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244 192
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RandySWilhite added Tony Orlando and Dawn

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285 242
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Anita Ward

49
194 85
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Mungo Jerry

50
254 191
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