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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928 360
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richerb added Don McLean

2
808 359
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Norman Greenbaum

3
756 324
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richerb added Harry Chapin

4
647 354
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Mungo Jerry

5
719 288
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richerb added The Knack

6
664 300
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Wild Cherry

7
536 200
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8
529 191
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doremifasola added Blue Swede

9
542 397
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Carl Douglas

10
553 218
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wimvi added Gerry Rafferty

11
451 80
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egghead added Looking Glass

12
631 336
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13
473 168
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The Charlie Daniels Band

14
505 186
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IanHarvey added Derek and the Dominos

15
438 233
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Brewer & Shipley

16
408 144
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17
431 283
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18
502 238
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The Blues Image

19
415 266
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smellsrank added Gilbert O'Sullivan

20
425 189
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IanHarvey added Nazareth

21
467 271
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22
446 259
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richerb added Nick Lowe

23
531 270
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Starland Vocal Band

24
413 128
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IanHarvey added Golden Earring

25
326 171
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IanHarvey added Ram Jam

26
396 244
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27
351 84
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28
411 223
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richerb added Nick Gilder

29
432 197
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tcjx14me added Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum

30
293 171
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The Hues Corporation

31
423 214
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32
344 222
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IanHarvey added Warren Zevon

33
294 231
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Lynn Anderson

34
350 295
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Vicki Sue Robinson

35
374 294
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The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

36
384 191
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richerb added The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

37
275 165
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doremifasola added Pilot

38
343 161
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Pure Prairie League

39
363 249
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Walter Egan

40
331 229
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Amii Stewart

41
246 114
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Mark Freidkin

42
286 150
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David Essex

43
260 150
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44
269 112
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StevenHess added Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

45
273 208
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RandySWilhite added Tony Orlando and Dawn

46
218 223
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Melanie

47
313 253
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Anita Ward

48
286 190
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doremifasola added Edwin Starr

49
284 201
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50
292 217
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Dave Loggins