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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richerb added Don McLean

2
807 358
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Norman Greenbaum

3
754 322
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richerb added Harry Chapin

4
647 352
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Mungo Jerry

5
716 288
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richerb added The Knack

6
663 298
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Wild Cherry

7
534 200
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8
528 190
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doremifasola added Blue Swede

9
540 396
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Carl Douglas

10
551 217
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wimvi added Gerry Rafferty

11
450 79
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egghead added Looking Glass

12
630 335
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13
472 167
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The Charlie Daniels Band

14
503 186
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IanHarvey added Derek and the Dominos

15
435 233
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Brewer & Shipley

16
407 143
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17
430 283
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18
501 237
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The Blues Image

19
413 266
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smellsrank added Gilbert O'Sullivan

20
424 189
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IanHarvey added Nazareth

21
467 271
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22
531 269
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Starland Vocal Band

23
444 258
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richerb added Nick Lowe

24
412 128
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IanHarvey added Golden Earring

25
326 171
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IanHarvey added Ram Jam

26
395 244
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27
349 84
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28
410 223
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richerb added Nick Gilder

29
429 197
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tcjx14me added Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum

30
422 214
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31
290 171
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The Hues Corporation

32
342 222
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IanHarvey added Warren Zevon

33
294 230
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Lynn Anderson

34
350 295
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Vicki Sue Robinson

35
372 294
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The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

36
382 191
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richerb added The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

37
274 165
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doremifasola added Pilot

38
343 161
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Pure Prairie League

39
362 249
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Walter Egan

40
331 229
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Amii Stewart

41
245 114
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Mark Freidkin

42
285 150
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David Essex

43
259 150
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44
268 112
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StevenHess added Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

45
272 208
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RandySWilhite added Tony Orlando and Dawn

46
216 223
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Melanie

47
285 190
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doremifasola added Edwin Starr

48
311 253
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Anita Ward

49
283 201
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292 217
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