music 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 American Pie Don McLean

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richerb added Cat's in the Cradle Harry Chapin

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456 192
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Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum

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400 193
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In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

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402 156
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richerb added My Sharona The Knack

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407 166
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Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry

7
265 93
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314 231
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Kung-Fu Fighting Carl Douglas

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238 69
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mainpleine added Hooked on a Feeling Blue Swede

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372 190
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242 80
Baker Street is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
wimvi added Baker Street Gerry Rafferty

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281 134
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richerb added Cruel to Be Kind Nick Lowe

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267 164
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14
279 152
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191 69
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IanHarvey added Love Hurts Nazareth

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232 81
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The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band

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245 139
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One Toke Over the Line Brewer & Shipley

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210 92
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IanHarvey added Layla Derek and the Dominos

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249 150
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241 169
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Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson

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236 142
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smellsrank added Alone Again Naturally Gilbert O'Sullivan

22
288 159
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Ride Captain Ride The Blues Image

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246 131
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richerb added Hot Child in the City Nick Gilder

24
176 64
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313 156
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Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band

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140 75
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IanHarvey added Black Betty Ram Jam

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227 163
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O o h Child The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

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262 134
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236 142
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Magnet and Steel Walter Egan

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178 61
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IanHarvey added Radar Love Golden Earring

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212 131
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Knock on wood Amii Stewart

32
186 81
Seasons in the Sun is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
tcjx14me added Seasons in the Sun Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum

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183 145
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Rose Garden Lynn Anderson

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130 75
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Rock the Boat The Hues Corporation

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117 68
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mainpleine added Magic Pilot

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198 150
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Ring My Bell Anita Ward

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78 24
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Mark Lanzarotta added In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

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148 112
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IanHarvey added Werewolves of London Warren Zevon

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218 109
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richerb added Jackie Blue The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

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172 92
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Amie Pure Prairie League

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148 112
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RandySWilhite added Knock Three Times Tony Orlando and Dawn

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84 14
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egghead added Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) Looking Glass

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127 71
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The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders The Best Rental Car Agencies

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104 121
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Brand New Key Melanie

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165 115
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135 72
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Rock On David Essex

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139 90
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I'd Like to Teach the World The Hillside Singers

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180 141
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Please Come to Boston Dave Loggins

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99 49
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American Woman Mark Freidkin

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112 51
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StevenHess added Cover of 'Rolling Stone' Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show