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 American Pie Don McLean

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469 186
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richerb added Cat's in the Cradle Harry Chapin

3
495 212
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Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum

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423 205
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In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

5
432 171
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richerb added My Sharona The Knack

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421 184
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Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry

7
298 100
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8
277 88
Baker Street is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
wimvi added Baker Street Gerry Rafferty

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333 245
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Kung-Fu Fighting Carl Douglas

10
268 87
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mainpleine added Hooked on a Feeling Blue Swede

11
390 203
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12
300 143
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richerb added Cruel to Be Kind Nick Lowe

13
286 183
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14
293 162
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15
218 82
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IanHarvey added Love Hurts Nazareth

The Best One-Hit Wonders of the 1970s The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

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248 92
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The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band

17
231 103
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IanHarvey added Layla Derek and the Dominos

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312 167
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Ride Captain Ride The Blues Image

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256 153
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smellsrank added Alone Again Naturally Gilbert O'Sullivan

20
259 151
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One Toke Over the Line Brewer & Shipley

21
262 132
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richerb added Hot Child in the City Nick Gilder

22
258 160
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23
195 71
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24
251 178
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Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson

25
333 167
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Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band

26
277 146
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27
249 153
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Magnet and Steel Walter Egan

28
240 175
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O o h Child The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

29
149 88
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IanHarvey added Black Betty Ram Jam

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193 71
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IanHarvey added Radar Love Golden Earring

31
224 140
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Knock on wood Amii Stewart

32
214 96
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

33
190 151
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Rose Garden Lynn Anderson

34
144 87
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Rock the Boat The Hues Corporation

35
128 77
Magic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
mainpleine added Magic Pilot

36
110 21
Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
egghead added Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) Looking Glass

37
206 160
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Ring My Bell Anita Ward

38
231 119
Jackie Blue is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
richerb added Jackie Blue The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

39
184 99
Amie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Amie Pure Prairie League

40
143 77
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41
93 28
In the Summertime is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Mark Lanzarotta added In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

42
154 119
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RandySWilhite added Knock Three Times Tony Orlando and Dawn

43
177 125
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The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made

44
150 81
Rock On is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Rock On David Essex

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158 129
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IanHarvey added Werewolves of London Warren Zevon

46
148 97
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I'd Like to Teach the World The Hillside Singers

47
112 129
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Brand New Key Melanie

48
106 28
Stuck in the Middle With You is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Mark Lanzarotta added Stuck in the Middle With You Stealer's Wheel

49
187 151
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Please Come to Boston Dave Loggins

50
105 59
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American Woman Mark Freidkin