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

2
548 234
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richerb added Cat's in the Cradle Harry Chapin

3
580 262
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Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum

4
483 242
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In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

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510 205
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richerb added My Sharona The Knack

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488 219
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Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry

7
360 129
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392 285
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Kung-Fu Fighting Carl Douglas

9
341 122
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doremifasola added Hooked on a Feeling Blue Swede

10
359 133
Baker Street is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
wimvi added Baker Street Gerry Rafferty

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298 112
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The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band

13
332 172
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richerb added Cruel to Be Kind Nick Lowe

14
301 175
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One Toke Over the Line Brewer & Shipley

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328 213
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302 130
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IanHarvey added Layla Derek and the Dominos

17
296 183
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smellsrank added Alone Again Naturally Gilbert O'Sullivan

18
275 113
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IanHarvey added Love Hurts Nazareth

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384 194
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Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band

20
340 199
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21
198 39
Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
egghead added Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) Looking Glass

The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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246 89
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354 187
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Ride Captain Ride The Blues Image

24
285 178
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294 157
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richerb added Hot Child in the City Nick Gilder

26
275 118
Seasons in the Sun is listed (or ranked) 26 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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193 104
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IanHarvey added Black Betty Ram Jam

28
242 85
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IanHarvey added Radar Love Golden Earring

The Greatest Songs by '60s One-Hit Wonders

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274 203
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Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson

30
308 161
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183 101
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Rock the Boat The Hues Corporation

32
279 172
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Magnet and Steel Walter Egan

33
276 206
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O o h Child The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

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257 156
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Knock on wood Amii Stewart

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212 162
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Rose Garden Lynn Anderson

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167 37
Stuck in the Middle With You is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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267 136
Jackie Blue is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
richerb added Jackie Blue The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

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166 95
Magic is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
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200 149
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IanHarvey added Werewolves of London Warren Zevon

40
223 114
Amie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Amie Pure Prairie League

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239 177
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Ring My Bell Anita Ward

42
181 94
Rock On is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Rock On David Essex

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138 148
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Brand New Key Melanie

46
139 68
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American Woman Mark Freidkin

47
120 39
In the Summertime is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

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171 111
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I'd Like to Teach the World The Hillside Singers

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175 147
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RandySWilhite added Knock Three Times Tony Orlando and Dawn

50
172 125
War is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
doremifasola added War Edwin Starr